#mumlife: things to do with Croydon’s youngest citizens this summer

By - Wednesday 6th June, 2018

Come rain or shine, there’s a lot of fun ahead for the youngest Croydonians

In my #mumlife columns for the Citizen, I report on my experiences as a first-time mum in Croydon. My daughter was born last September, so this is her first summer and I’ve been finding out about places we can go and things we can do as a family.

1. Music Time Big Summer Gig

10am–12pm, Saturday 14th July, Clyde Hall Addiscombe

Usually resident at the Oval Tavern, Jenny Lockyer will bring her successful fortnightly ‘Music Time’ sessions to Clyde Hall in Addiscombe for a big summer gig. Popular local band Bugeye will join in the fun as special guests. The gig is suitable for children from birth to four years, and tickets cost £10 per child (which includes up to two accompanying adults).

2. Grubby Bubs – Messtival

July and August, various locations

For all those parents who can’t quite bring themselves to brave an actual festival with their little ones (most of us, right?) Grubby Bubs is providing an alternative closer to home. The ‘Messtival‘ summer events promise edible mud, funky flowers, hay bales, a picnic on the grass and a campfire. Held at various locations including Beddington Park and Layhams Farm during July and August. Each session lasts 45 minutes and costs £6.50 per child.

3. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt!

10:30am–1:45pm, Saturday 21st July, The Centre, Wallington

Grubby Bubs and Hartbeeps collaborate to take under-fives on a bear hunt this summer. The fun will include creative play with music, props and puppets followed by edible messy play where children will wade through edible mud and take a dip in the river! Separate sessions will run for non-walkers and walkers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy after the event (alongside teddy pals of course!). Tickets cost £15 per child and an additional £5 for siblings.

4. Bring Your Own Baby Comedy

12:30pm, Monday 11th June and 9th July, The Chancery, Beckenham

12pm, Tuesday 26th June and 24th July, The Bridge House, Crystal Palace

For those inevitable rainy days, parents can enjoy over an hour of hilarious adult comedy in baby-friendly pubs in Crystal Palace and Beckenham. Held monthly, Bring Your Own Baby Comedy provides soft flooring, toys, buggy parking and baby changing so that parents can relax over a laugh and a drink. For those with children under twelve months, BYOB is an ideal break from more baby-focused activities. Tickets cost £11 in advance or £12 on the door.

5. Moo Music

Wednesdays at St Swithuns Church Purley, Thursdays at Croydon Minster

Whilst most classes take a break for the summer holidays, the borough’s newest baby music class, Moo Music, will continue to run sessions throughout July and August. Run by former Disneyland Paris performer (and new mum!) Keri, these weekly sessions held in Croydon and Purley guarantee moo-sical fun for parents and babies alike! There are separate classes for babies, walkers and a mix of the two (perfect for siblings). Single sessions cost £7, or you can book six sessions (over ten weeks) for £39.

6. Tots Tales Summer Special

21st–29th July, various locations

Tots Tales will be celebrating London National Park City Week with a series of ‘Story Time in the Park‘ sessions across Croydon. Each session will include a nature-themed story, which they will bring to life using a range of sensory props and activities as well as parachute play, bubbles and lots of singing! Across the week, Tots Tales will visit Park Hill Park, Wandle Park, South Croydon Recreation Ground and Rickman Hill Park (near the brilliant Mother Kitty’s, where they hold regular story-telling sessions). Suitable for under fives. Keep an eye on the website for further information.

7. Babes in Arms Screenings at the David Lean Cinema

Held on a Tuesday morning, once per month

Another one to watch out for if the weather isn’t great (or frankly if you’re just in need of a sit down), the wonderful David Lean Cinema holds monthly screenings especially for those with babies under twelve months. This volunteer-run community cinema is on the top floor of the Clocktower arts complex in Central Croydon, next to the town hall. Keep an eye on the website for listings.

Rachael Cox

Rachael Cox

Rachael Cox is a local first time mum, muddling along on maternity leave. Her day job is in politics, negotiating the wilds of Westminster.

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