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5 Sanity-reviving Things to do with Babies & Toddlers

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Don't go stir crazy, get out of the house with your little bundle of joy.

Baby swimming lessons

Sometimes, all you need to is a little adventure to look forward to – and these kid-friendly activities are just the thing.

When it’s just you and a baby at home, you can get a little bit stir crazy – so we’ve rounded up some of the best activities, classes and get-togethers to help you get out of the house. From gymnastics to swimming, baby yoga and even music classes, there’s a little something for everyone.

Adventure Kids

Soft Play Leeds

Head out to Beeston for a soft play day to remember. Adventure Kids is one of the best places for a fun day out. They have slides, climbing frames and ball pools, as well as they also put on a number of special events like Messy Time and Rise and Shine Story Time. With a decent cafe for parents to have a cuppa and the kids to enjoy their favourite meals.

Adventure Kids, The Sugar Refinery, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 7DF.

Mum and Baby Yoga

Baby yoga

Introduce your baby to the world of yoga at The Yoga Space a visit every Friday. They put on a special class for mums and babies over eight weeks, using special stretching and movements that help improve digestion, develop co-ordination and build strength. The classes pair together movements and stretches with fun songs and dancing the kids will love, while there are also gentle yoga stretches for parents too.

The Yoga Space, 378 Meanwood Road, Chapel House, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2JF.

Toddler Gymnastics

Kids gymnastics

Leeds Gymnastics Club start every week day by letting in parents and toddlers into their Seacroft centre, from 9am until 10am. Once your little ones start to walk, they’ll be able to enjoy an hour of unstructured play. All of the apparatus is available for use, from the trampolines to the foam pits, although parents may need to help little ones on some of the equipment.

Leeds Gymnastics Club, Limewood Road, Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 1AB.

Music Bugs

Kids love music, whether it’s performing, singing or dancing, and Music Bugs put on classes involving exactly that. These informal sessions are split into four age groups, taking you from newborns up to the age of four, and take place across Leeds. The kids will be able to sing songs, play instruments and learn nursery rhymes, while improving their social, listening and vocabulary skills.

Music Bugs run classes in Roundhay, Alwoodley, Farsley, Moortown, Otley, Meanwood, Headingley and Horsforth.

Baby Swimming

Baby Swimming

Turtle Tots is run by Zoe Saccoccio, a fully trained baby and toddler swimming teacher who holds classes all over Leeds. It’s a great way to help the little ones get used to the water and start learning to swim in a safe, secure environment – and you’ll enjoy it as much as they do, as you watch them take a dip for the very first time.

Turtle Tots run classes at The Marriott Hotel, Farnley Academy, Milestones School, The Forum Leisure Centre and Bramley Baths.