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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Available during the day, evenings and Saturdays. Contact your preferred pool for details.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 email@example.com for more information.
(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.
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.
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. includes a free tea or coffee in the cafe afterwards.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11am-noon.
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.
Baby massage, music, movement and play.
* The Wellness Space, Top Floor of the Old Co-Op, 29 Rochdale Road, Todmorden, OL14 7LA. To book, call 07940 005287.
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.
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.
(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).
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.
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.