With the weather being really gloomy (even though there are signs of spring), getting out with your baby can be a struggle at times. In this blog I want to share our favourite “play groups and cafes for babies and toddlers around Barnsley”. I am sure you will already be aware of the bigger attractions around, so I wanted to share some places I’ve enjoyed taking my little ones.
If you’ve recently had a baby or your baby is under 13 months old. I highly recommend Baby Sensory. It is one of my most favourite groups and one I couldn’t wait to go back to when my son was born.
Baby Sensory is an Award Winning Baby Development Class. There are hundreds of fun activities provided which are suitable for babies from birth. Their baby classes include singing to fibre optic light shows, amazing light balls, bubbles and bells; there is always something different. Most of the activities are set to their own Baby Sensory Music (I love their songs). It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your baby, helping them develop their skills.
For more information please visit here.
Baby & Me Do
Baby & Me Do provide baby massage, baby yoga and messy play for the little ones.
They offer a very relaxed and comfortable environment for you and your baby to enjoy.
There are three ways for you to learn the joy of baby massage, through their training programme. You can choose between:
– Joining their regular courses with a trainer and other parents.
– A 1-2-1 session.
– Or if you have a small group of friends you can book a course to run in the comfort of your home.
You will learn many techniques that can help with relieving colic, pain, wind and more. As well as improve sleep patterns, reduce stress levels, simply enjoy positive time out and much more.
Baby Yoga is a great way to enhance a playful interaction and communication between baby and parent. It helps to attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing.
Please visit their website for lots more information.
Music Bugs are a play-based, interactive and sensory music and singing classes for children aged newborn to 4 years.
Sounds Right Phonics
Sounds Right Phonics classes are available for children from 3 months to 4 years. The sessions are structured around having plenty of fun, while learning early phonics skills. With nursery rhymes, language play, puppets, instruments, props, games and many activities, you and your little one will have lots of fun without realising that there’s learning involved.
The sessions are carefully planned and structured in a way that is appropriate for each age group.
This is definitely one we are going to try out with my nearly 3 year old, in time to prepare him for nursery.
For more information or to book visit here.
Baby/child friendly cafes & play gyms
Babyccinos is a baby & child friendly cafe focusing on the parents. Serving delicious, good quality food and coffee in a stylish setting. Whilst still providing for the little ones.
With a baby garden for the babies that’s within an arms reach, you’re able to enjoy good quality food and drink while your baby plays safely.
And toddlers can have plenty of fun in the “Toddler Forest” room. With a tree house, a den, a dress up station and craft material, there’s plenty fun to be had, that’s a change from a usual play area. You can keep a close eye on your toddler from the comfort of your seat through the cctv monitor.
Make sure you check their social media regular for more different activities available to your little ones, such as teddy bear’s picnic, toddler disco and more.
This is by far one of my favourite places to enjoy while my little one plays. The food and drink is amazing and it truly is a home from home but where you can enjoy some company and let your child play, while you actually have a little rest with a nice hot drink.
132, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF14 8XS
Crafty Kids & Timmy Tigers
Crafty Kids & Timmy Tigers is an exciting craft venue, cafe and play gym. Recently merged together, it’s a perfect location with plenty of activities for your little ones.
The children can really enjoy best of both worlds. From all important physical activity in the safe, yet exciting play gym. To a fantastic crafting and activity area where your little ones can really let their creative juices flow.
If they fancy creating something to take home, there is fabric printing, canvas art and pottery as an extra.
Not to mention you can enjoy different classes during the week, such as toddle disco, mini rock and sign, messy morning and more. If you would like to attend these classes visit their page here for more information.
10 Union St, Heckmondwike, WF16 0HH
Cannon Hall is probably one of our all time favouite places to visit. A place you can enjoy seeing farm animals and reptiles, outdoor play area and a fantastic indoor play gym, that is suitable for all ages. There is so much to enjoy with the kids. Not to mention a walk around the grounds with a gorgeous view and some delicious, fresh food and drink.
If you are visiting with a baby or toddler, I have always absolutley adored going during school time. It’s just lovely and relaxing. We’ve always enjoyed looking at the animals, then burning some energy in the play gym followed by a scrumptious lunch.
Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT
If you are looking for a play gym that’s tailored for children under 5 years of age, this is the perfect place.
Jolly Tots is a friendly and cosy play gym with plenty of things for your little ones to enjoy. From lots of toys to jigsaws, puzzles, slides, ball pits, soft play areas and many other activities, you can be sure that they will have lots of fun. If you and your little ones fancy a bite to eat, there’s yummy hot and cold food, healthy snacks and drinks to be had.
Lancaster House, Mortimer Heights, Cubley, Penistone, Sheffield S36 9UY
Tots Explore is a cosy cafe where your little ones can explore and get involved in interactive and imaginative play. With plenty of activities, arts and crafts and toys you can be sure they will have plenty of fun. All while you can always keep an eye on them while actually enjoying a drink and some refreshments. There are always different classes and events happening at Tots Explore.
Please do visit their page if you would like to join in.
High St, Shafton, Barnsley S72 8NH
Kiddy Winx Play Cafe
Kiddy Winx is another one of our favourite places to visit. It is a play cafe with a kiddy sized village to explore. There are so many gorgeous and educational toys, crafts, little wooden slides, soft play for the babies and so much more. I would absolutely recommend visiting.
Please visit their page here, so you can see for yourself.
5 Davey Rd, Thurnscoe, Rotherham S63 0JF
I hope this has given you a few good ideas on what play groups and cafes to take your babies and toddlers. If there are any that you come across too, please comment below or drop me a message here. I would love to hear from you.