Friday’s classes for babies, toddlers and young children in Halifax and Calderdale

***Although many classes are starting to get back to normal, some have changed days and venues to fit in with new regulations regarding COVID-19, and some have not yet reopened. We strive to keep details up-to-date, but PLEASE CHECK with organisers before setting off to a class/playgroup. ***

Playgroups and classes

Calderdale is a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for families.

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

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.


Yorkshire Born Yorkshire Fed 5* Weaning Workshop covers all you need to know about introducing solid food as well as providing support throughout your weaning journey. Ideal for parents and carers of babies 4-7 months. Whether you are just starting to think about weaning or have just already begun, the 2 hour session is full of hints, tips and tricks that will leave you feeling confident about starting this new exciting phase.

We are now able to run our fabulous face-to-face workshops whilst also continuing to deliver our very popular sessions on Zoom.  Private sessions can be arranged  (in person or online) for small groups of friends.

The workshops are welcoming and interactive, we encourage any questions so you leave feeling confident about the next step, this also includes follow-up support for as long as you need.

Sophie, the founder, is an experienced Infant Feeding Advisor having worked for ten years in the NHS delivering weaning training to parents, children’s centre staff and health professionals. Yorkshire Born Yorkshire Fed has now expanded to meet demand with a team of trained knowledgeable staff, who are all mums themselves. They all have Nutrition training/backgrounds and are ready to guide you through.

To find out more on upcoming online workshops visit the Facebook Page or Website


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Action Kids Preschool Activities

Action Kids are fun activities for preschool children up to the age of 7. All activities lead to dance, games, gymnastics and athletics, enabling children to become stronger, more balanced, better coordinated and confident as they develop physically, socially and emotionally.

Sessions use music, action, songs, puppets, balls, beanies, storytelling and much more. Parent and child sessions every Friday at 10am at Holywell Green UR Church.

Action Play, Halifax. Holywell Green UR Church, Fridays 10am. Contact Heather on 07717 576160.

Airtime Halifax

Trampoline park and soft play centre with café. Parent and toddler sessions every morning from 10am-11am, £5.

Airtime Halifax, Unit 4 Calderdale Business Park. Contact 01422 247404.

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.

Boogie Babes

Updated January 2021

Pre-school dance fun for tots and their grown ups.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am, The Limelight Studio, Rastrick

Boogie Babes. Contact Lisa on 07779 154 126. www.boogiebabes.biz

Buggy4Fitness

Buggy4Fitness is a fun, hour-long outdoors, postnatal workout, focussing on a wide variety of postnatal-specific exercises. Mums of all fitness levels are welcome. You can join as early as 6-10 weeks after birth.

Sessions include: Buggy4Fitness, HIIT, FitnessMix and Strength & Conditioning. Venues include Manor Health, Wellholme Park, The Stray and Play Palace.

  • Buggy4Fitness, various locations around Calderdale. Contact 07825 706983.

Children’s Swimming Lessons – Council-Run Pools

Currently on hold (updated January 2021)

Classes range from Aquababies (6 months – 2 years), Aquatots (2-4 years) and Ducklings  (3-4), who are accompanied in the water with a responsible adult.

Contact your preferred pool for details.

AQUABABIES (parent/guardian in the water too):

Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 10-10.30am; Wednesdays, 10.30-11am & 11.30am-noon

Sowerby Bridge Pool: Mondays, noon-12.30pm (term time only); Wednesdays, noon-12.30pm; Fridays, 9.30-10am & 10.30am-11am

Todmorden Sports Centre: Fridays, 11-11.45am.

AQUATOTS (parent/guardian in the water too):

Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 10.30-11am; Wednesdays, 11-11.30am & 11.30-noon; Saturdays, 10-10.30am

Sowerby Bridge Pool: Mondays, 12.30-1pm; Wednesdays, noon-12.30pm (term time only); Fridays, 9-9.30am, 10-10.30am & 10.30-11am

Todmorden Sports Centre: Fridays, 11-11.45am

DUCKLINGS

Available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Contact your preferred pool for details.

Ages 3-4.

Christ Church Centre Baby & Toddler Group – Lightcliffe

Propel your pushchair to Christ Church! Babies, toddlers and their carers are invited to join in a social activity morning each Monday and Friday, 10am – noon in the large hall in the Christ Church Centre, Lightcliffe.

Dancing Tots

Fun dance class for children aged 18 months to 3 years.

Tuesdays, 9.30am. Fridays, 10.15am.

  • Dancing Tots, Creative Dance Centre, 4 Springvale Works, Brighouse. 07377 883522.

Family Fun Swims

Fun swimming for adults with children.

Brighouse Pool (teaching pool): Fridays (under 5s), 9am-1.15pm; Saturdays (under 11s), 1.30pm-2.45pm; Sundays (under 11s), 9am-1pm.

Sowerby Bridge Pool (teaching pool): Mondays (under 5s), 9.15am-11.15am; Fridays (under 5s), 11am-1pm; Sundays (Under 5s), 9-11.30am.

Todmorden Sports Centre: Sundays, 10am-noon

Family Skating – YMCA

Family roller skating sessions at the Halifax YMCA.

Fridays: 6-8pm, open age. £3.50 per person including boot hire.

Saturdays: Noon-1.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.

Sundays: 2-3.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire.

  • Halifax YMCA. 13 Crossley Street, Halifax. o1422 353626.

Family Swimming

Currently not running (updated January 2021) – (some pools are open but lane swimming only)

Family Swimming sessions are times to swim with children under eight.

Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 9.30am-noon; Wednesdays, 10am-noon

Halifax Pool (teaching pool): Mondays, noon-1.15pm & 3-3.45pm; Tuesdays, noon-3.45pm; Wednesdays, 10am-1.30pm & 2.15-3.45pm; Thursdays, noon-1.15pm & 2.30-3.45pm; Fridays, noon-3.45pm; Saturdays, 1-2.15pm; Sundays, 9am-4.30pm

Sowerby Bridge: Tuesdays, 3-4pm; Thursdays, 3-3.30pm; Fridays, 3-4pm; Saturdays, noon-2pm; Sundays, 9am-12.30pm

Todmorden Pool: Sundays, 10am-noon

 

Luddenden Valley Stay and Play

Playgroup for 0-5-year-olds that meets every Tuesday and Friday morning in the basement at Luddenfoot Civic Centre.

Come and join us for a friendly, informal environment with a large range of toys and activities for the kids, including a large ball pool and a craft area.

Tea and coffee for parents/carers.

Luddenden Valley Stay and Play, Luddendenfoot Civic Centre, Station Road. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.15am-11.15am. Contact 07901 748024.

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

Mum and Baby/Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy yoga &  mum and baby yoga classes.

Pregnancy Yoga: Gentle stretching and strengthening to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy. Fridays, 6.15-7.30pm, The Todfellows Space, Todmorden, OL14 5PU.

Mum and Baby Yoga: Rebuild and stabilise core muscles after pregnancy and birth. Stretch out tired limbs, eat cake, drink tea, meet other mums and relax. Tuesdays, 10.30am-noon (The Bridge Pilates Studio, Hebden Bridge); Fridays, 10.45am-noon (The Wellness Space,Todmorden). Courses every half term.

  • Contact Hazell on 07704 290918

Mum’s Team Walks

Friendly walk and chat around Wellholme Park on Fridays, every fortnight, followed by a brew and biscuits at Wellholme Children’s Centre.

Meet at the children’s centre at 9.15am prompt, for a 9.30am departure. For more information, visit the FB page.

 

Ogden Otters

Swimming lessons and baby and toddler swimming in a warm, well-lit pool. All the changing rooms have baby changing tables with ample seating in reception where people can enjoy a coffee while watching our large screen TVs.

Baby and toddler swimming: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Swimming lessons: daily.

Ogden Otters, Ogden, Halifax. 01422 247500.

Parent & Toddler Open Play – Utopia Gymnastics

Parent and toddler open play at Utopia Gymnastics, Brighouse. For children under 4. Free play on the gymnastic equipment. Pay as you go, £5 per session. includes a free tea or coffee in the cafe afterwards.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-noon.

  • Utopia Gymnastics, Units 1 & 2, Prince of Wales Mill, Brighouse. 01484 717428.

Rhythm Time

We run music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-school children in Brighouse, Copley, Eccleshill, Halifax, Mytholmroyd, Oakenshaw and Queensbury.

Sessions include exploring different percussion sounds, building confidence and self-expression through dance, practicing rhymes to develop speech and finding their singing voice and learning to sing in tune.

Classes include: Mondays at Baliff Bridge Community Centre, Brighouse; Tuesdays at Jungle at the Junction, Queensbury; Wednesdays at Hebden Bridge Town Hall; Thursdays at Birkenshaw Community Hall and Mytholmroyd Cricket Club; and Fridays at The Edge Playgym, Brighouse.

Rhythm Time. Contact Alison on 07938 752005.

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.

Sing and Sign

Fun, musical signing classes for babies and parents on Fridays.

  • Babies (birth to six months): 10.30am
  • Stage 1 (6 months – 18 months: 9.30am & 11.15am.

Sing and Sign, Fridays. Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane. Phone Gemma on 07738 059610 for more information.

Splash Swim Academy

(lessons running whilst in Tier 3 – updated January 2021)

Term time lessons for children aged four and above, with crash courses available during school holidays.  Lessons run Tuesday to Friday, 4-7pm, and Sundays 9am-5pm.

Rishworth School, Woodhouse School (Brighouse)  and DW Fitness (Halifax).

  • Splash Swim Academy, 07852 543 316.

Sure Start Children’s Centres – Friday Listings

Baby Adventures, 0-2 years. £1.60 per family. Fridays, 1-2.30pm (term time only). Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, 01422 243633

Family Support Drop In. Fridays, 9.30am-11.30am. No need to book. Elland Children’s Centre, 01422 266197

 

Sure Start Sessions – Face to Face & Virtual

Sessions are starting again at some Sure Start centres and the North Halifax Partnership is offering a free, 6-week programme of events. Face-to-face and virtual sessions are available and more information about both will be available at launch events in October 2020.

At the launch event you can also register for the sessions, and find out how to confidently access the virtual sessions.
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 252209.
Creations Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 10am-noon
Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 9.30-11.30am
Ash Green Children’s Centre: Thursday October 15, 9.30-11.30am
Illingworth Children’s Centre: Friday October 16, 9.30-11.30am
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 266197.
Wellholme Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 9am-4pm
Elland Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 1-4pm
  • Updated October 2020

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.

YMCA Parent & Toddler Group

Warm and friendly group for local families with children aged under five to come and make friends.

Mondays and Friday mornings, 9.30am – noon.

  • Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley Street. Admission £2 one adult and one child. Includes a hot drink for adults and cold drinks and snacks for your child.

 

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