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.
From their earliest days, children have a natural urge to dance, sing and perform.
At our theatre school, our vision is that each and every one of our students will perform, dance and sing with joy and self belief.
We’ll help each child blossom, learn and shine, with their happiness at the heart of everything we do.
Whether shy or outgoing, we will help you build their confidence and character for whatever the future holds.
Classes include mini and junior drama and dance for children aged 2-7, in Northowram and Brighouse.
Mini Drama: For children aged 2-4. Children will enjoy imaginative play, singing, dancing and acting all based around a different theme each week.
Junior Dance: Technique classes where children develop core physical skills, strength, stamina, flexibility and coordination. Dance styles include contemporary, street, jazz and musical theatre.Children from reception to Year 2.
Junior Drama:Develops communication skills, co-operation, concentration and memory. Children will enjoy mime, improvisation, script, musical theatre and devising. For children from reception to Year 2.
Baby yoga and massage classes at Norwood Green Village Hall every Tuesday.
Baby yoga: 9.45am
Baby massage: 11am (course starts on January 7, 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.
Come and join our baby and toddler group during term time and school holidays.
Includes tea and toast, baby and preschool toys, craft table, singing and parachute games.
Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.30am – 11am. £3 per child, siblings £2. Free play gym entry after the group. Polly’s Play, Dean Clough, Halifax.
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.
Pre-school dance parties for tots and their grown ups.
Classes include: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am, The Limelight Studio, Rastrick (enjoy free juice and fruit; Tuesdays, 10am, The Edge Play Gym, Brighouse (free play afterwards); Thursdays, 10am, Jungle At The Junction, Queensbury (includes an hour of free play either before or after class).
Boogie Babes. Contact Lisa on 07779 154 126. www.boogiebabes.biz
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
Brighouse Library: Tuesdays, 10.30am-11.10am
Halifax Central Library & Archives: Thursdays, 10-10.40am and 11-11.40am
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: Mondays, 10am, Manor Heath Park, Halifax; Tuesdays, 10am, Wellholme Park, Brighouse; Wednesdays, 10am, The Stray, Hipperholme. BoxFit: Fridays, 10am, Play Palace, Halifax. HIIT: Saturdays, 9am, Crossley Heath Fitness Suite. FitnessMix: Mondays, 5.15pm, Overgate Hospice. Strength & Conditioning: Wednesdays, 7pm, Crossley Heath Fitness Suite.
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.
Fun dance class for children aged 18 months to 3 years.
Tuesdays, 9.30am. Fridays, 10.15am.
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
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.
Icky Sticky is a messy, arty playgroup that runs on Tuesday mornings in Hebden Bridge.
For children aged 6 months to 4 years.
Icky Sticky, Tuesdays, 10-11.30am, Methodist Church, Market Street, Hebden Bridge. Phone 07909 454281.
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.
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.
Classes are open to babies from 8 weeks to pre-walking and movements and positions are adapted depending on the age, confidence and ability of each child. Doing yoga with your baby means playing, stretching and then relaxing together, experiencing the benefits of tactile stimulation while helping to develop supple joints, strengthen the spine and enliven all the body’s systems. Songs, rhymes and games are all used to engage your baby in play.
Sessions include: Tuesdays, 11am-11.45am, Play Palace; Wednesdays, 11.15am-12.15am, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge.
Mini Yoga, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Contact 07768 636427.
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.
Big and Little Explorers, preschool. £1.60 per family. Upper portacabin. Tuesdays, 9-11am, term time only. Ash Green Children’s Centres, 01422 243941.
Baby Play, 0-2 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am, term time only. Creations Community Children’s Centre, 01422 434006.
Inbetweeners, walking to 3 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11.30am. Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, 01422 243633.
Bumps and Babies Group, 0-2 years. £1.60 per family. Tuesdays, 9.30-11am, term time only. Innovations Children’s Centre, 01422 248222.
Well Baby Clinic (run by the Health Service, free), Tuesdays, 9.30-11am. 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, 1.30-3pm, term time only. Field Lane Children’s Centre, 01484 386621
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
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.