What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019

The ARTventurers Team had some amazing news earlier this month – we were named Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity, Most Loved Party Entertainment AND Highly Commended for Most Loved Baby Activity in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019! I personally reached the final which was a huge surprise and I was overwhelmed at how many people voted for me to get me there in the Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity category – it was one of my lovely colleagues who scooped the award but to just be nominated, never mind reach the final, meant the absolute world to me.

If you’ve never heard of the What’s On Awards…..well, they’re kind of the Oscars of the children’s activity industry! They’re awards voted for by grown ups who come along to classes – so to be named nationally as the very best and most loved is an AMAZING achievement and we owe you all a very huge thank you for supporting ARTventurers in all that we do.

As we head into a half term filled with spooky creative fun, I’d just like to thank all of my ARTventurers big and small for all of your support and enthusiasm for my ARTventurers business. If you have a friend who you think would love to join in the award winning fun at our classes then please do spread the word – the more the merrier and, as a big THANK YOU, if a friend comes along and signs up for a term of sessions then you get a class FREE. 

(So bring 5 friends along who sign up = 5 FREE classes, how fab is that?!)

Here’s the East Midlands’ team timetable for this half term so you can see what fantastic things we have on offer for you all. Spaces are booking up quickly!

Looking forward to seeing you all soon for more ARTy fun!

Love Jo x

Autumn/Winter – A new term begins

How on Earth is it already September? It feels just like yesterday I was in the hospital having delivered my little bundle and that was way back in February!

That little bundle is 7 months tomorrow and definitely ready for our next term of ARTventurers to begin – he’s now hands into everything and trying to crawl. No longer will I be able to pop him on the floor next to a tray safe in the knowledge he’ll still be there when I go back, instead he’ll be fingers in everything, no doubt causing chaos along the way…just the way it should be. Here he is exploring the bolognaise sauce on his highchair, making sure he spreads it all as far as possible without actually managing to get any into his mouth!

Our sparkly new term starts this week and we’re all geared up for 5 weeks of creative, messy fun with themes such as transport and autumn to look forward to. As always there’ll be a fab mix of process art, craft, sensory and messy play for everyone to get stuck in to, as well as some singing, dancing and bubbles!

Places have booked up quickly and there are only a handful of spaces available across our three weekly venues now, though there are a few more available at our monthly Saturday class in Skellingthorpe and we’re hoping to finalise details for a new monthly Saturday class in the Retford area too very soon!

So, if you’d like to come along we’d love to see you, but just double check availability with us first and if we’re full we’ll add you to our waiting list and hopefully get to see you soon!

Jo and ARTy Bear x

Here’s a photo of some other cheeky babies having fun with some water play, bubbles and tea cups.

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough!

Looking for a baby class, toddler class, messy play or party entertainment in Lincoln, Retford or Gainsborough?

Meet Jo – local mum and owner of ARTventurers Lincoln West, Retford and Gainsborough

(complete with one of her gorgeous kitties, Winnie!)


Jo is a trained Secondary English and Media Studies teacher and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough areas – plus creative birthday parties and events too! We’re all about learning and development through art and creative play – lots of opportunities to create, explore, paint, sing and dance…and make messy memories together!

So if you are looking for a creative class for your baby and toddler then pop over to Jo’s website to find out where her classes run near you!

Spooctober is coming…

How is it nearly October already?! Blink and the summer is gone and we’re well on the way to (yes, I’m going to say it) Christmas! However, there’s a great ARTy opportunity coming up at the end of October and we’re currently preparing to hold three very special Spooktacular Party sessions.

As Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire half term holidays are different this time they’ll be held in our usual venues across two weeks – check out our timetable below. Each party session will provide little ones aged 6 months to 7 years with plenty of opportunities to get messy, creative, learn through play but most importantly, have loads of fun!

We’d love to see you there so if you fancy doing something different, then why not come along?

New term; new timetable!

As if the summer holidays are almost at an end! Where on Earth has that time gone? If, like me, you’re suddenly aware that ‘routine’ is starting again next week but you still feel like you should have another few weeks left of ‘holidays’, then hopefully a shiny new timetable for a sparkly new term should help ease the pain by filling your time with messy, ARTy fun.

There have been a few changes to our timetable for this term, most noticeably with the combination of our Baby and Little classes into mixed age classes. This should mean that those with little ones who are too old for one class or too young for the other can all join in together, and it will provide a good mix of both sensory/messy fun and art based activities for everyone to get stuck in to.

Here’s where you can find us and we hope to see you at a class very soon!

Much more than messy play!

Now our new term of ARTventurers is firmly underway I thought it was high time I posted about some of the fun we have, but also about one of the most important questions I get asked.

A question I’m asked regularly is, “Is it a messy play class?” and the answer is most definitely no, ARTventurers is much MORE than a messy play class! Yes, we’re all about learning through play and there is usually (ok, always) mess involved, ha ha, but in our older classes particularly we focus on art based activities and encourage the children to experiment with different mediums and techniques too. We try to offer opportunities for children to explore different colours, textures, shapes, sizes and to talk about what’s going on around them as they do it. We encourage cutting, sticking, spreading, rolling, sprinkling, scooping, pouring and LOADS of things that help both fine and gross motor skill development whilst still being loads of fun. Talking about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, the different things they’re seeing and exploring helps their language and communication, as well as helping them to explore and develop their social skills with the other children in the class. The structured start and end to each class helps them to understand and appreciate routines and also allows us to use music and movement too and the weekly theme presents plenty of opportunities for different types of activities, both messy and creative.

So when people ask, “Is it a messy play class?” you’ll understand why our answer is always, “No, we’re much MORE!”

Here are a few photos of our lovely Baby and Little ARTventurers exploring over the last week or so.

Baby class, Toddler class and Messy Play in Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough!

Looking for a baby class, toddler class or messy play in Lincoln, Retford or Gainsborough?

Meet Jo – local mum and owner of ARTventurers Lincoln West, Retford and Gainsborough

(complete with one of her gorgeous kitties, Winnie!)


Jo is a trained Secondary English and Media Studies teacher and runs our award winning ARTventurers art classes for babies, toddlers and children in the Lincoln, Retford and Gainsborough areas – plus creative birthday parties and events too! We’re all about learning and development through art and creative play – lots of opportunities to create, explore, paint, sing and dance…and make messy memories together!

So if you are looking for a creative class for your baby and toddler then pop over to Jo’s website to find out where her classes run near you!

SO much fun!

The end of the first autumn term is almost upon us! How on Earth has that happened already?! It’s fair to say plenty of Baby and Little ARTventurers that joined us for our first term have had SO much fun. Just look at some of these photos taken in our classes…

Booking is now open if you’d like to join us for our next term for more colourful, creative, messy fun! Please tell your friends about us too – fun is much better when you can share it with friends!

Jo x

It’s almost time…

Not long to go before we arrive in style with our first family Saturday session! There’ll be steering wheels to create, trucks, cars 🚗 and diggers to paint and scoop with, hot air balloons 🎈to decorate, rice to be scooped and poured and much more! 🎨

Then before we know it we’ll be off to our regular timetabled classes to fill the halls full of glitter, colour and mess!

Below is where you can find us from Saturday 9th September.

*Booking is essential as spaces are limited*
ARTy Bear 🐻 and I look forward to seeing you there.

Summer’s Almost Over!

How have the summer holidays nearly finished already?! I’m pretty sure we’ve been conned out of at least a week somewhere as it feels just like yesterday term was ending and the summer was beginning.

It does mean that the end of our introductory sessions is upon us. The first two have been great fun! First we visited the seaside with Anna at Caterpillar Music

and then we hunted through the jungle (and had plenty of fun along the way) in Retford.

Our final summer session is again joint with Anna at Caterpillar Music (which is fabulous fun by the way – try it if you haven’t already) and we are again taking a trip through the jungle, wading through swamp water, swinging on tangly jungle vines, creating fearsome lion masks, decorating gingerbread biscuits to create our own jungle characters and finally creating some footprint zebra keepsakes. Phew! Plenty to keep everyone entertained we hope. And if that isn’t enough, Anna will have you all singing and dancing with puppets and musical instruments to finish the session off. Great fun!

Look forward to seeing you there…and don’t forget to book your space for our term time classes too, spaces are filling up fast already!