Pop-Up Sensory - a calming experience for babies and toddlers up to 2 years old

Sense of Calm: Pop-Up Sensory, Derby

Pop-Up Sensory provides relaxing, social and developmental experiences for babies and toddlers up to 2 years old. With so many daily pressures and stresses on parents and caregivers, we're pleased to provide a little oasis of calm to promote your child's development with story time, songs and sensory play. Spend a special relaxed bonding time with your child, and have the opportunity to meet other parents.

Mickleover Community Centre

Our Pop-Up Sensory session have now moved to the welcoming and relaxed Community Centre in Mickleover Village. At the centre there is a tea room that is open 10am - 2pm, orders can be placed for food and drink and staff will bring this through to you in the main hall where the Sense of Calm session is held. Click the link below to view the Old School Tea Rooms child friendly menu.

When: Thursdays
(Term Time Only)
Session 1 - 11:00 -12:15
Session 2 - 13:00-14:15
We are fully booked for Halloween Specials!
NO SESSIONS on the 3rd November.
Next date is 10th Nov available to book

(Keep an eye out for our Christmas Special Dates soon to be released for booking start of November) Woo Hoo!

Please view our Booking Site for current availability. Though on-the-day availability may be possible, booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.

Before booking a session, please read our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. Our Covid-19 measures are also available below.

❖ 1 Adult + 1 Child £5.85
➥ Additional Adult + £2.50
➥ 2nd Child + £2.00
➥ 3rd Child + £2.00

(Minimum booking: 1 Adult + 1 Child)

The Benefits

As well as being comforting and calming, research has shown that sensory play and using sensory toys at an early age can build a baby's cognitive skills & brain development.

Not only that, it can improve alertness and  awareness.

It's a wonderful opportunity in a busy week for you and your baby or child to bond.

We'll also provide activities that may enhance your life journey together.

What to expect at your Pop-Up Session:

Each 75-minute Session Includes:

★ The Sensory Area provides a precious and relaxing time to bond with your child. Captivate their senses through gentle play and watch their eyes light up as their senses are stimulated by lights and auditory toys. When COVID restrictions are more stringent, we allocate 15 minutes in the 3m x 3m sensory space. However, now COVID restriction have been lifted attendees have more freedom to move in and out of the space over the 75 minutes. We ask that attendees are respectful of others using the space.

At the start, we sit down with everyone to read a story and sing a couple of songs including our very own 'Gratitude Song' (with actions) for babies and toddlers, which has been well received. Numbers are kept small to maintain a peaceful environment, usually with between 4 and 8 adults and their children attending.

The community centre is a breast-feeding and weaning friendly environment you have time sit and chat with other parents/caregivers. Take a look at the exploration table with your little one, do the small optional craft activity (for example: making little ducks out of card and paper cups, with assistance from the organiser), hang a leaf on our little gratitude tree or help yourself to a choccie/relaxation tea sachet from the basket.

There's the opportunity to grab a drink or a bite to eat during the session, or simply have a relax with little one whilst they play and interact with others on the separate play mat when you are not in the sensory space.

We run 75 minute sessions so that people arrive at the same time, in order to spend a short time as a group at the start singing songs and having story time, whilst also providing people with the opportunity to meet other parents and caregivers.

"We thoroughly enjoyed the session, especially the singing and sensory area. (my child) had a great time and we plan to come back again soon!"
"…. I liked that it was in a Café so I could get coffee and a cake too!"
"Lovely people and a very calming easy going environment. My son loved all the sensory lights."
“…great for younger babies”
"Lovely way to spend a morning with your little ones. It's a very calm atmosphere with other parents and babies, being able to get a cup of coffee in a soothing and child friendly environment after the session was definitely a big bonus. …We loved it!"
"We had a lovely morning at your session….The little gift for us mums was such a lovely touch!"
“It was lovely, bright , clean and baby really enjoyed”
Other Information:

Please let us know in advance if you have needs in terms of accessibility, so we can ensure access and alter the Sensory Area accordingly. It is our aim to provide our service to everyone, including those with disabilities.

It's important that no child is left unattended in the venue or café. We ask that all children are supervised when in the Hall and Sensory Area to avoid injury or damage to equipment. When the session ends, we ask that you vacate the main hall where the session is being held, however you are welcome to move into the café area should you wish (before 2pm only).

Sharing the Sensory Area: If you would like to join your friend at a Sensory Session time we advise recommend doing a joint booking when making your initial booking, as this guarantees availability and is cost effective for you both. Sharing the Sensory space with others in the group whilst COVID restrictions are lifted is a good opportunity to meet and chat with other parents/caregivers, and all attendees can come and go out of the space over the 75 minutes. We ask that attendees are respectful of others wanting to use the sensory area.

In the albeit unlikely instance that, for whatever reason we have to put the COVID restrictions back in place we will revert to 15 minute time allocation more rigidly, in this situation we advise joint bookings if you want to attend with another person, as to ensure fairness for all customers at these times and provide equality with regards to booking opportunities, we would charge £2.50 if you are wanting to combine 2 separate bookings together and get an additional 15 minutes of Sensory Time each to make up essential half an hours' access for you both.