If you have a 0-3 year old child and are looking for a Mommy and Me playgroup in Jeddah, look no further! We have a place for you.
I’ve invited Huda Thahir -she’s the person who runs Village Tots, to tell us a bit about what they do there. But first, let me tell you why I have chosen to talk about this playgroup today.
I know very well what it is like to be an expat wife in Saudi Arabia! Uff… It gets a little lonely sometimes… If there are little babies and toddlers in the household, then it gets busy-lonely. How much can a mother fill her time with crochet and craft supplies?! We moms need adult interaction to keep us sane. A place where we can let the kids free and find some peace while grabbing a coffee, is a dream!
Village Tots is not a new place. It’s been around for a very long time. It’s run in the premises of the British Consulate here in Jeddah. Yes, that same place that houses a Library for mothers and children!
What I absolutely love about them is that they offer a safe, FUN place for mothers and children. They are mothers from all nationalities visiting, so you get a good company. Also, the best part is that it is once a week (which is absolutely do-able) and their timings and activities perfectly blend in with a toddler’s routines. That means if mothers have different aged children under 3, then too, they can make it work!
Anyway, over to Huda now. She will tell you more about it below.
Village Tots- Mommy and Me Playgroup for 0-3 year olds
Village Tots is located in Ash Shati District. It is right by the Sheraton Ballroom. (See location below)
We are an interactive, multicultural community – a playgroup for tots between the ages of 0-3 years.
About Village Tots
I am sure you know, that age before school where kids need to get out of the house and run wild. Moms need a safe space to let them do that. We offer this, while also giving them an excuse to relax, chat with other moms or grab a cup of coffee that’s actually hot for once! May be even eat a snack without having to worry about her child making a mess or getting hurt.
We are open once a week- every Wednesdays to be exact, from 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM at the British Consulate.
It is a fun place to be. We offer a never ending freshness to it with different themed activities each week. The sessions are designed to engage those fine and gross motor skills, with the bonus of having a souvenir to take back to daddy at the end of the day.
Every month caters to a different themed party – varying from pajama parties to costume parties. It is all in good fun.
A session starts with one hour of free play, where the children let their imaginations run wild with the toys, while also developing their social skills along the way. This is the best time for moms to have a bite. We have started a new session aptly titled ‘Me Time’, where moms sit together for ten minutes and discuss whatever is on their mind in a safe, judgement free space.
Next comes the Snack Time, where snacks are provided for the kids to sit together and munch on while also keeping their tummies full.
After that little break, we have Craft Time. The pre-planned activity is carried out with the utmost glee, and giggles.
We have Circle Time after that. The mothers and toddlers sit in a circle and sing rhymes, songs or whatever the hype is in toddler-town.
We end it all on a happy and fun note with Bubble Time, where the innocence of a child finds delight in our bubble machine.
That’s a little bit of what goes on at our Playgroup. I hope to see you there.
Working hours: Every Wednesday, 9.30am to 11am only.