Everyday afternoon from 12.30pm – 3pm weekdays during school term time children who are under five can bring their adults along and play all afternoon for free.
Our team of volunteers put on fun creative activities, messy play, stories and so much more in our purpose built fun venue in Charlton Park. As parents ourselves we know sometimes every family needs to get out of the house, wear the kids out before bed, meet and make friends and be part of a wider community.
No need to book, just drop in.
The Wheel of Wellbeing developed by South London and Maudsley health trust is our community based approach to wellbeing. With our team of volunteer community champions we will be attending local community events to get families involved with the Wheel of Wellbeing game and make simple pledges to improve their own wellbeing.
The Wheel focuses on six spokes Body. Mind. Spirit. People. Place. Planet and together we can explore the small easy changes that will improve your families lives.
Our group of strong powerful women aims to support you to take your first steps on your running
adventure, at your own time and at your own pace. Come along and make friends and build real life goals that will help you to achieve your personal goals.
Run for the bus, play football with the kids or slip on your shoes and go for a 5K before a long Sunday lunch. We are here to make it happen.
Beginners from walking to running 1 or 2K
Tuesday, 10am, Big Red Bus Club, Charlton Park Cemetery Lane Entrance, SE7 8UB
Intermediate from comfortably running 1 or 2K, £2 a session
Thursday, 8pm, Big Red Bus Club, Charlton Park Cemetery Lane Entrance, SE7 8UB
Just turn up, during the term time, no need to book. Please wear trainers, a comfortable bra and bring a water bottle.
What a great time we had today. Super worm was the story we explored and we we did this in loads of ways...
We had our tuft tray filled with slimy spaghetti and tweezers, as the children arrived that was the thing they all headed for. We had some worm play dough mats, where we had to make long worms and short worms. We also had a wonderful time with our new bug hunting equipment, looking for bugs outside. We found little jumping flies and worms and looking at a shiny spider web through a magnifying glass is so fascinating.
Our sensory area was lit up with fish tubes and our disco lights. But what we all loved was the animals coming to visit. Colin the cockroach and Marvin the Millipede. We even fed some beaded dragons.
SEND Morning - Monday's 10am - 12pm (Term time only)
Who are we....
Play plus is a calm and friendly Music and Arts community project for parents and children under the age of 5, who have a SEND diagnosis or additional needs.
It’s a safe place, nurturing space and our team are supportive and have experience in this area from their own journeys. It's a great place to make new friends and we are thankful to Children in Need for their support to create our great group.
We have a calm environment for both children and parents with access to a secure outside space.
Each week we theme our session from great children’s books and include story telling, sensory play and different entertaining and educational activities that support your children's development, communication and confidence.
We have local artists and therapists join us too - from Relax Kids, Cathy Walker - interactive Story Teller and Dan from Theatre Bugs even Binky Felstead. It's great to have so much fun together.
It has been nice to meet other parents with children who have additional needs, it’s nice not to feel like people are trying to work out what’s wrong with your child. people are comfortable to ask questions or just to accept without judgement.
Where are we...
Near the Cemetery Lane Entrance of Charlton Park. There is a free car park near the play park, and we are on the 422, 486, 53, 54 & 380 bus routes.
Play Plus is kindly funded by Children in Need.
This term the Big Red Bus Club weekly stay and play for children and their families, Play Plus, has hit the jackpot. With a fantastic grant from the Postcode Lottery, volunteers and families at the Big Red Bus Club have been able to expand the whole group, get some great equipment for children with additional needs and work with a range of therapists to create a mindful and enriching environment.
Play Plus is here to support families with children under five, to make friends and get the support they need before, during and after diagnosis.Read more
A big thanks to all the volunteers who came along today to plant two new borders. As ever it's a real hodge podge jasmine and honey suckle for the nose, gladioli to touch, a riot of colour for the eyes and an apple tree for tasting. Volunteers and thier children took advantage of the glorious weather to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
As a charity every penny you spend hiring our wonderful venue and lovely equipment is spent right back in our community. By hiring us you are supporting our free Play Plus service for disabled children and their families or keeping our stay and plays open every day free of charge to local families.
You can hire us for 4 hours from either 10am-2pm or 2.30pm -6.30pm on Saturdays or Sundays for only £110.
Book us today with Skedda
Our standard package
Example timings based on 10am - 2pm booking
10-10.30am setting up
10.30 – 1.30pm party activity
1.30pm – 2pm tidy up and removal of waste from site.
Included within hire
- Indoor climbing frame
- Kitchen with play food
- Access to under five library
- Large abacus
- 2 baby bouncers/ chairs if needed
- 4 tables for under fives
- 20 under five chairs
- 8 adult chairs
- Fixed outdoor equipment - unlimited access to outdoor play ground
- Fully staffed tuck shop throughout
- Trained and qualified staff assistance four hours
We also have a wide range of toys and equipment to hire.
Dinosaur soft play £45
5 hand painted dinosaur soft play
10 block type soft play
Dinosaur and den £85
5 hand painted dinosaur soft play
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers
Sensory den package £85
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers (large music selection available) Assorted sensory balls 10 sensory blocks
Large sensory play mat
Ball pit package £55
10 soft play items
Soft play bonanza £155
4ft sensory den with internal lighting and blue tooth speakers (large music selection available)
10 piece soft play package
5 piece dinosaur package
2 play tunnels
Outdoor toy package £15 (not shown)
2 tomy cars for under fives
1 two child ride on
4 one child three wheel scooter
4 push along doll prams
1 wooden see saw
Other equipment available
Tea urn £10
Bubble machine with 1ltr of solution £25
Aura Optic light projector and Aroma therapy diffuser (a selection of oils available) £25
Six foot banquet table and adult chairs £7 per table
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If you have a equipment booking account code please let us know when booking.