Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins

Playful Penguins is a small family business based in West Sussex. We run open-ended and child-led, s

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Our school starter sessions have finished now and I hope you enjoyed them! πŸ’›

It was so lovely seeing how the older children play and interact with each other. They certainly got stuck in and at times it got very messy! 🀎

If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions for next year please do let us know as we would love these to be a regular thing! πŸ’œ

Photos from Playful Penguins's post 30/06/2022

And that's a wrap from me and my little team!! πŸ’œ

What a gorgeous last day of play - so many lovely little ones and such lovely comments and kind messages πŸ’œ

I want to say a HUGE thank-you to everyone who has ever come to one of our sessions, hired one of our sets, booked us for a party or even just liked our posts!

Three years ago I started this little businesses with a one year old in tow and I'm so happy of the journey we've been on. To get through a pandemic and add a new baby to the team, it's not been an easy ride but I have loved running play sessions for you and I have met some amazing people.

Thank-you for being a part of the Playful Penguins journey so far. For looking after my boys during sessions, and never making me feel judged for bringing them along when one was kicking off or one was left abandoned in the pram! You've all been so supportive and I can't thank-you enough.

I am SO happy to say that I will be leaving you in the capable hands of Rachel who will continue to run play sessions for you, so keep an eye out for updates over the next few days!

Hopefully I will see you at one of her sessions soon - please continue to support us and keep the muddy play fun going!



Morning Penguins! I'm looking forward to my last two outdoor play sessions today!

Not going to lie, I'm starting to feel slightly emotional about it all!

We have outdoor play this morning for Under 5's and a Trafalgar school starter session this afternoon so please join us before we move! πŸ’œ


A lovely last baby play session this morning πŸ’œ

I have loved meeting all your gorgeous babies and you over the past few months. Thank-you for coming to my little baby group - I hope you've all enjoyed it ☺️


Our school starter sessions have been so lovely πŸ’œ I've loved watching the older children play together and make friends!

We've got two left - Holbrook today and another Trafalgar one tomorrow!

We've also got my LAST outdoor play session tomorrow! 😭 So please come and join me for my last session!


Evening everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow morning for our baby play session at 10.30am and then in the afternoon we have our Holbrook School Starter session!

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Morning Penguins! Looking forward to seeing the babies tomorrow for my last baby play session πŸ’œ

I'm hoping we can go outside for more water fun but the weather isn't looking great!

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These smiles 😍

Still blows my mind that people choose to come along to my little playgroup!

I can't thank-you all enough for your support over the past few months and lovely messages I've had today!

Watching your little ones get stuck into their play and have fun is the best feeling!



Hope you've all had a lovely weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow for outdoor play and then our Trafalgar School starter session 😊

We've got playdough, a Teddy Bear's Picnic with porridge and of course the diggers!



Morning Penguins! Me and Bo are looking forward to seeing you all this week for our last play sessions! πŸ’œ

We have outdoor play tomorrow and Thursday, baby play on Wednesday and school starter sessions too!

Come and join us for our last few sessions before we move πŸ’œ


Happy Friday Penguins! Hope you all enjoy the sunshine today β˜€οΈπŸ’š

Photos from Playful Penguins's post 23/06/2022

As next week is my last week of running play sessions, I'd love to set out all your little one's favourite invitations to play!

So let me know in the comments which is your little one's favourite play activity?

It can be anything we've done in the past - I think I know the most popular ones but would love to hear it from you!

It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible tomorrow so please do come along to say goodbye!



It was so lovely seeing the older ones get stuck into play at a party last weekend πŸ’š

These two were comparing the water beads to frogspawn! πŸ’š

It's forecast to rain today but fingers crossed we miss it! We will be playing this morning at 10.30am and then our Leechpool session this afternoon! Come and join us by booking here:


The water was a hit with the babies this morning! πŸ’™πŸ’¦

Looking forward to more outdoor play tomorrow at 10.30 and then our Leechpool session at 1.15! πŸ’›


Good morning everyone! I'm looking forward to seeing you all this morning for some outside baby play πŸ₯°

And then tomorrow we have Under 5's outdoor play in the morning and our Leechpool school starter session in the afternoon!

Join us by booking here -


Looking forward to seeing all the babies in the morning 🀎

We are going to be OUTSIDE so please dress your little one appropriately. I will put a little water play out for them so you may want to bring a towel/ change of clothes for your little one!

Come and join us for some sensory fun and fresh air! πŸ’š


The weather looks good for tomorrow so we are going to have our baby play session outside πŸ’š

Fresh air, sensory play, chats and a cuppa!

Come and join us as we only have two baby play sessions left before we finish! πŸ’›

Photos from Playful Penguins's post 20/06/2022

What a gorgeous day playing in the sunshine β˜€οΈπŸ’›

Thank-you everyone for coming along today! We will be back on Wednesday for baby play and then Thursday for outdoor play and our. Leechpool school starter session!


Morning everyone! We are looking forward to seeing you this morning - what a gorgeous morning to start the week! πŸ’›

Come and join us for some sunshine, play and coffee! β˜€οΈ

Then this afternoon is our North Heath School Starters session if you know of someone starting there in September!


Hope you've all had a lovely weekend! πŸ’œ

We had fun celebrating this gorgeous little one's birthday this afternoon...He certainly got messy! πŸ˜‚

We are looking forward to our week of play this week - the weather looks good some come and enjoy some time outside with us! Tomorrow we are going to be washing the babies, exploring water beads and making mud ice-creams! πŸ’›


Happy Saturday Penguins! Hope you all have a fab weekend!

Looking forward to seeing you next week for more outdoor play - if the weather is okay we will also have our baby play outside on Wednesday!

Next week we have school start sessions for North Heath Primary and Leechpool so come along and make some friends πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›


The water beads were a hit with the little ones today! πŸ’›

Thank-you for coming to play - we hope you had fun!

Just two weeks left of our play sessions so book now to come and join us!


Morning! We are looking forward to our two sessions in the sun today!

We've got play for a under 5's this morning and then our St. John's Primary School starters this afternoon.

Please bring spare clothes for the journey home in case your little one gets wet!

Book now to come and join us -


I'm looking forward to seeing you all in the morning for some more play in the sunshine! β˜€οΈπŸ’›

The weather is looking fab so we will have lots of water play for the little ones so please bring spare clothes for the car home!

Tomorrow afternoon is our session for St. John's Primary School starters.

Book now to join us -


The rice was super popular with the little ones on Monday! Lots of scooping & pouring going on πŸ₯°

It will be back on Thursday morning for our outdoor play sessions and then again Thursday afternoon for our St. John's school starter session. The weather is looking fab so get booked on!



Thank-you everyone for coming this morning πŸ˜ŠπŸ’›

Lovely to enjoy some sunshine at last! β˜€οΈ

You can join us throughout the week by booking here:


Sunshine and stories πŸ₯°πŸ’›

Looking forward to starting the week with you all and a good dose of Vitamin D! It's gorgeous out, so come and join us to make the most of the sunshine 😊

We will have lots of water play, nature painting, mud kitchen with veggies and of course all the little one's favourite - biscuits! 🀣


Evening Penguins, hope you've had a lovely weekend 😘

It's looking like a nice sunny week for some outdoor play - come and join us tomorrow at 10.30am for some play in the sunshine.

Tomorrow we also have our Heron Way school starter session at 1.15pm if you know anyone starting there in September!


Giving the diggers a wash after they have been getting super muddy recently! 🧽

Thank-you everyone at Southwater Infants for coming to play this afternoon - who knows one day we might have a dry school starter session πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ

It's looking dry for our outdoor play session in the morning so come and join us!


I'm looking forward to seeing you for some baby play in the morning! A super chilled session where the babies can explore and you can chat and drink tea! πŸ’›

Then in the afternoon we have our Southwater Infant school starters session!

Thursday is outdoor play and then our Littlehaven Infant school starters session - lots of spaces so come and join us! πŸ’š

Photos from Playful Penguins's post 07/06/2022

Just loved this creation made at a party the other day! πŸ₯°
It's so lovely seeing the older children (and adults!) get stuck in and watch their imaginations come to life! πŸ’š


We had some lovely wands made today! πŸ’œ

We have got our baby session on Wednesday morning, then outdoor play Thursday morning!

Wednesday afternoon is our Southwater Infants school starter session and Thursday afternoon is for Littlehaven infants.

Book your sessions here -


Good morning Penguins! We are looking forward to seeing you this morning for some outdoor play fun!

Please dress for the ground to be muddy and for the possibility of rain! πŸ’™

Photos from Playful Penguins's post 05/06/2022

What a lovely morning yoga and play session this morning with ❀

It was lovely seeing the little yogis really listen and enjoy making all the different yoga positions whilst reading the story "The Queen's Hat" ❀

We can't wait to see you this week for more playtime fun - wellies and puddlesuits at the ready I think! Tomorrow is our school starter session for Kingslea Primary school so anyone with a little one starting there in September, come along and meet some others!


We are looking forward to seeing you today for some outside play and yoga with ❀

Victoria has planned some lovely yoga activities for the little ones inspired by the story 'The Queen's Hat' so come along and join us! There will be hot drinks and cakes for the adults too and if you use the code HALFTERM at the checkout - you will get a discount on tickets!


We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow! In the morning we have a mixed play session with our usual curious baby set up, and activities for the older children.

Then in the afternoon we have out first school starter session for the families starting at Warnham Primary School which is exciting!

Come and join us by booking here -


Lots of busy hands making tea this morning πŸ₯° Thank-you everyone for coming along - it was lovely seeing so many of you!

We've got more play fun on Wednesday where we will have baby play and activities for the older ones!

Then it's our Jubilee party on Sunday which we are so excited for! πŸ’™β€οΈ


Thank-you everyone for coming this morning! Luckily we missed the rain!

Just a reminder that our school starter sessions start on Wednesday with Warnham Primary School!

They are running all through June for lots of schools in Horsham - have a look at our website to find your child's school.

Please note that if we don't get at least 5 people booked on, then we will be unable to run the session.

Please share so we can get as many families meeting each other as possible! πŸ’œ

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Who are we?

Messy Penguins is a sensory and messy play group for babies and toddlers.

At Messy Penguins, we encourage your little ones to use all their senses to learn about the world around them.

We provide various opportunities for sensory play and give babies the chance to explore different textures, sounds, smells and tastes!

We hope to see you at one of our sessions xx

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