In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to play and explorer outdoors
… are a fun way to introduce children to the joys of playing and exploring in nature. Our sessions take place in various locations across South East London, including a hidden nature reserve and a secret wildlife garden.
We’re very passionate about encouraging children to spend outdoors, learning through play by exploring their natural world. Each week we explore a different topic and link these in with our activities. Our sessions start with an arts and crafts activity; and finishes with a story; followed by a light fruit snack, with lots of free play in between.. We’re always looking for wildlife, bug hunting for worms, beetles and snails; listening for birds and looking for signs of the animals we share our spaces with. Our sessions are informal, and we like the kids to explore at their own pace, which is why we have mud kitchens and trowels for digging, spotter sheets, books and bug pots for those who want to investigate on their own.
Parents and children should be prepared for outdoor play, and wellies are always a good idea if you think it’s going to be muddy. We have spare waterproofs for the kids if you forget to bring them or don’t have any.
Visit our Facebook page for up to date photos to see what activities we’ve been up to recently.
Our Weekly Timetable
We’re currently running in 6 week half-terms, rather than full terms. Our new term starts back on the 19th April and runs till 28th May 2021.
New for 2021 Common Growth Community Garden (SE4 2NS)
We’re new to this site and very much looking forward to exploring it with our Little Explorers. Common Growth Community Garden in between New Cross and Brockley, and (as the crow flies) a short distance from the New Cross Gate Cutting (run by London Wildlife) so we may find some interesting creatures living in this site.
Dacres Wood is a magnificent hidden nature reserve in Forest Hill. It has a small woodland area, with a wonderful variety of trees and flowers, a small open meadow and a huge pond teaming with wildlife. It’s a great space to spot different birds, amphibians, bugs and, if you’re lucky, a family of foxes.
Here we can pond dip, hide in the huge holes in the trees, spot different birds, roll around in the meadow and run around enjoying being outdoors. There’s also a heated building on site with a toilet and classrooms for our crafting if it’s raining outside.
Beckenham Place Park (BR3) (starts back 6th May 2021)
One of our favourite parks in London, Beckenham Place Park is a really special green space, with lots of magical spots to enjoy. A major redevelopment of the park started in spring 2019, creating a new swimming lake, a playground, and restoring the old stable block, along with replanting parts of the woods.
We meet the Gardeners Cottage, near the new playground, from where we’ll be able to go on walks together to explore this beautiful green space and the wildlife living within it.
How to Book
Our places get booked up quite quickly so if you can’t see what you’re looking for on Happity then get in touch and we’ll add you to our waiting list
Currently all session have to be pre-booked for a term, this is to reduce the risk of infection as we’re better able to create safe ‘bubbles’ with the same people attending every week.
What to Bring
We run in all weather, as long as it’s safe to, so please make sure both you and your child are dressed appropriately. Wellies are great for rainy play and mud suits are worth investing in as it means the children can enjoy their time in the rain.
We’re not currently providing snacks or drinks but you’re very welcome to bring your own.
To help everyone stay safe we’re implementing the following:
- asking people to book for a term at a time so that we can create safe ‘bubbles’ with the same people visiting every week. We will be running small groups, following the government’s guidelines.
- handwashing facilities are available at the entrance for everyone to wash and disinfect their hands when they arrive and before they leave the site. We advise parents that they should also wash their hands regularly during the session.
- reducing the amount of tools and equipment available to share
- providing individual ‘explorer’s bags’ for each child at the beginning of each season with magnifying glasses, spotter/activity sheets and materials for craft activity
If we have to cancel due to COVID-19, for instance if we go into a local lockdown, then we will be unable to offer you a refund but will instead offer a credit for future sessions. We are unable to offer you a refund if you or your child fall ill and are unable to attend.