We are currently working on this section. In the meantime, please do contact us if you have any recommendations for Activities for babies & toddlers in and around Rennes
Recommended by Sophie Edward
The ludothèque is just like a library but for toys! It is open to parents and children to either play there which is free or borrow the toys but there is a charge for this.
You can also hire giant games such as Connect Four for parties.
The ludothèque is open Monday to Fridays. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 16h30/18h00 and Wednesday 10h00/12h30 and 13h30/18h00. Hours change during school holidays.
88 rue dangleterre
"Everyone is friendly and there is a great selection of toys! A good activity for rainy days" (SE, March 2012)
Recommended by Sara Plumier
A first stop for all parents when moving in to your new town/city in France should be the ´Centre Social´. Not only do they offer plenty of activities for babies, toddlers and children of all ages but also offer lots of fun activities for parents to – it really is the centre of activity in every French town.
The ´ARCS´in Rennes gives information on each ´Centre Social´in the Rennes area. On their website (www.centres-sociaux-rennais.fr/) you can find details of all the activities offered and a list of all the ones in the Rennes metropolitan area. For the surrounding area and the rest of Brittany visit http://centres-sociaux-bretagne.fr for a map and list of all the centre socials and links to their web pages.
“The Centre Social in Plelan really has been a god send for me! As my town doesn´t have a nursery I struggled to find activities for my 2 year old until I found the parents and babies/toddlers group there. It cost just 3 euros to become a member and 3 euros for the year for the group – a bargain! It´s a wonderful safe, clean and well equipped play area where all the children are free to play as they please with some organised activities such as painting and story telling and a once a month trip to library for a reading session. I can´t recommend it highly enough- I don´t know what I would have done without it!´ (SP, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Clare Roberts
A music school based in the centre of the city which offers courses for children of all ages in particular classes for babies/toddlers aged 9 months to 3 years along with parent or care giver. Parents and their child share massages, relaxation, traditional and modern songs, nursery rhymes and discover different sensorial activities (touch, smell etc.)
2, rue Eugène Pottier 35000 RENNES
“This is a lovely place and a fun activity to do with your little one, it has also helped me improve my French and not only given my child his first introduction to the world of music but also prepared him a little to when he will start school and be able to learn some of the traditional songs and start to develop his French´ (CR, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Sarah Fraser
This swimming pool runs baby swmming classes weekly starting in September. It also has a small pool you can take your baby or toddler along to.
1 SQUARE D ALSACE
Telephone: 02 23 62 27 50
“I first started to take my son to the ´Bebe Nager´classes when he was 8 months old and it´s been a great experience. We now go along to the pool at least once a month to have a swim and unlike a lot of the other pools here the water is lovely and warm!” (SF, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Sara Plumier
Activities centre for kids. Area for 18 months to 3 year olds with age appropriate activities such as discovery toys, ball pool, large play vehicles, playhouses and lots more. Area for 2 to 12 year olds includes a mega laberinth, giant slides, bouncy castles, karting, rides, ball pool and obstacle courses.
Complex Cap Malo, Ave. de Grand Jardin, 35520 Melesse
“You can easily spend a whole day here with the kids as there are so many things to do and explore” (SP, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Clara Turnbull
Weekly mother and baby massage classes and also ´Pousette bebe´exercise classes.
Studio PILATES - VIVALIS 12 B rue du Patis Tatelin - Les Longschamps 35000 RENNES
Telephone: 02 99 36 78 87
“I´ve learnt so much from these classes and managed to spend a relaxing hour with my son, highly recommended” (CT, Sep 2011)
Recommended by Lorna Bison
La Cabane à Lire is a place for Parents to go to enjoy a chat with other parents and for children to read books or take part in different workshops which are available through out the year. There is also a childrens library.
It is open all year round, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9h30 - 18h30. They serve Bio drinks and snacks for the whole family and is easily accessable for people with prams and wheelchairs.
18, Place Marcel Pagnol
35 170 Bruz
tel: 02 23 50 35 85
"I came across La Cabane à Lire by accident one day while i was in the town centre of Bruz, Great place for Mums and children to relax for a few hours and the staff were really friendly!" ( LB, March 2012)
Recommended by Jessica Le Goarant
Bébés Dauphins is a a group for children aged 6 moths to 7 years old to go with their parents on Saturday mornings, the time depends on the age group. The water is heated to 31/32 degrees and there is lots of different materials to use.The class is not there to teach the child to swim but to help develop their movements in the water and help construct their sensations and actions in the water.
2, rue de Bourgogne 35000 Rennes
"My baby was 6 months old when we started going to Bébés Dauphins. She did not like the water to start with, even the bath was a struggle but with the help from the staff we have got there and now she is a real water baby" (JLG, March 2012)
Ludopolis is an indoor play area with bouncy castle, Labyrinthe, trampolines and a space for the little ones too. They offer free wifi and they serve food including bio products. There is also wheelchair access and is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays 10h - 12h45 and 13h30 -18h45 and everyday non stop in the holidays. Under 2s are free and the prices range between 4 and 7.50 euros.
14 rue de la rigourdière, 35510 Cesson sevigne
"We go here every Wednesday for a few hours, so the kids can let off some steam. Staff are friendly and helpful and the kids are happy, what else do you need?" (SM, March 2012)