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Summer Half Term Toddler Diary!

Saturday 27th May 2023

Saturday Storytime, 10:30-11am

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium, 444 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea

Vida & Sheldon (the tortoise) are doing a special Supertato Storytime session in the morning! It's totally free and there is colouring in too. These story time sessions are also held weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30am, however there's always a special event on the last Saturday of each month. More info here...

Big Up Southend, 11am - 4pm

1st Floor, Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-on-Sea

Come on down to the monthly makers' market! This will be happening on the last Saturday of every month. There are kids' crafts organised by Show Up Southend, along with local businesses selling lovely kids clothes, and also, guess what... ForestTots will be there all day! We will be outside the old Tangs unit on the first floor, with activities and kits for you to try at home. Come on down and say hi! More info here...

Sunday 28th May 2023

Superheroes & Princesses

Marsh Farm, South Woodman Ferrers

Meet all the superheros and princesses (and all the animals) throughout the week, the event is running from 27th May to 4th June! More info here...

Monday 29th May 2023

Make a bug hotel & animal handling

Hadleigh Rare Breeds Centre, Hadleigh

Between 29th May - 4th June, Hadleigh Rare Breeds Centre will be hosting a bug hotel making session each day at 11am, followed by animal handling at 12 and 2pm. This, along with all the other animals, make this a worthwhile trip! More info here....

Tuesday 30th May 2023

Toddler Climbing Wall & Softplay

IndiRock, 1st Floor, Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-on-Sea

On Tuesdays and Fridays, IndiRock open their toddler climbing wall: and on Fridays there's even instructor led sessions for tots aged 3 and up! It's from 10am-12noon. More info here...

Linda's Party Pets

Leigh Community Centre, Leigh-on-Sea

This one is for tots aged 3 and up... they'll be able to pet snakes, rabbits, ferrets and more for only £5.50! There's 2x time slots, at 11am and 12noon. More info here...

Wednesday 31st May 2023

Baby & Toddler Group

Ironworks, Southend-on-Sea

Between 9:30-11:30, Ironworks have their weekly baby & toddler group. For a suggested donation of £2, you can make use of their large toddler toy area, along with juice and biscuits for the kids, and a craft table. More info here...

Thursday 1st June 2023

Inflatable Fun Day

Chalkwell Park

Hosted by Ellis Leisure, these inflatable fun days are great for all kids, but there is a dedicated toddler section for 1-3 year olds. It's on between 11:30am-4:30pm, and there's one on at Priory Park on Tuesday 30th May. More info here...

Friday 2nd June 2023

ForestTots Playgroup

Runway Fitness, Lawrence Estate, Rochford

Our debut playgroup! With more nature-themed sensory activities, more space and more fun. £6.50 for an hour, and we will be running 2x sessions, at 9:30 and 11am. Pre-booking required. More info here...

Saturday 3rd June 2023

Baby/Toddler Print Day

Revelation, Scott's of Southend, Rochford

Today Revelation are hosting a print day for your tot to create a lovely gift for Dad for Father's Day! It's pre-book only and you'll need a time slot - so get in there! More info here...

Sunday 4th June 2023

Music in the Park

Priory Park Bandstand

On every weekend and bank holiday, there's music playing at the bandstand at Priory Park. If the weather is lovely, pack a picnic and some camping chairs and let the kids have a run around and a dance! More info here...

Feel free to add more ideas below! Thanks for reading!


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