Weekly Classes & Groups (0-5 years)

Playgroups and classes

York 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.

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Ainsty Gymnastics – Play Gym

Play Gym is now available for booking! Places are limited so book in soon if you’re interested. All classes are in Poppleton.

We have 4 types of classes for pre school children – Little Rollers, Little Crawlers, Little Jumpers and Little Hoppers.

Please visit the Play Gym page on the website for all information and booking.  Natalie Lyon, our fantastic gymnastic coach and club manager at Fantasy Cheer will be running the classes, so you know they will be great fun.

Little Rollers – 9.30am-10.20am
6 months to walking. A class with parent involvement, which is designed to help babies use all their senses through play and without any pressure. In a fun and relaxed environment.

Little Crawlers 10.30am-11.20am
Walking to 2 years. A class with a lot of parent involvement, now that your child is walking this class is designed to use and develop their motor skills, coordination and balance through play and using the gymnastics equipment.

Little Jumpers – 11.30am-12.20pm
Two years to three years. At this stage your child should be moving around very confidently, this class again is with a parent and they will move around the different activities which are more demanding and challenging but still within their ability. All still bases around fun play.

Little Hoppers  – 12.30pm-1.20pm
Three years to School. In this class children will do most of this class themselves with some parental support, staff will help guide them through the pieces and equipment helping further develop their balance, coordination, sense of achievement and motor skills

Click for Website
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook page. AinstyGTC

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Baby Bumpkin Yoga

12208460_760970124046940_3016820575863926992_n-2Our fun baby bumpkin yoga-inspired classes combine storytelling, music and simple baby yoga movements that give babies from 10 weeks through to toddling a great physical foundation to development.  We include a few warm up stretches for grown ups too but don’t worry if you have never done any yoga as these classes are predominantly aimed at little ones.

Classes are age appropriate and are split between Non mobile babies and Crawlers/Wobbly Toddlers . Sessions cost £6.50 (unless otherwise mentioned) and are booked in terms.

Mondays: 10 weeks to Pre-Crawling 10.30 – 11.30 Woldschild Montessori, near Pocklington *New Class – sessions cost £7
Tuesdays: 10 weeks to Pre-Crawling 1.30 – 2.30 York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road
Wednesdays: Shufflers / Crawlers/Wobbly Toddlers 09.30 – 10.15 Tadcaster Road, York (Cost £5.50)
Wednesdays: 10 weeks to Pre-Crawling 10.30 – 11.30 Tadcaster Road, York
Saturdays: Dad & Baby Bumpkin Tesco Askham Bar 10.30 – 11.30 babies 10 weeks to pre crawling (check website for dates)

Sessions cost: £6.50 (unless otherwise mentioned) and are booked in terms of usually 6 or 7 weeks that follow the school calendar. New starters can join at any point in the term, providing there is availability.

Email [email protected] to book
Find us on Facebook
Tel: 0845 6803786 / 0771 532 5662

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Baby Massage with Karen Mayes

Karen Mayes Physio
4 week baby massage course with trained Paediatric Physiotherapist Karen Mayes.

Each week you will learn different massage techniques to help calm and soothe your baby; covering a different area of baby’s body each week.

Massage courses are great for providing a friendly and enjoyable opportunity for you to spend one to one time with your baby.
Baby massage is also great for :
Helping with Colic, trapped wind, reflux and constipation
Promoting Sleep and relaxation
Bonding with baby
Developing baby’s body awareness and coordination
Alleviating symptoms of colds and teething
Improving circulation.

Pre booking is required.

Monday –  2:45 The Stables Yoga Centre, Nunmill Street, York, YO23 1NU

Courses can also be run from people’s homes if there are a group of 4 or more interested, please get in touch.
1:1 sessions also available.
Courses for dads also available on Saturdays. See HERE for details


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Baby Sensory York

baby sensoryAward-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

Colton Methodist Church, Meynell Road, LS15 9AQ

Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village Haxby, YO32 3HT
Dance Expression, Bowling Lane, MALTON, YO17 8EG

Sutton Village Hall, Main Street, Sutton Upon Derwent, YO41 4BN
Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, THIRSK, YO7 1QR

All Saints Hall, The Green, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6DF
Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre, LS25 5EA

Visit www.babysensory.com for your local class leader’s contact details and to book a trial.
Baby Sensory Yorkshire (https://www.facebook.com/babysensoryyorkshire/)

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Buggy Workout Session- Holgate

Helen Buggy FitCome and join Helen your post natal exercise specialist for a fun and effective Buggy Workout session in West Bank Park Holgate

Monday 10.45-11.45am
Friday 1.30-2.30pm

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 and are booked in blocks of four at a time. Why not come along for a FREE TRY OUT CLASS and kickstart your fitness with other mums in your area!

For more details please contact Helen:
[email protected]
Facebook- Helen Mum Fit

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Busy Bees Baby Development Group

LOGODue to a complete refurbishment the group will restart on June 5th 

Every Monday 9.30-11am except Bank holidays

Come along and join in the different activities on offer at our informal baby group.

Activities include:- Babble to Chatter, sing and sign, parachute play, messy play plus lots more , or you can just sit and relax with the other mums.

All babies welcome up to 18 months old, sessions are free of charge plus there is no need to book.

For more information visit www.busybeeschildcare.co.uk  or call Belinda on 01904674762


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Dream Time Baby Massage York/Selby

DreamTimeLogoDream Time is like no other Baby Massage Class you will ever go to.

Since its creation over 18 years ago, Dream Time has won awards, gained CPD accreditation and holds Level 3 qualification with Open Awards. Dream Time teachers are among the UK’s most highly qualified baby massage therapists.

Dream Time combines gentle song, yoga, dance and massage. Our classes provides the perfect combination of baby time and parent time, leaving everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to talk about anything and everything.

Now Dream Time has come to the York area. Located just 8 minutes along the A19 from the Designer Outlet , with free parking, the classes run from the brand new Dream Time Space. In a beautiful location, close to a nature reserve, the Old Granary is the perfect setting for a relaxing and nurturing time with your baby. Each session followed by a leisurely drink and homemade cake.

Mondays at 10am and 1pm
Thursdays at 10am

Booking essential. Check out the Facebook page @DreamTimeBabyMassageYork for times and prices or contact Katie on 07909 445737. Remember, touch is the first means of communication and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone.

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Energi Toddlers

PrintEnergi 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 and Saturdays at 9am. 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.

Energi Trampoline Centre, press day.

Sessions cost £4.95 per toddler and adults get to jump free of charge, so what are you waiting for?!

Book your slot at on the WEBSITE

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Football Tots

fOOTBALL TOTSFootball Tots is a fantastic pre-school football class for children aged 2-5 years

At Football Tots every child loves to learn new skills. Our sessions are filled with fun games and football activities designed to maximise learning and development. Children attending Football Tots learn football skills from passing and dribbling to stepovers and throw-ins. The Football Tots programme also helps to develop a number of keys skills. Football Tots a fantastic head start before starting school.

Each 45 minute class is delivered using specialist equipment by qualified staff, trained to ensure every child has great fun at every session.

Our classes run on a:

Monday at Clifton Moor Community Centre
Tuesday at Haxby Memorial Hall
Thursday at Bishopthorpe Village Hall
Friday at Poppleton Road Memorial Hall
Saturday at Fishergate Primary School and Burton Stone Community Centre

Email [email protected] or call or text 07595 297639 for more info or
to book. www.football-tots.net

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KindermusikWhere 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 Kindermusik Community. Your first class is FREE!


Cuddle & Bounce (0-1s), Sing & Play (1-2s), Wiggle & Grow (2-3s), Laugh & Learn (3-5s), Young Child Semester (5-7s), Family Time (0-7s)

St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
9.30am Wiggle & Grow (2-3 yr olds)
10.30am Sing & Play (1-2 yr olds)
11.30am Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds) TBC
4.00pm Young Child 2 (5-7 yr olds)

St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd YO23 1BG
2pm Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds)

Clifton Parish Church, Clifton, YO30 6BH
4.15pm – Young Child Semester 1 (5-7 yr olds)

Clifton Parish Church, Clifton, YO30 6BH
9.30am Wiggle & Grow (2-3 yr olds)
10.30am Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds)

Strensall Library, 19 The Village, Strensall, YO32 5XS
10am Family Time (0-5 yr olds – Wiggle & Grow curriculum)
11am Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds)

St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
2pm Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds)
3pm Sing & Play (1-2 yr olds)

St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
9.30am Wiggle & Grow (2-3 yr olds)
10.30am Cuddle & Bounce (0-1 yr olds)
11.30am Sing & Play (1-2 yr olds)
1.45pm Laugh & Learn (3-5 yr olds)

Cath Smithson
Licensed Kindermusik Educator & York Primary Teacher

[email protected]
01904 636760 or 07982 607674

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Mini Swimmers

Mini Swimmers LogoSwimming 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:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays (Primary school age on Saturdays)

W: www.miniswimmers.co.uk
T: 07825 997999
E: [email protected]
let’s go swimming!
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Moo Music

Moo rainbow imageMoo Music is an award winning educational class for babies and pre-school children. Using original music the interactive sessions help children gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. If you want a class that is relaxed, friendly, fun, educational and like no other you need to experience Moo Music.
BABY MOO classes are suitable from birth to walking. Classes are full of sensory, interactive, fun activities all set to the wonderfully catchy Moo Music songs. It’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your baby and meet new mums at the same time.
MIXED MOO is perfect for children aged 0-5 and is great for siblings and friends with different aged children. Using puppets, props, percussion instruments, games and role play to enhance children’s learning each class is packed with fun.

Stamford Bridge – 9.30 Mixed Moo, 10.30 Baby Moo
Wilberfoss – 1pm Mixed Moo

Pickering- 10.15 Baby Moo, 11.15 Mixed Moo
Old Malton- 1.15 Baby Moo, 2.15 Mixed Moo

Piglets Adventure Farm-10.00 Baby Moo, 11.00 Mixed Moo
Thursday at Helmsley Methodist Church 1.10-1.55pm Mixed Moo

Pear Tree Farm 9.30 Mixed Moo 10.30 Baby Moo

Sessions are £5 each PAYG or buy a block of 6 sessions for £24 or 12 sessions for £44. New customers can try 3 sessions for £9.
Siblings are half price. Babies under 6 months are free in Mixed Moo when attending with a paying sibling and £1 per session from 6 months till walking. Places are limited and must be booked to guarantee availability. To book contact Sam:
Tel: 07879991809
Email; [email protected]

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My Baby Can Dance

My Baby Can Dance is an award winning movement to music activity class closely linked to the early development stages and ideally suited for children aged 12 months to 3 1/2 years. For children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
Newborn Can Dance follows a similar format to My Baby Can Dance but is geared towards babies from birth up to walking and is a refreshingly different class.

We run weekly interactive fun sessions combining movement, singing, instruments, numbers, colours, shapes and phonics to list just a few. Classes achieve a proven learning and development path for little ones using a repeatable format which is shown to increase memory and learning.

We are also able to offer birthday and celebration parties to keep your loved ones entertained.


07714 210814
[email protected]

My Baby Can Dance-£5 per week payable in advance in set five week blocks.
Newborn Can Dance-£4 per week payable in advance in set five week blocks.
50 pc discount for siblings and child minders with more than one child.

MONDAY- St Edward the Confessor Church, Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses YO24 1QG
9.30-10.15 & 10.30-11.15 My Baby Can Dance
11.30 – 12.00 Newborn Can Dance
TUESDAY – Piglets Adventure Farm
10.45-11.30 My Baby Can Dance
WEDNESDAY – Clifton Moor Community Centre, Rivelin Way, Clifton Moor YO30 4WD
9.20-10.05 My Baby Can Dance
Millfield Fitness, Devonshire Court(off Green Lane), Rawcliffe YO30 5PQ
2.00-2.30 Newborn Can Dance
THURSDAY – New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorne Terrace, New Earswick YO32 4AQ
11.15- 12 noon My Baby Can Dance
FRIDAY – St Andrews Church Hall, Church Lane, Bishopthorpe YO23 2QG
10.00-10.45 My Baby Can Dance
SATURDAY – Millfield Fitness, Devonshire Court (off Green Lane), Rawcliffe YO30 5PQ
10.30-11.15 My Baby Can Dance

My one year old loves My Baby Can Dance, nice mix of traditional toddler songs and pop songs for them to boogie to.

LI,  Nov 16

Brilliant group, really friendly and fun for the little ones.

ES, Nov 16

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Paper Planes and Daisy Chains

Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 12.18.37Paper Planes and Daisy Chains offers a rounded theatre making experience covering all aspects of putting on a performance, from acting and singing, to mask and puppet making.
Our youth theatre workshops are tailored to encourage young people to learn how to utilise their creativity whilst having fun, and making friends. We find that our participants learn how to open up and share with other children. We work together on reading, learning lines and co-ordination, whilst having fun.

We offer:
A creative environment for youngsters to express themselves.
Activities to develop and initiate their own creativity and ideas.
Opportunity to contribute to group tasks.
Opportunity to explore different mediums of performance and theatre making.

Day: Mondays.
Venue: Little Green Rascals, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1GS
Age 3-4 at 14:30 – 16:00
Age 5-8 at 16:15 – 17:45

£8 per session (includes all materials)

For more information or to book a free taster session:
Email [email protected]
Call 07500069412


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Puddle Ducks – pre-school swimming

puddle ducks

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 and ROKO Health Club.
For full listings please click here.
If you would like to book or require more information please call our office on 07825 269146 or e-mail [email protected]
We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives!
Follow us on FACEBOOK


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Rugby tots

rugbytots-logo-RGB-201507-01Start 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.

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

The Mount School
09:00am Age 2 – 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 – 5
10:35am Age 5 – 7
11:30am Age 3.5 – 5

Fulford Comprehensive School
9:00am Age 2 – 3.5
9:40am Age 3.5 – 5

Joseph Rowntree School
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 to 5
10:35am Age 5 to 7

The Mount School
09:00am Age 2 – 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 – 5
10:35am Age 2 – 3.5
11:15am Age 3.5 – 5

Joseph Rowntree School
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 to 5
10:35am Age 5 to 7

For more details, just call or email.
0345 313 6716 [email protected]

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Toddler Sense

PrintAward-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
Wetherby Sports Association (beside Leisure Centre), LS22 5HA

Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village Haxby, YO32 3HT
Dance Expression, Bowling Lane, MALTON, YO17 8EG

St James the Deacon Church Hall, Woodthorpe, York, YO24 2SE
Sutton Village Hall, Main Street, Sutton Upon Derwent, YO41 4BN

Visit www.toddlersense.co.uk for your local class leader’s contact details and to book a trial.

Baby Sensory Yorkshire (https://www.facebook.com/babysensoryyorkshire/)

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Tumble Tots

13233103_525414854319368_3129724139736134928_nTumble 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

Call 01904 412381
Visit www.tumbletots.com/york
Facebook Tumble Tots York

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Water babies

water babies logoBaby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. 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.

Mondays: 09:00 – 14:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Tuesdays: 09:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Thursdays: 13:00 – 16:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Fridays: 10:00 – 11:30 The Crown Hotel, Horsefair,Boroughbridge, YO51 9LB *
Fridays: 13:00 – 14:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Fridays: 16:00 – 18:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Saturdays: 09:00 – 16:30 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Saturdays: 13:00 – 17:00 Robert Wilkinson, West End, Strensall, York, YO32 5UH*
Sundays: 08:45 – 15:30 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX

Contact 01904 607110 or [email protected] for more information.

For any MUMblers that book onto a course, just quote York MUMbler and we will send them a free Splashabout Happy Nappy (required for the lessons) with their starter pack – worth £9.99.

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Wild Things Family Forest School

wild things logoWild Things Family Forest School is a weekly forest school for children and parents in York.

Wild Things is passionate about getting children and parents outdoors to explore, develop their imagination and be creative in all weathers.

Sessions are for children aged 2-4 years and their adult carer (parents, grandparents or nannies). Babies are welcome to accompany their older siblings for free.

Activities include learning about nature, searching for woodland treasures, being creative, exploring, making creations in the mud kitchen, den building, learning to use tools and playing games.

Sessions run each week in term time. You can book individual sessions or for the whole term.

wild things pictureMondays: 10.30am -11.30am at Homestead Park

1st child £7, siblings £5

Fridays: 10.00am -11.15am at Rowntree Park

1st child £7.50, siblings £5.50

This includes a drink and activities.

Wild Things is great!!!

VR, Oct 16

 We go to Wild things and my lg loves the sessions.

TF, March 16

Booking is essential; this can be done via the booking app: www.wildthingsyork.co.uk/booking or emailing Emma on [email protected]

All sorts

10am-11.30am. Knavesmire Childrens Centre (Term time only)

Free Play, snack, craft, story & songs for 0-5s. Drop in any time.

01904 555255

All Star Football Academy – Rising Stars

Professional football coaching for 3 – 5 year olds
A football based development programme focusing on fun and games with the aim of promoting physical participation for girls and boys aged 3 – 5 years old in a non-competitive environment. Professionally designed training sessions focusing on developing motor skills, awareness, movement, numeracy, colour identification and teamwork. The emphasis is totally on FUN and will promote self confidence in your child. Our Rising Stars sessions run during school term times.

My 5 year old goes and he adores it

CM, April 17

Big shout out to All Star Football Academy! My 8 year old recently had a bad experience at another academy in York, where his confidence was pretty much destroyed. Chris Dowson of ASFA South assured me that All Star were as much about nurturing confidence and love of the game as developing skills. He loved it. Confidence restoring slowly!

LE, April 17


Copmanthorpe Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots Playgroup

Monday, Wednesday 9.15-11.15am Methodist Church Main Street
Informal Drop in session for babies and toddlers
Refreshments for adults. Opportunities to meet/socialise with other parent/carers
EY Qualified staff – Toys, craft activities, song time, healthy snack
£3 for first child. £1 for second
Further details 07758 668107

En Pointe Classical Dance School

EnPointe offer 60+ classes during the week including Ballet, Pointe, Technique classes, Adult ballet as well as Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Acro.
EnPointe Studios, Rose Ave, York YO26 6RU.

Foxwood drop in

Mondays (closed bank holidays) & Thursdays (term time only)
9.45am – 11.15am
A drop in group run by volunteers for families and carers with children under 5 years.
A huge range of activities for all ages.
Inside & outside play.
£1 per family. £2 for Child minders with 3+ children.
Foxwood Community Centre

Fulford & Fishergate NCT coffee morning

The NCT Fulford & Fishergate coffee morning is held every Monday 2pm-3.30pm
Please visit our fb page for more details and locations (it varies each week) ‘NCT Fulford & Fishergate’
It’s free to attend, you don’t have to be an NCT member and it’s a great opportunity to meet other parents local to the area – Hope to see you there!

Gingerbread Group – Acomb

Gingerbread group every Monday (inc Bank Hols) at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church Acomb.
The group is 10-12. Free entry, small cost for refreshments. Car parking and wheelchair access available.
There is a variety of advice and fact sheets available. Plus tailored advice on the website.
This is a friendly, warm and non judgemental group.
All children are welcome and there is plenty of space for them to run around and toys to keep them entertained!
Mums, dads, carers, grandparents welcome.
Don’t be shy, we’re here for you. We’re very supportive. Look forward to seeing you.
We can take this group in any direction the members choose. It belongs to us all.
Please don’t hesitate contacting me if you have anymore questions.
Mel Pitchford 07766 804822

Heslington Pre-School Toddler group

Mondays 9am-11am
Drop-in, term-time only
On the grounds of Lord Deramore’s Primary school (YO10 5EE)
£2 per family, first attendance free
Crafts/activities – Free play – Snacks – Story time and songs
We look forward to meeting you.
For more information please call 07708155484

High-Low Quick-Slow

High-Low Quick-Slow music and movement sessions run during term term. We sing, dance, play games and musical instruments.

Classes can be found in
Carlton Methodist Church, DN14 9LU on a Monday at 1.30pm,
Osgodby Village Institute, YO8 5HU on a Wednesday at 10am
Hemingbrough Methodist Church, YO8 6QE on a Thursday at 10am.

Free taster session for new starters. Contact Sarah 07540412937

Hoglets – Storytelling and Drama classes for babies and toddlers

Hoglets runs Storytelling and Drama classes for babies and toddlers in the York area.
Weekly classes include exciting performances of classic and new children’s stories followed by games, crafts, songs and energetic fun for baby, toddler and parents.

Monday morning at St Lawrence’s children’s centre
10am babies (0- walking)
11am Toddlers ( walking-5)
Monday Afternoon Clifton Children’s centre
1.30 Babies (0-walking)
Tuesday morning Knavesmire children’s centre
9.15am Babies (0-walking)
10am Toddlers (walking-5)
11am Toddlers (walking-5)

Each class is just £3.50 Pay-As-You-Go.
Book your spot by calling 07508 672163.

Katie Ventress School of Dance

A small, friendly dance school based on James St, YO10 3DW for children from 18 months – teenagers. Classes: ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre. 

Classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Get in touch for times.

Contact: Katie Ventress 07919 008078

Knitting Mums – Acomb Library

10am – 12pm Acomb Explore Library Garden Room.

Free Entry. Lovely big room for mums of under 3’s to sit and have a knit and chat (or crochet, sew, card making, whatever your chosen craft is!) whilst little ones can have a run around in the beautiful library garden. Yummy coffee and cakes available from the library cafe. Bring a toy or two to share, and your knitting!


Lingotot’s interactive, fun language classes for toddlers and babies 0-4.
Games, stories, singing & craft – everything you’d expect from a baby group, with another language!
Tesco Askham Bar community room. Free taster, then £4 per session.
Monday 2.00 Spanish
Tuesdays 9.30 French 10.30 Spanish
Louise 07840 985278 please confirm your place before setting off as times can be subject to change
Nursery, school, home ed also available.

Little Angels Baby & Toddler Group

Monday 9.30-11.30
At Holy Redeemer church on Boroughbridge Road.
£1.75 snack & drink for little ones. Tea / Coffee for grown ups.

Come & join us for a fun & friendly atmosphere.

Call Emma 07745 001966

Little Cherubs – Escrick

Weekly Little Cherubs Baby and Toddler Group, 2pm Mondays at St Helen’s Church, Escrick. For babies and pre-school children together with parents, grandparents and carers.
Come along for playtime, chat, stories, action songs and lots of fun, while making friends. No fee & refreshments provided.
Please call 01904 720803 for more information.

Lunns Mums – Fitness Training

Every Monday and Friday come and get fit with your little ones in tow!
No need to worry about childcare just bring your children along and I promise they will enjoy watching Mummy exercise.

Mums Fitness Classes:
MONDAY: 0930 – 1015
FRIDAY: 1045 – 1130
LOCATION: Strensall Village Hall, Northfields, YO32 5XW

I am also available for personal training sessions and specialise in pre & post natal.
For more information please contact Esther Lunn on 07958006483

Monday Coffee Club at Hotel du Vin.

9am-11am, 89 The Mount, York, YO24 1AX.

Suitable for babies, children and adults alike. £5 price includes: Unlimited Tea, Coffee, Continental Buffet Breakfast and an informal guest speaker.

08447 489268

My Time (PND Support group)

12.45pm – 2pm Knavesmire Childrens Centre.

1st Monday of every month

Support group run by mums with post natal Depression. For more information email [email protected]. Run by mums who understand how difficult PND can be. 01904 555255.


9.30am – 11am, St Pauls Church (By Iron Bridge)
£1 with drink and snack included for parent and child.
Find the Group on Facebook

Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group

In term time Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group runs every Monday from 1.30 – 2.45pm and every Wednesdays from 8.30 – 10am.
On a drop in basis, no need to book all sessions are free. Call 01759 321288

Poppleton Bump & Baby Cafe

From 9.30am to 11.30am at the Methodist School Rooms, Poppleton for bumps and babies.
07523 497705.

Poppleton under 5s Pre-school and Playgroup

9am – 12pm. Methodist School Rooms, The Green, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6DP
Leave your child to play, learn & have fun. 2 years +
Funding and childcare vouchers accepted.
07523 497705

Poppleton under 5s Rising Fives

Mondays 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Thursdays 9am – 12pm
A great transition into school. 3 Years+
Methodist School Rooms, The Green, Upper Poppleton, YO26 6DP
07523 497705

Post Natal Yoga for mums with babies

Mondays 12.30 – 14.15

Tuesdays 10.15-12pm & 12.30pm-2.15pm

Fridays 10.30am – 12.15pm

Stables Yoga Centre, Nunmill Street.


Contact Alison Goodwin. 07725 796583

Rufforth Dots, Tots & Toddlers Stay & Play

10am – 12pm

£3 per session

Contact Stephanie on 01904 738751

[email protected]

Rufforth Pre-School, Rufforth Institute, Wetherby Road, York

Sing and Sign

Learn to communicate with your baby before speech with our award-winning music classes. Expect songs, music, props and a very special pussy cat! A fun and simple way to learn baby signing that you and your baby can enjoy together.

Contact: Anna on 07811 651720

Song Box music groups.

Why have hundreds of York families signed up every term, for over 20 years? Voted Little Vikings Winner 2016. Book a session and find out! Groups all over York.  

07855 126408. 

“I’ve made fantastic friends. Song Box is a highlight of my family’s week”

St Chads Playgroup

St.Chads Playgroup are now running the autumn term Playgroup on Mondays and Tuesday mornings 9.30-11.30 £5.00 per session
Leave your 2 -4 year olds to have fun in a safe environment contact Deborah willits 07720377838

Stamford Bridge Baby and Toddler group

Every Monday 1:30-3 Village Hall, Low Catton Rd. £2 per family.
Amazing space indoors and out for children under 5 to come and play. Snack time for mamas and babes provided. Song time or storey to finish.
Pre school also run sessions throughout the week age 2 to 5. Rising Stars group in preparation for school with phonics, PE, baking etc

Starbrite Studios

We are Yorkshire’s premier performing arts studio, providing fun and inspiring tuition and training in the performing arts industries. Our head office is housed in a purpose-built facility in Shiptonthorpe, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, where we have continued to develop into a training institution that meets the demands of this most competitive but rewarding market place – the performing arts. We celebrate individuality and versatility in our students and this can be seen from our success stories. We are professionally qualified, vibrant, and recognised as a fun and inspiring environment for people to be in.
Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU

Story time and Rhymetimes at York’s Libraries

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) 10.30am – 11am

Wednesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
July 2016: Haxby Explore is currently operating from Oaken Grove community centre as a temporary measure following structural problems. See details on the Haxby Explore webpage.

New Earswick
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am

Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm

Mondays 3.30pm – 4pm (Exciting brand new storytime starting Mon 12 Sep)

Tang Hall
Saturdays 10.30am – 11am (storytimes) and Thursdays 10am – 10.30am (rhymetimes)

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

Terrington Hall School Parents, Babies & Toddlers Group (0-4)

This free group runs during the term-time, every Monday 9.30-11am, and includes activities led by our Early Years staff; refreshments for all.

No need to book. Just come along!

Terrington Hall School, Terrington, York YO60 6PR

For term dates and queries, ring 01653 648227

Tiny Tots

10am – 11.30am. 0–2½ years, Bishopthorpe Village Hall Main Street, Bishopthorpe (parking available right outside or you can catch the no11 bus) These are informal drop-in sessions, organised on a pay as you go basis, Lots of toys, craft, Ride ons, Baby corner and tea/coffee for the adults followed by Childrens snacks/drink and songs. £3.50 per session for over 1’s. £2 per session for under 1’s. Additional children over 1 are £1, additional children under 1 are free.

no need to book, just turn up. If you would like to speak to someone, call Jenny on 07949785461.


Toddlers at Christ Church

1.30pm – 2.45pm Christ Church, Stockton Lane

Contact: Rosemary 01904 422882 or Anne 01904 425046

Wooley lambs

Wooley lambs meets at St Wulstans church, Foss Way ( end of Dodsworth Ave) it’s on Monday in term time 9.15-11am for 0-5s, toast teas and coffees for a small donation, lots of toys, storytime, singing and a craft. Lovely mums (and the odd dad). All welcome.

Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance

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.
Contact: Kerry Whitfield 07891004850