Top Activities for under 5s in Suffolk this month

Written by MiriamSpall on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:49

As parents, we are always on the lookout for suitable activities for our children, and as new parents, we often don’t know where those activities are taking place!. Events for under 5s, are just a little bit harder to find as they often require specialist support and safer surroundings.  

If you are looking for those activities that will stimulate your baby's senses, development and meet other new parents in the process you have come to the right place! We have put together a list of activities suitable for children under 5s in Suffolk, organized by local and qualified providers, from signing courses to pumpkin decorating. Don’t forget to also check out your local Children's Centre or Library for events!

Baby Sensory Saturday Fun

Who: Baby Sensory  

Where: Unit 7 Grange Business Centre Tommy Flowers Drive Ipswich, IP5 2BY

When: Nov 04 - 10:00 to 12:00

Tel. 07825 350780

Cost: 45-minute class £5 each.

Suitable for Birth to 13 months

What better way to spend your Saturday morning than by enjoying and exploring new sounds and sensory games with your baby. This November, come and join their “Daddy and me” session at 10 am and their “Family Session” at 11 am. November’s theme is “Baby Sailor”

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Halloween Pumpkin Painting

Who: Abstract Art

Where: Mildenhall, IP28 7EQ

When: Oct 24 -  13:00 to 15:00

Tel. 07758 512797

Cost: £10 pp drop-in session. price includes all materials

Suitable for Age 3+

Bring your children to a professional art studio this half term and let their creativity fly.  A great alternative to pumpkin carving for the little ones,  this Pumpkin Painting workshop is suitable for children age 3+ and a perfect activity for Halloween.

Open farm - October Half-Term

Who: Colchester and Ipswich Sling Library

Where: 83 Hungerdown Lane, Lawford, CO112LY

When: Oct 27 -  10:00 to 13:00

Cost: FREE

Tel 07547 641573

A fantastic event to for your under 5s this half term! Organized by the Colchester and Ipswich Sling Library, there will be plenty of activities to keep our toddler entertained. You can expect; Pumpkin trail, bat cave, mask making and puppetry, farm shop, clothes for sale, farm walks and apple pressing. Do not miss it!

Baby Pumpkin

Who: Baby Sensory  

Where: Tower Hall Rushmere St Andrew Ipswich Suffolk IP4 5SU

When: Oct 28 -  9:30 to 16:30

9.30-10.30am 7-13 months
11.00-midday 0-7 months
12.30-1.30pm 0-13 months
2.00-3.00pm 7-13 months
3.30-4.30pm 0-7 months

Tel. 07825 350780

Cost: Ticket price £10 for 1 baby and up to 2 adults

Sensory is having a Baby Pumpkin themed class full of sensory delights. These include amazing activities, baby friendly fireworks, a bonfire, bouncing pumpkins and a magical pumpkin patch.

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Water Babies Free Taster Session

Who: Water Babies Suffolk

Where and When:

Monday 30th October 4.45pm at Thomas Wolsey School
Bury St Edmunds
Monday 30th October 1 pm at Culford (1 space remaining)
Tuesday 31st October 11 am at Barrow
Semer (near Hadleigh)
Tuesday 31st October 9.15am

Tel.01206 841126

These tasters are suitable for little ones up to 12 months old.

Cost: FREE

Hurry up and book a free taster this October! These are very popular events so make sure you book well in advance.  Water Babies award-winning sessions are the way to go with young children.


Baby Signing Basics Course - Elmswell

Who: Little Signers Club Suffolk

Where: The Blackbourne, Blackbourne Road, Elmswell, IP30 9UH

When: Nov 08 - 9:45 to Dec 13 - 9:45

Tel: 07720 349424.

Cost: £45 for 6 weeks

Suitable for babies and toddlers

Elmswell Baby Signing Basics class. The course is for 6 weeks and runs weekly starting on 13 September from 0945 to 1015. Book Now

Baby Signing Basics Course - Ipswich

Who: Little Signers Club Suffolk

Where: Ipswich, IP9 2LY

When: Nov 10 - 9:45 to Dec 15 - 9:45

Ipswich Town Centre - Christ Church, Tacket Street  Baby Signing Basics course starting on Friday 15 September at 9.45am to 10.15am weekly for 6 weeks.

Cost: £45 for 6 weeks

Suitable for babies & toddlers Book Now


FREE Baby Signing Taster - Ipswich

Who: Little Signers Club Suffolk

Where: St Peter's by the Waterfront,  College Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF

When:  Oct 30 - 10:00 to 10:30 

To book your place please email  

Come and find out about the wonders of Baby Signing. The ultimate parenting hack! Little Signers Club is delighted to be able to join in with La Tour Cycle. Book Now

Children's Autumnal Crafts

Who: Ickworth

Where: Bury Saint Edmunds, IP29 5QE

When: Oct 21 to Oct 29 - 10:30 - 4:00 pm

Cost: £2.00

Suitable for 3+

Craft is always a winner with children of all ages. Take the family to Ickworth this October and enjoy its majestic surroundings whilst the young ones do crafts, den building, and play giant games on the North Lawn.

Apple day - cancelled

Who: Friends of Holywells Park

Where: Ipswich, IP3 0PG

When: Oct 21 -  11:00 to 14:00

Suitable for the whole family.

a great family event taking place at Holywells Park Orchard. The children will enjoy a variety of activities including apple bobbing, pumpkin carving, storytelling from the hammock and taking part in an apple quiz.  There will also be plenty of apple treats such as apple fritters, fresh pressed apple juice, toffee apples, homemade soup and other Apple products.

Minibeasts with ZooLab

Who: Ipswich County Library

Where: Northgate St Ipswich IP1 3

When: Oct 24 -  10:00 to 12:15

Cost: £5

Suitable for 3 to 11-year-olds

Young children love the sensory aspect of handling different animals and it is a fantastic learning experience. Zoo Labs is coming to Ipswich Library this October bringing with them a selection of their fascinating creatures, remember to book in advance! Click here for more special Suffolk Library events.

A Mammoth Eco-Event - Families

Who: Ipswich Museum

Where: High St, Ipswich IP1 3QH

When: Oct 24 -  11:00 to 15:00

Cost: FREE

Suitable for families.

It is never too early to learn about how to save our planet! Join the Teapot Project and the Ipswich museum for a fun day of crafts, science, and discovery.

Ask the Expert - Bring in your treasures!

Who: Ipswich Museum

Where: Ipswich, IP1 3QH

When: Oct 25 -  10:00 to 16:00

Cost: Free Drop-in event - no booking required.

Suitable for families.

Oct 25th is the “Ask The Expert Day” at the Ipswich Museum! Have you ever found something interesting and wondered what it might be? In this session will be looking at fossils, rocks, bones, teeth and small bugs (if well-contained) - but all treasures are welcome!


Who: Dance East

Where: Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Ln, Ipswich IP4 1DW

When: Oct 29 -  10:00 to 12:00

Cost: £4 Adult, £3 Child

Most suitable for under-5s and their families.

Tel. 01473 295230

Have you got a toddler that love dancing? If you do, they won't be able to resist dancing at Dance East’s baby-friendly disco. There will also be face-painting, crafts and a performance from The Seedling by Karen Louise Dance and Anna Rowe Dance.

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Princess V's Superheros Fun Day!

Who: Just Jay Dance

Where: Maidenhall Sports Centre 

When: 21st October 2017 - 10.30am till 2 pm!

Cost: Price is £11 online or £14 on the door 

Suitable for Ages 4-10

For more information please contact Jay on 07549130959

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Ipswich Fit

Sports Centres are ideal for active young children, this October, Ipswich fit has organized activities suitable for under 5s, such as Bouncy play, Little One's Rollerskating and Family trampolining. Perfect to introduce them to new activities and burn some energy! For more information visit their Website.

NORTHGATE - Tel: 01473 433655

What: Bouncy Play - 2 jungle themed bouncy castles and soft play

When: Monday, Oct 23rd 10-12pm

Suitable: for 3-7yrs

Cost: £3.90


What: Little Ones Rollerskating - A session for juniors to practice their skating in a disco atmosphere. Skates are limited, so please bring your own if you have them.

When: Wed Oct 25th 1.00 - 2.00pm

Suitable: for 3-7yrs

Cost: £2.70


What: Family Trampolining- Mums and Dads welcome to book and bounce too. Children under 7 must have an adult stay with them.

When: Fri Wed 27th 10-11am or 11am-12pm

Tel: 01473 433655

Suitable: 3yrs+

Cost: £4.55

WHITTON - Tel: 01473 433655

What: Soft play - This is an un-staffed session that allows under 5’s to let themselves loose on our soft play area which includes soft play equipment and a ball pool. The session is open so you can come and go as you please.

When:  Oct Mon 23/Wed 25 | 10.30am-1.30pm

Cost: £2.50

Suitable: 0-3yrs


What: Bouncy Play - 2 jungle themed bouncy castles and soft play

When: Oct, Tues 24| 9.30-11am

Cost: £3.90

Suitable: 3-7yrs


What: Little Ones Rollerskating - A session for juniors to practice their skating in a disco atmosphere. Skates are limited, so please bring your own if you have them.

When: Oct, Fri 27 | 12.45-1.45pm

Tel:01473 433655

Cost: £2.70

Suitable: 3-7yrs


What:  Family Floating Session - The Family Float session is a public session in the Leisure Pool for families who wish to use the pool rafts, rings, and beach balls. Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October Website

When: Families
11:00am – 12:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
11:00am – 12:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
11:00am – 12:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: £4.30 adult / £3.05 child


What: Family Fridays - Family Swim

When:  Fri | 6-8pm

Suitable:  3yrs+

Cost: £6.75



What: Soft Play

When: Mon/Thur | 12-3pm

Suitable: 0-4yrs

Cost: £2.50


What: Junior Jumpers - A coached session suitable for both beginners and improvers, where children can get an introduction to the basic skills and movements on a trampoline, as well as look at working towards achievement certificates. Please make sure your child wears socks and long sleeves for this session.

When: Tues | 3.30-4.30pm

Suitable: 4-16yrs.

Cost: £4.55


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