If you’re looking for a calm but sociable baby group with elements of messy play then BearsXplor baby group in Greenhithe is the group for you!
BearsXplor is a baby group for 0-2 years old. The session starts by saying hello to everyone (in a little sing song!) and then a few songs and nursery rhymes with maracas for the little ones. The rest of the session is then spent free flow exploring some messy play and sensory play set ups.
BearsXplor baby group is held in Greenhithe at the En Pointe School of Dance, 1 North Star Boulevard, Greenhithe, DA9 9UG. If you’re driving, you’ll want to park in the large ASDA car park, walk through to the back of ASDA, across the courtyard and you’ll find the En Pointe School of Dance on your right.
If you want to let your little ones have a run around after class the North Star Boulevard Playground is just around the back of the building – it’s a small playground but nice enough. You can also walk along the Thames and see the boats.
Being in Greenhithe, if you have errands to run there’s plenty to do – ASDA itself has a cafe and pharmacy, and nearby you have the industrial estate which alongside shops also has Burger King, Costa and even soft play! So if you want to stay out of the house for the whole of your Friday, there’s plenty around to keep you busy.
The BearsXplor baby group in Greenhithe is held on Fridays at 1-2pm, during term times only. Keep up to date with when sessions are running via their Instagram Page, where you can also DM them to book in.
Myself, Arthur (my two year old toddler) and Ada (my baby) attended BearsXplor on Friday 12th November.
Tasha, the founder of BearsXplor, was running a special offer to promote the new class, so we booked on for 2 sessions for £10 all in. Unfortunately we couldn’t make the second class as Arthur came down with a rotten cold, so my review is of our first session.
We arrived early as I was a little unsure of where I was going, but it was actually really easy to find – parking was free in ASDA and you just walk through the ASDA foyer out to the back, then the dance studio is to the right on the little parade of shops straight ahead.
Once we’d settled down and everyone else had arrived, we sat in a circle with some maracas and sang a hello song to introduce all the children – Arthur loved this and was waving and singing to the children! We then sang a few nursery rhymes before the messy play set ups were introduced.
There was a good amount of messy and sensory play on offer although it was definitely more tailored for babies and younger toddlers – Arthur was a little old for this group, really, but he still had fun! Tasha had set up a playdough area with some moulds, a sensory rice tray, some small soft play building blocks with balls, a shaving foam messy tray, a rice crispies messy play tray and a foil sensory area for the younger babies.
Overall it was a good group in a great location! It’s definitely one I’d like to revisit with Ada, my youngest, when she is a little older – I think 6-18 months would be the perfect age for the child to really get the most out of this group!
PS – If you visit off the back of my recommendation, please tag me in your photos on Instagram and use the hashtag #JodetopiaInKent
Are you looking for other things to do with your baby or toddler in Kent? Why not try Splat Messy Play or Ebbsfleet Coffee Morning? If you prefer to be outdoors, you could explore the Bluewater Nature Trail.