We have lots of different events going on at Twistin Tots throughout the year, which include Easter and Christmas activities; loyalty events for those who book and pay in advance; fundraising Scroll down below to see a selection of the activities that our children and parents get involved in.
Every year we have our annual Xmas events where we have a special Xmas set of Christmas songs, including Jingle Bells and When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney, plus a visit from Rudolph and Santa. Dates are already set for this year’s events, and in addition to the usual Twistin’ Tots songtime session, there will be a present for each child, fancy dress and lots of cakes and mince pies to round things off!
Every year at Easter we hold a competition for the children where we give children and parents the choice of making an Easter bonnet or Easter egg. Everyone gets into the spirit of the occasion, there are usually some fantastic creations at all classes and prizes abound.
Twistin Tots Birthday Celebrations
Twistin Tots is eight years old in June 2014. We will be holding a birthday celebration in honour of this at our last Belper session and prizes will be awarded to children for the best fancy dress costumes. Cake and jelly will be enjoyed by all!!
We also celebrate any of the children’s birthdays that are happening each week at classes. All children attending classes on their birthday receive a gift from Twistin Tots to make their birthday extra special. They get to wear the Birthday Hat (sometimes for as long as 3 seconds!); and the class sings them Happy Birthday. They also get to select a song for the class, so don’t forget to visit us when it’s your child’s birthday, and get your thinking cap on as to what song they would like!
Fundraising for Charity
Since 2011, we have run musical picnics in the park, which raise money for worthy causes. Twistin Tots runs free music sessions at selected venues (you need to bring your own picnic and rug) and asks parents who come along to make a donation for the session. All the money raised goes to charity and is split between Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough and Turnditch Primary School. Since their inception, the picnics have raised over £1000, and we hope to be adding to this and maybe breaking the £1500 barrier this summer. Click here for details of the free events.
Every year we raise money for Comic Relief. Initially we asked all parents to donate any spare change and Twistin Tots matched whatever was collected as a Comic Relief donation – enabling us to send between £30 – £40 to the charity. We have now changed our approach and if mums and children come in fancy dress, we donate half their class fee to Comic Relief. Over the years we have donated about £700 to Comic Relief in this way.
Children in Need
Each year we raise money for Children in Need by asking parents and children to come in fancy dress and if they do, we donate some of the class fee to the charity. We have had a variety of themes, including spots; fairies and pirates; and dress in red. For all events Twistin Tots donated £1 of the class fee if people came to classes dressed in spots. We have also run sweepstakes to find out what Pudsey was doing for this fundraising activity. To date, we have managed to raise about £600 for CiN in this way.
This year, we introduced a new fundraising challenge – the ICan Chatterbox Challenge, which aims to help young children with speech and language difficulties.
We asked the children to perform a series of new songs (Doh Rae Me with our Handbells and If you Ever Saw a Penguin) and get sponsored for performing them at classes. It was not a compulsory challenge, but our parents pulled out all the stops and we raised almost £200 in sponsorship which will go towards training a teacher for children with these difficulties. Well done Twistin Tots parents!!