Wednesday’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.


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 coffee@sowerbybridge.com

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.

To find out more on upcoming online workshops visit the Facebook Page or Website


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Airtime Halifax

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.

Baby Buddies

Free parent and baby group for babies aged 0-1 at Innovations Children’s Centre.

Exciting activities such as Sign and Sign and Baby Massage, as well as helpful tips around teething, sleeping and more.

  • Wednesdays, 1.30-2.45pm. Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Halifax. 01422 248222.

Barkisland Baby & Toddler Group

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.

Aquanatal, Mum & Baby Aquafit, Mum & Baby Exercise

Not running while Calderdale is in Tier 3 (updated Jan 2021)

Aquanatal, mum and baby aquafit and exercise sessions at Calderdale’s leisure centres.

£5.20 per session (£4.20 PTL), or free if you have a Lifestyles membership .

Aquanatal: Mondays, 9.30-10.15am, Brighouse Pool.

Mum and Baby Aquafit: Mondays, 10.15-10.45am, Brighouse Pool. Wednesdays, 3-3.30pm, Sowerby Bridge Pool. Thursdays, 1.45-2.15pm, Todmorden Sports Centre.

Mum and Baby Exercise: Wednesdays, 11.15am-12.15pm, North Bridge Leisure Centre. Thursdays, 2-3pm, Brighouse Pool.

Boogie Babes

Updated January 2021

Pre-school dance fun for tots and their grown ups.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am, The Limelight Studio, Rastrick

Boogie Babes. Contact Lisa on 07779 154 126. www.boogiebabes.biz

Buggy4Fitness

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.

  • Buggy4Fitness, various locations around Calderdale. Contact 07825 706983.

Buggy Walks

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.

  • Buggy Walk, Wednesdays. 9.30-10.30am. Field Lane Children’s Centre, Rastrick.

Children’s Swimming Lessons – Council-Run Pools

Currently on hold (updated January 2021)

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

DUCKLINGS

Available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Contact your preferred pool for details.

Ages 3-4.

Creation Station

Not currently running at venues – updated January 2021

Baby Discover classes (6-15 months) and Little Explorer classes (15 months – 5 years).

Wednesdays at The Play Palace, Halifax

Baby Discover: 10-10.45am

Little Explorers: 11.15am-12pm

Includes one hour free play in The Play Palace.

  • Email claireohara@thecreationstation.co.uk to be added to the waiting list.

Creative Dance Centre

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.

Family Swimming

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

 

Glokids

Fun dance fitness class for kids AND adults with disco lights, glow sticks and great music.

Expect a high-energy cardio fun class , dancing the same routines each week.

Children aged 4+. Parents don’t have to stay and take part, but are encouraged to.

Wednesdays, 4.10-4.55pm. £4.50 per child, £3.50 for parents and guardians. Pay as you go.

  • The Limelight Studio, Rastrick, HD6 3NF. 07779154126.

Go Bananas Parent and Toddler Group – Elland

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.

Gymnastics Classes – Utopia Gymnastics

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).

Hippopottery – mobile pottery painting

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.

  • Hippopottery, Fold Barn, Halifax. Contact 07540 832930 or view the Facebook page.

Jo Jingles

Jo Jingles classes introduce young children to music through the use of nursery rhymes, songs, musical instruments, movement, sound games and stories.

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

Little Cheer LW Danceworks

Cheerleading at Calderdale College.

Little Cheer LW Danceworks, Calderdale College, Wednesdays, 5.15pm-6pm. Contact Laura 07868123902.

Messy Play at The Little Box Company

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.

  • 54 Asquith Bottom, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT. ​01422 835080

Mini Boffins Calderdale

Classes not currently running – updated January 2021

Science experiments classes for children aged 18 months to 4 years.

Sessions include:

The Mill Play Cafe, Halifax: Tuesdays, 10am
  • For more information or to book, please call 07512 561076 .

Mini Massage

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.

Mini Movers and Mini Groovers

(updated January 2021)

A dance, movement and creative play class for parents and their little ones.

All classes currently being run and booked through the children’s centres. Contact charlotte@minimetime.co.uk for more information.

 

Miss Stacey’s School of Dance

(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.

NCT Walk & Talk Sessions

Updated May 2021

Come enjoy a short (and free!) Walk and Talk session with NCT.

Running most Wednesday afternoons around Calderdale, there is space for 15 people on a walk and tickets must be booked (they are free).

You can find more details here: https://www.nct.org.uk/local-activities-meet-ups/region-yorkshire-humber/calderdale.

Volunteer Katie is happy to support other people if they would like to volunteer too.

Once Upon A Time – Weekly Storytime

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 & Toddler Open Play – Utopia Gymnastics

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. includes a free tea or coffee in the cafe afterwards.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-noon.

  • Utopia Gymnastics, Units 1 & 2, Prince of Wales Mill, Brighouse. 01484 717428.

Rhythm Time

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.

Rosy and Cheeks Baby Massage

Baby massage, music, movement and play.

  • Baby Massage – Wednesdays, 9.45am
  • Baby Massage, Music, Movement & Play – Wednesdays, 11.15am
  • Daddy Baby Massage Workshop – First Saturday of every month.

* The Wellness Space, Top Floor of the Old Co-Op, 29 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7LA. To book, call 07940 005287.

Sensory Classes – Book You Happy

Classes not currently running -updated January 2021

Sensory classes for children aged 0-2.

Wednesdays 2pm: Mill Play Cafe, Halifax

Fridays 9.30am: Mill Play, Halifax

Fridays 2pm & 3pm: Chiccocino

£6 per class or £9 to include sensory items to keep.

Sowood Parent & Toddler Group

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.

Splash Swim Academy

(lessons running whilst in Tier 3 – updated January 2021)

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).

  • Splash Swim Academy, 07852 543 316.

Stay & Play, Hebden Bridge

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.

Sure Start Children’s Centres – Wednesday Listings

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.

 

Sure Start Sessions – Face to Face & Virtual

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.

At the launch event you can also register for the sessions, and find out how to confidently access the virtual sessions.
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 252209.
Creations Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 10am-noon
Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 9.30-11.30am
Ash Green Children’s Centre: Thursday October 15, 9.30-11.30am
Illingworth Children’s Centre: Friday October 16, 9.30-11.30am
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 266197.
Wellholme Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 9am-4pm
Elland Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 1-4pm
  • Updated October 2020
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