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.
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
Little Strikers encourages all aspects of mental and physical development through football, for children aged 1-6. Using specially-designed equipment for children, and with parental participation, we develop a number of key skills.
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. www.littlestrikers.org.uk
A group for dads, granddads, step dads, male carers and their children aged 0 to 11. Come along and enjoy the creative activities and meet new people.
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
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.
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.