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.
Kids fancy giving rugby a try?
With the World Cup currently on our screens, are the kids getting interested in giving rugby a go?
The Old Brodleians in Hipperholme has a great reputation for being a welcoming and family-friendly rugby club and they are currently recruiting boys and girls of all ages from three years up.
Their tots classes are aimed at 3, 4 and 5 year olds and take place at 9.30am every Sunday (for more details visit www.fb.com/BrodsTots). After that there’s a junior team at every school year from the Under 6s through to the Under 19s.
Don’t think for one minute that rugby is just for boys as it’s one of the fastest growing female sports in the country at the moment!
Boys and girls play in the same teams until they are 12 years old. The dedicated girls section then starts with the ‘Old Brods’ Under 13s, Under 15s and Under 18s teams.
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.
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.
Artistic gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, free running and more for children aged 3+.
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.