Most of the toddler groups I’m aware of are during the week and largely, even if not explicitly, aimed towards Mums.
A year or so ago, Lovely, Big Brother and I all headed off to Bristol to visit some really close friends there. We were staying for the weekend and enjoyed yummy food, fine wine and some awesome ice cream. On the Saturday morning though, our friend Larry (@lazbash) and I took the kids to the Dad and Toddler group. This was based in their church which made things easier because there is a toddler group on during the week anyway, so all the equipment was there and it was easy to set up. There weren’t that many people there that time but it was growing, there were other Dads, bacon sandwiches and a space to hang out with our kids for free.
I came back to Brighton and really wanted to do this here but didn’t have access to an appropriate venue. Our church meets in a school on an estate which is great but it isn’t set up for hosting toddlers and Dads or for the making of bacon sandwiches. I knew it was a good idea but it went on the back burner for a while.
During paternity leave with Little Brother I went to a toddler group that Lovely goes to during the week and mentioned my idea to someone there. Before I could blink, I was being introduced to their gospel worker there and we were planning how we could go about this.
We decided we’d make it monthly (on the third Saturday), not clash with Baby Boogie in the local library, have bacon sandwiches and try to get the word out as much as we could. We had our first one in January and decided we’d call it Crashpad. Big Brother loved it, we had a chance to hang out with some of our friends, we had bacon sandwiches and Lovely had a bit of a break.
Next week is our second one and I’m really looking forward to it – this time I’m taking Little Brother as well so Lovely can really have a break. So, if you are around in Brighton on Saturday 21st February from 10am to 12am come along to Crashpad hosted at Calvary Church on Viaduct Road. Bacon sandwiches will be provided!