What's On for Under Fives

Under 5s activities

Celebrate early years play at Bolton Libraries and Museums with our fun family offers. Reading with your children, events and activities and the Create Wonder Play survey!





Reading with your Little One

It’s never too early to start reading with your child – even the youngest babies love looking at pictures and listening to your voice.

Babies love black and white books, board books and books with touchy-feely bits and flaps to explore. Stories in rhyme and books with animal noises are great too.

Baby looking at Book 2We have a lots of lovely board books and picture books that babies and toddlers will love. It’s free to join the library and borrow books and there are no late fees or charges for accidental damage to children's books. 

Younger children love picture books – make sure you can both see the pictures so that you can talk about them together.

Ask your child what they can see and point things out to them.

Events and Activities

We have a range of events and activities in our libraries, including activities for under fives and their carers. Please check our Facebook, Twitter and Eventbrite pages for more details.

Baby time session

Baby Time – A group for babies and their families to get together and partake in interactive songs at Bolton Museum. Every other Tuesday, 10:30am- starting 8th March 2022.


Toddler Tales - Free storytelling sessions for under 5s and their families at Bolton Libraries.                            

  • Central Library - Friday 11.30am
  • Blackrod Library - Thursday 10.30am
  • Breightmet Library - Wednesday 10.30am
  • Bromley Cross Library - Thursday 2pm
  • Farnworth Library - Tuesday 11am
  • Harwood Library - Monday 10.30am
  • High Street Library - Monday 10.30am
  • Horwich Library - Thursday 10.30am
  • Little Lever Library - Friday 10.30am
  • Westhoughton Library - Friday 10.30am

Create wonder play


Play is learning through exploring, making connections and having fun!

Fundamental to children’s learning, play supports all areas of development including creativity, speech and communication; as well as social, emotional and physical growth.

How do you support your little one’s play?  How does your little one discover and connect with their world?

The past 2 years have seen many people isolated and distanced from their loved ones and support networks. Libraries and museums closed and our baby and toddler sessions were abruptly stopped.

For many parents with young children, forming bonds with family and new friends has been put on hold at one of life’s most important stages.

For many young children, this has meant not being able to socialise, learn and play with others their age.

We would love to hear from you about how the past 2 years affected you and your family. 

Have you been able to access Early Years health resources? Do you attend baby and toddler sessions? What sessions do you and your young children like going to best?

Fill in our Create Wonder Play Early Years survey here.

Published: 10th March 2022