Fun things to do for under 5s

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So much to see and do!

We know that being a parent or carer can be really expensive.

The good news is that - when it comes to keeping your kids active, learning and entertained - there's a lot you can do in and around your home that's either free or very low cost.

50 things to do before you're five

We're working with 50 Things To Do to give you more ideas for activities you can experience with your pre-school children. The aim of these activities is to:

  • help your children learn to read, write and speak
  • improve their motor skills and co-ordination
  • encourage a healthier lifestyle
  • help get them ready to start school

All these activities come with a guide for parents.

If your child has special educational needs, they're not left out. All activities have extra information on how families can make them accessible.

Give it a try

There are two ways to access the 50 things to do activities.

If you are using a laptop or desktop computer it might be better for you to use the 50 things website. Clicking on each activity on the page will pop out an activity card with relevant resources.

If you are using a mobile phone, you might find it better to download and use their app. If you do download the app, use a wifi connection to save your mobile data.

The app is really easy to use. Watch this video to find out more:

More things to do locally

Here are some more ideas for free or very low cost activities:

Visit Bradford Museums and Galleries - apart from what's on show, museums and galleries have free or low cost events happening throughout the year.

Check out what's happening at your local Family Hub. From stay and play sessions, story time and rhyme to dance lessons and football coaching, there's something for everyone.

Visit your local library.  Did you know that many libraries in the district have free activities for children including Story and Rhyme Time, Play and Learn, Duplo, Chess, craft sessions and more?

Check our What's On guide for more events happening in the district.

Have a look at the suggestions on our Saying Active page.