Tuesday Playgroups!

Here you will find times, cost, details about the group and what to expect, plus directions and contact details.

Tried and tested.

Pinhoe Parent and Toddler Group, America Hall

Time: 9:30am – 11:30am – Term Time only

Cost: £1 per person (under 6ms are free)

America Hall is huge! So much space for burning off energy, there are loads of cars and push along toys, pushchairs and ride ons, there’s a seesaw and a slide. There are craft tables and various artistic activities. Half way through the session we stop for a snack and a drink with Tea and Coffee for grown ups. At the end of the session we sing some songs whilst they toys are tidied away. The highlight of the group is the ‘Ready Steady Go’ game which involves running/toddling from one end of the hall to the other!

Emma Balchin 07824555595  or Facebook Page

Ladysmith Toddler Group

Time: 9:30-11:00  Term Time Only

Cost: £2 per family 50p for extra adult

Ladysmith Toddler Group is located next to Ladysmith Infant School, in the Community room (accessed via Pretoria Road near the bottom of Sampson’s Lane).

There are various activities set out for children to explore including some sort of tactile/ messy play, art/ craft activity, plus lots of toys and a small outdoor area with ride-ons.

Hot drinks for adults are provided, along with squash or water and biscuits for all. Families are welcome to bring their own snacks as well if required.

In all sessions we finish by gathering on the carpet for a story and to sing songs together as a group; we encourage everyone to join in, although please don’t worry if your child has other ideas! At the end of  each session we sing a ‘good bye’ song, in which  we sing good by to children individually.

Here is their Facebook Page

or email Charlie Nixon ladysmithcommunity@outlook.com 

Ladysmith Toddler Cooking Club

Time: 12noon – 1pm Term Time only

Cost: £See below

This is run by Charlie Nixon, next to Ladysmith Infant School. It’s £36 for 6 weeks, pre-booking is required. During Sessions we smell, taste and prepare delicious recipes to take home and cook. From onion bhajis to sticky cinnamon buns, we have plenty of fun getting stuck in finishing off with a mystery fruit/veg tasting session. All hands on deck to clear up before having a cuppa and packed lunch for those who want to

Here is thier Facebook Page or email Charlie Nixon ladysmithcommunity@outlook.com

Whitestone Baby and Toddler Group

Time: 10am – 12 noon

Cost: £2 for first child and 50p thereafter

Ok so it’s not smack bang in Exeter but hey – Whitestone Toddler group is perfect if you live on the Exwick side of town.

whitestonebabyandtoddlergroup@live.co.uk or their facebook page 

Merry Go Round Toy Library, Belmont Park

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Cost: £6 annual membership – see website for more info

I just love the toy library, especially for toys which are big or expensive! It is especially good when you just know your kids are bored with the wet weather and all their indoor toys. Come and BORROW something….like a library!!! Who knew! We borrowed a small activity table whilst Nancy was learning to stand and a numeracy game just when she started school, there aare dressing up clothes and all manner of other stuff I could never afford to buy let alone house!

01392 436777 or visit their website

Chattertots, Alphington Community Hall

Time: 9.30am – 11am

Cost: £2 per child

I’ve yet to review this myself but I’m told there is an area for babies, a craft activity for the older ones each week, toys to play with and then a book and song at the end. Sounds great! I’ll see you soon! This group occasionally opens in the summer holidays but please check first.

Riverside Christian Center, St. Thomas

Time: 10:00am – 12 noon Term Time

Cost: £1.50

Riverside Christian Centre – 01392 210146

Pinhoe Road Baptist Church

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 3:30pm Term Time Only

Cost: Voluntary Donations

The only playgroup I’ve found with a sand pit! This a huge bright room full of fun!

There‘s a Wendy house, dressing up clothes, a reading corner with squashy cushions, a safely cordoned off carpeted area with smaller toys for babies, Jigsaw tables, Arts and Crafts, Playdoh table, dolls house table. Tea and coffee for grownups and juice and a biscuit for little ones. We gather for a good old sing song before tidying up. I love it!!

Julia – 01392 424181

Polo, St Mathews Church, Lower Summerlands

Time: 10 – 11.30am

Cost: Free

I’m desperate to review this super group! If you get there before I do drop me a line and let me know how it was.

Their website promises ‘toys and games galore, singing and stories and snacks for children (plus hot drinks and cake for the parents!)’ – sounds fab! 

Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School, Clyst Heath

Time: 10:00am – 11.20am Term Time only

Cost: £1

Run by members of Trinity church. Loads of toys and things to do in a very friendly environment, there is a craft session making facemasks, supervised sticking and painting. There are soft toys and ride ons, Playdoh, puzzles and bricks. At 11o’clock we have a drink and a biscuit and a good loud sing song before we finish.

Jane: 01392 460940

St Thomas Baptist Church, Dorset Avenue

Time: 9.30 – 11.15

Cost: £1

A warm welcoming group, parents, carers, grandparents and childminders are all welcome at this group. It’s nice to see on their blurb that ‘expectant mums’ are welcome too (as if you’d turn her away anyway! but it’s good to point this out!) 
There are loads of toys, a fabulous snack time, singing and craft.
Term time only.

Join their facebook group for more info