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.
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.
Appleton Academy, Woodside Road,Wyke, BD12 8AL ( (Neil, 0345 313 0804)
9.30-10am (2 years – 3.5 years)
10.05-10.50am (3.5 years – 5 years)
11-11.45am (3.5-5 years)
All Saints Catholic College, Bradley Road, Huddersfield, HD2 2JT ( (Neil, 0345 313 0804))
9-9.30am (2 – 3.5 years)
9.35-10.20am (3.5-5 years)
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)
Neil, 0345 313 0804 – 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
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): 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.
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
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.
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.