The Police Citizens and Youth Club (PCYC) is an organisation that facilitates participation in recreational programs with the aims of improving the lives of the individual members and of developing the local community.
There are forty-seven PCYC branches throughout Queensland.
Each club has a different range of activities…pilates, basketball, gymnastics and of course Tiny Tots!
Really any activity that tires my toddler out and guarantees a good nap is a winner in my book!
And Tiny Tots does that and more!
For those of you familiar with local library events like Rhyme Time, developmental programs like Kindyroo and activity centres like Chipmunks, Tiny Tots is a bit of a cross between all three!
The program begins with free play where the toddlers are let loose in a big, padded gymnasium.
They can walk or run or kick a ball or just sit and watch others walk and run and kick a ball.
Then the PCYC class director gathers everyone together for singing and follow the leader.
Row Your Boat and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes seem to be at the top of the chart of popular toddler songs.
My toddler loves pretending to be a kangaroo so much that when the leader switches to a dinosaur he keeps hopping and just adds the roar.
Finally the doors to the playroom are opened and the magical world of tunnels and slides and blocks and trampolines is revealed.
The program ends with more singing, a few parachute games and a stamp…if your toddler is really lucky they will get one stamp on each hand and one on their belly!
There is a lot to like about Tiny Tots.
For starters, the staff are always welcoming and enthusiastic and the gymnasium and the equipment area are always clean.
I personally like that the program isn’t particularly structured.
If your child wants to sing when the others are running around and then wants to run around when the others are singing, that is fine.
The gymnasium area remains open while the equipment area is open so if your child wants to continue to kick a ball around, that is fine.
Other than general courtesies, there are no real rules. As our toddler’s lives can be so regimented with you can’t go there and don’t do that, I find it refreshing to have an hour every week when my toddler can go wherever he wants and do whatever he wants.
Tiny Tots is also a great place for parents to socialise.
There are generally about thirty toddlers…so that means of course thirty parents.
Tiny Tots would be a great place for a mother’s group to meet.
And if you are a stay at home father looking to connect with others, it seems to be especially popular with the dads!
Most importantly, my toddler always seems to have a great time.
And after Tiny Tots he naps for two hours…and these days a two hour nap is my idea of a great time!
Here are the details (these might vary…the below are based on my experience at the Lang Park PCYC)
Who: Tiny Tots is divided into three age groups: crawlers, walkers and climbers.
Crawlers are up to age 1 year.
Walkers are age 1 year to 2 years.
Climbers are age 2 years to 5 years.
When: Please check the schedule of your local club for days and times.
Cost: Tiny Tots costs $7.00.
Your first three visits are free.
On the fourth visit you pay an annual fee of $20.00 plus the $7.00 class fee.
No food, drink or shoes are allowed in the gymnasium area or in the equipment area.
The Lang Park PCYC has plenty of free parking available on site.
There is also a cafe on site which serves lovely coffees and a modest selection of snacks…or if you and some other parents want to continue the fun, all the cafes of Paddington are just up the road!