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.
Hippopottery is a mobile paint your own pottery studio based in the Shibden Valley. Suitable for all ages, you can choose from a wide range of pottery pieces to paint and create gorgeous keepsakes. All pots, paints, brushes and stencils are supplied and pots are glazed, fired and returned within one week.
Join us at Hippopottery at Shibden Park Café every Wednesday between 10am and 2pm. Also look out for events at Polly’s Play, Upsy Daisy’s, Shibden Hall, Northowram’s Fair’s and Mini Me Time Groups.
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.
Come along and join us in the church hall underneath the Methodist Church. We have fun every week, a great selection of toys, ride ons, craft and art activities plus chat and support for the grownups. We start with a playtime, pause with a snack and drink, continue to play and do crafts and we end with a sing song.
Sowerby Bridge Methodist Church, Wednesdays (term time only), 9.30am – 11am. 75p for everyone aged over six months, drinks and snacks for all. From birth to aged five. Visit the Methodist Church website here www.stpaulssowerbybridge.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This group meets every Wednesday in term time at Barkisland Cricket Club, from 9.30am-11.30am. New members are always welcome. £2 per child.
Barkisland Baby & Toddler Group, Wednesdays, 9.30am. Barkisland Cricket Club. Contact 07725 484526.
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
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.
Looking to be more active and meet new friends?
Join in this short buggy walk from Field Lane Children’s Centre, Rastrick. Tea and coffee afterwards. No need to book, just turn up.
Classes range from Aquababies (6 months – 2 years), Aquatots (2-4 years) and Ducklings (3-4), who are accompanied in the water with a responsible adult.
Contact your preferred pool for details.
AQUABABIES (parent/guardian in the water too):
Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 10-10.30am; Wednesdays, 10.30-11am & 11.30am-noon
Sowerby Bridge Pool: Mondays, noon-12.30pm (term time only); Wednesdays, noon-12.30pm; Fridays, 9.30-10am & 10.30am-11am
Todmorden Sports Centre: Fridays, 11-11.45am.
AQUATOTS (parent/guardian in the water too):
Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 10.30-11am; Wednesdays, 11-11.30am & 11.30-noon; Saturdays, 10-10.30am
Sowerby Bridge Pool: Mondays, 12.30-1pm; Wednesdays, noon-12.30pm (term time only); Fridays, 9-9.30am, 10-10.30am & 10.30-11am
Todmorden Sports Centre: Fridays, 11-11.45am
Available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Contact your preferred pool for details.
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
A small, friendly group in Elland offering play, craft, activity, snack and sing song. Wednesdays during term time. £2 per child, includes a healthy snack and a drink.
Go Bananas Parent and Toddler Group, Bankfield Social Club, Elland. Wednesdays, 9.40am-11.40am. Contact 01422 251152.
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.
Classes include: Mondays, Chicoccino Play Gym, 9.45am (2 years plus) and 10.45am (under 2’s); Wednesdays, Play Palace, 9.45 (2 years plus) and 10.45am (under 2’s); Thursdays, The Edge Play Gym, Brighouse, 9.45am (2 years plus), 10.45am (under 2’s).
Jo Jingles. Venues throughout Calderdale. Contact Louise on 07419 737543. www.jojingles.com
Cheerleading at Calderdale College.
Little Cheer LW Danceworks, Calderdale College, Wednesdays, 5.15pm-6pm. Contact Laura 07868123902.
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.
A dance, movement and creative play class for parents and their little ones.
Sessions include: Mini Movers (12 months- 5 years) Mondays, 10am-11am, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge
Mini Groovers (3-12 months), Wednesdays, 12.30pm-1.30pm, Kate’s Classes, Sowerby Bridge
Mini Movers and Mini Groovers, Sowerby Bridge. Contact Lindsay on 07827 314253.
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.
Come amd join us for stories, songs, rhymes and crafts based around popular children’s stories.
Led by the early years librarian, we will visit some familiar characters and maybe even discover some new friends!
Wednesday mornings at Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium.
May: 2, 9, 16, 23
June: 6, 13, 20, 27
July: 4, 11, 18
Booking not required.
* Once Upon A Time, Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium. Wednesdays, 10.30-11.15am. £3 per child (£2 PTL)
Parent and toddler open play at Utopia Gymnastics, Brighouse. For children under 4. Free play on the gymnastic equipment. Pay as you go, £5 per session.
Mondays: 11am – noon
Wednesdays: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
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.
Small, friendly group with a baby play area and soft play toys. Wednesdays during term time.
Sowood Parent & Toddler Group, Sowood Community Centre, Wednesdays, 9.15am-10.45am, Contact 01422 374367.
Term time lessons for children aged four and above, with crash courses available during school holidays. Lessons run Tuesday to Friday, 4-7pm, and Sundays 9am-5pm.
Rishworth School, Woodhouse School (Brighouse) and DW Fitness (Halifax).
A group for parents and children aged 0-4 years. 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. Come along and join the fun. Wednesdays, 10am – 11.30am, term time only. St James Church, Hebden Bridge. Entrance at the back of the church.
Buddy Bears, walking to 4 years. £1.60 per family. Wednesdays, 9.30-11am. Term time only. Illingworth Community Children’s Centre, 01422 243633
Tiny Treasures, 0-walking, £1.50 per family. Wednesdays, 1-2.30pm. Elland Children’s Centre, 01422 266197
Baby Group, walking to 5 years. £1.50 per family. Wednesdays, 9.15-10.45am, term time only. Whinney Hill Community Centre
Mini Movers Stay and Play, community group, £1.60 per family. Wednesdays, 1.45-3.10pm. Moorside Community Primary School.
Well Baby Clinic (free, run by the health service), Drop in session. Wednesdays, 9-10.30am. Creations Community Children’s Centre, 01422 434006.