Newborn to Pre-School

Crafts, Messy Play & Outdoor Groups

Details are subject to change, and there may be a waiting list for some activities. Please check for the latest updates directly with providers.

Oodles of singing, dancing, sensory and arty activities to ignite your little ones imagination and introduce them to art!

๐Ÿ‘‰ From ยฃ34.75 for 5 weeks. Book here.
Baby: from 6 months | Little: from 18 months | Family: mixed ages

07768 373 006
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๐Ÿ“† Fridays, 10.45am – 12pm
๐Ÿ“Œ Ryton Federation, Main Road, Ryton, NE40 3AF
Term time only, from 5th Nov 2021

Outdoor fun with lots of opportunities to explore and enjoy free play with new friends, and outdoor activities, crafts, stories, songs, hammocks and scrumptious marshmallows toasted over the campfire!

๐Ÿ‘‰ ยฃ50 for 5 weeks (single sessions & siblings discounts available). Book here.
Suitable from approx 14 months

07711 461 409


A fun filled outdoors, messy, muddy activity group exploring local woodland and outdoor spaces. In each 1h session children are taken on an adventure with a different Muddy Monster character to explore, investigate and discover the outside world, with activities such as; water play, mud kitchen, building blocks, magnifying glasses, mud painting, rope swing, etc.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ยฃ30 for 5 weeks. Book here.
Suitable for 18 months – 5 years.

07885 237 808
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Fun and creative classes based around our popular Geo and Space Journeys, to help your child learn about geography or the solar system through play and creative activities from an award winning brand.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ยฃ6.50 per child per class. Booked termly here (FREE trail session available!).
2-5 years
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๐Ÿ“† Tuesdays, 10.30 โ€“ 11.30am
Leam Lane Children’s Centre, NE10 8QH
๐Ÿ“† Thursays, 10.30 โ€“ 11.30am
๐Ÿ“Œ Chowdene Children’s Centre, NE9 7TU
From 12th Oct-9th Dec 2021

Join us for our hugely popular messy mark making class. We learn through messy play, paint, play dough and more.

๐Ÿ‘‰ From ยฃ6 per session, booked termly here (trial session also available).
5 months – 5 years
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๐Ÿ“†ย Mondays, 1 โ€“ 2pm
๐Ÿ“Œย Blaydon Youth Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5QE
๐Ÿ“†ย Wednesdays, 1 โ€“ 2pm
๐Ÿ“Œย Dunston Community Centre, Collingwood Terrace, NE11 9EB
2021 dates tbc

Join us for our award-winning messy play & mark making class and let your child make their mark in paint, gloop, sand, play dough and much more.

๐Ÿ‘‰ย From ยฃ30 for 5 weeks. Book here to join waiting list for classes restarting.
5 months – 5 years

07527 548 743
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๐Ÿ“† Tuesdays, 1:30 – 2:30pm
๐Ÿ“Œ Whickham Community Centre
๐Ÿ“† Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30pm
๐Ÿ“Œ Marley Hill Community Centre
๐Ÿ“† Saturdays, 9 – 10am **NEW monthly session, 16th Oct/20th Nov/18th Dec**
๐Ÿ“Œ Blaydon Trinity Methodist Church
Weekly sessions from 2nd Nov-10th Dec 2021

Babies and toddlers are given the freedom to move around at their own pace, to LEARN, DISCOVER, EXPLORE and CREATE. Messy play is important for development, with exciting sensory experiences that inspire curiosity, enhance learning, language and creativity, and improve fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, body control and balance. The best part is we clean up the mess!

From ยฃ6.50 per session, booked termly hereย (sibling discount & single classes also available).
6 months-5 years
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From 5th Nov 2021

Cooking fun for your little one! Your little one can make, bake and create as they release their inner chef. Ingredients and cooking tools supplied, along with a story, craft, recipe card and sticker.

๐Ÿ‘‰ From ยฃ43.75 for 5 weeks. Book here.
Toddler to pre-school | 5-7 years | Mixed family classes

07903 880 830
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Craft Time (The Orangery)

๐Ÿ“† Tuesdays, 10am
ย Whickham Hermitage Community Garden, Hermitage Lane, Whickham, NE16 4JL
From 14th Sep 2021

Bring your little ones along and get crafty with themed activities each week. Create something to take home, such asย paper plate crowns, suncatchers and clay hedgehogs. All materials supplied.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ยฃ2 per session. No booking required.
For more info visit @TheOrangery

Crafty Kids (1st Sensations)

๐Ÿ“† Mondays, 9:30-10.15am & 11.30am-12.15pm
๐Ÿ“Œ Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Gateshead, NE21 5EZ
Term-time only, from 1st Nov 2021

Using hand and footprints to create inexpensive gifts and keepsakes, including Christmas themed crafts. This group is more suited to children that are happy to sit or lie. Old clothes and wipes are required.

๐Ÿ‘‰ ยฃ32.50 for 5 week block booking.
For more info visit 1st Sensations
From 4 weeks old to pre-walkers

Forest School (Conkers Life)

๐Ÿ“† Tuesdays, 10am – 12pm
๐Ÿ“† Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm
๐Ÿ“Œ The Hagg, Lintzford Road, Hamsterley Mill, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1ND
Term time only, 6 week block from 1st Nov 21

A creative and warm Parent & Child Group held in the Wild Woods, a wonderful setting where children and carers can explore, connect with nature through loose parts play, learn new skills, join in with nature crafts and become part of a very special community.

๐Ÿ‘‰ Booking required. Sibling discounts available.
For more info visit @conkerslife
All ages welcome

Forest School Under 5s (Stomping Grounds Forest School)

๐Ÿ“† Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10.30am – 12pm
Dukes Hagg Wood, Moor Road, Prudhoe, NE42 5PA
๐Ÿ“† Fridays, 10.30am – 12pm
๐Ÿ“Œ Gibside, Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, NE16 6BG
Term time only, 6 week block from 2nd Nov 2021

Stories, craft and exploration in beautiful outdoor settings. Play games, learn about nature, develop gross and fine motor skills, splash in the mud, toast marshmallows, relax in a hammock, build dens, listen to stories, sing songs, develop and grow as a family and as a community.

๐Ÿ‘‰ From ยฃ8.50 per session. Termly booking required.
For more info visit @forestschoolnortheast
0 – 5 years.