Hopefully with the Summer Holidays, comes sunshine and lots of days out to the park, in the garden and picnics!
Summer does bring a change to the usual routine for some though, with a lot of weekly classes and groups taking a break for the holidays. Whilst some appreciate the break and prefer to plan days out and activities with older siblings, some really miss the routine and the social aspect that groups and classes provide.
We have pulled together a list of Groups & Classes running during the Summer Holidays, be this the usual class timetable or ‘Summer specials”. We will continue to add to this as we head towards the Summer holidays and other classes/dates/times are confirmed, so keep checking back! Some do require booking, so please do double check to avoid disappointment.
ABC Sounds Right – Phonics classes for kids – Starting School Phonics Workshop
Is your little one starting school in September?
Then help give them the best possible start by bringing them along to a BRAND NEW 4 week summer workshop which will gently introduce phonics, through high-energy games and activities, singing and dancing, as well as other essential school ready activities. Children will be introduced to the letter sounds for the first term at school and play games to reinforce them. They will then meet Robot Reg who will help them to blend and segment the sounds for early reading.
Find out about “phonics” and how it is taught nowadays plus get lots of ideas on how you can support your child at home and resources to support. Enjoy a follow up activity to do at home together.
The perfect way to boost confidence and help your little one be school ready. 4 x 45 minute workshops taught by an experienced primary school teacher. 4 consecutive weeks Starting Thursday 25th July-15th August
Tesco Community Room, Askham Bar, Dringhouses. Two times available 9.30am or 10.30am
‘Fantasy Wonderland’ – Join Sam Squirrel on a Magical Adventure through Enchanted Forests, Hidden Hideaways and Tropical Lagoons. We’ll be dancing with Midnight Fairies, playing games with Mischievous Monkeys and much, much more!
The ‘Fantasy Wonderland’ Special is £6 per child, additional siblings are £5. Siblings under 13 months can accompany a child for free. School age siblings are welcome to attend to either watch or assist their younger sibling.
Wednesday 7th August – St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate Lane, York, YO30 7BJ. Parking available at Marygate public car park behind the hall.
10:00 – 10:40 – 13 month – 3 year olds 10:50 – 11:30 – 3 and 4 year olds
My Baby Can Dance and Newborn Can Dance are award winning movement to music activity classes (voted Best Music class 2017, 2018 & 2019 in the Little Vikings awards). Closely linked to the early development stages and ideally suited for children from birth to 4years. For children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
Our interactive sessions combine movement, singing, instruments, numbers, colours, shapes and phonics plus lots more. We use a broad range of music children will recognise and enjoy as well as music adults will appreciate.
Achieving a proven learning and development path for little ones using a repeatable format which is shown to increase memory and learning.
Every session is fun, fast paced and relaxed and above all else has a warm inclusive atmosphere for everyone attending. Our summer pay as you go classes are open to everyone, previous families wanting to come back, existing families looking for some continuity during the holidays and new families looking to try the classes before committing to block bookings. All the family are welcome to come along.
Classes are £5 per participating child, siblings are half price.
These sessions are back by popular demand and this year are now in two locations! The sessions are all themed i.e This is Me – Greatest Showman’, ‘Aladdin, Brilliant Me’ and more to be confirmed! Each session incorporates relaxation methods and looks at managing emotions as well as building self esteem and confidence in a fun and engaging way! The relaxation session is then followed by a craft activity.
Dates:- Askham Bar Tesco’s (Community Room) Tuesdays – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August 1030-12
Haxby Costa Coffee (back room). Thursday 1st August 10-11:30 Thursday 8th August 10-11:30 Thursday 15th August 10-11:30 Friday 23rd August 10-11:30 Wednesday 28th August 1-3:30
To find out more information and to book a place for you child please contact Sherrie:
We are now able to confirm the dates for our exciting Pay As You Go Summer Specials in Haxby……..
Thursday 25th July – Space Disco Party 🚀 🚀 🚀 Thursday 1st August – Hawaiian Beach Party 🏝 🏝 🏝 Thursday 8th August – Summer Extravaganza ☀️ ☀️ ☀️
Now all available to book on our website.
We are currently offering 3 weeks of sessions in the Summer holidays, so why not sign up for all three to ensure you have fun plans (which won’t be weather dependent!) in the school holidays! Or if you are already away for one of the weeks, just sign up for the ones that you can make.
All classes will be mixed ages and siblings (up to 5) are always welcome! Current classes will be 10am or 11.05am.
Advanced booking is essential and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. All these sessions will take place at Haxby Memorial Hall.
The Woodland Adventure Company run adventures every school holidays! There are many different adventures to choose from, all of which will provide your child/children with an unforgettable magical experience, as well as the added health benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature.
Wednesday 7th August 10am – The Search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years. Wednesday 7th August 1pm – Medieval for 3-7 years Thursday 8th August 11am – Campfire cooking for 3-11 years
Tuesday 13th August 10am – Bogbabies for 2-6 years Tuesday 13th August 1pm – Bow and arrow making for 6-11 years Wednesday 21st August 10am – Elf rockets for 2-6 years Thursday 22nd August 10am – The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years Thursday 22nd August 1pm – Dragon Fire Rockets for 3-6 years Friday 23rd August 10am – Den building and fire lighting for 6 – 11 years
Tuesday 27th August 10:30am – Campfire cooking for 3-11 years Tuesday 27th August 2pm – Bow and arrow making for 6-11 years Wednesday 28th August 10am – Fairy houses, potions and magic wands for 2-6 years Wednesday 28th August 1pm – Medieval for 3-7 years.
Primrose Hill, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1AW
Friday 26th July 10- 11.30am – Hapa Zome 0therwise known as leaf bashing! 1.15 -2.45pm – den building
Monday 29th July 10- 11.30am – fairy gardens 1.15-2.30pm – the great big bug hunt
There will also be a range of self-exploratory activities to inspire outdoor play and learning and a focused activity for those children that want to learn a new skill, learn something new about nature or be creative. An adult carer is needed to stay and join in the fun! All sessions run from Wild Things’ site at Millthorpe School. Prices vary; please check the online booking for individual prices. Booking is essential.
All regular groups will be running throughout the Summer Holidays. These include:
Little Stompers – Mondays 10:00 – 12:00 at SPARK – Under 2s and your adults – this one’s for you! Babes In Arms Elevenses Club – Tuesdays 10:00 – 12:00 at SPARK. For parents and their under 1s. Pizza & Play – Wednesdays 10:30 – 12:00 at ASK Pizza. For pre-schoolers and their adults!
Hoglets – Theatre Fun for Little Folk
Hoglets Storytelling and Drama classes will be running as usual throughout the summer holidays. We have 6 exciting story packed classes for you to enjoy. Classes will run at their usual times and venues Monday 11am – The Railway Institute (Walking – 5’s) Monday 1.30 – Tesco community room (Walking – 5’s) Tuesday 9.15am The Knavesmire Children’s Centre (babies, birth – walking) Tuesday 10 am and 11am The Knavesmire Children’s Centre (Walking – 5’s)
Find us on FB – Theatre fun for little folks.
Kindermusik are running a couple of FREE workshops as part of the Riverside Festival on Wed 24th and Thurs 25th July at 11am. Some Kindermusik Summer Specials will be running also – dates TBC (check back soon!).
Little Friends Of West Bank Park
We are a friendly community group, run by parents, who meet every Thursday morning in West Bank Park, York. Whatever the weather, school hols included, we spend a couple of hours in the woods and meadows of the Park, doing nature games and crafts, building or making things with materials we find, telling stories and singing songs.
We are open to all – with a contribution of £1 a family. Meet on Thursday at 10am at the statue of Queen Victoria, at the top of the Rose Walk. (Bring something simple to share at snack time.) West Bank Park, Holgate, YO24 4JB.
Messy beans is a messy and sensory class allowing children to exploring a range of textures and get messy!! Things include shaving foam, pasta, rice, gloop, playdough, sand and water. Please let me know about any known allergies
New Earswick Methodist Church hall from 10am till 11am. £6 per child. An adult must attend. Please bring a change of clothes and a towel.
Tuesday 23rd July– Summer Tuesday 30th July– Lego Tuesday 6th August– Disney Tuesday 13th August– Winnie the Pooh Tuesday 20th August– Under the sea
The NCT bumps and babies group carries on through the holidays. It’s on Thursday mornings 10-12 at the graduate. From birth to crawling(ish). (Thanks Mumbler LB for the tip!).
The Graduate, 6-12 Lendal, York.
We are a multi sensory music class for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers. Over the summer were are running a family class (which is suitable for babies and Toddlers with older siblings) and a seperate baby class for just babies up to approx 14months. Our special summer classes are open to everyone! Rhythm Timers past and present, siblings and those looking for fun over the holidays! They are £6 for 40 minutes of Rhythm Time and 20 minutes to chat and have refreshments. You can attend 1, 2 or all of them! (Siblings £3).
See our Facebook page at Rhythm time York for details and to book.
St Chads Playgroup
Mondays & Tuesdays – 9.30 -11.30 Stay & Play for under 2’s – £2 Over 2’s drop off 9.30, pick up 11.30 £5.50 per session! Pay as you come!
Drop your child off to enjoy and have fun while you go home and get things done. Call in to sign up or contact T: 07720377838 (Debbie) for days required.
Tiny Stompers runs through the summer holidays, usual times etc up until the 19th August. Its Monday 10:30-11:15 shipton by beningbrough community centre £5 per child, (under 5s) however older siblings are welcome in the holidays for £3. T: 07739 960910 (Becky)
Our Summer Special starts on the 9th of July and is a 5 week course for £25 (09/07, 16/07, 23/07, 30/07 & 06/08). This is a family price so siblings are welcome (as are any visiting family!) at no extra cost. Place are limited to keep the classes friendly and not overwhelming for the little ones so booking early is advised. If there are any places left then families are welcome to join part way through the course.
All the storytimes at the libraries continue as usual over the summer holidays. To find out locations, timesand contacts numbers, click HERE.
There’s also the Space Chase: Summer reading challenge 2019, which launches on 13th July (running all Summer Holiday) at all York Libraries. It’s FREE to take part. Alongside this is a busy timetable of space related events throughout the Summer. See the Mumbler Events Calendar for details or refer to the Summer reading challenge information on the York Explore website/at any library.
Other ideas to keep the kids busy…
Don’t forget about all the School holiday care & clubs running throughout the holiday. It might be that you need childcare for work, or it might just be that the children would enjoy an activity packed day or two to break up the time off school (allowing you to catch up on the other jobs that pile up in the holiday, or just to catch up with your friends!).
We hope you have found this list useful! As always if you know of any groups/classes running in the Summer that we haven’t listed, do get in touch so we can add their details too (please email email@example.com).