September is here, School is almost back which means we’ll all start returning to normality.. whatever that is?!
Lots of regular classes and playgroups will be starting back up again but we wanted to highlight some NEW things that were going in in September too for your children – from newborn to teenagers. Listed below are the groups, businesses and activities who have something NEW to offer and wanted to let you know.
Some are completely new to York, some have made changes that take effect in September and some have new times, venues, owners or days available.
Have a look below and contact the providers directly if you want to book in with them or try them out…
September at Agility
Agility Tots play sessions Monday to Friday 10am and 12pm coach led for 0-5 years.
Agility Tots PE Monday – Thursday 10am and 12pm , and a music dance class with Miss Diane on a Friday @ 10am.
Teen social session on our Ninja Warrior course every Tuesday 4pm-5:30pm. This is for 12-17 year olds.
Ninja Gym for 5-11 year olds – A fun Ninja warrior style class to help build upper body and core strength and master our obstacles.
Warrior #OCR Obstacle course training for 12-17 year olds is a new class exclusive for older children. Developing strength, mastering obstacle techniques and racing on the course.
Ninja Warrior 5 to 16 years sessions after school (Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri 4 – 5:30pm) and sessions all weekend. Please check the website for more details.
Our Café The Shack has an exciting new menu which is available to view on our website.
Following on from their successful summer workshops, award-winning youth production company Dramacube are now offering taster sessions for their Movie-Making Classes in York starting this September.
Movie-Makers is an exciting new class providing children aged 7 – 14 years with the opportunity to learn and practise all aspects of movie-making and screen-acting.
Guided by industry professionals, children will enjoy hands-on experience as they script, direct, film, and edit their own movie.
Working in small groups to maximize practical training time on cameras, lighting and sound, children will discover methods and techniques for successful pre-production, post-production and screen-acting.
Students showcase their work at the end of each term with a film screening where family and friends can attend to celebrate their achievement as well as enjoying the outtakes!
Register at www.dramacube.co.uk for a two-week taster and let your child discover the magic of the movies!
Classes take place at Millthorpe School in York on a Thursday from 5pm to 7.15pm.
Young people develop key skills in listening, teamwork, improved memory, creativity, conversation, problem solving and much more. Students can specialise in Drama, Poetry recital and Musical Theatre. Learners can start LAMDA from 5 years with an introduction into reciting poetry and then progress onto Acting at Level 1. (Thursday 4-5 pm St Olaves Church Hall, Marygate) Older learners from 14 + progress to Acting Level 2 + 3. (Thursdays 6-7.30 pm St Peter’s School, York) Musical Theatre is from 10 +.(Monday 6-7.30 pm St Peter’s School, York) Group sizes are kept small. For more details and to book onto a course go to my website.
NEW Youth Theatre group opening in York on Tuesday 7th September
Wigginton School YO32 2FZ – 7.15pm – 8.15pm.
For students in Years 6 – 9
Our unique, acclaimed International Youth Theatre Development Through Drama programme increases students’ Confidence and Social Interaction skills, developing Performance and Presentation skills through Creative expression.
Welcoming and supportive classes boost emotional well-being, resilience and self-esteem. New improvisation or script each week. On-stage performance in the summer term.
’12 is such a hard age to be, so it’s lovely that she has somewhere to be free with her ideas and imagination. And I also love that she’s learning about such diverse literature.’ Parent
PRIMARY CLASSES TOO
FREE TASTER SESSION FOR EVERY STUDENT – 10% OFF TERM’S FEES WHEN YOU JOIN IF YOU MENTION MUMBLER WHEN BOOKING YOUR TASTER SESSION. VALID UNTIL 21st SEPTEMBER 2021
IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) is back this September with our first regular face-to-face sessions since last March!
IMPs is a weekly music group for disabled and non-disabled young people aged 11+. We have loads of fun making music together, with singing and signing, learning how to play instruments and use music technology, writing original songs and music and preparing for performances.
We can help you if you’re working towards your Duke of Edinburgh Award or Arts Award and you’ll get the chance to learn how to lead music workshops as one of our IMPs trainees.
You don’t need any previous musical experience and we support everyone to get involved and express themselves in whatever way works best for them.
The IMPs are a friendly bunch and we love welcoming new people to the group!
We meet every Monday evening during term-time from 6pm – 7:30pm at Acomb Methodist Church.
Kixx football sessions are inclusive for boys and girls aged 18 months – 10 years and will provide your child with a safe, positive learning environment along with lots of laughs. Our sessions are developmentally structured and delivered age appropriately so your little ones will have the most fun and receive the best care. Our sessions are delivered by professional sports coaches that specialise in early years coaching. We have different venues around York which include:
Saturday Sessions are held at
York St Johns Sport Centre Academy 2-8 Years
Millthorpe School Academy 2-8 Years
Manor CE Academy 2-6 Years
Sunday Sessions are held at York Sports Village Academy 2-10 Years.
Wednesday sessions are held at Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre Academy 18-35 Months.
Thursday sessions are held at Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre Academy 3-7 Years.
Phonics with Robot Reg classes are restarting in September for a new 5 week block of classes, including a new session on a Monday morning.
These jam-packed, fun-filled and educational sessions are run by a qualified teacher and will introduce your little one to a world of early literacy skills through low-key, play-based activities
Minis classes are for children from 12 months to 3 years (and above) and are play-based sessions with a mixture of familiar activities and new experiences each week. They are based around a letter sound but concentrate on encouraging early speech, language and vocabulary through short, snappy activities, including role play.
Preschool classes are for children from 2.5 years and above. We focus on a letter sound each week and children play games and activities to reinforce the sound. Then Robot Reg shows children how to orally blend and segment the sound to build words.
Classes also help adults gain an understanding of phonics too.
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.
We are so excited to be restarting our classes with additional classes across York and Selby. Alongside our Baby (birth – 13month) and Toddler (1yr-3yr) classes we have additional pre school classes running suitable for 3-5yr olds and also new Young Baby courses for the tiny babies from birth at some venues!
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!
Rhythm Time have GOLD accreditation with the Children’s Activities Association so you’ll be sure that our classes are the BEST quality!
Come and join in the fun! We can’t wait to share our love of music with you!
The aim of SquashTots is to introduce the squash court to toddlers and preschoolers. I work on improving their agility and coordination and we play fun games which help to boost their confidence. SquashTots started in September 2020 when my youngest wanted to come down to the Squash Club while his sister was at school within a couple of weeks, we had 6 children coming along to the sessions. I am a level 1 qualified Squash Coach and I am fully DBS checked. The sessions last for 40 minutes and cost £5. The children need a pair of non-marking footwear so that they can change into before they come onto court.
Parents are welcome to come onto the court or watch from the bar.
Toddler Sense York is delighted to confirm that we’re reopening in Woodthorpe on Fridays!
We’re so excited to be bringing back our adventure play including bouncy castles, soft play, tents and tunnels with a different theme each week. Lots of great opportunities for toddlers (and adults!) to socialise and develop their gross motor skills whilst having lots of fun. 😀 In addition we do lots of exciting activities including parachutes, instruments, dancing and bubbles!
Perfect for toddlers from 13 months up to 5 years.
Places are selling fast, so book your place before it’s too late. ⏰
As a reminder, our classes are Mondays – Central York Thursdays – Haxby Fridays – Woodthorpe
What is the York Wellbeing Choir and who is it for?
The Wellbeing Choir is for everyone! It is just like a regular choir, with a greater focus on health and wellbeing through singing upbeat, heart-warming, and uplifting songs.
Studies show that singing greatly improves our emotional, mental, physical, and social wellbeing, with a decrease in stress, depression, and anxiety. Whether you are a fit and well person, or someone who is struggling with health issues, singing will help to either maintain your wellbeing or enhance it. The benefits are amazing!
The Choir aims to give our community the opportunity to experience these wonderful health benefits through singing whilst helping us to feel good, have fun, learn new songs, and connect with friends and meet new people. It is fully inclusive, friendly, relaxed, and suitable for all ages and abilities.
Friday mornings at The Gateway Centre in Acomb at 10.30am-12pm. Starting Friday, September 10th.
Wild Things runs a special outdoor group, Forest Babies, for parents with babies & young toddlers (up to around 17 months).
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 & carers to come together to meet other parents. We end sessions around a campfire, with a hot drink and campfire snack.
All sessions run in a wooded area, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue, YO23 1WF). Booking is essential.
Woodland Tykes has one clear mission- connecting parents and children outdoors. They have a passion for outdoor education, using the benefits of a natural environment to teach key life skills and spark children’s curiosity.
This September, Woodland Tykes is launching it’s “Tiny Tykes” parent and child group from Bootham school. This group will run on Fridays at 10am, providing a range of exciting and engaging activities for children aged birth-3 to explore. These fun sessions will be delivered within a safe, relaxing and friendly atmosphere where parents can connect with nature and each other.
Woodland Tykes was established last year at their first site in Allerthorpe Woods. They have offered a variety of sessions, providing baby and toddler groups, parent & child bushcraft workshops, and holiday clubs. Typically a session will include activities such as campfire cooking, den building and nature crafts, in a safe and nurturing environment.
Friday Post School Run Yoga and Brunch with Alison
New class! Light and energising yoga to shake off the week and enjoy the weekend. Suitable for all levels of yoga experience from absolute beginner. Inclusive, welcoming classes for all comers – no difficult postures or expectations, just come as you are and relax and enjoy yourself. Perfect if you have a little on at school, especially if they are just starting this year and you feel a bit lost. Our beautiful studio is just off Bishy Road so we can head for brunch afterwards in one of the lovely cafes there.
Fridays 9.15am – 10.15am at Stables Yoga, 10a Nunmill Street YO23 1NU