Below is a full list of classes & groups for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children in York on a Saturday.
Most of the classes below are pre-book and follow a structure (see individual listings for details) , if you’re looking for playgroups in York which are more informal and you can just turn up (like the ones in church halls etc) then check out the Playgroups Page Here.
Agility is York’s first indoor obstacle course fitness park. We offer a range of classes for all age groups and sessions to suit everyone.
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Babies & Toddlers
Mum and Baby Group (0-2 years) £6.95 Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-11:30am
Mini Movers with Miss Diane (1-2.5 years) £8.95 Fridays 10am
Agility Mini (0-3 years) – Soft Play £4.95 Everyday
Ballet Babes with Miss Diane £8.95 Fridays 10:45am
Tots Sessions £6.95 Mon-Fri
Tots P.E. £8.95 Mon-Thurs
Ninja Warrior 5-16 years from £7.95 Weekdays 4pm / Weekends 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Our most popular session, all supervised by our amazing coaches.
Ninja Gym Classes 5-11 years from £8.00 Mon/Weds/Fri 4:30pm
Warrior OCR classes 11-17 years from £8.00 Mon/Weds/Fri 5:30pm
Parkour Classes 7-11 years/11-17 years from £8.00 Mon/Weds/Thurs/Fri check website for times.
Teen Socials 11-17 years £7.95 Tues 4pm
Adults Only Sessions £9.95 Weds/Fri 6pm
Ninja warrior for all from £7.95 weekdays 2pm/Saturdays 6pm
Agility is the perfect place for your child’s birthday party. Fun on the course, grip socks, food and drink included. Prices start from £13.95pp.
Christmas Parties now available to book! Bespoke packages for any occasion, corporate events and team building days can be catered for email for details.
At Baby Swimmers we follow the Starfish Awards, so little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided in the future. We play games and sing songs which are skill related and also teach water safety skills so they can learn to swim back to the side, hold on and climb out when they are strong enough.
Our structured classes work towards this and are also fantastic for bonding with your little one, as well as enjoying yourselves in a fun relaxed atmosphere, which we always ensure is at your little one’s own pace including underwater swims. Babies use their natural reflexes when they are in water, so it is always a good idea to start as soon as you can, as swimming is a great workout and helps to strengthen their muscles and also increases alertness.
For toddlers we follow the STA Stanley Awards, so again little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided. For this age group we still sing songs and have fun with games and also start to teach the basic strokes, continuing with water safety skills and teaching your toddler to hold on, turn, then push off the side to swim to you independently. Classes will focus on floating, learning to tread water, rolling, push and glides, diving for sinkers and more.
Swimmers Academy is for our older swimmers where we focus on stroke technique and stamina, classes run for any age from Beginners and go through to Gold also incorporating Lifesaving Awards.
All teachers are fully qualified with specialist training for your little ones. Our classes are child led to ensure each child is taught and developed at their own pace.
We Swim at Best Western Kilima Hotel, New Earswick Pool, Pocklington School, Robert Wilkinson Primary School, Roko & Stamford Bridge Junior School
Derwent Danceworks was established in 2009 by IDTA qualified Principal Miss Kate Womersley. We hold classes in Thorganby, Wheldrake, Escrick, at Knavesmire Primary School (South Bank, York) and others too! We give generous family and multi-class discounts and always offer free trial lessons.
Our timetable includes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Freestyle, Contemporary, Streetdance, Acro, Musical Theatre and more. Beginners are always welcome, and we have lots to challenge the most passionate and capable dancers. Always inclusive, we develop confidence in class and in performance, building friendships and skills as we go.
Our team of 4 qualified teachers are First Aid trained, DBS checked, experienced, and committed to the development of our students’ technique, confidence, and well-being. We follow the accredited IDTA syllabus, as well as the NATD Contemporary syllabus and Acrobatic Arts.
Throughout the pandemic we have developed our approach to keep everyone safe in face to face lessons as restrictions have lifted. In September, we are looking forward to taking our lessons even closer to pre-Covid times.
NEW FOR SEPTEMBER – PRESCHOOL ACRO CLASSES, JUNIOR CONTEMPORARY AND MORE CLASSES ADDED TO OUR WHELDRAKE AND KNAVESMIRE TIMETABLES!
To find out more, or to book your free trial, contact us on:
Award winning pre school football coaching for ages 18months-5years old is here at Manor School and Manor Church of England Academy.
Diddikicks® believe in development beyond football. We believe that through our football based games, we can engage and encourage our Diddikickers, to develop socially, mentally and physically, leaving each class feeling inspired.
FREE trial sessions available in the YORK area!!!
Get your little ones added to the register now to attend for your FREE trial
MY BABY CAN DANCE/ NEWBORN CAN DANCE YORK is a multi award winning movement to music activity class which follows the development stages for the little ones. Ideally suited from birth up to 4 years old, for children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
We run weekly interactive fun classes combining movement, singing, musical shakers, numbers, colours, shapes, phonics and much more.
The sessions achieve a proven learning and development path for the little ones using a repeatable formal which increases learning and memory in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment. The little ones can build their confidence, social skills and discipline all within the fun and fast paced sessions.
Classes run throughout school term times with payment being made in advance in half termly blocks. Subject to availability people can join at any time and just pay for the weeks remaining in that current block.
For the time being social distancing will continue with individual sanitised kit bags for each participant.
For up to date class information contact me:-
The Patricia Veale School of Dance is one of the most established schools in York with an excellent reputation of producing highly trained dancers in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and modern dance.
We offer professional ballet classes to everyone, from pre-school 2.5yrs, children, teens and adults, to progress and develop skills in technique, knowledge and artistry. The first steps of a little ballerina starts right here with nurturing and careful training for young children that develops into many exciting years through a life of a dancer.
Situated in the heart of Acomb York in our own premises, with free parking. The school is a clean and safe environment with changing facilities, office and a fully equipped dance studio with ballet barres, mirrors, music system and a professional dance floor.
These unique, fun and exciting children’s ballet classes are created to nurture young children’s desire to dance and give inspiration to engage in their first little steps in dance.
With the use of props, imagery and enchanting music children are guided into a magical themed adventure packed with interactive exercises which gives children the ability to learn basic steps and techniques along with musicality that is required for a head start in dance, whilst having fun, developing confidence and interacting with other children to develop social skills.
The school encourages parents to take part in the younger classes so you can experience and become part of the children’s calm and inviting atmosphere.
6-8 Regent Buildings, York Road, Acomb, York YO26 4LT
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist expert teachers.
Join now to perform at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End or to be part of our Red Carpet Cinema Screening in 2022
Classes run at Huntington School, York, YO32 9WT every Saturday morning and afternoon.
PQA York AM | Main Academy (6-18 year olds) 9.45am-1.00pm | Poppets (4-5 year olds) 9.45am-11.30am
PQA York PM | Main Academy (6-18 year olds) 1.45pm-5.00pm | Poppets (4-5 year olds) 1.45am-3.30pm
MENTION MUMBLER for 4 free weeks when people quote PQAMumbler in the ‘Any Other Information’ section of the enquiry form
Contact Principal James
Puddle Ducks are award winning providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers, pre-school and school age 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 7 days a week at the following locations in and around York:
Kilima Hotel, New Earswick, ROKO Health Club, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Willow Lodge (Bubwith), The Crown Hotel (Boroughbridge), Energise hydrotherapy pool and Robert Wilkinson,
We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives!
Where are we ?
York High School
Saturdays term time only from 9am-1.15pm
Tots 2-3 years 9-10am
Minis 4-5 years 9am -10am
Junior Classes 6-8 years old 10.30-1pm
Inters 9-11 years old 10.15 -1.15
Seniors 12-18 years old 10.15 -1.15
Contact Holly for your free information pack
Our fun, structured play sessions with engaging and energetic coaches support the children every step of the way whilst teaching them how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
Our motto is simple; “make it more fun”. We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.
10:00am Age 2 to 3.5, 10:40am Age 3.5 to 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, 11:25am Age 2 – 3.5
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
09:40am 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 2 to 3.5
Starbrite Studios is an established IDTA and Acrobatic Arts certified school that is both fun and serious about performing arts. With only professionally qualified teachers who understand that children need to smile and laugh while they learn, we create an unrivalled environment for children of all ages to express themselves through performing arts, whether as a hobby or as an intended profession.
Children’s classes are available for toddlers who can walk independently through to young adults.
Our Twinkle Tots programme is for parents and toddlers starting their Starbrite journey.
Our Star Dancer programme includes the core dance subjects of ballet, tap, and theatre craft.
Our Star Performer programme focuses on commercial styles of dance as well as musical theatre dance and song for the stage.
Our Star Gymnast programme is for those children who love to be upside-down! From beginners through to experts, we can improve your technique and increase your range of tricks.
All of our classes run from our head office and studios in Shiptonthorpe, and our satellite branch at All Saints Hall in Upper Poppleton runs our Star Performer classes every Thursday.
Established in 2002, we create positive, inclusive, performers.
All Saints Church Hall, Station Road, Upper Poppleton, York, YO26 6DA
Shiptonthorpe Studios and Head Office, Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU
The Little Gym York based in the new amazing York Community Stadium at Monks Cross is now open Tuesday to Sunday!
Join us to secure a space in your chosen class and join for just £62 per month (*enjoy unlimited classes each week for under 3’s .
We offer a 20% sibling discount if you have other children you wish to enrol!
Flexible block bookings are available for under 3’s .
Our non-competitive gymnastics programmes teach children that they don’t have to be the best, they just have to try their best! We provide children with a safe, clean, inspiring space to burn energy, build confidence, and develop key skills. We are now offering both beginner and NEW advanced classes to 6-12 year olds!
As well as our seriously fun classes, we’re open for party bookings too! If you’d like to secure your membership, or have any questions, reach out to us by email on the address below.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING SERIOUS FUN WITH YOU SOON!
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 – Brayton Community Centre
Tuesday – Huntington Memorial Hall
Thursday – The Poppleton Centre
Friday – Acomb Parish Hall
Saturday – St Lawrence Church Community Hall
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We’ll teach you to teach your little one to swim. from lesson one we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. By the end of our programme your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around water.
Throughout our programme we use lots of song, games, toys and sensory activities suitable to each child’s stage of development, ensuring both you and your little one are having lots of fun whilst having precious time together and developing new skills.
With classes suitable from birth through to 6 years to find out more just get in touch!
For further information, please contact us.
York Swimming Academy is one of York’s leading swimming lesson providers and is dedicated to delivering high quality swimming lessons for great value.
Children can start in our ‘Discovery Ducklings’ Classes from new-born. Whilst those children aged 4yrs and over can begin in our first of seven progressive stages.
We implement Swim England’s Learn to Swim Framework, an all-inclusive programme designed to take the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to full competence in the pool. The framework has clear progressions between each stage and children are awarded a variety of certificates on their journey to becoming fully competent.
Our teachers are Swim England (ASA) qualified, and classes are limited to 8 children per class. Our beginner classes have 2 teachers, teaching from inside the water.
Spaces are available now for an immediate start!
New Earswick Swimming Pool:
Monday 13:30 – 15:00 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Tuesday 14:30-15:30 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Wednesday 09:15 – 10:15 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Thursday 15:00-16:00 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Thursday 16:00 – 18:00
Friday 15:30 – 16;00 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Friday 16:00 – 16:30
Saturday 15:30 – 18:30
Sunday 10:30 – 11:30
Sunday 15:30 – 16:30
Stamford Bridge Swimming Pool:
Monday 10:00-11:30 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Sunday 09:00 – 12:00
Carr Junior School:
Sunday 08:30 – 12:00
The Mount School:
Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance (YRAD) was founded by Principal Kerry Whitfield in 2013, and her passion for the arts gives the students at YRAD an encouraging platform to be their best. Kerry is a former professional dancer who trained and works with both The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Academy of Dance.
The school offers a vast array of classes for children to learn and develop in the performing arts industry. Classes are fun, inclusive, inspirational and gives students a strong work ethic and discipline. YRAD has an enthusiastic and supportive team of skilled professionals at their core, plus they invite external pros for Workshops / Masterclasses throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to audition for our affiliated Children’s Talent agency giving them a chance to be cast in Theatre, TV and Film.
Dance styles include Acro, Ballet, Commercial, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre, Street Dance, Tap and Zumba.
Mention Mumbler for a free trial.
Over 20 years of experience.
Classes from 3 years to adult, beginner to advanced. You can choose from Ballet, Tap and Theatre Craft. Freestyle/Commercial Jazz, Cheer Leading and Contemporary. Adults can choose from a range of classes in Ballet, Tap and Line Dancing.
All our classes are small, friendly and fun, first class is free for all new pupils.
Classes are held in the Leeman Road area, Poppleton and Lidgett Grove Methodist church, our lessons are competitively priced.
Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in our annual show at the Rowntree Theatre and we offer a full range of dance exams with the I.D.T.A.
This not only gives our pupils a wonderful sense of achievement but shows parents how their children are blossoming and improving in our warm friendly environment, where all children can grow and develop their motor skills and self-confidence while making new friends, learning new skills and developing a love of dance and musicality.
Kids’ Club Saturdays, 11.15
Autism-Friendly screenings – second Sunday of the month, 11.15
Big Scream for parents/ guardians with babies under one – Wednesdays, 11.00
Toddler Time 30 minutes of favourites for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers – every other Friday, 11.30
Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
We teach dance to infants, children and adults with passion. We are renowned for our multi award winning classes in RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Pointe Work etc.
Visit our website for more info.
Children learn phrases and vocabulary useful for visits abroad through songs, rhymes, role-play, games and question and answers. Visually appealing resources.
T: 07807 051788 French – Pierrine
T: 07729 871033 Spanish – Rachel
As a National Standard, British Cycling accredited Instructor for Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 I can get anyone riding in a fun and friendly way. I am also a Qualified HSBC UK/British Cycling Level 1 Ride Leader… and also being a British Cycling Level 2 Coach also helps… with plenty tricks and resources up my sleeve 🙂
T: 07930 585022
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: Tang Hall Community Centre, Millthorpe School, The Raylor Centre (James st).
T: 07919 008078 (Katie Ventress)
Childrens ballet, tap and freestyle classes held on Saturdays at Knavesmire Primary School. 30mins £2.50, 45mins £3.50. Patient and qualified teacher.
Adult ballet classes held on Friday at Steiner School costing £5 per hour. Also available for private lessons and ballet parties.
Kixx football sessions are inclusive for boys and girls aged 2 – 10 years with a positive learning environment.
Our sessions are delivered by professional sports coaches that specialise in early years coaching.
Facebook: Kixx York
Football sessions for 2-13 year old boys and girls! Sessions are held on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and are available on a try before you sign up basis to ensure your child enjoys them. If interested please give us a ring or drop us a text on the below number.
Northern Dance Academy
We offer a range of studio dance classes including ISTD syllabus Ballet, Tap & Modern for children (3 yrs +) at affordable prices. We also offer non syllabus classes including Contemporary dance for all ages as well as Adult Beginner, Improver & Advanced Ballet, Tap & Lyrical classes.
Venue Location: The Gateway Centre in Acomb, York. YO24 3BZ.
T: 07917 176418 (Sarah)
DANCE – ACT – SING
PERFORM with Emma Bassett has availability in classes for age 3 up to adults. A combination of dance, acting and singing taught by fully qualified and experienced performing arts specialist Emma Bassett. Explore our website for class times.
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Mini Movers (3-4 yrs): Introduction to dance with ballet, tap and jazz. Confidence building fun class on Tuesdays & Saturdays.
Red ballet and tap (5-6yrs): A fun filled mix of dancing, co-ordination building and exploring further into the steps on Tuesdays & Saturdays.
Please contact for class schedule.
Spotlight Dance Academy, Green Lane
T: 07565 961993
Explore York Libraries and Archives are starting under 5 story times again, but they are not available in all libraries yet. You need to book for many of the sessions and will find all the up-to-date information at https://exploreyork.org.uk/children/storytimes/ or by checking at your local library.
For more details about the sessions and libraries below see our post HERE