Children and Families

GL11 has several exciting areas designed for you and your family to explore together and enjoy. You will find fun activities for children of all ages, from babies up to 12 years old, held in a safe and supportive environment.

Messy Mondays!

Every Monday between 10am-11.30am, we hold a Messy Play session for pre-schoolers at just £1.50 per child (FREE for children under 3 months). These sessions are designed to keep little ones entertained and to allow parents/carers to catch up with friends whilst enjoying a rare hot cup of tea. Get messy playing with jelly and whipped cream, finger painting and swimming in shredded paper! Each week holds different textures, colours and smells for your little ones to explore. Starts 9th September. Term time only.

Family Fridays

Family Friday welcomes you and your family to have the run of GL11 between 9.30am-12.30pm! With activities designed for families with children under 5, there is plenty for everyone to do.

Children under 5 can let off steam in the garden and creche rooms at our Stay & Play session, between 9.30am-12.30pm.

Every first Friday of the month, Family Friday also offers a ‘What’s Up’ session, with a Health Visitor on-hand to answer any questions, big or small, about your little one and offer baby weighing.

Family Friday and offers everything under one roof – including drinks and a hot lunch in our community café for you and your children at the cost of just £3 per family. No need to worry about a packed lunch, or rushing home for feeding time!

Starts 6th September. Term time only.

Kids Stuff

1st Friday of the month 10.00am – 11.30am

Monthly pop up shop run by Stroud District Kids Stuff. Clothes, toys, equipment and toiletries are available to purchase on a “pay as you feel” basis. Families can take what they need and pay what they can afford.

Starts 6th September.

Support for Parents

HENRY Programme

Support for families to provide a healthy, happy start for their children. A creche is supplied for the little ones so that you can get the most out of each session.

Fridays – Free – 11.45am-2.30pm 

Please get in touch for dates of our next course.

Shine Programme

Post-natal support group with craft, activity, chat and more with a free creche for the little ones.

Fridays in term-time, 9.30 – 11.30am – Donations welcomed.

Starts 13th September.

The Incredible Years

Parenting programme covering ages 2-8 years with a focus on nurturing relationships, strengthening parent-child interactions, reducing punitive discipline, social, emotional and language development.

Fridays, 12.00 – 3.00pm – Free

12 week course, 24th January – 10th April

After School Activities

Adventure Play

We know how busy modern life is for parents, and sometimes our children need a space after school where they can feel safe, let off steam and socialise with friends.

On Tuesday afternoons from 4-6pm, during term time, we run Adventure Play for 6-9 year olds which costs £3 per child.

Here at GL11 we encourage children to step away from technology for a while and explore the endless possibilities of the outdoors. With a purpose built pirate ship, mud kitchen and performing stage your children will soon be using their imagination to create all sorts of fun. Our skilled play workers also offer supported activities such as campfire cooking; go-kart building; wood carving and rope swing building!

Starts 3rd September.

Family Activity Ideas

  • Outdoor Activities

    • Collect stones – wash and paint them
    • Teddy bear’s picnic – gather favourite teddies and toys together
    • Go on a nature walk – take a bag, collect leaves, sticks, cones
    • Water play – get a bowl of warm soapy water and a selection of utensils eg. a sieve, jug, cup
  • Rainy Day Activities

    • Make a life story book – staple paper together and make a book using family photographs
    • Cardboard box surprise – fill a box with toys and objects, make a hole in it and let your child feel to guess what they are
    • Sing and dance together – nursery rhymes, counting songs
  • Crafty Activities

    • Toilet roll people – use a cardboard tube of a toilet roll, stick on material, wool for hair, draw on faces with felt tips or crayons
    • Potato printing – cut a potato in half, cut out shapes, paint and print
    • Make playdough – 2 cups flour, 1 cup water and 3 drops of food colouring. Play with your dough using pastry cutters, rolling pin and other utensils