Good baby or toddler groups in Colchester(58 Posts)
I'm moving to Colchester soon (hopefully soon, anyway, rather depends on solicitors now!) and I'm going to be on the hunt for groups to keep my littl'uns entertained...
I've got a 6 month old girl and a 2 year old girl (yep, mad, I know!).
Would be really interested in music groups (wary of jo jingles tho' majorly bad experience with one here...) or crafty groups.
North Colchester would be ideal, I'm moving to the Myland end of town, but don't mind travelling a little way.
Also, is there a 'buggyfit' type class - exercise with babies in the buggy? Castle park would be perfect for that? If not, would anyone be interested as I may be able to persuade a trainer to start one up...
Enough questions do you think??
Hi SP, Im going to a 'sing and sign' class in Highwoods (not too far from Myland)for the first time tommorrow with my 8mo old - i will tell you what its like. The woman from jo jingles did a taster session at our baby clinic and REALLY put me off. Bossy woman who had a painful voice! Theres a kindermusic thingy some friends are going to soon, so i'll let you know about that too, and there is something called 'mini mozarts' in N.colchester, but ive never been.
The central library has a singing nursery rhyme session on alternate mondays and wednesdays that ive heard positive things about.
I could post you the local kidaround magazine if you wanted - i dont know if they are universal, but it has info on absolutely everything on offer for children in this area.
hope the move goes smoothly - cant imagine moving location with a 6mo and a 2yr old - it was bad enough being very pregnant!
back again - just been to sing and sign - it was really good, and there was one mum with a baby and a toddler. Its only for 3/4 an hour, so the babies dont get bored and the signing is great.
I did Tinytalk with my older daughter and really enjoyed it. She did use the signs for milk, food and drink quite a lot. Still does the sign for pig (along with saying it!) whenever she sees one - very cute. Don't think there's a tinytalk so i'll get in touch with the sing and sign people, seems to be very similar.
Will also check out the library - I'm off to Colchester in a bit to visit solicitors and other dull things like that...
Have just had a look on the kidaround website - got a few ideas from there.
It's difficult finding groups. I'm in Billericay at the moment and I've found that the best groups are often locally run ones ... but the ones that do all the advertising are the national ones, which can be a bit soulless...
I'm hoping the move goes smoothly too! Hopefully, grandma will be taking charge of the littl'uns on moving day.
Thanks again, SP
I'm just near North Station and used to take my toddler to a really nice toddler group in West Bergholt - its on a monday morning I think between 9.30 - 11.00am. They normally have general play and a craft table and then singing at the end - although there was talk of having some more structured 'play' music etc.
I found all the mums really friendly and generally the toddlers were really well behaved - any hitting/biting etc dealt with appropriately etc.
My 2.6 dd also goes to 'wednesday wrigglers' which is based on heuristic play and lots of singing and dancing and loves it - its at the church hall going up north hill so on the right side of town for you!
I know that the nct used to do a montly buggy stroll in the park but not sure if that still goes on now...
The local gym club also does toddler gym on most mornings if your lo's ever need to burn off some energy! Thats on the way to highwoods so on the right side of town too...
Have you moved yet SP? Hope its all going to plan.
You may have found a good group by now, but I go to the Copford one (a little drive for you from Myland) and its quite good. I like it because I can walk there, but its in quite a big hall so there is space for Toddlers to charge about, but also a 'safer' area for babies.
I have been looking into the gym club sophierosie, but I have a 6 month old and a 2.2 year old. That means I'd need to go to 2 different classes. Have you been? How do you find it?
You could probably just go to the older session - all the toddlers have to be supervised by parents/carers anyway so I'm sure you could keep an eye on your 6mth old.
I've only been a few times but my dd loves it - there's loads of room for them to run as its in the main gym hall.
Hi, sorry haven't checked this for a while - can you get an alert when you get a reply?
Haven't moved yet - Thursday next week is the big day so I'm surrounded by boxes and a growing sense of panic!
Am definitely going to try the gym group so I may see you there Mung and sophierose ... maybe we'll have to agree to wear a particular flower or something!
Sophierose, have you got any contact info about the wednesday wrigglers?
Wish me luck!
Really pleased to have found this thread.
I have just moved to Myland/Turner Road area.
sophierose, sorry to sound dumb, but could you tell me bit more about gym club, sounds perfect for my 2. Where is it? How much etc....
Actually think I might have found it, is it at colchester gym club on brinkley grove?
I have been to the gym club now a few times and I love DS loves it. It is well equiped, friendly, safe and great fun. I would recommend it to anyone.
There is talk of a www.mumsnet.com/Talk/1368/394141?stamp=080109165021meet-up with Colchester girls if any of you fancy joining in. If not, we'll probably pass each other at the gym club .
Hi guys, am now officially a Colcestrian again so hopefully will see you on the toddlers circuit!
Thanks for the details of groups. Am going to try the church toddler groups on Mile End Road as well.
Hi all of you on the Colchester toddler circuit
I am starting a temp mothers help role next week so might see you at some of the activities/clubs so if you see a woman in her early 20's looking totally out of her depth - that's me
About the gym club - is it suitable to bring a toddler and a baby? Don't want to look like a complete muppet!
Went to the Friday version of Wednesday Wrigglers last week - kids really enjoyed so that's one activity per week sorted!
I haven't taken DD to the friday one yet. What time is it on?
The Friday club is at 11 on Fridays. Hope to see you there?
Yes, will probably start coming along as am normally pop into town on Fridays so will give DD something to do before I bore her with shopping!
Are you coming along on friday to Twinkies?
See this thread
Hi SP I live in Myland too,and I have DD1 who is 3.5yrs and DD2 who is 17 mths.We go to a Mother and Toddler group in St Michaels Church Hall on Thursday Mornings at 10am, and a Church Mice Group on a Monday at 1.30pm in the Church,which is a bible story,craft,singing,tea and a prayer at the end(light-hearted,not heavily religious)I have only lived in Colchester a year,don't know anyone so this thread is great.
Hi Nursejo, just hijacking a bit, but I just wanted to say that you should keep an eye out, as we meet up now and again, so it would be lovely to meet you.
Hi Nursejo, have been to the group at St Michael's but DD1 didn't really seem to enjoy it. Maybe I'll have to try again.
Hi SparklyPrincess etc..
I am thinking of going to the toddler gym thing on Thursday morning after the easter hols - if it runs that morning... as i mentioned in a different message somewhere on this site - I have lived around here for a while now but yet to meet anyone as i work four days a week. I had been going to Jo Jingles in West Bergholt on a Thursday but my two (girl and boy 3 and 2 years old)just won't sit still for long enough and i found there was no chance to chat anyone as it is so structured. So if you see two loopy blonde kids with a harrassed looking mother at the gym, i'd love to chat!
Would also be really up for going for walks with the kids now that the weather is getting better!
Hi Lucyfer2000. My DS goes to pre-school on a Thursday, so I dont go to the gym that day. It is open though. My DD is too young for the class that your 2 DCs will go to. I'd be up for a walk too one day...perhaps in HIghwoods country park.
A walk in Highwoods sounds great - the bluebells should be out soon shouldn't soon they. Lets keep an eye on the weather and if we are both free would be great to have a meander through the woods!
Look here for a walk in HIghwoods.
Hello me again,Thanks for replies.Have been busy lately with Easter Holidays and Chicken Pox!! Would love to meet up sometime,and meet you all.Have left another thread on your ones about meeting up at Highwoods. I will watch closely,and hope to meet you soon.
On the subject of Toddler groups...
We went to the Little Bugs Club at Fingringhoe Wick yesterday and it was excellent. Spent an hour tramping round the woods finding bugs and letting DD1 harass them into a tray with a paintbrush, then went back to the centre for drinks and snacks, a couple of songs and a story. There's also a picnic area there so you can take lunch.
Will be going next week (pox permitting...) and will probably try out the group at the Natural History Museum on Thursday morning.
Has anyone else been to any groups they'd recommend in the last few months?
Would still love a really arty, crafty one. DD1 really enjoys that sort of stuff but gets easily distracted if there's too much playing going on around her.
Theres an art group in Coggeshall - but I haven't been.
St Peters Village Hall , Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1QG
Contact: Lindsey or Kathryn
Telephone: 01376 563640/ 564426
Sessions are 2-3pm every Wednesday.
Parent/carers can have a hands on experience and let us worry about the mess!!
Little spacecraft arts and craft adventure
For preschoolers 1-5.
Fun, friendly arts and craft sessions where all little explorers can get messy and creative with our weekly themed crafty activities.
Recent themes have included space, fairies & wizards and crazy creatures!!
Anyone know what Wednesday wrigglers is like? and is it £3 per person or £3 for an adult and 2 little ones as I am taking my two charges there Weds morning.
Hi Dynamic Nanny, thanks for the info on the Coggeshall group. Shall check it out... If anyone knows one in Colchester that would be fantastic as I like to walk to my groups - makes it more of an outing somehow!
Wednesday Wrigglers is good. Quite a calm group, which I like. How old are the LO's? I pay £3 for my 2 1/2 year old and I don't pay for the 1 yr old yet as she's not really getting involved! Not sure how much longer I'll be able to pull that one though! I think its £5 for two children that are actually playing. The Friday group is a bit better for slightly older kids - they do playdough as well as stories, singing and dancing.
I may be going on Wednesday, not sure at the moment. DD1 is starting to get a bit bored with it and I can't be bothered with chasing her around!
The 2 I nanny for are just turned 4 and almost 2, so guess I will have to pay I might see you there - have you tried the mercury group on a tuesday that looks like fun too!
Haven't tried the mercury group ... it'll be ok as long as they don't expect me to be dramatic as well - I might have a shyness attack!
Probably won't be around on Wednesday. Have to be in Chelmsford for lunch and it's all a bit of a rush! Me, lazy? 'Course not ... [hmmm]
ooh i was thinking of trying the mercury parent and toddler dance thingy. I think ds may be a little young (14m) but he dances to The Archers theme song and when i play my one song on the piano, plus he likes to twirl and make himself dizzy. Anyone been? Whats the age range like?
Hey SP! That little bugs thing sounds sooo cool! I wish i had Fridays off, maybe i will have to bunk off one day just so that i can go!
I won't be able to join you at the natural history thing this Thursday, as the kids have to go to the dentist!! but shall see you in the PM i guess!
Bit hacked off about the natural history thing actually, says you can't take babies! The age range is 2.5 - 4 but I'm not sure whether they class any child under that as a baby. Meant to ring them today but didn't get round to it but will try and find out what that's all about. Seems a bit harsh that I can't take DD1 just cos she's got a little sister!
im new to this site, im a 17 year old mum (please dont judge me) to an 11 month old girl and 21 weeks pregnant with my second. I need to find a group suitable for her age. i live in greenstead but will hopefully be moving soon. does anyone know where is friendly and suitable for me to taker her to get a few hours away a week.
I used to live in Greenstead and there is loads going on at the Community Centre. There is a baby cafe on a tueday morning, 10 - 12, where you get nice tea and even nicer cake which I used to do with DS and loads more stuff.
The website is here
It's all funded by sure start so most of it is free! They run a creche several times a week too, for a couple of hours a time, if you need a break, but this has a small charge...
hope this helps
thanks for that. i will check it out tomorrow morning wasnt expecting a reply this soon. ha. you have been very helpful one more question what does DS mean? i see it all over the posts but dont understand.
Hi youngmum - DS means dear son, so ds1 is first son, ds2 second etc. DD is daughter, DH husband and DP partner.
Welcome to mumsnet - we're not judgmental, don't worry!
Sorry, can't be of much help with groups, I'm across the other side of town and was living elsewhere when my eldest went to baby groups. Her little sister never got the chance, she just gets dragged around to toddler groups!
There's a baby group, think it's called Baby Eureka at St. Peters on North Hill at 11 am on Wednesdays. I think its 3.50. We go to the toddler session at 10 and its excellent.
DS means darling son...it takes a while to get used to it all.
Welcome youngmum. I hope you find this site as much of a time waster as I do .
Congratulations on your pregnancy...you are going to have your hands full.
I went to the baby cafe once. The cake was fab and it was good for small children. I didnt fit in as I had my DS with me who was about 20 months at the time and he just seemed to be too 'busy' for the little ones. I hope you find something worth your while.
We all meet up now and again, so you should pop along if you can.
ye i get it all now. i dont really need a time waster as i need 10 eyes on my dd at all times ha. i will be going to the baby cafe in the morning and that st peters one any more details of where it is how to get to it etc.
Baby Eureka is at St Peters Church Hall which is at the top of north hill, just down from the high street/head street/north hill junction (by yates). You get to the hall by going down an alley next to North Hill Noodle Bar - there's normally a poster at the entrance to the alley. Don't worry about the buckets and stuff down there, it is the right way!
I know they're not fully booked for the baby group as all the babies have moved up to the toddler group! If you want to contact the lady who runs the group, Lisa, her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 01206 870150
SP ur a life saver. finally something to get me out of the house. i wish id looked for this site sooner ha. has anyone had a problem with their babies obsession to eat paper. any paper including receipts books ANYTHING what can i do?
Welcome youngmum this is a lovely site & a great way to meet people & make friends.
You should try & come along to one of the meets if you can - we're a friendly bunch, promise
ill be going to the baby cafe tommorrow. and im going to try and make the wednesday morning one that SP posted. i like to keep very busy what meetings do you attend mrsmagooo? who will be at the ones im going to as well?
also can i please have more info about the baby gym?
Hi youngmum. I am having a meet up at my house on Thursday morning if you would like to come along. We live out in Great Horkesley - but if you can get there you would be very welcome.
gym club info here I hope that helps. I'm probably going on Friday morning to get the children really tired before taking my Mum to hospital in the afternoon. I'd be in the 18 month to 5 year group.
Ooh the gym looks good Mung. I'm trying to work out if we could get there, it is the other side of Highwoods? Might be nice for a change.
Hi youngmum! Welcome to the site!
You can walk there from the station...its not too bad. I think you can get there through the Country Park. If you have a car seat with you I could put your DS in the front seat and you could squeeze between my two if you want.
Thanks Mung. I think we will have a walk, as DS can have a run around Highwoods too and get really tired! In-laws could possibly be round Friday but if not will def give it a go this week.
what time on thursday morning and what bus can i get from town as i dont drive? id love to come along. my moby number is 07850577695 if u could ring or text me about more details be appreciated.
Hi i have said people can come around at about 10. Its the number 2 bus to Horkesley. i'll text you with the address.
hi sorry i couldnt make it on thursday my brother in law came down from kent. hope i didnt cause any trouble.
Hi youngmum. It was no trouble at all - we figured that something probably cropped up. Maybe we will see you another time
Hi youngmum91, I'm not sure if you are still checking this but I just had a look on the surestart website for things in our area and just found this:
STARTING 4th NOVEMBER
Teens with Tots, young parents group
Every Tuesday 1.00-3.00pm, Greenstead Children's Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester
An informal drop in session offering, help and information, health visitor advice, parenting support, education advice and links to other services.
I'm not sure if that is any good to you. I got it from here
I also found out that they have a baby group there and you can put your toddler into the creche for free as long as you reserve a space which might be good when number 2 comes. I'm just finding out the proper info now but can pass it on for you when I have it if you like.
There is a Parent & Toddler Movement to Music Class and a Baby Ballet Class Starting in February 2012.
There is a page on facebook facebook.com/MoveToTheMusicDanceClasses and email is email@example.com
I know this is an old post but others may still read it as well.
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