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.
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.
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.
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:
Bankfield Buddies, Akroyd Library. Fridays, 10.30-11.15am. £2 per child. For information, contact Fiona on 01422 352334.
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 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.
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
Available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Contact your preferred pool for details.
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.
Fun dance class for children aged 18 months to 3 years.
Tuesdays, 9.30am. Fridays, 10.15am.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Fun, musical signing classes for babies and parents on Fridays.
Sing and Sign, Fridays. Heath United Reformed Church, Free School Lane. Phone Gemma on 07738 059610 for more information.
(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).
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
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.
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.
Warm and friendly group for local families with children aged under five to come and make friends.
Mondays and Friday mornings, 9.30am – noon.