So for the second year in a row, we went down the M1 to Sheffield for the Little Sheffield Totfest event.
The beauty of taking boatloads of photos and reminiscing is that you play the game “I can’t believe that was a year ago!” and that was exactly what happened when I realised it was Totfest again!
In short, Totfest is an open air event just for toddlers, with lots of free activities, taster classes and mini attractions. Obviously, for us to drive an hour to go, it must be good!
There seemed to be more at this years’ Totfest, although it may have been to do with the torrential rain in the morning last year, although this year the rain waited until the afternoon!! The weather gods certainly don’t like this event!!!
However, for toddlers, there are loads of things to see and do and we easily spent a couple of hours at the event before being beaten by the weather.
In terms of the activities, there were Alpacas, skunks and meerkats that the children were encouraged to stroke, as well as kiddie golf and a fire engine. There was also story telling for the older ones, but we never got round to it. Speaking of animals, there was a huge dancing and singing chicken – I have no idea why, but it was entertaining nonetheless!!
There was also a couple of free play areas with garden toys so that the little ones could run about and be, you know, children.
However, the best part is the structured classes, in part because they are under cover!! Seriously though, it is really good to go to these classes to get a flavour of if they suit your child. We experienced Pyjama Drama last year and because of it, we joined soon after.
There always seems to be a mix of classes and while we obviously gave Baby Sensory a miss, we did Minimovez and as per usual, Heidi was at the front of the class, thinking that she knew all the answers and acting like the oldest in the class!!!! (A little embarrassing!) The class was really upbeat and fast moving and so it was ideal for those who had a bit of energy to burn off, and obviously, really good on their feet. It was so good, Heidi wanted to go to the next session, before flaking out halfway through, due to exhaustion!!
We also tried Baby Spanish, which is probably more suited for toddlers, as well as adults!! I think for us, this might be something for us to tackle when Heidi can concentrate a bit more and is happy to sit still – but this is the beauty of these taster sessions!
This event has become a highlight to go to each year now and given good weather, I am sure that it will grow and grow, especially as there isn’t anything similar in the region!
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