Our blog by Parents for Parents...
What's On 4 is run by a group of mums based throughout the UK. As we take on our mission to keep babies, toddlers and kids from Kent to Scotland active we've been joined by fantastic supporters and like minded activity providers. Here you'll find some inspiration, information and informal advice! Enjoy!
Thinking of baby swimming? You’re in safe hands with our Super Hero teachers!
Swimming with your baby is a very special time, where you can focus purely on each other and enjoy the closeness of playing in water. It’s the perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows their muscles to move freely while being supported by its buoyancy. What’s more, swimming develops learning skills, boosts confidence, improves co-ordination and enhances wellbeing. And all the time, your little one will be learning a potentially life-saving skill.
Here at Water Babies, one of our core philosophies is that we’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim. So together, we’ll teach your child to feel safe and confident both above and below the water. Read More →
Family friendly Mother’s Day activities
Some inspiration for families wanting to celebrate Mothering Sunday, while making if fun for the little ones too...
Find family day out ideas throughout the UK, simply select 'days out' in your drop down box. Or why not see our mums reviews for the best days out in their opinion here.
And if you're Oxfordshire based our kid's activities expert in your region has selected her favourites for you here Read More →
Our Oxfordshire based kids activities expert tells us how to celebrate all things pancakes in Oxfordshire
Did you know that Wallingford hosts one of the oldest pancake races in the country? Tradition has it that you just need a frying pan and pancake to join in the family race around the Market Place. This year it’s in aid of The Health & Well Being Centre in Wallingford. You need to register from 9.30am, and kids get a head start at 10am, with adults joining in at 10.15. Check here for more info
And in the spirit of embracing the Shrove Tuesday pancake consumption tradition, here are five great family friendly choices in Oxfordshire that kids young and old will love!...
Rugby For Little Ones? Really?!
“Football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans, Rugby is a hooligans game played by gentlemen” Unknown.
Why is this?
The two sports are both physically active and similar in their strategy, in fact Rugby evolved from “the beautiful game”. In the current world the major differences can be found in their ethos and core values.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU) actively promotes its core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. These core values are treasured and pushed through at all levels from the England 1st XV to market leaders in children’s development specialists like RUGGERBUGS.
And let’s face it, that can be a challenge in this gloomy, cold season. Well, here’s a bit of inspiration...8 FREE ways to get your kids active in Oxfordshire and beyond...
1.Enter a fun run!
Great to get the whole family involved, even if it’s to walk it together. There’s the Oxford 5K Fun Run at 11am, 6th May.
Alternatively try the HYF Go Kids Run which is open to school kids years 1-6. To be held at 8.30am, 11th March, Henley. Just make sure you register via their school first.
2. Check out the brilliant 10 minute Shake Up games on the NHS Change4Life site
They’re age specific, Disney inspired, and cover dancing to racing. What’s not to like! Click here to get involved.
So, you thought it was impossible to work from home and be mum? Think again!
Written by - What's On 4 Franchisee for Oxfordshire - Jet Winsbury
Having moved to Oxfordshire this year, and having a little 2 year old tot of my own, I was hungry for kid-friendly things to do and keen to understand what this fabulous looking county really has to offer. And I've not been disappointed with my findings. So much so that I’ve recently joined the What's On 4 team and taken on the role of Oxfordshire Children’s Activity Expert.
Working completely from home but supported by an experienced team I'm able to not only provide my daughter with the care and attention she needs but help other parents find activities for their children too. It's been exciting to uncover the vast array of local things available to our little ones - and with a birth rate of approx 7k per year across Oxfordshire - it's a good job! Read More →