Classes and playgroups for babies, toddlers and young children in Halifax and Calderdale, held on a Monday.
***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 and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for children.
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.
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills, too. No one else reaches our high standards of professionalism, and no one else works harder to make sure you and your little one feel happy and safe. And we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy baby!
Mondays: Total Fitness, HD5 0AL. 12pm-2pm.
Saturdays: Delius School, BD3 8QX. 9am-1pm
Southfield Grange, BD5 0ET. 2-3.30pm
Are you a new parent? Would you like to attend face-to-face sessions during lockdown?
We are a Covid-secure group with permission to run face-to-face sessions for new parents.
Moo Born is a 4 week course suitable for babies from 0 to pre-moving.
We blend together our beautiful Moo Music and also tummy time instruction to provide new parents the opportunity to learn about their baby’s development, spend time with people on the same journey as them, as well as provide some much needed light relief and fun.
Our new block starts on the week commencing February 8 and lasts for four weeks.
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.
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.
Babies and toddler group at Clifton Methodist Church, Brighouse. Lots of toys and activities for the children and hot drinks for the parents.
Lovely social group, which also runs during school holidays (where activities for older children are provided) but not bank holidays. Mondays, 9am – 11am, 50p per child, free children’s drinks and snacks. £1 for hot drinks (free refills). Contact Pippa Lupton, 07903 884342.
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.
Weekly group for parents, carers and younger babies (not walking). Safe activities for babies and a chance to chat with other parents. Monday, 12.30pm – 2pm, Central Streets Infants School, Hebden Bridge. Call 01422 842784
Not running while Calderdale is in Tier 3 (updated Jan 2021)
Aquanatal, mum and baby aquafit and exercise sessions at Calderdale’s leisure centres.
£5.20 per session (£4.20 PTL), or free if you have a Lifestyles membership .
Aquanatal: Mondays, 9.30-10.15am, Brighouse Pool.
Mum and Baby Aquafit: Mondays, 10.15-10.45am, Brighouse Pool. Wednesdays, 3-3.30pm, Sowerby Bridge Pool. Thursdays, 1.45-2.15pm, Todmorden Sports Centre.
Mum and Baby Exercise: Wednesdays, 11.15am-12.15pm, North Bridge Leisure Centre. Thursdays, 2-3pm, Brighouse Pool.
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
Forty minutes of songs and rhymes led by an Early Years Librarian and Early Childhood Music Specialist. You and your baby will explore traditional songs and rhymes and add new ones to your repertoire.
Ages birth-two. £2 per child (Free, PTL)
Hebden Bridge Library: Mondays, 11-11.40am (Feb 3, 10; March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27)
Brighouse Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am-11.10am (Feb 4, 11, 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28)
Halifax Central Library & Archives: Thursdays, 10-10.40am and 11-11.40am (Feb 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2,9, 23, 30)
For more information and to check dates, contact Ben Lawrence on 01422 392620.
Friendly and supportive group for breastfeeding mums and their families.
Held in a relaxed setting, it’s hosted by peer supporters and there are activities provided for older siblings.
Free tea and coffee!
For more information, contact the Children’s Centre on 01422 250365 or ask your health visitor or midwife.
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.
Easy walks with health champions from Todmorden Health Centre every second Monday of the month.
Meet at 9.45am, set off at 10am.
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
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
Little U’s, structured classes for children aged 2-4.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9.30am & 10.15am and Sundays at 9am (3-4 year olds).
Mini U’s (4-5 year olds)
Mondays and Fridays at 4pm and Saturdays at 9am.
Classes include: Mondays, Chicoccino Play Gym, 9.45am (2 years plus) and 10.45am (under 2’s); Wednesdays, Play Palace, 9.45 (2 years plus) and 10.45am (under 2’s); Thursdays, The Edge Play Gym, Brighouse, 9.45am (2 years plus), 10.45am (under 2’s).
Jo Jingles. Venues throughout Calderdale. Contact Louise on 07419 737543. www.jojingles.com
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.
Mini Massage courses are sociable, relaxed and fun. The course is open to infants from birth up to pre-crawling and guides you through a step-by-step massage routine, which combines a balance of relaxing and stimulating massage, reflexology techniques and yoga movement. Refreshments and socialising time are offered at the end of each class.
A bottle of Organic Sunflower Oil is included.
Sessions include: Mondays, 1pm-1.45pm, Halifax Dance Academy; Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am, Play Palace; Wednesdays, 10am-11am, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge.
Mini Massage, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Contact Fiona on 07768 636427.
(updated January 2021)
A dance, movement and creative play class for parents and their little ones.
All classes currently being run and booked through the children’s centres. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
(updated January 2021)
Classes include ballet, parent and child dance, cheerleading, tap, acro, street and musical theatre.
Miss Stacey’s School of Dance, Hayley Hill, HX3 6ED. Contact 07791 209353.
Mum and babies exercise class. Fun, friendly and suitable for all levels of fitness.
Every Monday (except bank holidays). 9.40-10.30am. £4.
All new Core Power Flow evening classes designed for mums.
Ryecroft Hall, Tong Valley between Leeds and Bradford. BD4 0RJ
Tel Jules on 07503 713647
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.
Fun, sensory, educational sessions for tots, kids and teens.
Primal Tots (0-4): Mondays, 10am.
Primal Kids (4-11): Mondays, 4.30pm. Thursdays, 5pm. Sundays, 11am.
Primal Teens (12-16): Tuesdays, 5pm. Wednesdays, 5pm. Saturdays, 11am. Sundays, 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.
Messy Adventures, walking-5 years. £1.50 per family. Mondays, 1.30-3pm. Field Lane Children’s Centre, 01484 386621.
Family Support Drop In, Mondays, 9-11am, no need to book. Field Lane Children’s Centre, 01484 386621.
Breastfeeding Friends, Mondays, 10-11.30. Free. Support group for breastfeeding mums. No need to book. Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, 01484 714768.
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.