Support for families

Family activities South West

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Bookbug at Broomhouse Space 

This Bookbug group is for all parents and carers in the area with little ones under five to come together every Tuesday between 9.30 am and 10.30 am and join in rhymes and stories.

Space @ The Broomhouse Hub
79-89 Broomhouse Crescent,
EH11 3RH

For more information visit the Broomhouse Space website or contact

0131 455 7731

Peep Toddlers Learning Together sessions

These Peep Learning Together sessions are run by Lifelong Learning for parents and carers and their babies and toddlers in South West Edinburgh. Peep sessions share simple ways of supporting your child’s learning and development in everyday life, whilst connecting with others. You can make a real difference by just talking, singing, sharing books and playing together. You and your child can make friends, have fun and share ideas. Sessions for parents and children aged one to two years run on Wednesdays from 9.30 am to 10.45 am.

Sessions for parents and babies under one year run on Fridays from 9.30 am to 10.30 am. Sessions run at

Pentland Community Centre
Oxgangs Brae
EH13 9LS.

For more information contact

0131 445 2871

Expecting Something with Starcatchers

Expecting Something is a creative playgroup for parents and carers with babies from birth to two. Sessions take place weekly on Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm at WHALE Arts, Wester Hailes- along with regular trips and experiences. Participants can enjoy bonding with their baby through creative play, whilst meeting other parents and enjoying a healthy cooked lunch. Starcatchers’ artists Katy and Kerry bring everything you’ll need for creative, fun, messy and unforgettable activities.

Book your place by contacting Kerry on

07723 541 628

For more information visit the Starcatchers website.

Starcatchers’ Saturdays!

Weekend creative playtime for families with children from birth to 5. There is no need to book, just drop in. Every week there is a different theme and new ways to explore together. Families can enjoy a free lunch afterwards from the Community Collective. Sessions run on Saturdays from 12 pm to 1:30 pm at

Community Wellbeing Collective
Westside Plaza (the front of the plaza)
14A Westside Plaza

For further information contact Kerry Cleland at

07723 541 628

Family Club

This family club is for families with children of all ages to enjoy fun activities. Sessions run on Wednesdays between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm at

Clovenstone Community Centre
54 Cloventsone Centre
EH14 3EY

For more information contact

Mums Group          

Run by Lifelong Learning and SPACE, this group gives mums some time for themselves and allows them to meet new people, try new things, build confidence, think about plans and have fun. Mums with a baby, or child or who are expecting are welcome to attend. Children are welcome but booking is essential. A free creche is available. The group runs on Mondays from 1 pm to 2.30 pm at
Gate 55
55 Sighthill Road
EH11 4PB

For more informaiton contact

07719420421 or


Growing Not Waiting  

One Parent Family Scotland provides a safe, welcoming play space for children under 5 and offers support and advice to mothers living in temporary accommodation. They run a monthly housing rights clinic in partnership with Shelter Scotland as well as financial support, parenting advice and guidance and any other wrap-around support that may be needed regarding issues that result from the experience of living in temporary accommodation. Running on Tuesdays during term time from 10 am to 12 pm at

Diadem Building, Gorgie Dalry Stenhouse Church,
537-539 Gorgie Rd,
EH14 1TA

For more information contact

07770 350 951

Soft Play    

Soft Play sessions for families with children under 5 years cost £3 per family.

Sessions run on Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 12 pm,
12:30 pm - 2 pm,
2:30 pm - 4 pm,

And for children with additional support needs on Fridays from 12:30-2 pm at

North Merchiston Club
48 Watson Crescent
EH11 1EP

For further information contact 

0131 622 1757