Proper outdoor playtime – a weekly child-led session for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers.
Outdoor nature play has many proven benefits for pre-schoolers. It supports their development, stimulates their senses, improves creativity, and boosts immunity.
That’s why our Outdoor Learning Team is passionate about creating space outside for children and toddlers to run free, discover play opportunities and become confident about being outside - whatever the weather!
Taking place in a dedicated area of Howe Park Wood every Thursday, Tree Tots offers a range of activities designed just for under-5s. You’ll get to join in all kinds of fun things that connect you and your little one with nature – from ‘cooking’ in mud kitchens, balancing on ropes and swinging in hammocks to playing with water, exploring the great outdoors and collecting natural treasure.
Tree Tots takes place in all weathers (unless it’s very extreme) because we believe that children should have the opportunity to experience the wild outdoors – whether that’s rain, wind, sun or snow. A spare change of clothes to change into on the way home is recommended as we expect your Tree Tots will enjoy getting wet and mucky during the session! Adults are also reminded to dress for the weather so that you can enjoy being outside just as much as your Tree Tot. Please note that the site gets particularly muddy in Winter (which makes it all the more fun!) but waterproof boots and clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy are recommended.
To minimise our impact on the planet, the majority of the toys and resources available for children to play with at Tree Tots are either second-hand, handmade donated, or plastic-free.
Sessions start at 10am and 11am in Summer and at 10am in Winter, and each lasts 50 minutes.
Please note that we are currently running our Winter timetable, meaning that sessions are at 10am only each week.
Please note that children that can toddle or crawl will get the most out of the sessions, but babies under 6 months are more than welcome and do not need to book a space.
Accompanying adults are required to stay for the duration of the session, and are fully responsible for their child.
We do not refund bookings.