Filling the days with two little ones can be tough. Here are some tried and tested ideas for things to do to occupy the little darlings, come rain or shine!

Our favourite local indoor places

Little ones need exercising, even if it is yucky out. We are lucky in that there are lots of places locally. These are some of our favourites.

Toddler World - This runs on Monday and Wednesday mornings (9:30-11) in the main hall in the Rainbow leisure centre in Epsom. As well as a bouncy castle, there are ride on toys, climbing frames, soft blocks and slides. It is a large space, great for letting off steam. They offer a sibling discount.

Mini Mes - A small soft play and play cafe in Esher, it is based in the Ski Lodge at Sandown Race course. As well as the two tiered soft play there is a toy room, and a seperate sensory room for babies. They offer a sibling discount.

Once upon a time - A small soft play and cafe in central Epsom, this is a popular softplay thats open 6 days a week. Mention the club for a discount!

Giggles soft play - Based in the Harrier Centre in Ewell, this is a great one for the dinkier ones. There is a bouncy castle and ride on cars, and lots of toys. Tamba members get the second twin in for free (though some members have reported that this is inconsistently applied). They do have a very small outdoor area with a couple of slides and a castle, which gets opened up if the weather is nice.

Leatherhead soft play - one for when they are a bit older (2+). A large soft play with loads of climbing frames, slides, ball pools, a little tikes car track and a climbing wall. Not as cheap as most soft plays, but there is so much to do that you can easily spend a few hours there.

Fun in the Foam - A tumble session that is set up for preschoolers in the Leatherhead gymnastics club. There are 4 sessions a day (12, 1, 2 and 3, weekdays only, not all sessions run in school holidays), each session lasting 45 minutes. Though the sessions are short, and the entry a little pricey given that it is only 45 minutes, it is worth a visit as the sprung floor and large foam pit are a lot of fun, and tucker little ones out very effectively! 


Our favourite local outdoor places

Getting out and about with two is not straight forward, so finding places where they can run free is great when the weather allows. 

Nonsuch Park - a lot of the paths round the edge are paved, perfect for testing out bikes and scooters!

Horton Country Park - A favourite with dog walkers and running clubs, this is a large wooded space with lots of exploring to be done. 

Wisley (RHS Garden) - A lovely landscaped garden. As it is a RHS property balls and scooters arent allowed, but its a lovely place for picnics and an explore. They have special events on during school holiday, and once a year the glasshouse is filled with butterflies. It has an entry charge. 

Bushy Park, The Pheasantry - A lovely outdoor space to run around in. There are trees for climbing and balancing, a walk around the lake ducks to feed and a lovely cafe for refreshments. 


Quiet time activities

Because sometimes (especially after little ones outgrow naps) we need to calm things down...

A handful of pompoms and some ice cube trays. My two would put them in and out of the compartments, sort them by colour, by size, then try and blow a pompom from one compartment to the next.

Large buttons or beads, and some pipe cleaners. Once threading is mastered, try threading by colour or size.