Tuesday’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.
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.
Are you a new parent? Would you like to attend face-to-face sessions during lockdown?
We are a Covid-secure group with permission to run face-to-face sessions for new parents.
Moo Born is a 4 week course suitable for babies from 0 to pre-moving.
We blend together our beautiful Moo Music and also tummy time instruction to provide new parents the opportunity to learn about their baby’s development, spend time with people on the same journey as them, as well as provide some much needed light relief and fun.
Our new block starts on the week commencing February 8 and lasts for four weeks.
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.
Baby yoga and massage classes at Norwood Green Village Hall every Tuesday.
Baby massage: 10.30am (course starts on September 15, 2020)
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.
Not currently running – updated January 2021
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.
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.
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.
A group for local childminders and their minded children to meet up and play. Tuesday, term time only, 9.45am – 11.45am. Dodnaze Community Centre.
Friendly and relaxed playgroup for parents, grandparents and carers with babies and children of pre-school age. Tea, coffee, juice, water, toast and biscuits all provided. Free play and crafts, songs and story time.
Tuesday mornings, 9.30am – 11.30am, Coley Church Hall. Term time only.
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 dance class for children aged 18 months to 3 years.
Tuesdays, 9.30am. Fridays, 10.15am.
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 only offering paint at home kids – updated January 2021
Pottery painting café in Hebden Bridge. Choose from a plate, bowl, mug or even piggy bank, unicorn, fairy or dinosaur, decide how to paint it and sit and paint using our brushes or sponge stamps. And you can have a drink or snack whilst you create!
Every Tuesday is Toddler Tuesday at Flying Saucers. Come along with your pre-schooler or baby and receive 10% off and a free coffee for you. Whether it’s a baby footprint or a toddler painting on a plate, come with friends, have a coffee and make something truly unique.
Parent and toddler group in Greetland. £1.50 per adult and one child, includes refreshments. Open throughout the school holidays.
Greetland Parent and Toddler Group, Greetland Community Centre, Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am. Contact 07713 581384.
The Halifax Sling Library is held every Tuesday at Play Palace, Halifax.
Come and learn about optimal infant positioning, general sling safety and different carrier pros and cons. You can try on or hire slings from newborn to pre-schooler.
Halifax Sling Library, Tuesdays, Play Palace, 3a West Parade, Halifax. Contact 07747 867 065.
Currently not running (updated January 2021)
Early years sessions at The Piece Hall in Halifax.
Songs, stories and a craft activity. Complimentary refreshments for adults.
Every second Tuesday of the month. 10-11.15am.
£3 per child. Booking essential: bit.ly/2YGcj7t
Playgroup for 0-5-year-olds that meets every Tuesday and Friday morning in the basement at Luddenfoot Civic Centre.
Come and join us for a friendly, informal environment with a large range of toys and activities for the kids, including a large ball pool and a craft area.
Tea and coffee for parents/carers.
Luddenden Valley Stay and Play, Luddendenfoot Civic Centre, Station Road. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.15am-11.15am. Contact 07901 748024.
Updated January 2021
Messy Play for children aged 6 months+. Classes include Baby Creations, Toddler Creations and The After School Art Club, as well as school holiday camps and workshops.
Classes not currently running – updated January 2021
Science experiments classes for children aged 18 months to 4 years.
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.
(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.
Pregnancy yoga & mum and baby yoga classes.
Pregnancy Yoga: Gentle stretching and strengthening to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy. Fridays, 6.15-7.30pm, The Todfellows Space, Todmorden, OL14 5PU.
Mum and Baby Yoga: Rebuild and stabilise core muscles after pregnancy and birth. Stretch out tired limbs, eat cake, drink tea, meet other mums and relax. Tuesdays, 10.30am-noon (The Bridge Pilates Studio, Hebden Bridge); Fridays, 10.45am-noon (The Wellness Space,Todmorden). Courses every half term.
Create special memories through songs, music and dance.
Miss Stacey’s School of Dance, Boothtown. Email Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Stay and Play for parents with children from birth to aged five. Every six weeks there will be a different programme of fun activities to help your child to learn, play and explore. Tuesdays, 9am – 10.30am, term time only.
Southowram Surestart Centre, Withinfields, Southowram. 01422 395501.
Fun drop-in group for parents and children aged 0-5 during term time.
Every six weeks there will be a different programme of themed activities to get you and your child exploring different types of creative ways of learning. Run by the Children’s Centre.
Big and Little Explorers, preschool. £1.60 per family. Upper portacabin. Tuesdays, 9-11am, term time only. Ash Green Children’s Centres, 01422 243941.
Tiny Tots Tuesdays, 0-5 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am, term time only. Creations Community Children’s Centre, 01422 434006.
Big & Little Explorers Group, 0-3 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am (term time only). Innovations Children’s Centre, 01422 248222.
Inbetweeners, walking to 3 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am. Term time only. Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, 01422 243633.
Well Baby Clinic (run by the Health Service, free), Tuesdays, 9.30-11am. Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre, 01422 252209
Play, Weigh and Drop In Session, runs alongside the weigh drop-in session. Free. First Tuesday of every month. Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre, 01422 252209.
Tiny Me, ages 0-18 months. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am, term time only, Northowram Hub, 01422 434006
Tiny Treasures, 0-walking, £1.50 per family. Tuesdays, 1-2.30pm. Holywell Green Children’s Centre, 01422 266197
Childminder’s Group, £1.50 per family, drop in. Tuesdays, 9.15-10.45am. Wellholme Park Children’s Centre, 01484 714768
Sessions are starting again at some Sure Start centres and the North Halifax Partnership is offering a free, 6-week programme of events. Face-to-face and virtual sessions are available and more information about both will be available at launch events in October 2020.
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.