Playgroups York


ABC Club

1.00pm-2.30pm Wednesdays term-time only. 50p per family.

ABC Club is a friendly afternoon drop-in for (grand)parents, aunts, uncles, etc. to bring their pre-schoolers. It’s a relatively small group due to the afternoon being nap time for many little ones. We don’t mind if they nap here while you just enjoy a cuppa and a chat! For the children, we provide crafts, singing, snack and drink and, of course, a wide variety of play equipment and books. At the end of every term, we have a special story and song time in the main church hall. And maybe some cake…

Acomb Baptist Church, Ridgeway, YO26 5DW.

Acomb Babies

12.30pm – 2.00pm. Group for mums, dads and carers with babies up to crawling age. As your baby grows, information and support are provided. We’ll help you to know what other services and activities are available in the local community. This is an informal and friendly group. Refreshments are available and there are scales available for you to weigh your baby. Occasionally there is a speaker or chats on topics of interest. The room is set up to provide a stimulating environment for you and your baby. If you are starting out with a new baby, it’s a great place to meet like-minded mums, dads and carers.

There is no cost for attending Acomb Babies.

The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ.
T: 01904 781983

Caterpillar Club Stay and Play – Derwenthorpe

Baby and toddler group at the SSC in Derwenthorpe called Caterpillar Club Stay & Play.

Sessions run on Wednesdays during term time from 9.30am-11.00am. Open to babies and all children under 5. It costs £2 (50p for each additional child) price includes adult and child drinks , snacks and craft activities.

Find us on Facebook

Copmanthorpe Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots Playgroup

Monday, Wednesday Term time 9.15-11.15am Methodist Church Main Street YO23 3SU

Informal Drop in session for babies and toddlers Refreshments for adults. Opportunities to meet/socialise with other parent/carers EY Qualified staff – Toys, craft activities, song time, healthy snack £3 for first child. £1 for second
T: 07743 848541

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.

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

T: 01904 607515

Gateway Toddlers – Acomb

9.30am-11am, £1 including refreshments.

Drink and cake for all. The children have lots of fun playing while the mums and dads chat.

The Gateway Centre, Front St, Acomb, York YO24 3BZ

T: 01904 781983

Jellytots at York Baptist Church

Term time Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am-11.30am
York Baptist Church (use door facing Priory St).
50p voluntary contribution.
Suitable for babies & toddlers with their parents/carers.
Lots of toys; includes a craft activity and song time to finish. Drinks and snacks available (free).
Join the facebook page ‘Jellytots parent and toddler group (York)’ for the most up to date information

York Baptist Church, Priory St, YO1 6EX

T: 01904 640124

Kirk Hammerton Baby & Toddler Group

Kirk Hammerton Baby & Toddler group is a friendly and sociable baby and toddler group. We are based at Kirk Hammerton village hall and the session takes place each Wednesday during term time from 9.45 – 11.15am. We are linked to Kirk Hammerton Nursery School and run by a member of the Nursery school staff team.
We have a wide range of toys and a variety of activities on offer each week including crafts and sensory activities.  Snack for the children is included and tea or coffee for the adults. We usually finish with a singing session. New parents are always welcome!
First session is free so come along and give us a try.  For further details please search for the group on the Facebook.

Little Pips

Wednesdays term time only – 9.15am-11.15am

Doors open from 9 to set up, feel free to help
Bring a snack to share. Toys, crafts, singalong at end. Babies up to age 5’s.
Search on Facebook. Cost £1.50

Heworth Community Centre, Applecroft Road, YO31 0HG

Noah’s Ark

St Oswald’s Fulford:

Noah’s Ark provides popular, lively weekly play sessions for babies, pre-school children and their parents/carers – with a great array of toys, refreshments and good company. Every week the session includes a craft session and a short time of singing and informal praise. Noah’s Ark takes place on Wednesdays from 1:45-3:00pm in the church hall. To find out more contact Brenda Barnes at

Phoenix Baby & Toddler Group

The baby and toddler group runs each Wednesday during term time, 9.30-11.30am.
It costs £2 per session, which includes a snack for each child and a hot drink for parents! Lots of toys and activities for children aged 0-2 and a great chance to catch up with other parents. Plus a bit of a sing song at the end too!

​Park Grove School, York, YO31 8LG

T: 01904 554494

Playtime at Clifton

Wednesday 9.30am-11.00am
Drop in group run by parents for parents of 0-5 year olds in Clifton Children’s Centre.
A 50p contribution per family is for snacks and craft activities.
Clifton Children’s Centre, Kingsway North, York, YO30 6JA
T: 01904 552323

Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group

The class runs on a Wednesday during Prep School term time, 1.45-2.45pm in the Pre-School room at Pocklington Prep School.
On a drop in basis, no need to book all sessions are free.

T: 01759 321288

Rawcliffe Baby and Toddler group

Wednesday morning during term time at Sea Scout Hut, Green Lane in Rawcliffe.
Friendly playgroup with variety of toys, arts and crafts, ball play, story and singing time.
£2 (50p additional child) includes drink and snack.

T: 07906 380037 (Sharon)

Southlands Parent & Toddler Group

Bring £1 donation and a piece of fruit to share. Term-time only.

Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road, York

T:  01904 639231 (Wyn Lawrence)

Story time and Rhymetimes at York’s Libraries

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

New Earswick
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am

Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm

Mondays 3.30pm – 4pm

Tang Hall
Saturdays 10.30am – 11am (storytimes) and Thursdays 10am – 10.30am (rhymetimes)

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

Tiny steps

Wednesday & Friday – 9.30am – 11am Term time only

£2.00 for the first child , extra child £1 (Max £3 to pay)
Includes a drink and healthy snacks. There’s planned play and craft activities that are supervised by qualified pre-school staff. Every 3rd Wednesday a health visitor is present. See Tiny steps Facebook page.

Stepping Stones, Hirst hall, Border Road, Strensall Camp, YO32 5SR (not on the base – turn right at mini roundabout)
T: 01904 442826

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

Your Cafe

Yourcafe is a child-friendly cafe at Tang Hall Community Centre on Wednesdays 11am – 2pm.
Drinks and snacks from 11 with hot food served from 12.30.
Toddler play area and highchairs.
An inexpensive outing, you just pay-as-you-feel – donate, volunteer, trade

T: 07874 129514