Baby & Toddler Classes & Groups on a Thursday in York
Below is a full list of classes & groups for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children in York on a Thursday.
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
Our 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.
Possible new class Mondays/Tuesdays TBC: Crawlers/Wobbly Toddlers Please register your interest
Tuesdays: 10 weeks to Pre-Crawling 13.30 – 14.30 York Yoga Studio, Acomb Road (Cost £6.95)
Wednesdays: 10 weeks to Pre-Crawling 11.00 – 12.00 LGR Tadcaster Road, York (Cost £6.95) and Thursdays: Crawling / Wobbly Toddling 12.45 – 13.30 (cost £6)
Sessions 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.
Join us on a journey! Story, music, simple yoga-inspired moves and fun !
Our Tatty Bumpkin Yoga-inspired adventures are also in schools as an After School Club, so if your child (4 – 7 years – Reception/Foundation to Y2) attends Poppleton Ousebank, Copmanthorpe Primary, Acomb or Headlands Primary, please contact us for details.
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.
Derwent Danceworks was established in 2009 by Principal Miss Kate Womersley in Thorganby (near Wheldrake). From humble beginnings the school has grown to include classes in Escrick and at Knavesmire Primary School, South Bank, York. Our IDTA timetable includes Ballet (for children, adults and even a beginners’ class for teens!) Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle, Streetdance, Musical Theatre, NATD Contemporary Dance, as well as Acro-batics Arts classes and Drama.
Our Ballet classes are from ages 2+ in Thorganby with other subjects from ages 4 or 5+, we have something for everyone – including Adult Ballet, Tap and StreetFit. Miss Kate has Distinction level teaching qualifications in three IDTA Faculties and all of our staff are qualified and DBS checked with many years’ experience and talent.
Our students can take exams and medal tests and we are proud of our 100% pass rate. We hold bi-annual shows, local performance opportunities, holiday workshops, trips and sessions with guest artists from across the industry. Derwent Danceworks has a strong reputation for inclusivity and aims for all our students to realise their potential. Classes start at £3.50 per week.
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!
Dream 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 at Riccall is the perfect setting for a relaxing and nurturing time with your baby. Each session followed by a leisurely drink and homemade cake.
Remember, touch is the first means of communication and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone.
£8 taster. £60x6wk block
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?!
Come join our thriving, fun, friendly Freestyle dance school!
We offer I.D.T.A. exams, run our own competitions and perform whole school shows in a theatre each 18 months, along with offering regular performance opportunities and more!
Our classes provide an environment where students’ abilities and talents are celebrated, and we hope to instill confidence and provide skills that will positively affect other areas of dancers’ lives too.
Mondays in Elvington Village Hall:
1.30-2.15pm: Minis (1-preschool)
4-4.45pm: Juniors (4-7 years)
5-5.45pm: Seniors (8-10 years)
5.45-6.30pm: WOW (recommended for 7+)
6.30-7.15pm: Tweens & Teens (11+ years)
Tuesdays in White Rose House in Wheldrake:
1.30-2.30pm: Crystals Chair-Based Dance and Exercise Classes
Tuesdays in Haxby:
Private Adult classes, contact for more information.
Wednesdays in Bubwith Leisure Centre:
7.15-8.45pm: Adult Class (18+)
Thursdays in Bubwith Leisure Centre:
1.30-2.15pm: Minis (1-preschool)
Thursdays in St Mary’s Church Hall in Haxby:
3.45-4.30pm: Juniors (4-7 years)
4.45-5.30pm: Seniors (8+ years)
5.30-6.15pm: WOW Class (recommended for 7+)
Saturday in Bubwith Leisure Centre:
10-10.45 Juniors (4-7)
11-11.45 Seniors (8-10)
11.45-12.30 Tweens and Teens (11+)
At Growing STEM Scientists, we are passionate about science and enthusing children in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). As scientists and parents, we believe that engaging and enthusing children from an early age will give them the opportunity to shape the world they live in as the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
We run a range of events from our “Mini Scientists” for 2-6-year olds, STEM weekend sessions, nursery and reception enrichment days and after school STEM clubs.
Mini Scientists events are run normally run on Tuesdays or Thursdays and are aimed at introducing children aged between 2-6 to the amazing world of science where children can explore the resources with their parent/guardian. Events incorporate STEM activities with themes such as “Healthy me”, “Where the dinosaurs walked”, “Out of this world” and “What’s the weather like today?”.
Where: South Bank area of York.
When: Tuesday or Thursdays (dates vary)
Price: £5.50 (sibling discount) advanced booking and payment are essential
For dates and times of events please contact me via e-mail or find us at Growing STEM Scientists on Facebook.
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
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.
We host a free ‘Stay & Play’ session on Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 3.20pm throughout the term.
Mums, Dads or carers can come along with their toddler and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and meet-up with other parents and children in our award winning new Nursery building.
Our staff will supervise exploration and creative play with the little people, while their parents manage to grab a rare moment to draw breath and chat!
If you would like to sign-up or make further enquiries, please contact us today.
The Minster School, Deangate, York, YO1 7JA
10.00am – 11.00am
Activities for children aged two to five year olds which includes songs, stories, games and craft 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). Booking Essential via Eventbrite
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
Learning baby massage with us is easy, friendly and fun. Our small, baby led classes take place in a relaxing home environment, where you can feed, change and cuddle baby as you need.
Baby Massage gives you the opportunity to strengthen your bond with your baby in a nurturing, engaging way. Studies show massage can help babies by improving sleep, reducing crying and stress, encouraging development and soothing colic and tummy troubles. Parents increase their confidence and get to enjoy a special bonding time with their baby. We learn techniques you can use now and continue to adapt as your little one grows and develops.
5 week courses run every half term on Thursday mornings at my home near Acomb Green. £40 including booklet and high-quality massage oil to keep, plus a certificate at the end!
Suitable from 4 weeks to pre-crawling.
I can also offer private classes in your own home, either 1:1 or learning in a group of your friends.
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
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!
Thursday 11am & 2pm
Read & paint drop in sessions £11 or £12 a session depending on figure that week.
64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL
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!
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.
Follow a weekly theme with songs and sensory activities to learn signs that can help your little one to speak before they can talk!
Fun and relaxed sessions for you and your little one. TinyTalk classes are gentle. They are designed to help your little one focus on you, what you are saying, singing and signing. With sensory and music activities built into the session your little one is kept engaged while developing their fine motor skills and non-verbal communication skills.
Biscuits are a staple in most families social time and at TinyTalk it’s no different! After a full half hour of signing fun, you can relax and get to know other families with a drink and plenty of biscuits to keep you going.
£5 per session.
Tuesday – Westfield Children’s Centre
10:40am-11:40 Baby Signing
Wednesday – Knavesmire Children’s Centre
1:45-2:45pm Baby Signing
Thursday – Hob Moor Children’s Centre
1:30pm-2:30pm Baby Signing
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.
Yoga For Modern Life is a specialist in yoga for fertility, yoga for pregnant women and yoga for mums and babies. Classes are friendly, relaxed and down to earth – using yoga as the perfect antidote to the stresses and busyness of pregnancy and motherhood. We also have brilliant Birth Preparation and Hypnobirthing courses, and help mums and baby’s connect through loving touch in Baby Massage classes too. All this is to help empower women to have a positive and confident pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Everyone is warmly welcomed – regardless of fitness level, age, shape or size. In a busy world take some time to reconnect with yourself, and with your baby.
Mondays – 7.15pm – 8.30pm Pregnancy Yoga | Manor Studios, Poppleton
Mondays – 1pm to 2.30pm Mum & Baby Yoga | All Saints Hall, Poppleton
Tuesdays – 10.45am – 12.15pm Mum & Baby Yoga | All Saints Hall, Poppleton
Thursdays – 1.15pm – 2.15pm Baby Massage | York Yoga Studio
Thursdays – 7.30pm – 8.45pm Pregnancy Yoga | York Yoga Studio
Saturdays – Monthly Hypnobirthing & Birth Preparation Courses
One to one and bespoke yoga, hypnobirthing and baby massage classes are also available.
Mention MUMBLERFREE for your first class free.
(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
Daisy Baby Tinies combines baby massage, yoga, reflexology and calming techniques, alongside educational themes relevant to the babies’ developmental milestones, suitable from 6weeks to 4months. Babies older than 4months can then move on to the livelier Wrigglers classes. Classes run on Thursdays in Monk Fryston, and Tuesdays in Garforth.
T: 07743232656 (Kayleigh)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 12pm (term-time)
Forest School sessions for parents/carers with their pre-school children.
Sessions are free flow, allowing children to explore the woods at their own pace. There is den building, splashing in the stream, explorer camp, cooking over the fire, craft activities and more!
Dalby Forest Courtyard, Dalby Forest Drive, YO18 7LT
Book via the Hidden Horizons Facebook page or 01723 817017
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
Baby Screening are held on alternate Tuesday/Thursday mornings (please check with the cinema before you attend) and tickets can be purchased online or at the venue direct. The price is £11.50 for each adult and the child/baby is free. The price includes one admit for the film, a hot drinks and cake.
“Sofas, blankets, cushions, drinks, pizza, waiter service. Treat yourself to a date night!”
JR, Feb 18
“definitely worth every penny”
NBH, Feb 18
Everyman Cinema, Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
T: 0872 436 9060 (Booking line)
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)
Total Sports mini dance – 2 to 4 year olds – York RI and Huntington Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Dance is perfect to get your little one excited and moving. Littlies just love to dance!
Our dance classes are about encouraging, developing confidence and learning to love being active.
‘I tried out this new ‘mini dance’ class today with my little 3 yr old (with 1 yr old in tow) and she absolutely LOVED it! Doesn’t usually like to conform to group activities (she has her own ideas! 😂) but really joined in and the dance teacher, Elle, was great with all the kids and getting them involved.’
LJ, Jan 19
‘We went to mini dance this morning and I wanted to share as my (almost 4yo) lb LOVED it!’
SJ, Jan 19
The O’Connor Academy of Irish Dance teaches children age 3+, in a safe and friendly environment. Classes are held from beginner to championship level, whether they want to compete or just dance for fun, it’s a great way to keep fit and make new friends!
Monday – English Martrys Church Hall YO244DA – 6pm
Thursday – St. Joseph’s Church Hall YO306JX – 6pm
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
ages 2 1/2 – 5 years
A great introduction to dance with ballet, tap and jazz. Confidence building fun class for your little one
Tuesdays – 3:45-4:30
Saturdays – 9am – 9:45
At Spotlight Dance Academy, Green Lane
For those little movers age 4+ wanting to learn the latest dances, have fun and play games.
‘Another vote for Spotlight Dance Academy – my 8yr old does Musical Theatre on a Saturday morning and she loves it – their shows are top class too x’
NT, May 2019
‘My 8 year old daughters loves it.’
EG, May 2019
For a full list of classes please contact us:
T: 07565 961993
Providing fun and inspiring performing arts sessions for children and adults as well as parties.
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.
Based in Shiptonthorpe and Upper Poppleton
‘Emma is amazing and my daughter (7) loves her class!’
LG, July 2019
‘Emma is great! Highly recommend x’
AP, July 2019
Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU
T: 01430 803170
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
A monthly meet up for toddlers and pre-schoolers with a focus on the outdoor learning and fostering a love of nature run by volunteers with forest schol experience. The first Thursday of each month 10-11am.
Meet at the story circle in the woods (near the Butcher Terrace entrance to Rowntree Park).
£1 per family or free to members of Friends of Rowntree Park (it’s only £5 a year to join and includes 10% off in the cafe for the year!)
Themes and further information can be found on Facebook
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
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 )