The following is a compilation of the various activities for mothers to bring their babies, toddlers and pre-schooler for fun, learning through play, exercise, music, movement. The information was checked and confirmed to be correct in January 2021 To check up to date information or to chat through what is right for you please contact the SO:Linked navigation team on 023 8021 6050, or a social prescriber at your GP surgery, or visit the SOLID community directory on www.solinked.org.uk, It is a work in progress and will be updated as new opportunities come to our attention. It is listed according to postcodes
Come and Play at SureStart, 60-68 Clovelly Rd, SO14 0AU. Every Wednesday from 1.00 – 2.00
Join in to play together with your child doing a wide range of fun activities and enjoy meeting other parents. We provide outside play, playdough, painting, glueing, sand, water, stories, baby area and more! Dress for mess! This is a free activity Contact: 023 8033 1635 for more information. Age: 0-5 years. SureStart Family Hub Southampton | Facebook
Parent Support Group at Salvation Army, Victor St, SO15 5LH 9.30-10.30 and 10.45 -11.45
This is a support group for new parents and non-mobile babies. It includes play, information and socialisation.
Contact: 023 8077 1655
Age: New-borns to 6 months (approx..)
Stay and Play at Ashby Centre, Stratton Road, Shirley, SO15 5QZ every Tuesday from 1.00-2.30
This is a play session with activities provided by playworkers for you and your child to enjoy together.
Contact: 02380 540135. Age: 0-5 years
Tadpoles – St James Road, Shirley SO15 5HE every Wednesday from 1 pm to 2.30 pm, Term time only
We make a small charge of £2 per session per family to cover refreshments, craft materials etc. We provide a very friendly welcome, refreshments for the adults and children, safe toys for building, climbing, playing and riding and a different craft activity each week. Julie and Tracey (who is also our link to Shirley Pre-School) are there every week to welcome parents, grandparents and carers A team of volunteers from the church provide a welcome, friendly face and help with everything from admin and refreshments to setting up and tidying away. Age: Newborn – 4 years
For more information contact Julie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby Cafe at Ashby Centre – Stratton Road Shirley SO15 5QZ – Every Thursday from 9.30 am to 11.45am (every week) No charge, under 5’s stay and play with Child Health Clinic. (usually lots of dads). You must book for this event.
Who Let the Dads Out – St James Methodist Church, St James Road, Shirley SO15 5HE. Great food (bacon rolls), tea, coffee and meet other dads Saturday morning once a month usually the second Saturday but best to Call Brian: 02380321303 or Email: email@example.com
Soft Play at All Saints Church, Sedbergh Rd, Southampton SO16 9HJ every Monday from 9.30-10.15, 10.30-11.15
One session per family – There is soft play equipment to explore, improve mobility and co-ordination, have fun and socialise. This is a FREE activity.
Contact:023 8070 2411
Age: 0-5 years
Stay and Play at Pickles Coppice, 65 Windermere Avenue, SO16 9QX Every Thursday from 9.30-11.30
Play session with activities for you and your child to enjoy together in Millbrook.
Contact: Age:02380 540135
Age: All ages.
Play and Say at Pickles Coppice, 65 Windermere Avenue, SO16 9QX Every Thursday from 1.00-2.00. This is a play session using activities to promote SPEECH and LANGUAGE. Speech therapists are in session to assess your child (if you have not already seen one).
Confirm 0238054 0135
Dads and Male Carers Play Session at Pickles Coppice, 65 Windermere Avenue, SO16 9QX
on the first Friday of every month from 12.30 until 2.00.
A chance for dads and male carers to play, bond and have fun with their children.
Contact:07919 880957 or Sarah.Newman@southampton.gov.uk
Portswood Pods – Portswood Church Toddler Group (opposite Waitrose) SO17 2FW – Term-time only. Every Tuesday 10.00-11.30a.m. Contact 023 8039 9658
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 0 months to 5 years. Charge £1.50 per family for drinks, fruit, biscuits and craft.
Rainbow Tots Every Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon. (Term time only) at Thornhill Baptist Church, Thornhill Park Road, SO18 5TR
We charge £1.50 per child per session and 50p for siblings.
Rainbow Tots is our popular and friendly parent and toddler group. We welcome parents and carers with pre-schoolers, toddlers and babes-in-arms. We offer a large range of play equipment, activities and facilities for children right across the pre-school age range.
Alongside the static play equipment, we offer sensory play and occasional craft activities, plus a good selection of ride-on toys. We offer drinks and healthy snacks for the children, as well as tea and coffee for adults. Towards the end of the morning, we often have a song time.
Rainbow Tots is a great way to socialise with other parents and carers, aiding mutual support for those times when parenting a pre-schooler is a challenge!
Due to the popularity of the group we currently operate a waiting list – please contact Ellen for more details.
Mothers and Toddlers Group from 10.00 am – 12.00 every Tuesday at Peartree Church Hall
Contact: 07730685447 for more information.
After School Lego Club at Thornhill Community Library, 328 Hinkler Road, Southampton, SO19 6DF. On Wednesdays from 3.15 pm to 5.00 pm.
- Children must be primary school-aged
- Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult
- Children must be booked in
The Club is free but places are limited. Please contact Astrid Vaswani on 07952 904052 or email email@example.com to find out more or to secure a place.
(If you have any Lego that you could donate we would be really grateful. Please bring it to the Library on a Tuesday morning, Friday morning or Wednesday afternoon. We can also collect. Please phone 07952 904052.)
Weekdays during Term Time
The Crafty Bug Cafe and Activities 82 Bridge Rd, Woolston SO19 7GQ
Monday 10 am – 11.30. Toddler Club
Tuesday 10 am -11 am. Messy Play
Wednesday 9.30 – 11.00. Toddler Club and Sensory Group (Babies) 11 am – 12. noon
Thursday 9.30- 11.00 Toddler Club and Sensory Group (Babies) 11am – 12 noon
Fridays 9.30- 11 am Toddler Club and Messy Play 11.00 – 12.00
A play and craft area. including paints, colouring and lots of different messy and sensory feel-based activities, including a seasonal art project and making their own snack. Each session costs £5 and includes a hot drink for parents and a snack and drink for each child.
The Crafty Bug Cafe and After School Club, 82 Bridge Rd, Woolston SO19 7 GQ
Term Time only. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 3.30 to 5 pm
A chance to catch up on homework, do arts and crafts while the parent enjoys a cup of tea and a healthy dinner is also served. On Thursday, there is an optional LEGO CLUB. Each session costs £5.50 per child.
Note: When booking in for toddler group, messy play, sensory or after school, please send a message or phone us on 07393726486 or 02380447389. Term time only. You can book through our Facebook messenger or by phone on 07393726486 or click on this link: Book A Visit
CHUCKLES (Baby & Toddler Group) every Friday from 9.30 am – 11.30 am (Term Time only) at The Hope Centre at 7 Drayton Close, SO19 9JN. An informal playgroup for under 5’s and their parents/carers.
See Facebook: (10) Chuckles Baby & Toddler Group – Weston | Facebook
STAY AND PLAY on Fridays from 10.00 am – 11.30 am (Term time only) at St. Andrews, 204 South East Road, Sholing, SO19 8LW.
Stay and Play, St Andrews, is a parent and toddler group running at St Andrews, Sholing. There is plenty of fun and creative activities for pre-school children, opportunities for friendship and conversations for parents and carers, and occasional trips out or seasonal events. Cost: £1 per family per week.
Diddi Dance – (Netmums) – funky preschool dance classes from 9.30 – 10.30 every Friday at Peartree Church Hall, SO19 7RT, At diddi dance we encourage endless enthusiasm and energy in an action packed, full of fun 45 minute dance class suitable for both boys and girls! We cover 16 different dance styles in our programme, carefully designed to complement and enhance the Early Years Foundation stage. Age: 18 months – 5 years