Playgroups York

Thursday Playgroups

Bilton and Bickerton Tots

An informal and friendly baby and toddler group. The Old School Rooms in Moor Monkton, Thursdays 10am-11.30am.
Toys, crafts, songs, stories and a healthy snack. We also have an area for outside play. £1.50 per child and £1 per sibling.
Come along and give us a try for free, everyone welcome!

T: 07733 261925

Church Cottage Toddlers

Baby and Toddler group open to all and free of charge. Thursdays 10-12 term time. Drinks for the adults and toast for the kids provided.

Church Cottage, St Helen’s Church Grounds, Wheldrake

T: 07739831970

Elvington parent and toddler

9.45am till 11.15am.

There’s usually a range of children from weeks old to 3 years ish. Play, singing, a snack for littlies and a cuppa and chat for parents. £2.50. 50p per additional child.

‘Elvington toddlers group is so friendly, lots of different toys and babies and toddlers of different ages.’

SM, June 2019

The Village Hall, Main Street, Elvington. YO41 4AA

T: 01904 607515

Foxwood Community Centre Drop In

0-5 year olds
£1 donation

‘Absolutely fab group everyone is so friendly.’

LS, Jan 2019

‘Really friendly group we go every week xx’

LS, Sept 2018

Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place, York, YO24 3HY
T: 07928 486040

Little Lambs at Lidgett Methodist

A friendly and accessible group for carers and children from 0-4.
Every Thursday 9.15-11am during Term Time

© Baby Area © Free Play Toddler Area © Crafts © Snack Time © Story Time (sometimes a Bible story) © Song Time
A great way for you and your child to meet other local families for friendship and support

‘Lovely friendly group.’

CM, Jan 2019

‘Lovely friendly group with craft area , fab toys and resources. Snacks for children and tea/coffee and cake for adults. Finishes with story and song time.’

CM, March 2018

T: 01904 890321

Little Stars Group

Little Stars is a play group hosted by Living Word Church. We have toys, singing, crafts and snacks to keep your little ones entertained while you enjoy hot drinks and home made cake!

Thursdays, 10am-11.30am term time @ the Riverside Centre on Huntington Road. Just £1 per session. Free parking.

‘My daughter attended this playgroup for over two years and she loved it 😍’

TW, Sept 2018

T: 01904 626786

Livewires Playgroup

Livewires playgroup runs every Thursday during term time, 9.30-11.20am
A really friendly group for children aged 0-5 years.
Craft activities, snacks, music and stories every week.
£1.50 for up to 2 children, 50p per extra child.

Clifton Moor church and community centre, Rivelin Way, YO30 4WD
T: 01904 693037


Multitots York group is for twins and multiples aged between 0 to 5. Young siblings are welcome, as are older ones during school holidays.
We meet every Thursday in the Treehouse at New Earswick Children’s Centre, from 10.30 to 12.30.
Find us on Facebook – Multitots York Twin Group.

‘This is a fantastic group for parents with multiples. I first took my twin daughters when they were 4 months old. They help, support & advice I got from other twin mums has been fantastic. It’s been invaluable. As a new mum it was such a welcoming place to go & I have made some great friends. My daughters love going too. I would definitely recommend it!’

AJ, August 2018

I go regularly and the group is great!! My 16 months old girls love it. It’s been great for them to meet other kids. The mums are great, everyone gets along and they are always there for advice!!’

SKW, August 2018

T: 07734158745 (Fay)

Phoenix Under 5’s Tweenies

Tweenies is a playgroup session for children aged 18months -3 years olds and is staffed by Level 3 Childcare practitioners who leads free-play, themed craft activities and stories and song. Parents must stay in session until your child is 2.5 after which you have to option to leave your child if you wish.
Includes snacks and drinks for children and parents.
Tuesday & Thursday 9.30 – 11.30
£3 per session, £6 from 2.5 years old.

‘Really friendly group.’

GP, Dec 2018

Park Grove School, York, YO31 8LG
T: 01904 554494

Playtime at The Avenues

For children 1-2years
Every Thursday
1.00pm – 2.30pm

Come along and meet other parents/ carers.
Play activities for all 1-2year olds, advice on the importance of play and connecting with your child through play.
Meet Valeria a qualified play therapist, for more information contact Valeria

The Avenues Children’s Centre, Sixth Avenue, YO31 0UT

T: 07792911410

Sheriff Hutton Parents, Babies and Toddlers Group

Thursday mornings Term Time only
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street , Sheriff Hutton
£3.50/family (£2/only babies)

They have art and craft activities, small climbing toys, water play and a baby area. Staff are on hand to chat, make you a cup of tea and introduce you to other parents. We have snack time, where we share a plate of healthy snacks and end the session with singing circle.

The health visitor attends on the first Thursday of every month (drop in).

‘Very friendly and welcoming.’

JFC, Feb 2018

Stockton on the Forest Baby & Toddler Group

Stockton on the Forest Baby and Toddler group run every Thursday (Term time) in the village hall from 9:30-11.30. We have a fantastic large space for the children, good quality toys. We provide snack for the children. Often a craft activity too. Please come and join us and see for yourself. £2.50 per family. Childminders with more than two children may ask to contribute slightly more.


CC, Jan 2019

T: 07742026446 (Julie)

Story time and Rhymetimes at York’s Libraries

For more details about the sessions and libraries below see our post HERE

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
Duplo play session every Saturday morning from 10-11am

Thursdays 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Tuesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
Saturdays (University term time only) 11 – 11.30

Fridays 2.30 – 3pm

Thursdays from 2.15-2.45pm

New Earswick
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am

Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm

Tuesday from 11-11.30am

Tang Hall
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

The Very Young Friends of Rowntree Park

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

T: 07718209472

York Steiner School Parent & Toddler Groups

Weekdays 9.30 – 11.30 am

For children up to 3½ years and their carers.
Come together for a relaxing time in a friendly and supportive environment.
We provide natural play materials that nurture the child’s senses and stimulate creativity.
Groups are run by experienced members of our Early Years staff.

‘The parent and toddler groups at the Steiner school in Fulford are lovely! Small groups, free play for the toddlers, craft for the adults and toddlers sometimes too, snack for everyone and then ring time songs and story.’

AH, Jan 2019

The York Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB
T: 01904 654 983 (Book your first free taster session)