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Looking to shake up your daily routine and socialise with other parents and children? From traditional coffee mornings to yoga for little ones, our Local editors recommend what's on in your area

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East of England

Sing and Sign classes Epping, Chigwell and Loughton

If you want to improve communication with your pre-verbal baby, these musical classes teach the basics of sign language to you both. There are three different programmes, catering for babies from birth to two years.

Fingringhoe Fledglings Colchester

Every session of this club for under-fives has a different wildlife theme and encourages little adventurers through outdoor exploration, crafts, songs and stories. Advance booking is essential, and siblings under 18 months are free.

Little Lab of Science Cambridge

If you want to inspire a love of science as a source of wonder and discovery in your pre-school children, these classes are for you. Created with the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) in mind, the sessions offer a fun, hands-on approach to activities, experiments and investigations.

First Friends Cambridge

This recently relaunched toddler group offers free play, crafts, song, stories - and refreshments and a good chat for the adults. It's a drop-in session, so no need to book.

Baby & toddler group - Cherry Hinton Care Home Cherry Hinton

This group plans weekly visits to a care home, to bring the young and old together for mutually beneficial interaction and play. The group's organisers provide playmats, baby gyms and lots of toys to keep little ones amused.

Parent Toddler sessions Norwich

Dedicated parent and toddler sessions at Gravity Trampoline Park offer full use of the trampolines when the bigger gravity-goers aren't around. Sessions include and music and light show, and the entry fee includes a hot drink.

Jolly Tots baby and toddler group Newmarket

A friendly and welcoming toddler group with plenty for the kids to do; free play, craft activities, outside play when the weather is good, story time and song time. Snacks and drinks for grown ups and children are provided.

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South West

Baby Sensory Somerset-wide

These child development classes for babies from birth to 13 months are designed to promote bonding and learning through sights, sounds, smells and textures. Think: bubbles, balls, balloons, parachutes, instruments, scarves and puppets.

RaeRae Green's toddler groups Taunton

Led by an Ofsted-registered childminder, this group runs in the village community centre. It promises a relaxed atmosphere and lots of learning through play. Suitable from birth to five years.

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South East

Bake, Rattle & Roll Reigate

Aimed at children from 16 months to five years, this group uses cooking as an opportunity for creative, physical and sensory development. All the ingredients are fresh, and healthy recipes are a priority.

Music and Movement toddler group Bookham

These drop-in sessions are suitable from birth to five years, and offer refreshments, outdoor play and arts and crafts, along with a music and movement slot. Making new friends is an added bonus for children and adults!

Musical Fun Time Ashford

These music classes for babies and toddlers include reggae, salsa, rock, swing and bossa nova. Ever tried Three Blind Mice reggae style? Each session is themed, and participants can play with instruments, puppets, and dressing up clothes.

Little Springers Tunbridge Wells

Designed to entertain and educate, these small workshops for pre-school children and their carers offer homely fun in a rural setting. Activities include baking, drawing and painting and child-friendly gardening - including tending to an allotment and hens!

Boogie Beans Hassocks

These parent and child dance classes teach free movement, rhythm and coordination through boogieing to tunes with balloons, ribbons, and other surprises. Giggling is encouraged.

Hartbeeps multi-sensory music & play classes Bognor Regis

These sessions focus on bonding, confidence building, language development and fun. There'll be puppets, sparkles, musical storytelling, bubbles and dressing up.

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Greater London

Stay & Play Kingston Upon Thames

This local project at WelCare House aims to offer support to parents and carers by providing a range of services at weekly drop-ins, to help families navigate the challenges and delights of parenting.

Crafty Mondays Kingston Upon Thames

Also run at WelCare House, Crafty Mondays are an opportunity to get your little one's creative juices flowing - whilst also meeting other parents and carers for a chat.

Vauxhall Parents & Toddlers Borough-wide, Vauxhall

Fresh cakes and hot drinks for grown-ups; biscuits and squash for children. These free sessions have lots of toys, soft play, story time, craft and signing - and a healthy lunch option afterwards to recharge your batteries.

Hullabaloo Kennington

Hullabaloo sessions want to support the local community by providing a relaxing environment to connect parents. There is free play, craft, songs and snacks - and discounted coffee for adults.

Toddler Sing-a-long Herne Hill

A fun and lively singing, rhyme and movement session for children aged one to two years. Places at these sessions must be booked weekly. You can call the centre on a Monday morning to book a place.

Jolly Jumper Crouch End Haringey

Designed for children aged six months to four years, these classes offer both gymnastics equipment and soft play. Parents and carers are responsible for their children during the sessions.

Little Fishes Muswell Hill

These weekly sessions include free play, a craft activity, songs, and a Bible story. Parents, carers and under fives of all faiths or none are welcome. Refreshments are provided.

Banana babies - Mitchytitch yoga Croydon

These classes for babies and toddlers incorporate yoga-inspired stretches with rhyme, song, music and props. The sessions follow EYFS and sensory learning guidelines, and aim to enhance bonding whilst improving fitness, breathing and relaxation.

Baby Massage Croydon

As well as helping with colic, wind and constipation, baby massage is a great bonding opportunity for you and your baby. Classes are designed to be relaxing, fun and social.

Collingwood Caterpillar Club Wallington

This is a new group for parents and carers and their pre-school children for play, chat and all the trimmings (tea, coffee, juice, biscuits and fruit). There is a soft play area, toys aplenty, music and a monthly arts and crafts session.

Forest School parent & toddler group Carshalton

Based on the Forest School approach, this group - run at the Wildlings Forest School - offers outdoor play, exploration and learning. Each week there is woodland craft, muddy play, stories, singing and refreshments. Suitable for children aged two to five, but younger children are welcome.

Under 5s Nature Play Group Borough-wide, Lambeth

The environmentally-minded activities on offer here include den-building, food-growing, woodwork, bug safaris, pond-dipping, treasure hunts and campfires. The group is in the heart of Stockwell - with woods, meadows, vegetable patches and ponds to explore.

Little Diggers Parent & Toddler Group Vauxhall Lambeth

A gardening group exclusively designed for parents and toddlers (aged two to four), Little Diggers offers a breather from the concrete jungle. Expect workshops on growing your own flowers and food at home - whether you have a garden or not.

All Join In! Raynes Park

A relaxed opportunity for parents and carers to bring their preschool children for shared activities, play and refreshments. 
Come along and get to know other parents in the community.

KidsRoc Wimbledon

This parent and toddler group runs in Wimbledon Methodist Church, offering up play activities, arts and crafts, snacks, music and stories. Parents get a free cuppa and a chat!

Tots Mitcham

Tots is a social group for parents, carers and pre-school children. There'll be refreshments and mutual support - booking is not required.

Under 5s Fridays Hampstead

On Fridays during term-time, parents with under-fives meet at the impressive, historic Kenwood House on the edge of Hampstead Heath for crafts, storytelling and singalongs. There are also free monthly creative family workshops - Family Firsts.

Latino Bambino Primrose Hill

Fancy shaking your butt to South American beats in a salsa fitness class - with your baby (from six weeks) in a sling? These classes burn calories, improve cardiovascular endurance and posture and you can work at your own pace.

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Baby Cakes West Bridgeford

A weekly get together for expectant and new mothers - come for relaxation, refreshments and a good ol' natter. There's free cake with any drink.

Little Lambs baby and toddler group Nottingham

Run in The Good Shepherd Church, this group offers a safe and fun environment to foster friendships and provide play opportunities for children.

Edgbaston meet up group Birmingham

This group is organised by Mumsnet members! The sessions are always different - for instance, one meet up was located in Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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North West

One Big Summer

Toddler Art Club Manchester

Encouraging creativity and expression through art, music, drama and dance, this group for toddlers and their grown ups is led by artists, musicians and dancers. Sessions are free, but booking is essential.

Little Stars baby & toddler group Adswood

Supervised by qualified staff, Little Stars offers an engaging and friendly environment for children from newborn to three and a half years to develop their social skills whilst having fun and taking part in a range of play-based activities.

Mini Hubbubz Wigan

Weekly, term-time fun, play, stories and songs for children under-five and their parents and carers. The Hub Cafe itself is open from 10.30am until 3.00pm, and you are welcome to stay on.

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North East

Toddler Yoga Castletown

These classes will get you AND your little one moving and stretching - while building their confidence, capacity to share and patience. All the sessions are designed with the EYFS in mind and incorporate counting, colours and shapes.

Rugrats Kids Rugby Great Ayton and Stokesley

Weekly sessions are led by qualified coaches who will introduce youngsters to rugby in a fun, energetic and safe environment. The Great Ayton 'Kick Start' programme is aimed at two to four-year-old girls and boys, and encourages the development of balance, agility and co-ordination, as well as key social skills like taking turns, working together and sharing.

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Yorkshire and Humberside

Parent and toddler sessions at Gravity Trampoline Park Castleford

This is no ordinary parent and toddler group. These sessions offer exclusive use of a trampoline park to parents and toddlers. Enjoy the wall-to-wall bounce space, toddler-friendly sensory apparatus, and a music and light show.

East Morton Playgroup Bingley

This is a popular local meet up at the East Morton Institute. As well as a weekly session, they have special events from time to time - such as summer parties!

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Northern Ireland

Toddler group at BabyGym West Belfast / Lisburn

A drop-in toddler session - BabyGym - is run twice a week at this dedicated gymnastics centre. MiniGym is a structured class for three to five-year-olds.

Baby and toddler Spanish classes Belfast

These sessions are fun, structured and highly interactive, using a variety of teaching methods to engage little learners. The experiences teachers aim to foster self-esteem and confidence, as well as language skills.

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Steiner Parent and Child Group Edinburgh

A regular play session informed by Steiner Waldorf education principles. The Toddler Hut has own garden, sandpit and mud kitchen for outdoor play, and a healthy snack is provided.

Mayfield Salisbury Playgroup Edinburgh

A friendly, community-run, drop-off playgroup where children can take part in craft activities, themed free play, stories and song time. There's also a large, well equipped, enclosed garden for lots of outdoor fun.

Freuchie Playgroup Cupar

A parent-led playgroup for children aged 18 months and up. The weekly activities include painting, crafts, baking, songs and story time.

Little Acorns Toddler Group Cupar

A friendly playgroup that's great for meeting other mums and where toddlers can socialise in a friendly environment. Tea, coffee and snacks are all provided.

Whitelee Stroller Striders Eaglesham

Are you looking to get out into the fresh air, get some exercise and meet other parents with young children? Bring your (sturdy) buggies and babies for an invigorating walk - no need to book ahead, and the sessions are free. 

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Mini Movers Tredegar

A fun and friendly parent and toddler class where you can both enjoy exploring music and movement together through nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and lots more!

Mummy&Me Pilates Newport

A specialist women's health physiotherapist leads modified pilates classes for you and your baby, allowing you to tone up whilst bonding. The classes focus on rebuilding core stability and pelvic floor strength.

TinyTalk baby sign language Abertillery

These classes will teach you British Sign Language and how to use it with your baby. There's half an hour of signing to well known nursery rhymes and, in the second half, the adults get to have a cuppa, a chat and a biscuit whilst the babies play.

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