Last year I was lucky enough to discover a fantastic playgroup. In my experience, many privately run playgroups (and government funded ones!) can be very cliquey and souless. Not this one!
Jolly Mixture is run by the lovely Emer who makes the group so much fun and something we return to week after week. It has become so popular that on top of the original group she now does an extra two.
There are two held on a Friday – one at 9.45am and the other straight after at 11.05am. These are at St Mary’s Church Hall, in Solihull. There is one held at Shelly Farm Community centre on a Tuesday at 10.30. We go to the second session usually on a Friday. It costs us £4 for Harrison and Alex (prices on the website!) which is great value for the amount of fun we all have!
There is unlimited tea, coffee, juice and biscuits included within the price.
There is usually a couple of craft tables where the kids can have a go at making something to take home. Today, at the Christmas special at Shelly Farm we made reindeer food and decorated cute little wooden ornaments for the tree with glitter paint.
There are plenty of toys – role play toys, dressing up, cars, ride on toys, baby toys and soft play toys, and always books and puzzles to explore. Harrison and Alex always head straight for the crawling tunnel and ball tent! There are soft foam
Mats scattered around so it’s great for little babies – I took Alex when he was less than two weeks old!
After half an hour or so of free play and crafts, everyone sits in a circle
on the floor with singing and action songs. This is followed by parachute games and then every kids favourite – bubbles! It’s always finished with an energetic dance and sing along to the Hokey Cokey.
After this, there is always a visit from either Jack the Pirate or Molly the Princess. My boys are a little unsure of Molly but love Jack and always run for high fives and hugs.
There’s always such a lovely atmosphere at the group whether it’s a busy day or a quiet day. I’ve made some really good friends from there and I know the kids always have a great time.
Emer also does children’s parties with soft play, face paint, sand art, singing and dancing. I haven’t had one of these parties (yet!) but my friend had one for her sons 3rd birthday and said it was amazing!
If you’re a Brummie or Solihull mum, come along!
Visit the website here
And another review can be found here