Playgroups York

Thursday Playgroups

Find your Local Playgroup in York on a Thursday

Below are all of the playgroups in York that run on a Thursday. These tend to be informal groups in venues like church halls and community centres. There is usually no need to pre-book and you can just turn up (check before travelling) They tend to be less structured and you’re welcome to come along so your baby or toddler can play and you can chat to other parents.

If you’re looking for a more structured group like dancing, singing or sensory groups, for example, then check out the 0-5 Classes page here. 

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

Updated 21/09/2020 – Not currently running.

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.

The Village Hall, Main Street, Elvington. YO41 4AA
T: 01904 607515

Foxwood Community Centre Drop In

Updated 02/09/2020 – Community centre remains closed.

9:45-11:15am; 0-5 year olds; £1 donation

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

Little Stars Group

Updated 02/09/2020 – Remains closed due to COVID.

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.

T: 01904 626786

Livewires Playgroup

Updated 03/09/2020 – Group not currently running due to COVID restrictions.

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.

T: 07734158745 (Fay)

Playtime at The Avenues

Last updated 05/09/2020 – Group not currently running.

FREE! For children 1-2 years 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

Updated 08/09/2020 – Group not currently running.

Thursday mornings Term Time only 9:45-11:45. £3.50/family (£2/only babies)

They have art and craft activities, small climbing toys, water play and a baby area. We have snack time and end the session with singing circle. The health visitor attends on the first Thursday of every month (drop in).

Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street , Sheriff Hutton

Stockton on the Forest Baby & Toddler Group

Updated 09/09/2020 – Group not currently running

Every Thursday (Term time) in the village hall from 9:30-11.30. We have a fantastic large space for the children to play, sensory or craft activities, baby treasure baskets and vegetable garden. Small snack provided. £2.50 per family.

T: 07814412064 (Liz)

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

Last updated 02/09/2020

Monthly meet up for toddlers focusing on the outdoors. 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 (book in advance). 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. 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 York Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB
T: 01904 654 983 (Book your first free taster session)