Below are our readers suggestions for things to do with babies and toddlers. Please contact us if you have any recommendations for activities for babies & toddlers in Toulouse.
Recommended by Oli Haurant
The group of English speaking mums get together twice a week in a hall in Leguevin, just outside Toulouse (about 15mins). They also have a centre in Lardennes they meet in for a Kids Club for kids aged 3+ one Wednesday a month, and at members houses for pregnancy support groups and new mums groups. Offers invaluable support for mums away from home, including clothes /DVD/ book swaps and mums nights out.
“It is wonderful to find an English speaking group like this in France. When the children are immersed in French school, the opportunity to participate in English workshops is invaluable. Also, for the parents to meet up and chat over a good cuppa, is time well spent.” (OH, November 2011)
Recommended by Helen Saks
Activity centre for kids aged from 6 months to 9 years old. There is one centre in the middle of Toulouse and another in Beauzelle. Like a huge jungle gym, the structured activities are held according to age, starting an ending with a song in english. It is designed to build the children’s physical confidence.
21 r Industrie 31000 TOULOUSE
05 34 26 17 50 / 09 64 46 42 57
64 route de Grenade, 31700 BEAUZELLE
05 61 26 37 16
“The obstacle courses really help the children to learn balance and co-ordination. I think my son has gained a lot from My Gym in terms of knowing what he is physically capable of. They also have a little song in english at the beginning and end of the sessions.” (HS, November 2011)
Recommended by Sandra Haurant
Perfect for kids, this cafe / activity centre is designed to keep the littl’uns amused. With 3 play areas, one for tinies, another for tiddlers and a huge jungle gym for bigger kids. They also run english lessons, have a garderie and workshops on subjects of interest to mum and kids. Kiddie friendly toilets too with changing areas and child loos.
20 Bis pl Occitane 31000 TOULOUSE
05 62 30 11 80
“The kids are free to run around safely and the big jungle gym keeps them entertained for hours. Mums finally get a chance to finish a conversation at Ze Pleygraound.” (SH, November 2011)
Recommended by Tiffany Colombie
Activity centre for children aged 0-12 years. They have jungle gyms, a dance floor, cars to race and games to play.
185 ave de Fronton
05 61 75 97 83
“You pay a flat rate for the whole day and there are loads of inflatables and activities for the kids in this warehouse. The food is also exceptionally good, with couscous and salad dishes. They have a disco and you can host your child’s parties here.” (TC, Dec 2011)
Recommended by Jenny Barnes
Baby massage increases bonding, can ease colic, aid sleep, help increase immunity, plus many other benefits. This is a five week course in your own home. Individual 25 € plus charge for km and group sessions 20 € Oils and comprehensive handouts included.
06 62 39 84 12
“I really enjoyed the course and it made me realise the importance of touch. I always felt at ease with Linda who is a competent and patient trainer. It really helped me bond with my baby daughter and to become aware of her all important cues." (JB, Dec 2011)
Recommended by Anna Jean
MOPS (mothers of pre achoolers) is a group of mums who meet at the Toulouse International Church in Cornebarrieau several times a month. They exist to meet the needs of every mum - no matter what their situation - Mums with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best mums they can be! The support group celebrates the joys of motherhood and offers the children a chance to play while the mums chat, as “Moppets” - creche workers, take care of them during the sessions.
"Going from working full-time to stay at home with three kids in a foreign country - MOPS was there for me! MOPS mornings are a special time for moms only (thanks to MOPPETS volunteers)! Through MOPS lessons/activities I rediscovered what I still like and enjoy as adult. MOPS lessons have also helped me be a better wife and a mom."
Recommended by Lauren Coetzee
ZAC Perget RN 124 Sortie no 6 rte Auch, 31770 Colomiers
05 34 50 53 65
“A great day out on a Sunday, Aaron loves the animals, especially the fish. Just to have somewhere to go on the Sunday is great. We enjoy the plants!” (LC, December 2011)