Saturday’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 class organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.
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Our motto is simple; “make it more fun”. We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.
What to expect from our classes…
“Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quick sand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders. Get ready to protect your egg, launch a missile or attack the pirates and seize the ship, all this of course, whilst trying to avoid the evil side lines!”
Owen Farrell England Rugby Union Captain:
“Rugbytots’ fun and exciting classes really engage the children and provide a fantastic introduction into the game of rugby. I would recommend getting involved.”
Age 2 – 3.5: Our toddler classes require full parent participation. This offers a fantastic opportunity for you and your child to spend quality time together. The activities for toddlers teach your child about shapes, colours, numbers and counting.
Age 3.5 – 5: These classes begin to introduce children to Rugby and the specific skills involved, providing a positive environment for children to discover a new world of sporting imagination.
Age 5 – 7: These classes gently introduce the basic rules of Rugby. Our activities for 5-7-year olds focus on fun, encouragement, building self-esteem and confidence.
Rishworth School, Ripponden, Halifax, HX6 4QA (Kath, 0345 313 0065)
9-9.30am (2-3.5 years)
9.35-10.20am (3.5 – 5 years)
10.25-11.10am (5 – 7 years)
The Halifax Academy, Gibbet Street, Halifax, HX2 0BA (Kath, 0345 313 0065)
9-9.30am – (2-3.5 years)
9.40-10.25am – (3.5 – 5 years)
Todmorden Sports Centre, Ewood Lane, Todmorden, OL14 7DF (Kath, 0345 313 0065
8.40-9.10am (2-3.5 years)
9.15-10am (3.5 – 5 years)
Kath, 0345 313 0065.
Children of all abilities love the Amphibi-Kids experience. Whether your child is a complete beginner or can swim a little, we’ll have a class that’s just right for them.
We follow the Duckings Award Scheme and ASA National Teaching Plan. The children receive a report card at the end of each block detailing their progress and any awards they may have achieved.
Amphibi-Kids Swim Academy, North Huddersfield Trust School. Saturdays, 9.30am-2.30pm. For further details contact Carly: Huddersfield@amphibi-kids.co.uk
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
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.
Updated January 2021
Classes for tots, children and adults. Genres include musical theatre, street & jazz, dancing tots, adult dance, tap & modern and classical ballet.
Musical Theatre School Holiday Workshops available .
Creative Dance Centre, Springvale Works, Brighouse. Phone 07377 883 522.
Fun activities for children up to age 8 and their dads, male carers, granddads, uncles and stepdads.
For information, call Todmorden Children’s Centre on 01706 399970 or Jubilee Children’s Centre on 01422 434971.
Reopening date not yet decided
Huge inflatable theme park with eight different zones. Kids and adults alike can bounce and burn off energy on the drop slides, balance beams, freefall area and inflatable Wipeout zone.
Play dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, or just jump around all session – the choice is yours!
Open Fridays and weekends during Kirklees term time, and every day during school holidays, but check session and opening times before setting off. 9.45-10.45am session aimed at families with children aged 8 and under.
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
Currently not running (updated January 2021)
Wild and wacky sessions with giant floats, for children aged 14 and under.
Brighouse Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm
Sowerby Bridge Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm
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.
Little Strikers encourages all aspects of mental and physical development through football, for children aged 1-6.
Thursdays, 1pm-1.45pm, Play Palace, Halifax; Saturdays, 9.30am-10.15am and 10.30am-11.135am, Play Palace, Halifax; Saturdays, 10am-10.45am and 11am-11.45am at Brighouse Central Methodist Church.
Little Strikers, Thursdays and Saturdays. Classes in Halifax and Brighouse. Contact 07896 202334.
(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.
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.
Rugger Ratz is a fun, energetic introduction to rugby, designed to give your child a head start with the sport skills that are essential for many different sporting activities.
Age 2-3: Saturdays, 10.15am-10.45am. Sundays, 10am-10.30.
Age 3-5: Saturdays, 9.30am-10.15am, 10.45am-11.30am. Sundays, 10.30am-11.15am.
Age 5-6: Saturdays, 9.15am-10am. Sundays, 9am-9.45am.
Age 6+: Saturdays, 10am-10.45am.
Rugger Ratz, Inspire Centre, Calderdale College, Saturdays and Sundays. Contact 07875 233495.
Striker Tots provides a structured programme of football coaching sessions for toddlers and young children in Calderdale. Head coach is ex-professional footballer Richard Graham, and classes teach and develop basic football skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and heading, as well as social skills like teamwork, sharing and communication.
Sessions on Thursdays at 1pm and 1.45pm at St John the Devine Church Hall in Rastrick, and Saturdays at 9.30am and 10.15am at St Andrews Methodist Church, Halifax.
Striker Tots. Contact 0113 8800 840.
Saturday Splat! Children with additional needs. £1.50 per family. First Saturday of every month, 10-11.30am. Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, 01484 714768.
The Little Samurai Club offers fun martial arts classes for 3-5-year-olds in Brighouse.
Tuesdays, 4pm-4.45pm; Thursdays, 4.30pm-5.15pm; Saturdays, 11am-11.45am.
The Little Samurai Club, A One Business Park, Brighouse. Contact 07761 973553.