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How To Access Cheap/Free Child Activities Locally, With Happity

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Multi-award-winning parenting platform Happity expands to 20 more cities, and offers cheap, even free, ways for parents to locate activities and events nearby, to keep the kids entertained and get support and connect with other parents, as well as great online resources.

Happity, the UK’s only platform dedicated exclusively to parent and child classes, is a lifeline to hundreds of thousands of new parents every year. The popular parenting directory, which reaches a million parents each year and lists over 22,000 weekly activities, has expanded to reach even more parents in need across the UK.

This month saw Happity expand to 17 cities, making the total it covers to 20. New cities, which include Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds, will now be available to browse on the directory (with local businesses being able to list for free), with a specific focus on free and cheap activities that are taking place in public buildings, such as libraries and churches. With the cost of living crisis a real threat for many new parents, the co-founders (Sara Tateno and Emily Tredget) are keen to ensure that they raise awareness of the free or low-cost support networks available for new parents by allowing parents to select the ‘Under £2’ filter to locate free and low-cost activities in their area quickly.

" As mums ourselves, we know how important these classes are for socialisation and development, not to mention the community building for parents, which is key for mental health. That's why we have focused on listing as many free and cheap activities in our newly launched cities; so everyone can find something to do with their child," says co-founder Emily Tredget.

This accolade is one of many accomplishments since mums Sara and Emily created the platform, driven by the loneliness and postnatal depression they experienced in the early days of becoming a mum. Despite having no tech experience, mum of two Sara was determined to solve a real problem that she and many other mums were facing- there was no technology for parents to find and book baby classes nearest to them quickly. Retraining as a web developer and navigating shared parental leave with her 5-month-old baby, the platform Happity was born to connect parents to local services and playgroups.

The platform is also known for supporting maternal mental health, campaigning during the pandemic to allow access to vital parent and child classes, and calling the government to support the baby and toddler activity industry. This saw them being nominated for a Your UK Parliament award for their efforts in changing legislation to allow these groups to stay open.

The website's blog contains helpful information, with excellent guides on various subjects ranging from post-natal depression to energy-saving tips.

More about Happity

  • Happity is a baby and toddler directory which allows parents to easily navigate and book local classes, supporting both their baby’s development and their own mental health.

  • Happity supports local businesses (many of whom are mums) by offering parenting groups and classes the option to list for free or become a paid member.

  • Parents from 20 cities can also sign up for Happity’s newsletter to receive info on bespoke classes nearby.

More about Happity

Happity is the UK’s only exclusive parenting platform for those under 5. It has just been awarded the Small Biz 100, adding to previous accolades of being nominated for petition campaign of the year award and being on the Women in software power list. In July 2022, they completed a crowdfunding campaign to raise over £660k of investment for the platform. Founders Emily and Sara are on hand to discuss various parenting-related subjects such as mental health and maternal and parental discrimination.

You can find out more about Happily, via its website HERE

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