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Where: Mini Monkey Gym
About: This wonderful sensory playgym for under 5's allows your baby/toddler to have fun and listen to music whilst getting the chance to play. It will help their physical and social development in a non-pressured environment.
Your little ones will love to explore the brilliant, colourful, physical play and musical sensory activities that Mini Monkey Gym offers. The classes are structured to provide your child with an experience that will benefit all round development from birth onwards.
When: Find a class HERE!
Contact: Call Vickie on 07876 710 427
About: Hartbeeps Poole provide highly interactive, development and multi-sensory toddler and baby sessions that are incredibly imaginative and help improve early language acquisition.
Helen hosts bouncy baby development classes which are filled with adventures through Baby Land with wacky characters, lighting effects, cool props and parachutes. The class is set to a funky soundtrack of original baby songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies.
Alongside the baby classes they also offer fun-filled toddler classes. They put the children at the heart of their story as they help your little one gain physical and emotional development. The class helps prepare young minds for a lifetime of learning through play.
Where/when: View the Poole venues available here.
About: Poppins Penguins run small groups that are fun and educational with outdoor sensory and woodland wonders groups.
Throught the winter months, they have Woodland Sensory Groups for babies at 9.30am on Friday's and Woodland Wonders for walkers upwards (babies / siblings also welcome) at 10.45am. There's also a Woodland Wonders session at 9.45 on Saturdays. Additional days will be added for Spring and Summer months.
It's an hours fun for the whole family! An educational adventure through the beautiful woodlands. You will be able to develop risk assessing skills and will learn how to safely extend their abilities. It's brilliant for all age groups.
Plus, you will get the chance to do a craft activity either to complete in the group or to complete at home to further learning.
Price: Discount for siblings & siblings under 8 months are FREE
Where/When: Saturdays in Delph Woods, Gravel Hill, Poole
About: Individuality Swimming and Fitness are a swim school for all ages and abilities with facilities across Bournemouth and Poole. They offer swimming lessons at local pools for babies, kids & adults in Poole and the surrounding areas.
They offer parent and baby swim classes which involve lots of play to help the children learn. They also use submersion techniques to help the children feel confident in the water. Children can start from just 6 weeks old.
They also offer baby and toddler swimming groups which you find out more about here. Alongside the parent and baby classes they also offer Aqua Sensory from 6 months up which is a great group for your little ones.
About: Itsy Bitsy Dance Poole offers classes that provide a magical start to your little ones dance journey..
They offer a number of different classes including toddler street dance, ballet and tap for ages between 18 months - 7 years.
- Tots Crew - 18 months - 3 years
- Mini Crew - 3 years - 4.5 years
- Mixed Crew - 18 months - 4.5 years
- Junior Crew - 4 years - 7 years
- Bebe ballet - 18 months - 3 years
- Petite Ballet - 3 years - 4.5 years
- Tap - 3 years - 4.5 years
Where/When: You can view their various venues and classes here.
About: There are many stay and play groups dotted around Poole which is great as they are a fantastic activity for parents, babies and toddlers to enjoy. Meet like-minded parents and stimulate your little ones at the same time. You can view the full list of all playgroups in and around Poole and the BCP area by clicking on the link below and here's a short run down of some of our favourites:
Where: Tots Tea and Toast at St Nicholas Church Corfe Mullen is a relaxed and friendly group for babies, toddlers parents or carers. Lots of different toys for all ages, dedicated singing/dancing time and tea and toast for all!
Address: St Nicholas Church, 30 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Dorset, BH21 3LE. Tel: 01202 602948.
When: They run on Tuesdays during term time, 9:30 am – 11:00 am.
Where: AJ's Funtime is located at The Spire on Poole High Street and is a baby and toddler group with a difference. Every week is different with themed activities such as crafts, story telling, drama and singing. It's aimed for children aged 0 to 4 years.
When: They run on Tuesdays, 13.15 to 14:45, term time only
Price: First visit free 0-6 months free, 6-12 months 50p, £1 for over 1s/maximum charge £2 per family. Price includes snack (selection of freshly sliced fruit)
Where: St Luke's Toddler Group is a friendly group at St Luke's Church, Parkstone which is great for play with various toys and ride-ons, craft, story time, snacks and socialising.
When: They run on Thurdays 10 to 11.30am
Price: £2 per family
Where: All Stars Baby and Toddler Swimming at David Lloyd Poole
About: The superb facilities provide the ideal environment for babys and toddlers to have their first experiences in the water.
Their lessons start from as young as 8 weeks right through to big kids. The baby and toddler groups run in the mornings Monday to Friday's so you're likely to find a day and time to suit. The instructors are highly qualified and really welcoming and friendly. They follow similar patterns each week as babies and toddlers love routine and the sessions including lots of singing, swimming based activities and the use of toys and swimming aids.
They make sure the pools are warm enough for children to comfortably stay in the water, and there's a baby pool which the babies and toddlers love playing in before/after lessons. The clean and spacious family changing rooms take away much of the stress of getting the little ones ready for the water, with no worries about finding room or disrupting fellow members.
When: Sessions throughtout the week - contact David Lloyd Poole for detailed info and enquiries