Little Explorers – Weekly Nature Clubs For Under 5s
In our toddler and pre-school adventures, we use our imagination to explore and play 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 little nature reserve and a secret wildlife garden.
Each week we explore a different topic and link these in with our activities. Every session starts with a little arts and crafts activity; followed by a fun exploratory walk of the site, which may include: bug hunting, looking for colours in nature or listening for outdoor sounds, etc; then a story; and finish off with a light fruit snack. We’re always looking for wildlife and love spotting bugs, foxes, birds, newts and frogs. Our sessions are very 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 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.
There’s no need to book for any of our weekly clubs, you can just turn up and join in.
|Mondays||10-11.30 am||Frendsbury Gardens, SE4|
|Tuesdays||10.15-11.45 am||Dacres Wood, SE23 2NZ|
|Wednesdays||10.30-12 noon||Beckenham Place Park, BR3 1UH|
|Fridays||10-11.30 am||Frendsbury Gardens, SE4|
|1.00-2.30pm||Frendsbury Gardens, SE4|
Frendsbury Gardens (SE4) Mondays and Fridays 10-11.30am & Fridays 1-2.30pm
Once an overgrown wasteland, Frendsbury Gardens was turned into a beautiful community Garden nearly 10 years ago. It’s a wonderful little space where the children enjoy gardening, exploring and running around together, playing in the mud kitchen, bug hunting and trying to find the frog that lives in the pond!
Dacres Wood Nature Reserve, (SE23) – Tuesdays 10.15-1145am
Dacres Wood is a magnificent little 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 onsite with a toilet and classrooms for our crafting, if it’s raining outside.
Beckenham Place Park (BR3) Wed 10.30-12 noon
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 is due to start next Spring, with a fantastic new lake planned, along with replanting parts of the woods.
Our Little Explorers have been based near the Sensory Garden area of the park, not far from the Mansion, with the opportunity to explore further a field when the mood takes us. Click here for directions of how to find us
We’re trialling an booking option to make it easier for parents to book into our Beckenham Place Park club. If you’d prefer not to pay online let us know you’re coming along by emailing us at: email@example.com
How to Pay:
Our sessions cost £7 per child, siblings (or multiples if you’re a childminder) £3.
There’s no need to prebook or prepay for our session, you can just turn up, pay as you go and join in the fun. Our regulars like find prepaying for 6 a convenient way of paying as you don’t have to remember to bringing cash with them and it’s flexibility means you’re not tied in to attending every week as it’s valid for 3 months.
We also offer a termly option for those who like to attend every week. By paying for a whole term you’re guaranteed a space at your favourite site, on your preferred day, regardless of how full the club gets. The best part is you can attend any club on any day, or attend all three a week, if you so wish, for the same price.
|Pay as You Go||Pay per visit||£7 per child
£3 per sibling (or multiples if you’re a childminder)
|Prepay Term||.Our regular club goers can pay for a whole term for less that £5.50 per session.. Once you’ve paid using the Paypal link, just drop us an email to let us know your preferred club day/site.||
|Prepay 6 Sessions||6 sessions for the price of 5. These don’t have to be used consecutively. These can be used at any of our sites, so that you can swap and change when and where you join us||£35|
Terms and Conditions
Prepay 6 – Must be used within 3 months from date of purchase
Prepay Term – Prepayment in full. We’re unable to offer those who attend halfway through the term a discount. Spring/Summer term runs from Monday 16th April to 20th July, excluding bank holidays and half term (28th-31st May)