Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Under-Fives Newsletter

The Newsletter on the Under-Fives
Issue 137: July 2016

Welcome the Under-Fives newsletter - thanks for subscribing. I hope you are enjoying the holidays - there are plenty of suggestions for events to take children to below. Send me your comments on the places you go - email jill@studholme.net.

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Things to do in the Holidays

Find play centres, farms, parks, steam trains, pushchair walks and other places to go this summer.

Children's Parties

Children's Parties

Loads of entertainers for your children's party are now listed at


Recommended Nurseries

A day nursery takes children up to school age for whole or half day sessions. Find a good one near you for September at

Events for the Under-Fives

E-mail your event to jill@under-fives.org and I'll be pleased to publish them here.

Dinosaurs Awaken Maize Maze

At the National Forest Adventure Farm - navigate a short Dino-Babies mini maze for younger children to enjoy or go for the full 3 mile T-Rex and velociraptor experience. From now until Sunday 4 September.

Summer Play Trail

Explore, play and enjoy the great outdoors with a self-led trail at Ilam Park this summer. Suitable for families of all ages, you'll be able to build a den, play pooh sticks, spot sheep and balance on logs along the way. On now until Sunday 11 September

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring your Teddy and picnic and enjoy the Ford Green Hall garden. Craft activity, Story Telling, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle. Wednesday 27 July.

Barney Buffers Summer Family Fun

Take a ride behind the Churnet Valley's Friendly Engine 'Barney Buffers' on the Toyland Express, with balloonists on-board to create shapes and animals. Stop off at a startion to practice circus skills or watch magic come alive. Saturday 30 - Sunday 31st July.

The Smartest Giant in Town

family afternoon performance of Julia Donaldson's and Alex Scheffler's story of a giant who gives his clothes away to those who need them more than he does. Take a chair or a rug to sit on and join in the singing at Biddulph Grange Garden Saturday 6th August.

LazyTown Live

At the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, August 6-8.

Summer Family Day at Museum of Cannock Chase

Face painting, art and craft activities, willow weaving, Punch and Judy shows, stalls and displays, pop up pottery workshops, special gallery openings, free vintage bus rides, hot food available, picnic areas, fun and games. Sunday 7 August.

Hady Miniature Railway Train Rides at Chesterfield

Train rides for all ages. Fridays in July and August.

Family Festival: Toddler Family Adventures

Let your child explore the woods in Buxton with the help of experienced instructors. Accompany your child through a fun adventure to a brand new camp location and enjoy marshmallows on the open fire. Saturday 30 July from 10 to 12.

Beatrix's Animals

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Until October at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

Pregnancy and Under-Fives News

A slew of news this month about the weight of infants.

Shop-bought meals 'healthier for infants than homemade ones'

Home-prepared dishes may be cheaper to put together but may lead to young children gaining weight, new study finds

Pre-Pregnancy Obesity Linked To Infant Growth

Women who are obese even before pregnancy may give birth to babies larger in size, a study says.

10% of parents give toddlers adult-sized food portions

Around 80 per cent of children aged one to four are often given more food than they need, survey shows

Educating parents on healthy infant sleep habits may help prevent obesity

Teaching parents bedtime techniques to encourage healthy sleep habits in their infants may help prevent obesity, according to researchers.

Infants prefer toys typed to their gender, says study

Children as young as 9 months-old prefer to play with toys specific to their own gender, according to a new study.

First Baby Arrived Early? Second Baby may be Premature

Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests.

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