Now that the weather has turned rather damp and dreary, and the days feel all of about 27 seconds long - we know it can be a struggle finding things to keep your toddler occupied. Here is a list of 7 places to visit in and around Rossendale that are great for your little one (and your sanity)!
Rawtenstall Library - hosts a weekly story time session every Tuesday between 11.00am and 12.00pm, perfect for preschool children. They also run a bedtime story session every Thursday 17.45pm -18.15pm where you can snuggle up in your pyjamas, drink a hot chocolate and listen to a bedtime story. Both sessions are completely free, but booking is required.
The Whitaker - Following a major revamp, the Whitaker now holds weekly sessions suitable for babies aged 1+ in their new Early Years Studio. £3 for an hour and a half session, you can join in a range of activities from mark making to clay play and beyond. The sessions run on Wednesdays at 9.30-11.00am and 1-2.30pm. From January they are moving to drop in sessions too, so no need to book ahead. If you don't fancy joining in a session, they've also got a lovely park and playground to explore free of charge.
Little Lancashire Village - this is a brilliant indoor play centre in the heart of Burnley, which boasts 11 different imaginary play areas filled with different toys, props and dressing up outfits. From a construction site to a beauty parlor, your little one's imagination can definitely run wild here! At only £6.95 per child and £1 for adults, it's well worth the money.
Smithills Open Farm - bit further to travel but this is a fantastic open farm over in Bolton, with a vast array of animals to feed and pet. From alpacas to meerkats, and a tractor ride to meet 'Jack' the pony and his donkey pals! Lots of the animals are under cover, which is good for dodging the occasional downpour. A great family day out (plus their homemade ice cream is to die for!).
Boomerang Multi Sensory Play Centre - finally a soft play where you don't have to worry about your toddler getting lost or trampled on by a herd of overenthusiastic eight year olds! This is a lovely little place in Bury which in addition to the soft play, has several interactive rooms which are designed to stimulate all the senses. Boomerang's multi-sensory room, complete with light up ball-pit, means it is perfect for smaller babies too. It is also specially designed so it can welcome children and adults with additional needs, with hoists in every room. It is temporarily closed due to roof repairs but when it reopens in the New Year, it's well worth a visit!
Happy Baby Stay and Play - currently running on Monday afternoons this stay and play session is £5 for 75 minutes of free play. With soft play, a wide range of sensory toys and a craft station to keep your little one entertained, you can enjoy a natter over a (hot) brew and biscuit... or two!
Townley Park - with over 180 hectares of parkland to tire out your toddler, you can enjoy a slab of cake from the café and take in the beautiful views of the hall and gardens. Complete with woodland walks, sculpture trails and lots of ducks to feed!
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If local to Rossendale, let us know in the comments any other little gems worth taking your toddler to.