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.
We had such a great session today, we had lots of new faces and it was great to welcome back some old friends.
Our story today was Choo Choo clickety clack, by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe. It's all about the sounds vehicles make and we had great fun discovering each sound and matching them with the story.
The morning was spent exploring shapes, especially those we can find on cars and lorries.
We also made shapes in shaving foam, which was very messy fun!
Chris From Global Fusion came today, it was his first time here, but the kids really enjoyed his session. We sung about all the different things we do at the Big Red Bus and played some amazing instruments as we sang 'I am the music man, I come from far away'. The children all joined in brilliantly and after one of them pretended to be Chris!
Next week we are discovering more sounds, but this time Animal Sounds and making some musical instruments, so come along for some shakerific fun!
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.
We are a family wellbeing centre, free to use and running projects developed by local families, at the heart of the Big Red Bus Club is our daily stay and play for children under five and families. The stay and play runs 12.30pm - 3pm, weekdays term time only and is entirely volunteer run and led.
This is a free daily stay and play. There is no charge for families. A place to meet others and make friends.
"The best thing at Big Red Bus Club is the team, everybody is nice and friendly." Family Survey 2018
Based in Charlton Park we also run projects that support our whole family approach to wellbeing including supporting families with children with Special Educational Needs, Disability, community events and a whole packed programme of activities that help us be healthy and happy families.
Local kids put their baking skills to the test today as they tried out the Big Red Bus Club’s new mud kitchen designed and created for us by the great volunteers at Men in Sheds.
A huge range of delights worthy of The Great British Bake Off were made, including worm spaghetti, leaf mould pastries and mud cakes.
Hours of fun was had as lucky kids took part in a volunteer preview day to test out our great new outdoor resource.
As regulars to the Big Red Bus Club know, our summer term will see a return of our Free Friday gardening club and this mud kitchen will be a great addition to our garden and external play spaces.
A regular user of the Big Red Bus Club, Oscar Massand, aged two and eight months, said’
“I enjoy playing in the mud kitchen and mixing leaves”.
It’s donations like these from Men in Shed’s and Mears, who donated the sink, which means we can stay free and open to all.