Adventure Babies: taking babies & toddlers on story & sensory adventures through books

Would you like to introduce your baby or toddler to books and reading through a weekly story and sensory adventure?

Adventure Babies are story and sensory classes which take babies and toddlers on weekly adventures by bringing brilliant books to life and helping them to fall in love with books and reading.

Classes take place in term-time every week in Clifton, Westbury-on-Trym, Downend and Patchway and are for ages 0 – 4 with their parents/carers.

Sessions include great sensory messy play activities that your little one can get stuck into without you having to clear up afterwards!

As your baby’s relationship with books will change over time, Adventure Babies sessions are split into different age groups in order to meet the needs of babies who are different ages.

Younger babies need a quieter, calmer reading environment with things to hear, see and feel. They are also busy developing their core strength whereas older, more mobile Adventure Babies take more of an active role in the story through babbling, pointing, repeating sounds and developing their coordination and fine motor skills through messy play and other group sensory activities.

Reading aloud to your baby in the first few months and beyond so that your baby can hear rhyming words and strong rhythms will create brain connections that positively affect your baby’s language development.

The association of books with love, comfort and enjoyment will last a lifetime and children who read for pleasure are proven to be higher achievers than those who don’t so come and enjoy a reading adventure which positively stimulates all of the senses.

Each session also includes some time for babies and their parents/carers to chat and make new friends.

The award-winning classes are run by local mum and qualified teacher, Emma Garbett, who founded Adventure Babies nearly 4 years ago in Manchester following the birth of her little boy in 2013.

What benefits will Adventure Babies have for my baby?

  • Create a positive association with books and reading
  • Develop communication skills such as listening and vocabulary
  • Promote social development and thinking skills
  • Support attachment through shared activity
  • Support physical development such as fine and gross motor skills
  • Develop vision, hearing, touch and smell
  • Encourage imagination and a curious, inquiring mind

What benefits will Adventure Babies sessions have for me?

The structured and supportive environment provides the perfect opportunity to…

  • Take an active role in the development of your baby or child
  • Gain fun, easy ideas to make at home
  • Have fun with your baby or child
  • Enjoy messy play activities without having to clean up
  • Meet other parents
  • Relax!

Adventure Babies class details:

Classes in Westbury-on-Trym:

Westbury-on-Trym Village hall: every Wednesday

  • 10.15 Class (0-12 months)
  • 11.15 Class (0-8 months)
  • 12.15 Class (0-36 months)
    (3 week introductory course)

Classes in Clifton:

Clifton All Saints Parish Church Hall: every Thursday

  • 10.15 Class (0-12 months)
  • 11.15 Class (0-8 months)
  • 12.15 Class (0-36 months)
    (3 week introductory course)

If you would like to book your baby or toddler on either the Clifton or Westbury-on-Trym classes please visit uk/bristol.

You can also email Emma on and find Adventure Babies on Facebook.