Playgroups and classes
Calderdale and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for children.
Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.
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The Forgotten Forest is a lovely little place where children and adults can play and reconnect with nature.
Learn The Forgotten Forest way:
The opportunities are endless! Most of all, have fun and follow your imagination!
Regular sessions include:
Adult events coming soon!
For more information, visit forgottenforest.net To book and see the schedule of upcoming events, click here. FB: forgottenforestbrighouse. Party bookings now being taken. Contact Sarah on 07708 398548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
2019 Session Dates:
Bankfield Buddies, Akroyd Library. Fridays, 10.30-11.15am. £2 per child. For information, contact Fiona on 01422 352334.
Pre-school dance parties for tots and their grown ups.
Classes include: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am, The Limelight Studio, Rastrick (enjoy free juice and fruit; Tuesdays, 10am, The Edge Play Gym, Brighouse (free play afterwards); Thursdays, 10am, Jungle At The Junction, Queensbury (includes an hour of free play either before or after class).
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: Mondays, 10am, Manor Heath Park, Halifax; Tuesdays, 10am, Wellholme Park, Brighouse; Wednesdays, 10am, The Stray, Hipperholme. BoxFit: Fridays, 10am, Play Palace, Halifax. HIIT: Saturdays, 9am, Crossley Heath Fitness Suite. FitnessMix: Mondays, 5.15pm, Overgate Hospice. Strength & Conditioning: Wednesdays, 7pm, Crossley Heath Fitness Suite.
Classes range from Aquababies (6 months – 2 years), Aquatots (2-4 years) and Ducklings (3-5), 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): Mondays (under 5s), noon-1pm; 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mondays: 11am – noon
Wednesdays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Music and multi-sensory class Rhythm Time, Fridays at Polly’s Play, Dean Clough, Halifax. Toddlers (14 months to two years) 9.50am. Preschool (three to four years) 10.45am. Booking essential. Price includes free entry to the play gym. Rebecca: 07938 752005.
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.
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.
Term time lessons for children aged four and above, with crash courses available during school holidays. Lessons run Wednesday to Friday, 4-7pm.
Rishworth School (Wednesday & Friday), Woodhouse School, Brighouse (Wednesday & Thursday) and DW Fitness, Halifax (Friday).
Baby Adventures, 0-2 years. £1.60 per family. Fridays, 1-2.30pm. 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
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.