Baby & Toddler Classes & Groups on a Wednesday in York
Below is a full list of classes & groups for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children in York on a Wednesday.
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.
Gentle Beginnings – popular, small, calm and supportive groups for parents and babies up to toddling
These highly regarded groups, which I have run for 11 years now in York, offer a calm supportive space for mums/dads and infants from birth to 18 months old. The groups provide a place where you can gain confidence and trust in your abilities as a parent, learn about the amazing Pikler approach, the benefits of slow parenting, and make new friends. Parents usually stay with the group for a year to 18 months and make deep friendships that last way beyond the group life. You can find out more about the groups and my experience and other work on the website link below.
Come and join us for a free first session!
I also offer online one to one support sessions to new mums and dads if this would be helpful.
And please email me or phone me if you would like more information.
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.
Click here for our schedule
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.
“I would never have thought that a yoga class could be so welcoming, friendly and helpful – and the fact it’s been virtual during such a difficult year is totally amazing.”
Hi, I’m Alison, I’ve been teaching Pregnancy Yoga for 14 years. Creating connection and community is really important to me and I’m here to support you every step of the way. Yoga helps you enjoy a healthy pregnancy, easing aches and pains and feeling great in your body, with time and space to reflect and prepare. You might be planning a hospital birth, home birth, maximum pain relief, minimal intervention – all are welcome here. I also offer lovely nourishing post-natal yoga for you and your little one, to support you through your first year.
We can adapt all the practices to suit individual needs, or come and sit, lay down, breathe and be in the company of other mums and mums to be. Everyone is welcome to take what they need.
Why not book a £5 trial week – a Sunday and Wednesday, consecutive classes, via zoom.
Wednesday, 11am – 12.30pm.
Tuesday, 7.30 – 8.45pm
Sunday, 6pm – 7.30pm
Baby Sensory is an award-winning, sensory development programme specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months. Each week is a different theme and full of fun, sensory experiences! We have a vast range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, movement, baby signing and singing to help with baby’s brain development. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun…
Baby Sensory and the WOW Group are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association and are proud of our GOLD level accreditation. We take the safety and quality of our programmes seriously to ensure you get the BEST experience!
Baby Sensory is running classes in various locations around York:
Mondays – Clements Hall, York, YO23 1BW
Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby, YO32 3HT
For your local class leader’s contact details and to book a class please visit our website:
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
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 and massage. Our classes provides the perfect combination of baby time and parent time, leaving everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to chat over a cuppa and homemade cake after the session (vegan/dairy and gluten free cake and drink options available).
Located just 8 minutes along the A19 from the Designer Outlet , with free parking right outside, the classes run from the purpose designed 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.
Remember, touch is the first means of communication and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone.
£8 taster. £60x6wk block
Thursday 10am and 1pm
For Modern Mothers specialises in supporting your journey to and through Motherhood. A specialist in yoga for fertility, pregnancy yoga and yoga for mums and babies. Classes are super 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 complete (and no BS) Antenatal 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 – 7.30pm to 8.45pm | Pregnancy Yoga | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – In person & Livestreamed options
Tuesdays – 11.15am to 12.30pm | Baby Massage | Poppleton – In person & Livestreamed options
Tuesdays – 1pm to 2.30pm | Mum & Baby Yoga | Poppleton – In person
Tuesdays – 7pm to 7.30pm | Pregnancy Yoga | Breathe & Relax – Livestreamed only
Wednesdays – 11am to 12.30pm | Mum & Baby Yoga | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – In person
Wednesdays – 1pm – 2.15pm | Baby Massage | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – In person
Thursdays – 5.50pm – 7pm Pregnancy Yoga | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – In person & Livestreamed options
Thursdays – 7.30pm – 8.45pm | Pregnancy Yoga | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – In person & Livestreamed options
Saturdays – Group Complete Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Courses, run every month (ln person)
Saturdays – Pregnancy Mini Retreats (run every few months throughout the year)
Sundays – Slow Sunday Yoga Workshops | York Yoga Studio, Holgate – run once a month (In person)
One to one yoga and antenatal & hypnobirthing sessions, and birth trauma and birth injury support also available.
Mention MUMBLERFREE for one class free when booking a term of yoga classes.
** Awesome Autumn in the Great Outdoors! **
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.
Classes include singing and vocal play, musical instrument & object exploration, creative movement and dance, and listening purposefully in a small, friendly group.
FOUR Covid Secure Locations – Rowntree Park, West Bank Park, Homestead Park, Museum Gardens – and 4 more in the pipeline – watch this space!
Baby (newborn–18 months)
Wobbly Walkers (1s & 2s)
Toddlers (rising 2s & 3s)
Mixed Ages (0-5s)
Big Kids (4-6s)
Age groups are a rough guide only.
Check website for new outdoor schedule coming soon for classes 13th Sept– 22nd Oct.
Each 5 week theme includes a wonderful set of digital resources to download and enjoy as a family at home – your class music, lyrics, e-book, activities, parent resources – all for £45.
We’ve even got a Kindermusik App! ** If space allows, single introductory class £5. **
Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as numbers limited.
Contact Cath to book your place or simply register your interest.
Licensed Kindermusik Educator & York Primary Teacher
A variety of classes and courses for bumps, babies and beyond. Our courses and classes are provided with support, guidance and empowerment. In a relaxed, home from home and friendly manner.
Group Birth Preparation & Antenatal Course.
Running 12:30 – 16:30, one Saturday a month, Advised from 24 weeks pregnant onwards.
Private 1:1 Hypnobirthing.
In the comfort of your own home. 10hour course over 4 weeks. This course is a full Antenatal Course plus Hypnobirthing, using the KGHypnobirthing method.
Course running every month over 4 weeks, Wednesdays 10 – 11:30am, Hurst Hall, Strensall, £45 for full course including booklet, massage oil and handmade gifts for your baby, Book online. Newborn babies to crawling.
Baby Sing and Sensory class.
Tuesdays 10 – 11am. Hurst Hall, Strensall. £5 per session. Pay as you go or online. 8 weeks to 13 months.
Toddler Music & Movement.
Friday 09:30 – 10:30am. Hurst Hall, Strensall. £5 per session. Pay as you go or online. 13 months to 3 years old.
Using my passion, knowledge and experience as a Midwife, Nurse, Pre-school assistant, baby massage instructor and Mum of 3 to support, guide and empower you and your bump, babies and beyond.
Come and join us and make new friends, as well as being part of the Mumborneveryminute family.
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:-
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!
PureSwim Yorkshire are proud to provide gentle and fun swimming lessons for little ones aged approximately 8 weeks to 12 years. Our baby and pre-school lessons focus on water confidence, parent and child bonding and important water safety skills.
Once Children are ready to be on the pool by themselves (approximately age 4) we work through the STA award scheme including rookie lifeguard classes for our older children. Our Class sizes are small (maximum 5 in a beginners group and maximum 6 with our advanced swimmers) and until the advanced stage our teachers teach from in the pool.
Saturday pm Archbishops’ School (age 4+)
Sunday am -Archbishops’ School (Age 6 months +)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Mornings – Novotel York (Baby, Toddler and Pre-school only)
Book on with a friend to our Novotel lessons and you will both receive a 10% discount.
Welcome to Rhythm Time where little minds develop through our stimulating and fun Music classes.
Here at Rhythm Time, our exciting, multi-sensory and educational baby and toddler classes will help your little one’s development from birth to pre-school. Our specially created music-based activities will stimulate all their senses AND help develop their COMMUNICATION, SPEECH, CONFIDENCE, LITERACY, LISTENING SKILLS, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT and SOCIAL SKILLS – all whilst having fun to music!
Join Rat-a-Tat and his friends Arabella, Melody & Carlos as they take you and your little one on a journey of FUN & learning through hands-on musical activities.
We offer 30 minutes, age-specific musical sessions all cleverly designed to aid learning and development:
***PLUS*** with every class booking, you will receive FREE access to our online classes too!
All activities and venues are fully COVID19 risk assessed and all appropriate measures have been taken to ensure a safe & clean environment.
For more information or to book your place visit the website or contact Rachel on the e-mail address or number below.
Monday – Sand Hutton Village Hall
Wednesday – TheCentre@Burnholme, Heworth
Thursday – Dunnington Reading Room
Thursday – Spotlight Dance Academy, Clifton
Friday – St Aelreds Community Centre , Tang Hall
Friday – Acomb Methodist Church
What Would Your Baby Like To Say?
Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk; think of the delight we have when they learn to point, wave or blow a kiss! Encouraging your baby with extra signs like ‘milk’, ‘more’, ‘change nappy’ or ‘tired’ will help your baby communicate more easily. Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals, Sing and Sign classes utilise music and songs, props and rhymes in fun sessions that makes learning to baby sign both easy and fun!
Autumn 2021 classes, starting w/c September 20th, are now open to book. Our courses are designed over three developmental stages that broadly equate to:
Sing and Sign Babes – 0-6m
Stage 1 – 6 – 13m
Stage 2 – 13 – 24m
Have twins? They attend two-for-one!
Autumn Term 2021 – Timetable:
Monday – Wilberfoss Community Centre – All Stages
Tuesday – live @Home via Zoom
Wednesday – Belfrey Hall (York CC) – All Stages
Thursday – The Poppleton Centre – Sing and Sign Babes / Stage 1
Friday – Acomb Methodist church – All Stages
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!
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.
Wild Things Forest Babies for parents with babies and toddlers (up to 17 months)
Forest Babies run on Monday afternoons. It’s a chance to immerse you & your baby in nature. There will be lots of sensory play, mindful activities to help us slow down and enjoy nature around us, and creative activities using natural materials.
It’s also a group for parents to come together to meet others and to enjoy some nature based crafts. A hot drink for adults is enjoyed near the end of the session, and most weeks we have a campfire snack.
Explorer Club – for children aged 18 months to 5 years
These run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During the sessions there are lots of explorative play, child-led activities and that all important connection with nature. Children learn about nature, learn how to take (managed) risks, develop resilience for being outdoors in all weathers, and develop their creativity and imagination. We end with a campfire and hot chocolate.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
All sessions run in a wooded area, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue, YO23 1WF).
We are a charitable organisation focused on recreational gymnastics and trampolining for the ages of 2-18.
Classes run from a dedicated facility.
Our Pre School Classes run Monday – Friday during term time, with 5 classes running per day.
Boys and Girls plus trampoline classes are running too.
Many changes have been made due to Covid-19 – please see the website for all the details of this.
For further information please contact us.
The Gymnastics Centre, St. John’s Walk, Heworth, York, YO31 7SX
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:
I am a qualified pre and post-natal coach; currently running postnatal classes.
I also offer 1-2-1 & small group coaching, and online programming
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
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
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.
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)
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
We’re a volunteer run community group offering a friendly and relaxed swimming environment for women and preschool children. Lifeguard on duty and toys to play with. Booking required.
£2.50 – adults/£1.50 – children (Pre-booking necessary)
New Earswick Swimming Pool YO32 4AQ
T: 01904 766937 (Margaret)
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)
Exercise class for all abilities. Limited spaces available, 3 sessions a week, prices on enquiry, pay as you go or block booking available for cheaper sessions. Babies 0-4 welcome.
Feel good exercise class, great music and empowering workouts.
Monday 9.30-10.15, Wednesday 9.30-10.15 at Strensall Village Hall
T: 07790 406104
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
Baby Massage (Tuesday and Friday) courses are offered in the comfort of your own home or within hired venues. Covers Thirsk, Easingwold, York and surrounding villages.
Music and Movement (Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:00) classes are for under 5s. The activities are aimed at 12 months+ but teeny tiny stompers are always welcome too. £6.50 per child. Twiggy’s Play, Unit 2, Concept Business Park, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY
T: 07739 960910
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