• Laura Vida

Edinburgh’s Recommended Toddler Groups and Activities

“The most affordable and easily accessible baby and toddler groups can often be found in your local church or library. But health visitors are also a great source of ideas. When I had my twins, I was given a leaflet of everything walkable in the area. I’d also recommend you check out your local cinema for baby-friendly screenings. These are sociable, entertaining and stress free!”

Edinburgh mum Sarah Warburton, founder of TrioCare

So which activities and groups have parents recommended?

Central Edinburgh

Baby and toddler sessions at P & Gs (St Paul’s and St George’s) Church, 10 Broughton Street, EH1 3RH on Thursday am & pm

Ninian’s Nippers at St Ninian’s Episcopal Church, 40 Comely Bank, EH4 1AG on Tuesday pm

Sing and Sign with Catherine Rennie in Stockbridge Church on Saturdays

Tumble Tots at Life Care Centre, 4 Cheyne Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH4 1JB

North Edinburgh

Parent & Baby classes at Kin Collective, 4 Duncan Pl, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 8HW (see kincollective.org for various options)

Music Bugs in Newhaven Church, 7 Craighall Road, EH6 4ND Fridays. Or at Nurture The Play, 5a Portland Gardens EH6 6NY on Wednesdays.

Newhaven Church Toddler Group, 7 Craighall Road, EH6 4ND on Tuesday am

Play and Story Sessions at Nurture the Play, 5a Portland Gardens, EH6 6NY

Story and Cake at Tribe by Nurture the Play, 46 Granton Rd, EH5 3QS

Sing and Sign in Out of the Blue Drill Hall, just off Leith Walk on Mondays

East Edinburgh

Sing and Sign at Portobello and Joppa Parish Church on Thursdays

West Edinburgh

Dads in the Wood at Corstorphine Hill on Saturdays (see dadsrock.org.uk for other events & locations)

Music Bugs at Corstorphine’s Astoria Centre, 18 Kirk Loan EH12 7HD on Tuesdays

Water Babies at Nuffield, New Mart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1RL (see other locations)

Toddler Group at Kirkliston Community Church EH29 9AB on Thursday am

Tumble Tots at St.Thomas Episcopal Church, Corstorphine, EH12 8LJ Monday and Tuesday (see other locations)

South Edinburgh

Baby & Toddler Music with Jackie at the Pregnancy & Parents Centre, 188-192 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RT

Chatterbox Baby and Toddler Group at Chalmers Church, Morningside Road,Tuesdays at 10am during term time

Jack and Jill Music Classes at St Catherine’s Argyle Church, Marchmont, Monday and Friday am

King's Tot's Group at King's Church, 104 Gilmore Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9PL * plans to start up in August 2021

Mungo Mini’s in St Mungo’s church building, Balerno, EH14 7AG on Tuesday and Wednesday am

Music Bugs at Beetroot Sauvage (Wellness Space), 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace EH9 1SX Thursdays

Sing and Sign at Marchmont St Giles Church on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

East Lothian

Music Classes with Jackie at Gullane Village Hall on Tuesdays at 2pm. For details: www.musicwithjackie.com

West Lothian

Tots Spot Cafe 200 Main St, East Calder, Livingston EH53

N.B. Please check times/days/availability with the organisers. Sometimes you will need to book popular classes in advance, or sign up to a waiting list. Some classes will currently be taking place online; others are on a temporary break due to restrictions.