Activities For You and Your Baby
Babies are innately sociable and enjoy being around other babies and children. It can also be helpful for new parents to build a weekly routine that enables them to get out of the house and meet other parents (as long as there’s still plenty downtime). There are many different English speaking play groups in Luxembourg. The following suggestions are in no way intended as a complete and exhaustive list, rather a few suggestions that regularly get good feedback from the parents attending. There are also new activities and groups springing up all the time so explore, enjoy and have fun with your baby.
Il Etait Une Fois is a multilingual library in Gasperich which offers a range of activities including singing groups and a reading corner. Activities are offered in a variety of languages, including English, and the charity describes itself as ‘place to meet other cultures; a place where parents can enjoy a fun time with their children’.
Other volunteer-run playgroups include St Georges International School in Hamm which provides the venue for 2 different playgroup sessions for families. A fee of €10 is charged per family per session. You can send a message to email@example.com for more information!
Guided sessions on Mondays from 10:30am:
A variety of toys, games, art supplies are laid out at parents’ and children’s disposal. These sessions are suitable for babies/children aged 3 months to 3 years old.
Guided sessions on Fridays from 10:30am:
The session includes a story time, a free play time for children and parents to “get the wriggles out” as well as a circle time with the Playgroup leader to sing songs, explore musical instruments, play song-related games and keep developing an appreciation for music in the little ones. These sessions are suitable for children aged 18 months – 3 years.
The Anglican Church of Luxembourg offers a weekly Lions and Lambs Christian-themed playgroup on Wednesday mornings where all are welcome and you can enjoy singing, socialising and craft activities. You can email the office for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
The British Ladies Club offers activities for mums, babies and older siblings including popular annual events such as an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween & Christmas parties. Members also host Pipsqueaks– singing sessions, informal and friendly groups which meet at members’ houses or at ZigZag indoor playground.
Music and Movement
Research suggests that the highly rhythmic and repetitive nature of most nursery rhymes can be of huge benefit to your baby’s brain development and language acquisition. If you and your baby would like to enjoy rhyme, rhythm and music there are lots of options here in Luxembourg.
Kindyroo consists of activities and games that stimulate the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of babies and children.
The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes, camps and parties filled with movement, music, learning and laughter for every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years.
Baby Sensory enables parents to spend quality time with their baby, over a different themed session each week filled with light shows, music, glowing bouncy balls, bubbles, bells, songs, rainbows, puppets, and tickly feathers.
Fit Parents offers various fitness programs including a fitness programme dedicated to new mums, giving them the opportunity to stay in shape while enjoying the company of their children. Classes are based on tonification and stretching exercises using a stroller or baby carrier, which play an active role during the class. There is also a family movement class.
If your baby is already a toddler, Giusi Mazzella, a classically trained musician with over 30 years of experience also offers “Music for Toddlers 101” aiming to support and provide parents of toddlers with the skills to foster music skills in their children at home. She specialises in music for the early years utilising a highly specialised method that encourages experience of music through all of the senses, particularly kinesthetic.
Yoga is also a great option for both mum and baby to enjoy movement and an opportunity to nurture mind and body. Yoga Loft has a great selection of classes for prenatal, postnatal (mother and baby) and baby massage & yoga.
Babies usually love water and Luxembourg has some fantastic swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor, often well equipped for babies. Many of the local pools also offer special courses to help teach your baby to swim.
Exploring Luxembourg and Beyond
Exploring with a baby is relatively easy as long as you have a fully stocked changing bag and a good buggy or baby carrier. There are so many things to see and do for families here in Luxembourg. Take inspiration from the family section of CSL MAG – you’ll never be stuck for ideas for what to do with your little one (or ones).