Art, sensory and messy play classes for babies, toddlers and young children in Halifax and Calderdale.

Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

We strive to keep details up-to-date, but PLEASE CHECK with organisers before setting off to a class/playgroup. 

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Baby Group

Our baby group is back on Monday mornings at Elland Children’s Centre from 9.30 – 11am.

Suitable for children aged birth – walking.

£1.50 per family – a healthy snack is included.

To book your place, please call us on 01422 266197.

Baby Sensory

Express yourself studio

Wednesday from 24th January 2024.

Book on website.

42, Union Street, Halifax, HX1 1PR

Baby Sensory Halifax

Not currently running – updated January 2021

Baby Sensory is an interactive, multi-sensory experience combining massage, music, light shows, signing, puppets singing and much more. Classes run Mondays and Tuesdays, term time.

  • Baby Sensory, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. Contact Laura on 07885 463238.

Bankfield Buddies

Not currently running – updated January 2021

Fun for under 5’s with crafts, stories and fun in the Akroyd Library at Bankfield Museum.

£2 per child – no need to book, just pay on the day.

Free parking and pushchair access.

2020 Session Dates:

  • January 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 7, 14, 28
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • April 3, 24
  • May 1, 15, 22
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17
  • September 11, 18, 25
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27
  • December 4, 11, 18

Bankfield Buddies, Akroyd Library. Fridays, 10.30-11.15am. £2 per child. For information, contact Fiona on 01422 352334.

Creation Station

Not currently running at venues – updated January 2021

Baby Discover classes (6-15 months) and Little Explorer classes (15 months – 5 years).

Wednesdays at The Play Palace, Halifax

Baby Discover: 10-10.45am

Little Explorers: 11.15am-12pm

Includes one hour free play in The Play Palace.

  • Email to be added to the waiting list.

Flying Saucers – Pottery Painting Cafe

Currently only offering paint at home kids – updated January 2021

Pottery painting café in Hebden Bridge. Choose from a plate, bowl, mug or even piggy bank, unicorn, fairy or dinosaur, decide how to paint it and sit and paint using our brushes or sponge stamps. And you can have a drink or snack whilst you create!

Every Tuesday is Toddler Tuesday at Flying Saucers. Come along with your pre-schooler or baby and receive 10% off and a free coffee for you. Whether it’s a baby footprint or a toddler painting on a plate, come with friends, have a coffee and make something truly unique.

  • Flying Saucers Pottery Painting Café, Butler’s Wharf, New Road, Hebden Bridge, 01422 846666.

Hippopottery – mobile pottery painting

Hippopottery is a mobile paint your own pottery studio based in the Shibden Valley. Suitable for all ages, you can choose from a wide range of pottery pieces to paint and create gorgeous keepsakes. All pots, paints, brushes and stencils are supplied and pots are glazed, fired and returned within one week.

  • Hippopottery, Fold Barn, Halifax. Contact 07540 832930 or view the Facebook page.

Little Lambs Toddler Sessions

Currently not running (updated January 2021)

Early years sessions at The Piece Hall in Halifax.

Songs, stories and a craft activity. Complimentary refreshments for adults.

Every second Tuesday of the month. 10-11.15am.

£3 per child. Booking essential:

Messy Play at The Little Box Company

Updated January 2021

Messy Play for children aged 6 months+. Classes include Baby Creations, Toddler Creations and The After School Art Club, as well as school holiday camps and workshops.

  • 54 Asquith Bottom, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT. ​01422 835080

Mini Boffins Calderdale

Classes not currently running – updated January 2021

Science experiments classes for children aged 18 months to 4 years.

Sessions include:

The Mill Play Cafe, Halifax: Tuesdays, 10am
  • For more information or to book, please call 07512 561076 .

Mini Mess

Updated January 2021

Mini Mess combines different activities such as Mini Movers and Groovers music time, messy play specifically designed for little ones, free playtime, singing songs, story time and refreshments.

All Mini Me Time Calderdale Classes are currently being run and booked through the Children’s Centres. Contact them or message

Sensory Classes – Book You Happy

Classes not currently running -updated January 2021

Sensory classes for children aged 0-2.

Wednesdays 2pm: Mill Play Cafe, Halifax

Fridays 9.30am: Mill Play, Halifax

Fridays 2pm & 3pm: Chiccocino

£6 per class or £9 to include sensory items to keep.

Toddler Sense, Halifax

Classes not currently running – updated January 2021

Toddler Sense, a multi-award winning activity programme, offering toddlers and children a magical, multi-adventure experience in a safe and happy environment. Classes run on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Toddler Sense, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. Contact Laura on 07885 463238.