Parent, baby and toddler activities
Congratulations to all new mothers and fathers, whether it’s your first or your fifth child. If you’re on maternity or paternity leave, just arrived with young ones, or if you’re expecting your baby and want to plan ahead, there are plenty of playgroups and fun activities to help you bond with your baby, or develop those vital social and motor skills for your toddler.
The pandemic did result in many playgroups and activities being cancelled, but many are now back up and running. We’ve put together a list of organised activities, or things you and your little one can do together as a one-off.
Please check websites and links for details on registering for activities and for up-to-date information on sanitary measures.
Development and sensory activities
Little lions runs its tumblers (18-30 months), explorers (3-6 years) and chargers (6-9 years) obstacle course sessions to develop social and motor skills from 18 months old. On Saturday they have activities for 18 to 30 months in two sessions from 9.00 to 9.40 and again at 9.50 to 10.30 at Aeroyoga in the city. On Sundays you can book sessions at Limpertsberg for timed slots dependent on age group.
KindyROO organises sensory and motor skills classes from its base in Cloche d’Or. Sessions are by age and capabilities, with platypus from birth to crawling, wombat from crawling to 12 months, penguin from 2 to 18 months, all the way up to Emu (4-5 years). Classes are held three or more times a week, mornings, afternoons and at weekends, and you can check the current schedule here.
The Little Gym in Bertrange organises parent and child sessions for babies aged 4 months to toddlers up to 3 years. The classes use movement and music, plus equipment, to help nurture development skills and self-esteem.
N’Airgym in Mondercange has various activities to strengthen bonds of attachment, sense of balance and knowledge of body. The baby gym sessions are supervised by a sports educator and include a course developed with games, free and guided psychomotricity, and are open to little ones from 12 months to 3 years.
Be family at Esch-sur-Alzette, has a number of baby/parent sessions including Little Explorer which allows your 8 month to 3 year old to discover movement, make magic sand, learn songs, and even has trips to the forest. It's also an opportunity for parents to talk and exchange ideas. It's every Thursday at Cabinet Frank Gutenkauf, from 9.30 to 11.00. The same outfit also has wobble gymnastics for 2-4 years, baby massage (0-6 months) and baby bonding.
For a day trip, you can travel north to Park Sennësräich in Lullange where toddlers will enjoy all the games, experiments and different activities designed to make them aware of their five senses.
Activekids.lu in Helmsange have various sport and art activities for children aged 3 years and over on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends. In previous months they also ran development through movement classes for babies and toddlers, but this is currently not featured on their website.
A number of swimming pools organise mother and baby sessions and swimming lessons for toddlers. Poolparty.lu has lessons for babies, which take place at the Hotel Mercure swimming pool in Canach. You can find a list of leisure centres and indoor pools here.
Music and singing groups
Amusiking has half-hour music sessions for babies and toddlers run by an Italian pianist, Guisi Mazzella. Sessions are interactive and teach babies rhythm, beat and exploring music and songs. Music for 0-18 months (in English) is on selected Thursdays from 10.15 to 10.45 and on the same days but at 9.15 to 10.00 for toddlers at the Altrimenti Cultural Centre in town. Mazzella also runs ad hoc weekend workshops for parents with toddlers and babies.
Mi-ma-mach-musik runs lovely sessions for parents, grandparents, babies and children (15 months to 4 years) in Bertrange, Bonnevoie, Sandweiler and Bettembourg. These include finger and movement games, dance and old and new songs in German and Luxembourgish.
Sing, move, listen and discover with Krabbelmusek for 6-24 months and learn to make sounds with tools, instruments and your voice, at Butzemusek for 2-3 years old. Sessions are in Echternach and Junglinster.
Catherine Hengesch, a qualified educator, licensed music garden teacher and mother of three, runs Musekgaart designed to familiarise toddlers with a sense of music, through instruments and with play. You can register for lessons here.
Il etait une fois asbl was offering singing sessions for babies, and story time for toddlers, and has recently reopened as a library with children’s books in numerous languages. You can check opening times and see if these sessions will restart on their Facebook page.
The Philharmonie often stages concerts and workshops specifically for younger children to introduce them to classical music under the Kids' Phil brand, and Mierscher Kulturhaus has a programme which this year includes The Beatles for Babies on its programme for November.
Animals and farms
Feeding ducks or petting donkeys is a great experience for little ones. You can feed deer, goats, sheep, and see rabbits, racoons, ducks, geese and guinea pigs at the Escher Animal Park in Esch-sur-Alzette. About 16km from the border, you’ll find ducks, sheep and goats at the Animal Park in Aubange, Belgium. Both sites are free to visit.
You can visit the Kass Haff Farm in Rollingen and the Pedagogic Farm A-Schmatten in Schuttrange (groups organised twice a month at the latter for toddlers to feed farm animals and try out a mini-barrow).
For some big-time cuddles, LAM’s miniature donkeys in Redange welcomes parents and small children or babies to get to know these soft creatures, although you must make an appointment. Likewise, you can make an appointment to walk with Alpaca Trekking in Hovelange to meet their friendly alpacas.
If you want to meet other mums and dads, then playgroups are ideal, often providing coffee with a biscuit and filled with new toys or baby gyms for your little one to try out. As a result of Covid restrictions many playgroups are not currently running, so please check with organisers for details.
The British Ladies Club of Luxembourg organises a number of playgroups, under the banner name BLC Pipsqueaks, that they are hoping to restart in November. They also hold children's events for Halloween, Christmas and Easter.
If things restart in November the schedule will be: Tuesdays 10-12.00 playdate at Zigzags (soft play centre) in Bertrange, offering hot drinks for adults, and a snack and sing along session for children. Thursdays Toddle Waddle from 10-11.30 at Weimershof in a small hall, with free play and a sing along session. Fridays 10-11.30 Pipsqueaks play at a member's home.
You must be a member to enjoy the playgroups although you can try three events before committing to membership. Dads are welcome, as are all nationalities although the language spoken is English.
The Anglican Church of Luxembourg has a Christian-themed playgroup and get together from 9.30 to 11.00 called Lions and Lambs. The group takes place during Luxembourgish school term time only, and welcomes people of all faiths or no faith, Babies or children aged up to 4 years can sing songs, listen to a story or take part in a craft, plus try some free play, whilst parents get a coffee. The playgroup is currently running and is free, but to register or find out more you should contact email@example.com.
St George’s School guided playgroup includes story time and circle time exploring musical instruments and singing songs, with sessions starting at 10.30 and suitable for 18 months to 3 years. An entry fee is applicable. Note this playgroup is not currently running due to Covid restrictions.
Bonzënnen Bonzuewen cafe has story and craft sessions on Fridays from 9-10.00 and Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 for parents or grandparent with kids aged 2-4 years old.
The American Women’s Club Luxembourg also arranges playdates, storytelling sessions and singalongs, either at its clubhouse or at a mother’s home.
Parent and baby fitness and wellbeing
FitParents encourages parents to keep their health levels at an optimum and holds classes in the park at different locations every week, with exercises designed to accommodate post-natal mothers, where parents push babies in a pram as part of the exercise routine. The instructors are trained specifically in exercises after birth. You can find a list of upcoming classes here.
Happy New Mama offers classes in yoga with your baby aged 3-9 months or 9-18 months, where the exercise routine involves your baby. Claire Marie Pilates also comes highly recommended for its pre- and post-natal classes.
Liewensufank has classes for yoga after childbirth and baby massage, including baby massage classes exclusively for dads. It also runs a number of parent/baby/child courses. Serenity Cocoon Concept also offers baby massage and baby yoga classes or home tutorials. Its foundation workshop in baby massage is suitable for babies more than 8 weeks old.
Little Dolphin Baby Spa, at Roodt-sur-Syre, has spa treatments for mums, and massage and floating sessions for babies. Mums-to-be can also have a massage and treatments using state-of-art, Korean products.
La Leche League has regular meet ups at the Capellen Cultural Centre for pregnant women who plan to breastfeed, breastfeeding mothers, those who want to continue after they return to work, and help with questions on introducing solids, baby's rhythm and baby carrying. They promise a warm and respectful atmosphere in which mothers can exchange experiences.
The Miyo family concept store has clothes and toys for babies and toddlers, plus it runs workshops and has a café area. Les coffres a papillons in Dudelange has a good selection of nicely crafted wooden toys, ride-ons and bedroom mobiles.
Useful websites for new parents
- Luxmamas Facebook group will give you the opportunity to talk to other new mothers, whilst the Luxembourg Daddy Group, does the same for fathers.
- Mom_lu on Instagram is mother-led and has great tips and ideas.
- For that all important night-off – babysitting.lu.
- Kannerschlass has courses and activities for parents and babies (German speaking).
If you are finding parenthood difficult, please read this article which includes links to services that can provide you with support in Luxembourg including the SOS distress hotline, prevention depression, Childline (for children and parents) and domestic violence anonymous.