Baby & Toddler Classes & Groups on a Friday in York
Below is a full list of classes & groups for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children in York on a Friday.
If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. For details of how to get featured listings or how to advertise click here.
Pioneering Gentle group support. For Parents and children from birth to 18 months.
These popular groups offer a calm supportive space for mums/dads and infants from birth to 18 months old. There is time and peace in my groups to nourish a pleasurable and reciprocal relationship with your new child, observe and enjoy their self-initiated and natural motor development, gain confidence and trust in your abilities as a parent, and make new friends. There are only 7/8 parents in a group and we meet once a week for 1 ½ hours. Parents usually stay with the group for a year to 18 months and make deep friendships that last way beyond the group life. The groups run on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings 10.30-12 and Thursday afternoons 1.30-3pm.
I am a free lance early childhood trainer living in York. I have 20 years training and experience in running groups and workshops for parents and have been running these very successful groups for 8 years in a beautiful room at York Steiner School.
First session is a free taster.
Please contact me if you would like more information
Ainsty Gymnastics and Trampoline Club pre-school play gym sessions at Energise, Acomb.
Little Rollers– 6 months-walking. This class is available to anyone but is primarily for parents with children in the Hoppers or Jumpers who have a sibling who want to join in. Parents remain with their child and dip in and out of the session as they see fit. This is pay as you go. If you bring them and they fall asleep then you don’t need to pay. £5.00
Little Crawlers– Walking-2 years. Parents are fully involved with supporting their child around the available equipment. Listen to the teaching points and then encourage your child to practice gymnastics skills. £5.00
Little Jumpers– 2 years-3 years. Parents begin to step away and allow the coaches to teach the gymnastics skills. Children move around the different activities, but the coaches make it more demanding and challenging. £7.50
Little Hoppers– 3 years-school. In this class children there should be little or no parental support. Staff will help guide you child on the equipment to further develop their balance, coordination, motor skills and sense of achievement. £7.50
Classes are as follows:
Wednesday & Friday 11.20am-12.20am & 12.30-1.30pm
Friday also 1.45pm-2.45pm
Please note all age classes take place at the same time and classes are capped at 12 children with 3 coaches.
Award winning, colourful, art and creative play classes, events and parties for babies, toddlers and children. Each week we squidge, squish, paint, explore, sing and dance with a new and exciting theme, sure to inspire imaginations.
ARTventurers are proud to have won three top awards in the national Whats On 4 Kids Awards 2019, recognising the very best in activities for children across the UK. Our classes are in line with the EYFS goals and aimed at aiding children’s learning and development skills through our fun art and creative play classes! A fab social setting for little ones (and parents too!).
Family ARTventurers classes (6mths – 5 yrs) weekly (term time):
Monday – 10.15-11.15 – Haxby Memorial Hall
Friday – 10.30-11.30 – Bootham Junior School
To book your trial class visit:
Facebook or Instagram: artventurersyork
Or call Sarah: 07902828756, Michelle: 07957619721
Hi! I’m Miss Gemma and I’m delighted to bring the magic of babyballet to children in the York area.
My babyballet class timetable can be found on the website where you can register for a three week introductory trial for just £15.
Babyballet is a fun, award-winning pre-school dance concept for girls and boys from 6 months to 6 years. With schools right across the UK, babyballet dance classes allow babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy the physical and social benefits of ballet, song and dance in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment.
With a real focus on learning through play, the unique babyballet syllabus offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.
See more at including our time table on the website.
I look forward to welcoming you and your little stars to the magical world of babyballet very soon!
Come Swimming, Be Safe, Have Fun!
Sing and play through our structured awards programme and see your baby progress to a confident little swimmer. From 6 weeks old to 12 years old.
Babies can start at Baby Swimmers as soon as you and baby are ready and happy to do so and through fun and games we progressively develop your babies natural reflexes to encourage voluntary swimming movements in the water which will build a foundation for your baby to swim unaided.
Baby Swimmers benefits both parents and babies as whilst you are interacting and bonding in the water together, you are also benefiting from learning water safety and increased water confidence. It is also physically and mentally beneficial for your baby and enjoyable for you both.
Research has shown that early swimming can benefit your baby by helping to develop water confidence, strength, co-ordination & alertness, whilst also learning water safety and having fun.
We follow the Starfish Awards through the STA and once children are aged over 2 they progress on to the Stanley Awards. Once your child reaches 5, they progress onto Swimmers Academy, where we develop swimming techniques and build stamina, classes here are for beginners as well as children that have been through the Baby Swimmers courses.
Award-winning, sensory-rich development classes designed to support you and your baby from birth. Regular exposure to an incredible range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage all help rapidly develop the brain in your baby’s first year. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun…
Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, YORK, YO23 1BW
Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village Haxby, YO32 3HT
Pocklington Cricket Club, YO42 2HA
All Saints Hall, The Green, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6DF
For your local class leader’s contact details and to book a trial visit our website.
Come and join Helen your post natal exercise specialist for a fun and effective Buggy Workout session in West Bank Park Holgate
The class focuses on improving your cardiovascular fitness, strength and resistance training, core work and pushchair posture. The sessions are designed specifically with new mums in mind and cater for all fitness levels. Baby comes too so there’s no need for childcare. Working out in the great outdoors is beneficial for both yourself and baby. Classes cost £5.50 and are booked in blocks of four at a time.
Look forward to seeing you there!
For more details please contact Helen
Mention Mumbler for a FREE try out class.
City Screen is located in the heart of York, on the main shopping street, overlooking the River Ouse, and is easily accessible by public transport. The Cinema has various screenings suitable for families alongside its normal films.
For parents and guardians with babies under one year old, every Wednesday morning at 11am. Membership is free and valid until the baby’s first birthday.
For preschool children and their parents and carers, every Friday morning at 11.30am. Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.
Our popular Kids’ Club screenings are every Saturday morning, for children aged 3 – 12. There are activities in the cinema screen from 10.30, followed by a film at 11.15. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.50 each.
The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.
Our telephone lines are open from 9.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week. Please telephone or visit the website to book.
13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
Hello mumblers! My name is Hayley and I run diddi dance in York – a fun and funky award winning dance class, suitable for boys & girls from 18 months (or confident walkers) to 4 years old.
diddi dance classes explores 16 different dance styles including rave, bollywood, hip hop, disco and many more! Each class is jam packed with action songs, dancing games, fun exercises, hoops, ribbons and much more all to our own original, funky music, to help children’s coordination, rhythm and both gross and fine motor skills. Our classes also enhance the EYFS framework with body part awareness, language development and social skills.
Classes are booked each half term through a booking system and are £5.50 per class and we now offer PAYG (subject to available places) for £6.60 per class. Sibling discount is also available.
diddi dance is also suitable for Nursery/After School settings and is available for Birthday Parties! Please see my FB page for more information/prices.
For details of all my classes please see my timetable.
I also offer FREE TRIALS to see if diddi dance is a class that’s right for you and your little one!
To book your FREE TRIAL or for any other information please get in touch!
Dinosaurs Love Fairy Cakes is now serving up regular eats, treats, roarsome play and opportunities to meet new friends across York!
On Tuesdays we run the Babes In Arms Elevenses Club at Spark:York from 10.00 until midday – this is for babies under 1 and their carers. £6 entry covers hot drinks, treats baked fresh by Melk, gorgeous sensory toys for the babes to play with and a craft activity if you fancy it.
On Wednesdays we’re bringing you Pizza & Play at Ask Italian on Blake Street from 10.30 until midday. £8 entry gets you toddler and pre schooler play time and pizza for everyone plus hot drinks and home made lemonade. £3 for every additional child and £5.50 for any additional pizzas for your party.
On alternative Fridays you can find us hosting Little Stompers from 10.00 until midday. A group specifically for children under 2 at Spark:York. £6 entry gets you hot drinks, treats baked fresh by Melk, gorgeous toys for the Stompers to play with and a craft activity for you to do together. £3 for every additional child.
For more info, and to book a place on any of these events visit our website.
Roars & Sprinkles!
Energi Toddlers is the ultimate place in York to bring your 2 – 5 year olds. With dozens of interconnecting trampolines, foam blocks, Disney soundtrack and our super friendly staff, your little one will be grinning ear to ear. Best of all, we let you jump for free, so the fun’s not limited to your little ones!
Energi Toddler runs every weekday at 10am-1pm and Saturdays at 9-10am during term time. Our huge café is the perfect place to refuel after your session with our freshly brewed coffee, Ringtons tea and delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches.
Sessions cost £5.95 weekdays/£4.95 Saturdays per toddler and adults get to jump free of charge, so what are you waiting for?!
Join our fun new mummy with baby workout class, held at Fitness Space York on Layerthorpe in the city every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9.15am-10.00am.
Designed as a safe and gentle reintroduce to fitness following childbirth, classes are fun, engaging and post-natal focused, led by our expert post-natal qualified instructor Sarah. Take the first step back into fitness with your little one by your side. Suitable from post natal check and doctors sign off. For further info, or you have any questions, please contact below.
Ample free on-site parking. First session free.
Block book classes thereafter 10 sessions – £50/ 20 sessions £80.
For further info or to book your free slot please contact the studio.
Fitness Space York, 43 layerthorpe, York, YO31 7UZ
Where Music and Learning Play!
Cath provides Kindermusik music & movement classes in and around York for children and their parents – right from brand new babies through to 7 year olds.
Kindermusik classes include singing and vocal play, musical instrument & object exploration, creative movement and dance and listening purposefully in a small, friendly setting.
Come and join our unique Kindermusik Community. Introductory class £5 (£8/two siblings).
PRE BOOKING ESSENTIAL!
FOUNDATIONS: Cuddle & Bounce (0-1s), LEVEL 1: Sing & Play (1-2s), LEVEL 2: Wiggle & Grow (2-3s), LEVEL 3: Laugh & Learn (3-5s), LEVEL 5: Young Child (5-7s), MIXED AGE: Family Time (0-7s)
MONDAY: St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
9.30am Level 2/3: Wiggle & Grow (2.5-4 yr olds)
10.30am Foundations: Cuddle & Bounce (0-walking)
3.00pm Level 1: Sing & Play (walking-2s)
4.00pm Level 5: Young Child – Semester 1 (5-6yr old)
TUESDAY: St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
4.15pm Level 5: Young Child – Semester 3 (6-7 yr olds)
WEDNESDAY: Clifton Parish Church, Clifton, YO30 6BH
10.00am Foundations: Cuddle & Bounce (0-walking)
11.00am Level 2: Wiggle & Grow (18m-3yr olds)
THURSDAY: St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
2.00pm Family Time: Laugh & Learn (0-4 yr olds)
3.00pm Foundations: Cuddle & Bounce (0-walking)
FRIDAY: St Clement’s Church Vestry, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
1.00pm Level 1: Sing & Play (1-2yr olds)
2.00pm Level 2: Wiggle & Grow (18m-3yr olds)
3.00pm Level 3: Laugh & Learn (3-5yr olds)
SATURDAY: Occasional – Various Locations
10.00am Mixed Age ‘Family Time’ (0-7 years)
Contact Cath for details of the next dates for these.
Licensed Kindermusik Educator & York Primary Teacher
Parents/carers of pre school children with social communication difficulties, and their siblings at a parent led group. Parents/Carers also with children /siblings on portage waiting list are welcome also.
Portage worker will also be at venue twice a month for any questions/queries.
Monthly events – coming soon!!
Every other Friday 9.30/45 – 11.00
Pineapple Room, The House, Hobmoor Childrens Centre, Green Lane , Acomb, York, Yo24 4ps.
Little Cricket is a fun NEW cricket activity class for girls and boys aged 2-4, but it’s more than just bats and balls!
Cricket develops nine of the ten Fundamental Movement Skills, more than any other sport, and Little Cricket classes cover all nine. They are throwing, catching, running, jumping, batting, bowling, balance, agility and coordination.
When a child is confident and competent in the Fundamental Movement Skills they can more easily develop other sport specific and complex movement skills that allow them to enjoy broader sports and physical activities as they grow.
Each Little Cricket session focuses on a different Fundamental Movement Skill, using a combination of fun games and cricket activities to engage and teach the children.
Each session lasts for 45 minutes and is delivered by trained coaches to ensure that every child gets the most that they can out of every class.
Our weekly classes run in York on:
Mondays at St Andrews Church Hall, Bishopthorpe:
12.45 – 1.30pm: Maxi (3-4 year olds)
1.45 – 2.30pm: Minis (2-3 year olds)
Thursdays at Piglets Adventure Farm:
10.15 – 11am for Maxis (3-4 year olds)
11.15 – noon for Minis (2-3 year olds)
Fridays at The Poppleton Centre
11.10 – 11.55pm: Minis (2-3 year olds)
We look forward to seeing you at a class soon!
Do you want to ride a unicorn or fly to the moon? ‘Magical Adventures’ is an active adventure class for 13 month – 4 year olds. Jump on board the ‘Magical Adventures train’ with Sam Squirrel for a different adventure destination every week, incorporating sensory activities, dance, music, imaginary play and structured games.
Separate classes for 3 – 4 year olds give them the opportunity to build their confidence and independence in a more challenging class, whilst still having lots of fun! These classes have a greater emphasis on communication skills, partner / team work and creative problem solving. They build on key concepts already introduced in the younger class including shapes, counting, sorting, colours and time.
Book a 3 week trial for an introductory special offer of £15.
Classes take place on Monday mornings in Bishopthorpe, Monday afternoons in Strensall, Tuesday afternoons in Haxby, Wednesday mornings in York city centre, Thursday afternoons in Huntington and Friday mornings in Acomb.
For more information and to book your place visit the website.
Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers & Primary School age children.
Get in touch to book a FREE trial lesson!
At Mini Swimmers our lessons are highly structured and use progressive practices to teach you how to teach your little one to swim.
We are passionate about promoting water confidence along with techniques to develop the core skills which could save their life.
We reward the children through the STA’s internationally recognised Starfish & STAnley Award Scheme.
Classes are held at Emperors Gym, Skeldergate, York on:
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays (Primary school age on Saturdays)
10am – 11am Fridays (in blocks of 5 weeks during term time)
0-2 years. Baby sessions linked to exhibitions, including storytelling, songs, and sensory activities.
Sessions run during term time and rotate between York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum.
Sessions are now FREE! (Museum admission applies for adults, free entry with a YMT Card).
Music classes for children from birth based on an understanding of the whole child, led by qualified teachers and using high quality instruments.
Everyone experiencing these sessions comments on the sense of calm, the children’s focus and the incredible range of skills they develop, musical and personal.
Music at Heart is fast gaining a reputation for providing something that is refreshingly different from typical baby and toddler music groups offered locally – immeasurably more than just music lessons.
We introduce children to music the way they are introduced to language – from birth. With both, for the best outcome, this early start is crucial. We talk to a baby because s/he is beautiful and because we feel affection, whether or not the baby understands. To underline this, Music at Heart offers free classes to newborns for the term in which they join.
0-3 Years: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30 and 11am
3+ Years: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 1.45pm
The Citadel, Gillygate, York, YO31 7EA
My Baby Can Dance (1-4 years) and Newborn Can Dance (birth to walking) are award winning movement to music activity classes (voted Best Music class ‘17 ‘18 & ’19 in the Little Vikings awards). Closely linked to the early development stages and ideally suited for children from birth to 4years.
No upper age limit for special needs.
We run weekly interactive fun sessions combining movement, singing, instruments, numbers, colours, shapes and phonics.
The classes achieve a proven learning and development path for little ones using a repeatable format which is shown to increase memory and learning.
Classes run during school term time with payment being made at the start of each half term. Subject to availability people can join at any time and just pay for the weeks remaining in that half term. Catch up classes are available if classes are missed. Discounts available for siblings attending the same class and child minders with multiple children.
Fun and relaxed Classes and above all else have a warm inclusive atmosphere for everyone attending.
Details of the timetable can be found HERE
Phonics Stars helps build your child’s confidence and knowledge with fun, interactive and educational classes. Classes start from 2 years up to 5 years old and aid in their transition into school.
Each one hour class is based on the sound phonics alphabet and phonics word theory. We combine energetic dance moves with this to help them learn and recognise the main letter sounds. We believe that children who have a better start in school have a better chance of going on to rewarding careers in the future. Our classes can help prepare children for school so they are able to fully participate in activities planned for them by their teachers when the time comes.
We help children to listen, encourage sharing and turn-taking as well building important little muscles to hold a pen correctly so they can become strong writers!
Classes are £6.50 per hour paid in blocks of 6 or 12 weeks. If 12 weeks are purchased the parent only pays for 11 classes so 1 week free. Trial classes are £5 and if signing up the £5 comes off the fees. Check out our poster (below) for our timetable.
St Wulstans Church Hall, Fossway, York, YO31 8SL
Puddle Ducks are one of the UK’s leading providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers and pre-school children.
Our classes are designed to promote bonding, water confidence and water safety in a fun and loving environment. We take your little ones through a structured programme designed to develop their natural affinity with the water and encourage them to learn to swim independently.
And although we have spent many years carefully developing our progressive lesson plans to develop swimmers, our teachers adapt every activity to suit each child. Our approach ensures that your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but rather nurturing it to ensure a positive experience and love of swimming.
Our baby and pre-school programme is offered through five levels:
Floaties (0-6 months), Splashers (6-15 months), Kickers (15 months – 2.5 years), Little Dippers (2-5 years) and Dippers (2-5 years)
We run classes at the following locations in York:
New Earswick, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Energise hydrotherapy pool, Robert Wilkinson, Willow Lodge (Bubwith) and ROKO Health Club
We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives!
Nurturing a love of reading for life
Reading Fairy sessions for 1-5 year olds have been created by early reading experts to develop the crucial building blocks for reading and language development. Sessions include multi-sensory and performance storytelling, nursery rhymes and songs, phonics games and book time. We believe in learning through play and activities are introduced by five lovable characters; Reading Fairy, Phonic Fox, Chat Cat, Music Mouse and Book Bear.
FUN, MULTI-SENSORY Baby and toddler music classes in York
Here at Rhythm Time, our fun, award-winning baby classes will help your little one’s development through specially created musical activities.
You’ll enjoy 30 minutes of fun together including lots of exciting, multi-sensory activities such as bubbles (to help strengthen baby’s eye muscles), dancing (to help co-ordination and balance), exercises (for muscle development), massage, exploration, hand/eye co-ordination and speech development. Plus, you’ll enjoy some great social time together with other parents and their little ones!
Rhythm Time are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association and we also have GOLD accreditation, so you’ll be sure that our classes are the BEST quality!
Come and join in the fun! We have classes right across York.
Mondays @ Piglets Adventure Farm, Strensall
Toddler class 10am
Young Baby 11.25am
Wednesdays @ TheCentre@Burnholme, Heworth
Toddler class 9.45am
Young Baby 11.15am
Thursday @ Dunnington Reading Rooms
Toddler class 9.45am
Young Baby 11.15
Friday @ St Aelreds Community Centre, Tang Hall
Toddler class 9.45am
Young Baby 11.15
Spaces limited so don’t delay!
Mums2Be preview offer – expectant parents can book to come and watch one of our young baby sessions for free
Do you want the best start for your little one, no matter what their own individual needs are? Do you want to watch them grow and develop fantastic new skills whilst having the most amazing musical fun? Welcome to Rhythm Time!
Fun, quality classes that help develop a child’s confidence, creativity, listening skills, language, numeracy and co-ordination. Courses are specially written by a music teacher and created to enhance every child’s development.
A holistic, musical and multi-sensory approach to baby development, where we do lots of activities which encourage brain development through eye-tracking, listening and experimenting with sound and textures.
We have fun with bubbles, hoops, mirrors as well as learning listening skills with Ratatat, our Rhythm Time rabbit!
Every baby, toddler and pre schooler is an individual with great potential. We’ll teach you how to make music fun for your child, and show you how you can help to unlock their potential by singing and making music together.
We have new classes in York and would love you to join us!
Contact us to book your place. 4 classes for just £18!
Start your child’s sporting journey with our high energy, fun packed classes that use the fundamentals of Rugby to develop core ability and build confidence. These structured play sessions take boys and girls on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
Heworth Church Hall
10:00am Age 2 – 3.5, 10:40am Age 3.5 – 5
Haxby Memorial Hall
10:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 10:40am Age 3.5 to 5
Francis Scaife Sports Centre – Pocklington
10:15am Age 2 to 3.5, 11am Age 3.5 to 5
The Mount School
09:00am Age 2 – 3.5, 09:40am Age 3.5 – 5, 10:35am Age 5 – 7
Fulford Comprehensive School
08:55 am Age 3.5 to 5, 9:50am Age 3.5 – 5, 10:45am Age 5 – 7
Joseph Rowntree School
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 09:40am Age 3.5 to 5, 10:35am Age 5 to 7
Driffield Leisure Centre
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 09:40am Age 3.5 to 5
The Mount School
09:40am Age 3.5 – 5, 10:35am Age 2 – 3.5, 11:15am Age 5 – 7
Joseph Rowntree School
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 09:40am Age 3.5 to 5, 10:35am Age 5 to 7
Pocklington School (The Old Station Building)
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 09:40am Age 3.5 to 5, 10:35am Age 5 to 7
‘Learning to sign with your little one can smooth communication when s/he is tired, hurt or frustrated, and give you insight into their wider needs and thoughts. Sing and Sign classes are fun and gentle, promoting responsiveness to your child, as well as being kept intentionally small (max 12 places in a class) so that each week you and your baby are in a comfortable, familiar space where you can make friends and enjoy quality time together. Combining action songs, props, pictures, musical instruments and a special cat called Jessie, each week centres around a theme with clear signs of the week that are revisited often so that you are able to consolidate your learning.
Never signed before? No problem, it’s easy! Not a great singer? Your baby (and we!) really don’t mind! You might be surprised how great you feel after a regular singing session, especially as each class lasts a full hour, with refreshments before class in most venues. Have twins? They attend as two-for-one!
Stage 1 – 6-13m
Stage 2 – 13-24m
Sing and Sign Babes – 1-6m
Monday – Belfrey Hall (York Centre) – Stage 1 – 10.15am
Stage 2 – 11.30am
Tuesday – Pocklington Methodist Church – Stage 2 – 10.15am
Stage 1 – 11.30am
Friday – Acomb Methodist Church – Stage 1 – 10.15am
Stage 2 – 11.30am
5 week Sing and Sign Babes courses running from the first week in November or for Private Groups. Please get in touch for more details.
Are you keen to give your child a good foundation in early literacy?
Do you want to give your child a head start before school?
Would you like to know what phonics is and discover ways that you can support your child on their phonics journey?
Come along to one of our 45 minute weekly classes which are run by a qualified primary school teacher and are based on the current Early Years curriculum.
Super fun, high-energy and fast-paced sessions, aimed at pre-schoolers between 1-4 years, which focus on developing confidence, turn-taking and listening skills.
Come and groove down to our doh-disco, shake your Pom-poms and meet our mascot Robot Reg who shows children how to blend the sounds for reading!
Our PRE-SCHOOLER sessions (2.5 – 4 year olds) include sound recognition and oral blending & segmenting, which are foundations for learning to read.
Our MINIs sessions (1 – 2.5 year olds) develop speech & language skills, vocabulary and explore a range of nursery rhymes.
Activities which help to develop gross and fine motor skills ready for writing.
Classes are SO MUCH FUN, children don’t even realise they are learning!
I look forward to welcoming you to one of our classes. Please feel free to contact me for more details.
Monday – Clifton Parish Church
Tuesday – The Gateway Centre, Acomb
Thursday – Tesco community room, Askham Bar, Dringhouses
Friday – Knavesmire Children’s Centre South Bank
Swimming with Linzi is all about having fun in a safe environment, from gaining water confidence to great stroke technique.
I offer baby, toddler and pre-school lessons from 1 month old to 4 years from nurturing baby classes to independent swimming at Carr Junior School in Acomb, York :
Monday 9.30 – 11.30
Thursday 9.30 – 11.30
Friday 9.30 – 11.00
I also run classes after school times for complete beginners to Improvers from water confidence to stroke development at Robert Wilkinson School, Strensall, York :
Monday 4.00-6.00 pm
Tuesday 3.30 (parent and child class 2-5 years)
Tuesday 4.00 – 6.30 pm
Wednesday 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Children can go in by themselves at any age, when they are confident enough, I do not have a starting age limit. I treat every child as an individual and they progress happily at their own pace , with this in mind, all swimmers receive an STA certificate and woven badge each term, which are included in your fee.
Classes are fun based and relaxed with only 7 children in each class and the whole pool to ourselves, with only one lesson running at a time, which offers little distraction from other swimmers and lots of space. Children really enjoy their lessons and thrive learning to swim. I get to know all the children individually and adapt my teaching accordingly.
With over 10 years teaching experience, including my own 3 children, I am fully qualified STA Swimming Instructor, STA baby and pre-school teacher, lifesaving and recently completed Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching for Baby and Pre-school. Do check out my recommendations on Facebook!
Tiny Toes Music is all about you and your baby, toddler or child playing and making music together and enjoying the magic of being surrounded by live music. Babies and children love songs, rhythms and music and benefit greatly from a musical environment. Music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and children and strengthens cognitive and sensory development. But most of all, Tiny Toes Music is fun for all!
As a musician and mum, I founded Tiny Toes Music to share my passion for music and singing and the amazing benefits that it brings with friends and other families within the wider community. Tiny Toes Music is not a franchise, but an independent small York based business that only uses live music. There isn’t a CD in sight!!!
Acomb, Gateway Church . Thursday, 10.00- 11.00am
Haxby, St Mary’s Church Hall. Friday, 10.00am – 11.00am
Cost – £4 per session. Pay as you go.
Award-winning, sensory-rich toddler development programme, where structured play goes hand in hand with imagination, adventure and the freedom to explore. Each week has a unique theme, with activities carefully constructed to stimulate your child’s brain, co-ordination and physical development. We’ve done the research, so you can both enjoy the fun…
St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ
Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village Haxby, YO32 3HT
St James the Deacon Church Hall, Woodthorpe, York, YO24 2SE
Pocklington Cricket Club, Burnby Lane, Pocklington, East Yorkshire
Mention Mumbler for 3 taster sessions for £15.
Tumble Tots from 6 months to 4 years
Gym Bobs from 4 to 7 years
A programme that has been going for over 37 years! Tumble Tots and Gym Bobs sessions use unique equipment and are run by staff specially trained to get the best out of your child, structured according to the different ages/stages of a child’s development.
Sessions include climbing, balancing, agility and coordination as well as song time for language development.
Child psychologists/educators agree that a structured programme in movement should be part of every child’s education.
Enjoy quality time with your child teaching them ‘skills for life’.
Class information is as follows:
Monday – The Regen Centre, Riccall
Tuesday – Huntington Memorial Hall
Thursday – The Poppleton Centre
Friday – Acomb Parish Hall
Saturday – St Wulstans, Fossway
Mention Mumbler for a free taster session.
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. suitable for little ones from birth up to school age. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.
Mon: 10:00 – 12:30 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Mon: 9:30 – 12:00 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Tue: 09:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tue: 12:00 – 15:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tues: 9:30 – 11:00 Willow Lodge, Bubwith, YO8 6DQ
Wed: 10:00 – 11:30 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Thu: 10:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Thu: 13:00 – 14:30 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Fri: 09:30 – 12:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Fri: 9:00 – 11:00 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Fri: 13:30 – 15:00 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Fri: 16:00 – 18:30 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Sat: 11.00 – 13:30 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Sat: 09:00 – 15:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Sat: 10:00 – 12:30 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Sat: 13:30 – 16:30 Robert Wilkinson, West End, Strensall, York, YO32 5UH
Sun: 09:00 – 14:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Mention Mumbler Offer: For any MUMblers that book onto a course, just quote York MUMbler and we will send you a free Splashabout Happy Nappy (required for the lessons) with your starter pack worth £10.99!
For further information, please contact us.
(Begins again September 2019)
These classes are perfect for new parents to develop the bond with their babies while making new friends along the way. Baby Massage and Baby Yoga classes run over 5 weeks and lasting up to an hour.
Classes on Thursday and Fridays
1-1 and dads sessions are also available
T: 07879 231455
Help nourish your pre-schoolers imagination and creativity by joining us at Crafty Tales for a morning of crafting and multi-sensory story time at York Theatre Royal. Each week will be designed around a brilliant picture book with interactive and imaginative play. For 2-5 year olds.
Every Friday (Term times only)
£5 per session (book the full term for a 10% discount)
Meet in the theatre cafe. Tickets can be bought and/or collected from the box office.
T: 01904 623568
At En Pointe we teach dance to infants, children and adults with passion. We’ve got fantastic facilities at our dance studios in York. We are renowned for our multi award winning classes in RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Pointe Work and Lyrical Dance.
‘En Pointe in York is excellent.’
SN, June 2019
‘My nearly 4 yr old boy does ballet there and loves it! They have a 2yr-4yr class pretty much every weekday and it actually is teaching the foundation of ballet through various activities/routines.’
AC, March 2018
Visit our website for more info.
EnPointe Studios, Rose Ave, York, YO26 6RU
Football Tots is developed by Primary PE teachers! For children aged 2 to 5 years old.
Developing social skills as well as football ones!
We have places during the week and at weekends in York and Thirsk!
‘The guys that run it (primary school teachers) are so, so great with the kids and my little girl is getting so much out of it.’
AH, April 2019
‘My two did football tots with Sara Blakemore, and absolutely loved it.’
EW, April 2019
A small, friendly dance school for children from 18 months – teenagers. Classes: ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre.
Classes run Monday to Saturday. Get in touch for times.
Venues are: James St, YO10 3DW & York Railway Institute, Queen st, York YO24 1AD.
‘Great for all ages x’
KT, Dec 2018
‘Katie Ventress School of dance very highly recommend. Both my girls go and love going, such a happy place. Katie is lovely.’
KLU, Nov 2018
T: 07919 008078 (Katie Ventress)
Our pre-school dance and movement classes are a great introduction to fun activities and physical exercise.
Classes encourage children to develop a bodily awareness through movement and dance using a variety of different props and equipment alongside fantastic music.
Free taster session
Call us for more information or to book.
T: 07541 811354
Where – Wilberfoss Community Centre
Starting – Courses run 6 weekly.
When – Fridays at 09.15 to 10.15
QUOTE: Mumbler to receive your first class free.
‘It’s fab & the ladies are all lovely.’
KD, Jan 19
‘Highly recommend Mamma be fit, you can exercise and take your little one with you. Xx’
RS, Sept 18
If your child enjoys dancing, singing and music, then this is a great introductory class.
This is a really fun and colourful class, which will really engage your child. For ages 12 months plus (parents join in).
Scout Hut (Behind St Andrew’s Church), 401 Huntington Rd, Huntington, York, YO31 9HU
Contact York Dance Works on 07981 553465
We offer ISTD Ballet & Tap dance and Contemporary classes for all ages. NDA delivers the Arts Award qualification validated by Trinity College London allowing students to participate in creative and exploratory dance activities. We also offer Over 55’s Ballet & Tap classes. All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers ensuring a great atmosphere for you to learn.
‘Northern dance academy is fab 🙂’
CL, July 2019
‘My daughter does adult tap and contemporary at Northern Dance Academy and loves them both x’
JS, Oct 2018
York Railway institute
T: 07917 176418 (Sarah)
Fridays 10:30-11:30am during term-time.
Beaumont Care Home, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, York, YO41 1AJ
Fun, dynamic, multi-sensory music sessions for wobblers & toddlers (1-4yrs).
Singing, dancing, listening, playing percussion instruments and lots more!
Our classes are extra special because they are MULTIGENERATIONAL! Held in care homes, we bring young and old together to create magical experiences for everyone.
Full term block bookings = £6 per class
Drop-in price (space dependant) = £8 per class
Discount given for siblings
‘Singing Fingers on a Friday morning is a lovely friendly group.’
DM, Jan 2019
Song Box musical play groups: Mixed age sessions welcoming babies, toddlers and talkers with mum, dad or carer; sharing songs, rhymes, movement, sensory play, lovely instruments and creative props. All live music; great ideas to enjoy throughout the week. All over York, Monday to Friday. Price/family. Low income concessions.
‘I have been taking my 3 year old to these Songbox 4G sessions – bringing the old and young together in a Fulford residential home. We sing, dance, role play, and generally have a good chat and laugh with the ladies and gentlemen who live at the home.’
JB, Nov 2018
‘We’ve loved Song box.’
HA, Jan 2019
T: 07855 126408
Thursdays 10.30am – 11am
Thursdays 10.30am – 11am
Tuesdays 10.30am -11am
Fridays 10.30am – 11am
Under 5’s Play morning: Wednesday 10am – 11am
Thursdays 10.30am – 11am
Thursdays 11am – 11.30am
Saturdays 11am – 11.30am
Thursdays 2.15pm – 2.45pm
Tuesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
Saturdays (University term time only) 11 – 11.30
Fridays 2.30 – 3pm
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am
Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm
Tuesday from 11-11.30am
Story and Rhyme times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.30 – 11 am
Playtimes: Tuesday and Thursday 10.30 – 11 am
Playdough sessions: Every weekday morning 11am – 12 noon in the Cafe.
Story and Play: Monday 10am-10.45am
Storytimes: Tuesday 10.30am-11am, Thursday 1.30pm-2pm
Rhymetimes: Wednesday 1.30pm-2pm, Friday 10.30am-11am
Every Fortnight commencing Friday 15th February 2019
Anna Rogers AKA Miss Trout is an Author, Illustrator & Performer. In each session, she’ll be entertaining your little ones with a story, interactive props & crafts etc. Suitable for 2 – 5 year olds, but parents with babies/younger ones are welcome too. £3.50 per child. £1 extra for each Sibling.
Trafalgar Bay, 7 Nunnery Lane, York, YO23 1AB
FRIDAY – Francis Scaife in Pocklington
– Tennis Tots 10.05 – 10.35 (2 – 3.5 years)
– Tennis Champs 10.40 – 11.25 (3.5 – 5 years)
Saturday – Rufforth (York) Community Hall
– Tennis Tots – 9.00 – 9.30 (2 – 3.5 years)
– Tennis Tots – 9.35 – 10.05 (2 – 3.5 years)
– Tennis Champs – 10.15 – 11.00 (3.5 – 5 years)
– Tennis Aces – 11.00 – 11.45 (5 – 7 years)
The Tennis Tots programme emphasises fun whilst providing a well rounded curriculum for children to learn alongside their parents.
‘My son had been going to Tennis tots for 2yrs now since he was 2. Dave is brilliant.’
KA, April 2018
‘Dave does a really good job of making sure the kids are always doing something.’
AD, April 2018
T: 07725 029867
Our award-winning toddler development classes will introduce your child to a galaxy of magical worlds. Each week has a unique theme, meticulously constructed to stimulate your child’s brain, co-ordination and physical development.
Tuesday – Low Catton Village Hall, Low Catton, Stamford Bridge
Thursdays – Dance Expression at Norton, Malton
Friday – Pocklington Cricket Club, Burnby Lane, Pocklington, YO42 1UJ
T: 07725 481334
TurtleTots is a unique child centred Swimming School starting with Aqua Natal Yoga through to Baby, Toddlers, Pre-schoolers and older children. Our Teachers are trained Baby and Pre-school specialists; qualified to industry’s highest standards, they understand how babies learn and communicate. Lessons run most days in York,
Find us on Facebook or T: 01423 210214
Mention Mumbler for a 10% first term discount.
‘Turtle Tots are fab!’
HL, June 2019
‘We swim with Turtle Tots and our 18 month old loves it. They do weekend lessons too. Really recommend them, both Paula and Hayley are great teachers and my son has developed so well with them. Turtle Tots also offer catch up sessions if you miss one, do the underwater photo shoots etc.’
LK, Jan 2018
Every day, Monday to Friday during Term Times
Included in admission price!
Friendly adult and child sessions around different theme each week for babies (sitters or crawlers) or toddlers (walkers or talkers). The exciting programme of movement, song, crafts, messy play and sensory sessions are fun and designed to help your child’s development. All materials and equipment are free so you don’t need to bring anything with you – simply turn up and join in! Full programme on website.
Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221
Wild Things Family Forest School offers a range of outdoor play and exploration opportunities – using real tools, bug hunting, den building, mud kitchen, campfire cooking…. Sessions run during term-time, (monthly)Saturdays and holidays. Sessions start at £8.50, from 18 months old, at Millthorpe School.
‘Emma Hill who runs it is amazing.’
JB, June 2019
‘Wild Things Forest School is fantastic!’
HW, June 2019
T: 07968 060182
We are a charitable organisation focused on recreational gymnastics and trampolining for the ages of 2-18. Classes run from a dedicated facility at St John’s Walk, Heworth Green, York, YO31. Our Pre School Classes run Monday – Friday during term time, with 5 classes running per day.
For further information please contact us
‘York city gymnastics foundation in Heworth has a toddler session which my 2 year old attends which she really loves xxx’
KF, June 2019
T: 01904 611111
Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance provides dance classes for children and adults in and around the York area that are FUN, FRIENDLY and DISCIPLINED. There are a wide range of classes to choose from including: Ballet, Acro, Musical Theatre, Commercial, Street Dance, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, Zumba
Free trial classes available.
Mention Mumbler for a free trial.
‘Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance, my 4 year has been going since 2.5 and loves it.’
EW, Dec 2018
‘Yorkshire Rose Academy of dance are brilliant. My daughter who is now 7 does ballet, Zumba and acro with them. She started age 5 and loves it.’
TG, Dec 2018
T: 07891 004850 (Kerry Whitfield )