All DROP-IN Activities (0-5 years) BY DAY Oxford


Botley Bridges

We’re Botley Bridges, a registered charitable company based in Botley on the outskirts of Oxford and serving the surrounding area including Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford. We provide services for children up to the age of 11 and their families at the site of the former Elm’s Road Children’s Centre.

Elms Rd, Oxford OX2 9JZ


Chatterboxes and Bookworms – Mondays 1.15-3.15pm (does not run through the summer holidays) £2 per family (plus concessions) – suitable for birth to 5

Well Baby Clinic (Health Visitor drop-in) – Wednesdays 1.00-2.30pm – FREE

Play and Learn – Fridays 9.00-11.30am (runs all year round) £2 per family (plus concessions) suitable for birth to 5 & older children welcome during the holidays

Baby Play & Learn – Fridays 1.15-3.00pm – £3 per family (concessions) suitable for non mobile babies or 0-1 year

Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard – we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.

Townsend Square, Oxford, OX4 4BB

01865 727721


Drop-in Play – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm

Doorstep Kitchen offers healthy snacks and lunches on Monday and Wednesday at 12 noon.

Bumps to Babies – Mondays: 10.30-12.00 – midwife drop-in including breastfeeding support. 07901707905

Youth Project – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm. Young people age 8-18 are welcome to drop in for play, activities and support.

Parenting Programme – we offer a regular 10 week parenting course aimed at families who feel they need some extra help to bring them together and move forwards with tough issues.

We also run a pre-school – click here for more info.

Go Go Sports Tots

The fun multi-skill sports class for 2-4 year olds and parents. Many games, parachute, jumping, balancing, coordination skills with balls, hoops, ropes, bean bags, scarves, mats. Lots of fun & running around! Classes based on ‘Kinderturnen’. Book in advance for term.

Mondays: 10:15-11:00 and 13:45-14:30
Tuesdays: 10:00-10:45

St Clement’s Family Centre, Cross Street, Oxford, OX4 1DA

07891 743030


Heart of the Wildwood – Wheatley


Come and join the fun in the woods next to Wheatley Littleworth Road. Help make the fire, cook bread over the fire, play hide and seek, climb trees, sing with us or just relax.

Wheatley Little Wild Ones: Mondays 10.30-11.30am

Wheatley After-School Session: Wednesdays 3.45-4.45pm (term-time only)

£3 per child or £5 for two

01844 278774

Horspath Toddler Group

A small, friendly, informal group, we have a variety of toys, craft activities and a sing song or story most weeks. Snack time around 10.30 which is usually toast and water for kids. Tea/coffee available for adults. First time is free, then £1.50 donation (+50p for additional children).

Mondays 9.15-11.15 – term-time only (Horspath School terms)

Horspath Village Hall, Oxford Road, Horspath, OX33 1RT


Jeneration Fitness HIIT Class

This is a High Intensity Interval Training workout guaranteed to make you sweat and improve your level of fitness, fast. Babies and toddlers of all ages welcome, but not essential. Toys provided indoors, buggy friendly outdoors.

​Mondays: 9.15-10.00 (term time only) – Quarry Pavilion, Margaret Road Rec Ground, OX3 0HJ
Wednesdays: 2.00-2.45 (term time only) – outdoors at Margaret Road Rec Ground

£8 drop-in /£5 book online

07779 809299

Little Sharks

Little Sharks is a fun play group for pre-school children and their carers in Headington.

Mondays: 9.30-11.3oam

All Saints Church Hall, New High Street, Headington, OX3 7AL

Little Stars

Little Stars is a friendly group, open to all carers and parents with their babies and toddlers.  Our sessions start with themed crafts, then we have snack time, after which the toys are put away and we have music and puppet time.

Mondays: 10.00-11.30

St Francis Church, Hollow Way, Cowley, OX3 7JE

01865 747680

Monday Morning Stories at Cogges

After greeting the goats and feeding breakfast to the pigs, why not pop in to hear some familiar tales or new adventures. Free for season ticket holders or included in the usual farm entry fee (under 3s free at Cogges).

Mondays: 10.30-10.50

Cogges Manor House Parlour, Cogges Farm, Church Lane, Witney, OX28 3LA (free car park OX28 3FR)

01993 772602

Nick Cope

I run regular sessions for young children and their families where I perform my songs. I have established a very strong following of little people and their parents from all over the world and the parents love the songs just as much as the children.

Mondays 11.00 – East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes St, Oxford, OX4 1DD
Tuesdays 10.30 – Trinity Church Abingdon, Conduit Rd, OX14 1DB
Fridays 10.45 – St Albans Hall, Oxford, OX4 3AH

Oxford Ice Rink – Skate Tots & Skate School

Skate Tots: Fun session for parents and under 5s complete with qualified skating instructor and toys in special area of ice for Tots! Mondays and Fridays 10.00-11.00am (term-time only). Only £1 per skater.

Skate School: We offer lessons from our BITA qualified instructors for children 3 years old and upwards.

Oxford Ice Rink, Oxpens Rd, Oxford, OX1 1RX

01865 305010

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimensOpen everyday 10.00am-5.00pm. Admission FREE. For families:

  • Science Saturdays (2.00-4.00) – meet scientists to investigate real natural history specimens, for ages 8+. Doesn’t run every Saturday so please check.
  • Family Friendly Sundays (2.00-4.00) – try a trail, borrow a backpack, make something or rummage in our special sorting boxes. Free, drop-in.
  • Curious Cubs MONTHLY on a Tuesday – explore the museum with some of our furry friends (for under 5s). Free, drop-in.
  • A Little Look at… MONTHLY on a Monday – a tour of the museum for under 5s, with a different theme each month. Free, drop-in.
  • Trails available.

Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW

01865 272 950


Join Oxford libraries for FREE rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments. Perfect for babies, toddlers, young children and their carers. No need to book (unless stated below).

Blackbird Leys Library – 01865 770403
Thursdays: 9.30-11.30 (stay and play 9.30-11.00 & Rhymetime 11.00-11.30) BOOKING ESSENTIAL!

Botley Library – 01865 248142
Every other Tuesday: 11.00-11.30

Cowley Library – 01865 777494

Headington Library – 01865 762867
Thursdays: 11.00-11.30

Kidlington Library – 01865 373067
Monthly on a Tuesday: 2.15-2.45

Littlemore Library – 01865 714309
Tuesdays: 2.00-2.30

Oxfordshire County Library, Westgate – 01865 815509
Mondays: 11.00-11.30
Wednesdays: 11.00-11.30
Fridays: 11.00-11.30
Saturdays: 3.00-4.00

Summertown Library – 01865 558290
Thursdays: 11.00-11.30

South Oxford Family Room

Whitehouse Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4QH

01865 242900


Stay and Play – Mondays and Fridays – 9.30-12 (£1.50 suggested donation for those that can afford it). Snack food supplied by Oxford Food Bank.

Oxford Breastfeeding Support Stay & Play – Tuesdays 10-12 (with Well Baby Clinic health visitor drop in 11-12)

Family fun / Saturdads session – MONTHLY on Saturdays 10.00-1.00 – outdoor play, messy play, snack time.

Jigsaw – third Monday of the month 12.30-2.30 – drop-in session for families with children with additional needs.

Young Parents drop-in session – second and fourth Fridays of the month – 12.30-2.30.

St Luke’s Babymania Parent and Toddler Group

Warm welcome, plenty of toys, crafts, songs and story time for ages 0-4. Also with a simple healthy lunch for those who wish to stay on.

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10am-1.30pm

01865 251616

Sunnymead Minnows

We are a Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School joint venture, providing fun groups, activities and support for children under 5 and their families. Sunnymead Minnows is committed to the continuation of free open access Children’s Services in North Oxford, based in the Cutteslowe area, following the closure of the North Oxford Children’s Centre (NOCC).

We now provide 5 drop-in groups:

Rhyme Time for under 5s – Mondays 9.00-9.30
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School. Term-time only.

Bumps to Babies – Mondays 9.30-11.00
A FREE interactive session for expectant parents and under 1s. Term time only.
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School

Stay & Play with hot lunch – Thursdays from 9.45am
FREE drop-in Stay & Play for under 5s, followed by singing and a hot lunch (small charge for lunch). Operates through the school holidays.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

Messy Minnows – Fridays 10.00-12.00
A FREE messy and active play session for under 5s. Drop-in session. Term time only.
The Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park (next to San Remo Café)

Family Fun – 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.00-12.00
A monthly family group with toys and activities – older siblings welcome. Drop in.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

01865 311172

The Maple Tree Children and Family Centre

Littleworth Road, Wheatley, OX33 1NW

01865 236700


Wheatley Babies & Toddlers Mondays 09:30 – 11:30

Once Upon a RhymeTime Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30

Maple Tree Twins Group Tuesdays 13:00 – 14:30 (Every 1st Tuesday of the month)

Well Baby Clinic Wednesdays 09:30 – 10:45

Wheatley Sling Library Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month)

Expectant Mums Group Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (Every 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Stay & Play Thursdays 09:15 – 11:30

Stay & Play – Outside Inside Fridays 10:00 – 12:00

Saturdads Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00 (Every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Family Fun Session Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00 (Every 4th Saturday of the month)


A friendly, relaxed volunteer-run outdoor group for 0-6 year olds. Parents, grandparents and carers can have a cup of tea and a chat while little ones explore the garden – sandpit, seasonal fruits, willow structures… We also have the cabin if it’s too soggy to be outside. Also runs in school holidays (but not bank holidays).

Mondays: 10.30-12.30

£3 a child, £1 for siblings

Barracks Lane Community Gardens, 36 Kenilworth Avenue, Oxford, OX4 2AN

07729 655 543