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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 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 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
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.
A dance, movement and creative play class for parents and their little ones.
Sessions include: Mini Movers (12 months- 5 years) Mondays, 10am-11am, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge
Mini Groovers (3-12 months), Wednesdays, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge
Mini Movers and Mini Groovers, Sowerby Bridge. Contact Lindsay on 07827 314253.
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.
Mondays: 11am – noon
Wednesdays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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.
Fun and swinging dance and gentle movement classes for mums and dads with their little ones in slings and baby carriers.
Musical styles include pop, hip hop, Charleston, Cha Cha, Salsa, Meringue, Bachata, Raggaeton, Swing, Disco, Musical Theatre, Ballroom and more.
Participants are encouraged to wear their littles ones in high quality slings and carriers and spaces are always available for people wanting to try it out.
Sling Swing Calderdale: Mondays, 11am – noon at The Edge Play Gym, Brighouse, and 1.30pm – 2.30pm at VH Fitness, Charles Street, Halifax.
Thursdays, 11.30am – 12.30pm, The Mill, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax.
Contact Fiona on 07740 346457.
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.
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.