Weekly Classes & Playgroups 0-5 Ryedale and Thirsk


Playgroups and classes

Ryedale and Thirsk and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on  children.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.


Agility is York’s first indoor obstacle course fitness park. We offer a range of classes for all age groups and sessions to suit everyone. Click here for our schedule. The park consists of a ninja warrior obstacle course. ninja gym and toddlers classes and two gym studios providing a huge range of activities and training sessions for toddlers, pre school, juniors, high school and adults. With a large café and bar on two floors we cater for a wide range of parties, functions, events and group sessions.

Agility is the perfect place for your child’s birthday party. Fun on the course, grip socks, food and drink included. Prices start from £13.95pp.

Bespoke packages for any occasion, corporate events and team building days can be catered for email for details.

01904 948416
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Sensory Play Babies Session – Parent led drop in and stay as long as you like from 10am – 5pm – £3.50 per child includes a free hot drink for accompanying adult.

We also have BambinoBoo running a number of sensory sessions:

  • Monday 5th Feb – Valentines Special 9:40am

We also have:

    • After School Session each term time weekday from 3pm-5:30pm.  £7 per child includes entry, a meal and a drink
    • Breakfast Club each term time weekday entry between 9am-10am includes free toast and squash for every child

Captain Barney’s, 14 Railway Street, Malton YO17 7NR

01653 228128
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Our Mini Classes are back!

Places are strictly limited, please email admin@danceexpression.co.uk for more info and to book your place

Gym Beans – Monday 9:30am – 10:15am approx age 2-4 (parent/toddler session) £4.50/session An action packed Parent/Toddler class to start a wonderful Gymnastics journey. Fantastic for Balance, Coordination, Strength but best of all lots of fun too.

Mini Movers with Miss Anna Monday 10:30am – 11:15am approx age 18 months – 3yrs (parent/toddler session) £4.50/session  Our fun filled parent/toddler class, we’ll be moving and grooving to your favourite songs, a wonderful introduction to dance, music and movement. Great for coordination, balance and building confidence

Preschool Ballet with Miss Lucy Tuesday 9:30am – 10:15am approx age 2-4 (parent/toddler session) £4.50/session A fantastic introduction to ballet, we’ll be teaching your child beginners ballet technique but most of all having lots of fun as we explore this beautiful classic style of dance

Mini Gymnastics Thursday 4:30pm – 5pm approx age 3-5  A wonderful start to your Gymnastics journey. Working on Gymnastics technique, fantastic for Balance, Coordination, Strength but best of all lots of fun too.

Mini Movers with Miss Lucy Friday 2:00pm – 2:45pm approx age 18 months – 3yrs (parent/toddler session) £4.50/session  Our fun filled parent/toddler class, we’ll be moving and grooving to your favourite songs, a wonderful introduction to dance, music and movement. Great for coordination, balance and building confidence

Mini Ballet Saturday 9am – 10am approx age 3-5 £5.75/session A fantastic introduction to ballet, we’ll be teaching your child beginners ballet technique but most of all having lots of fun as we explore this beautiful classic style of dance

DE Movers Saturday 9am – 10am approx age 3-5 £5.75/session This exciting, action packed class gives you the chance to try lots of fun new styles and skills, over the term they’ll be Street, Jazz, Ballet, Gymnastics, Drama, Musical Theatre and much more!

DE Movers Saturday 10am – 11am approx age 5-6 £5.75/session This exciting, action packed class gives you the chance to try lots of fun new styles and skills, over the term they’ll be Street, Jazz, Ballet, Gymnastics, Drama, Musical Theatre and much more!

Mini Musical Theatre Saturday 10am – 11am approx. age 3-5

Dance Expression. Ryedale Indoor Bowling Club, Bowling Lane, Scarborough Rd, Norton, Malton, YO17 8EG
Phone 01653 691102 or 07849 865736

01653 691102 or 07849 865736
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Learning to swim is a key life skill for any child. Swimming lessons teach them independence, gives them the ability to get themselves out of potentially life-threatening situations, and allows them to get active while enjoying themselves.


Everyone Active’s swimming lessons start for children as young as 4 months old and are available for all ages. Choose from private one-to-one lessons, adult lessons, adult and child lessons or junior lessons. Students work towards badges and certificates, collecting them at each stage.


Why choose Everyone Active lessons?

  • Lessons are available 50 weeks of the year and 7 days a week, with a break over the Christmas period at most centres.
  • Students are assessed regularly and moved up as soon as they are ready for the next stage.
  • Qualified and DBS checked teachers.
  • Students will have access to ‘AquaPassport’ to track progress, play online games and collect trophies.


For more details about swimming lessons in Ryedale, please contact one of your local centres below:

  • Derwent Swim & Fitness Centre, Church Street, Norton, YO17 9HP.

Telephone: 01653 693 407

Website: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/derwent-swim-and-fitness-centre/

  • Ryedale Swim & Fitness Centre, Mill Lane, Pickering, YO18 8DJ.

Telephone: 01751473351

Website: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/ryedale-swim-and-fitness-centre/

Mondays starting 15th January 2024 at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall. 

Toddler and me – from walking babies to 3.5years

Toddler with me, a chance for you and your little one to spend some quality time one to one or maybe a chance for you to sit with a cuppa here at Nest while your little one explores our open ended resources. From our cosy kitchen area, or maybe you have an adventurous little one that might like our Montessori play gym equipment. Finishing the class with songs & story time – making it even more magical. 

Toddler and me starts from 9:30am till 10:50 giving you that option to drop your older children at school and head straight out to a class to enjoy the rest of your afternoon. 


Baby and Me‘ here at Nest. It will be very much a ‘fourth trimester’ space, in which you can truly be ‘in the moment’ with your baby.
Also, a relaxed, serene environment to connect with other new mummies and daddies. There will be no pressure for the babies, or you, to do anything, except maybe enjoy a warm drink! But for those babies who are awake and looking for stimulation, a selection of simple, natural and gentle objects will be ready and waiting to be explored before story and songs during ‘nest time’ 

Baby and me starts from 11am till 12pm suitable for newborn to pre walking babies. 


Sarah Agar


Mondays at Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall 12:15pm – 1:15pm

From 6 weeks to pre crawling babies

Babies and Mummies can attend from 6-10 weeks free – but will pay after 10 weeks old. (Giving them an extra 4 classes free)

6 week course includes:

  • Oil
  • Digital booklet
  • Private group with video content of each weekly routine
  • Sensory exploration
  • Group social time

Select book classes, move calendar date, to next block of class date.

07528 789782


Puddle Ducks are award winning providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers, pre-school and school age children. Our classes are designed to promote bonding, water confidence and water safety in a fun and loving environment. We take your little ones through a structured programme designed to develop their natural affinity with the water and encourage them to learn to swim independently.


And although we have spent many years carefully developing our progressive lesson plans to develop swimmers, our teachers adapt every activity to suit each child. Our approach ensures that your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but rather nurturing it to ensure a positive experience and love of swimming.


Our baby and pre-school programme is offered through five levels:
Floaties (0-6 months), Splashers (6-15 months), Kickers (15 months – 2.5 years), Little Dippers (2-5 years) and Dippers (2-5 years)


We run classes 7 days a week across York, Hull and East Yorkshire including the Goosewood Holiday Park (Goose Lane, Sutton on the Forest) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Palms Leisure Club (Main Street, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ) where classes take place on Saturday mornings, New Earswick (White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, York. YO32 4AG) on Thursdays and Fridays, ROKO Health Club (Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York. YO30 4TU) on Mondays and Tuesdays and Archbishop Holgate’s School (Hull Road, York. YO10 5ZA) on Saturdays.

We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives! – details HERE

Your little ones can also continue their journey once they have gone to school – details HERE

07825 269146
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Our pre-school classes are specifically devised for boys and girls. The emphasis is on the development of co-ordination, discovery of mime and musicality, and group participation. The class is held in a fun environment which builds children’s confidence and self esteem for the future.

Dancing Tots’ are parent & toddler classes for 18 months plus. This class will enable your child to learn new skills through the use of movement to music, dance, singing, instruments, props, storytelling and drama. A fun packed class for you and your child to share filled with musical adventures that develop and encourage musicality, creativity, fitness and rhythm.

See your child develop balance, co-ordination and core strength on our activity circuit. Join your child on our adventure and travel to the circus, the jungle, nursery rhyme land, the toy kingdom and many more wonderful places!

GOOD availability in these classes:

  • Tuesday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 4.00 – 4.45pm – Kirkbymoorside: 3 – 5 years
  • Saturday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 10.15 – 11.00am – Kirkbymoorside: 3 – 5 years
  • Saturday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 11.35 – 12.20pm – Pickering: 3 – 5 years

Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance
07801 885044

07801 885044
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Discover an amazing underwater world.

Parent & Toddler Ticket – £16

  • Best value off peak ticket
  • Adult entry + toddler (aged 5 and under)
  • Dive right in to the mesmerising wonders of the ocean with your little fish, whilst the bigger fish are at school
  • Only available Monday to Friday during school term-time

There is so much to see at SEA LIFE Scarborough! Dive in and you’ll discover:

  • Penguin Island – Head outside and meet the cheeky colony of Humboldt penguins that reside on Penguin Island and get closer than ever before as you make your way through their walk-through home
  • More than 2500 creatures – Dive into an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey to the ocean depths as you discover amazing creatures at this unique indoor and outdoor attraction
  • Tropical Ocean Tunnel – Take a stroll through the incredible 200,000l Ocean Tunnel and be mesmerised by the incredible beauty that lives within. You might even come face-to-fin with Blacktip Reef Sharks
  • Rainforest Adventure – Immerse yourself in a world of creepy crawlies, lurking lizards and curious critters. Come just centimetres away from Green Tree Pythons and be mesmerised at the incredible colours of Poison Arrow Dart Frogs

Annual passes available for £40.

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP

01723 373414
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At UMAC we provide a safe structured environment for your child to learn and develop.






3/6yr Little Dragons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am

7/12yr Ninja Kids
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5.15pm
Saturday 10.15am

56 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT

07956 612667
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Water Babies is the world’s leading Baby and Toddler swim school, swimming over 50,000 babies per week.

We’ll teach you to teach your little one to swim, from lesson one we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. Throughout our programme we use lots of song, games, toys and sensory activities suitable to each child’s stage of development, ensuring both you and your little one are having lots of fun whilst having precious time together and developing new skills.  Swimming offers precious one to one time for you and your little one, whilst also offering the opportunity to meet lots of other parents and children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

By the end of our programme your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around water.

We work closely with Swim England, the governing body and we’ve woven their learn to swim framework through our programme. So you’ll be simply amazed at the progress your little one makes. And not only will they be able to swim independently and have learnt a skill for life – they will have grown in confidence too.

Mondays: 10.00 – 12.00 Delta@The Marriott, Tadcaster Road, YO24 1QQ

Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 Delta@ Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 14:00 – 16:00 Principal Hotel, Station Road, York Y024 1AA
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 12:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tuesdays: 9:00 – 12:00 Birdforth Hall, Easingwold YO61 4NW
Tuesdays: 13:00 – 14:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Tuesday: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND

Fridays: 09:30 – 12:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 Delta@ Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ
Fridays: 15:00 – 17:00 Principal Hotel, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA

Saturdays: 09:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton, YO17 7ND
Saturdays: 8:30am – 12:30 Energise, Cornland Road, Acomb, YO24 3DX

Sunday: 9:00 – 13:00 Energise, Cornlands Road, Acomb. YO24 3DX

01423 457000
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Welcome to Wild at Heart Hideaway! A community hub on the outskirts of Driffield supporting and enhancing early years development. Anybody can utilise our Hideaway through a huge selection of classes, courses, and daily sessions.

Our sessions included Come and GLOW for both under 12months or mixed ages, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Playdough Dreams and Themed Play Sessions.

We offer a home from home environment where parents and little ones can come, play, glow, connect and relax. We have two rooms to move freely between. The first being our tranquil Nest; a cosy, comfortable environment with lots of resources for little ones to enjoy. The Nest is also where we hold our Baby Yoga, Baby Massage and Playdough Dreams sessions. The second room is The Nook A.K.A the GLOW room. With lots of new, specialist equipment for 2024 this room really is something special and is guaranteed to stimulate the senses.

All of these sessions can be booked through our website and up to date news and photographs can be found on our social media pages @WAHhideaway.

Hope to see you there. Ready, set, GLOW…!

Wild at Heart Day Nursery, Four Winds Court, Market Weighton Road, Driffield, YO25 9LH

01377 258698
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Every Monday and Tuesday morning (in term time) 9.30am-10.45am Kilburn Woods, Thirsk

Our toddler group is ideally suited to those tots who are walking, to pre-school children and home school children plus their parents/guardians who want to get outdoors, play in a natural environment and natter….come rain or shine!

What to expect

Our toddler group sessions follow a Forest School ethos which involves child led learning in a woodland environment. We provide all of the resources for children to explore this environment at their own pace including, for example:

  • muddy play
  • art, craft, mark making and creating
  • imaginative play
  • quiet time (including story books)
  • exploring the local flora and fauna
  • balancing, climbing and swinging

We also offer one structured activity each week. This may be cooking on the fire, a treasure hunt, a craft activity, storytelling – it varies according to the age of the children and their interests.

Tea/coffee provided for parents plus a drink and snack for children.

£9 per session, bookable in a block of 6/7 depending on length of half term.

Contact Sophie via the details below

07815 775934
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Baby Swimmers & Swimmers Academy

Tuesdays – New Earswick & Roko
Wednesday – Roko & Pocklington School (West Green, Pocklington YO42 2NJ) – after school for 4 years plus
Thursdays – New Earswick & Stamford Bridge (Stamford Bridge Junior School, 5 Church Road, Stamford Bridge YO41 1BP) – after school for 4 years plus
Fridays – Roko
Saturdays – Pocklington, Stamford Bridge & Robert Wilkinson, Strensall – all ages at each venue

0808 1 33 44 55 (Landline Free phone) 0333 8008 345 (Mobile Friendly)


Beck Isle Museum

Opening Times 2024

25 March – 2 November
Monday- Thursday and Saturday 10am-4pm (site closes at 5pm)

Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653

Creativity Club


Preschool 18 months – 4 years


is a fun-filled hour long creative class

Alternate Monday’s at Kirkham Henry’s.

Book your place here with Tracey 07834 973967

Easingwold Martial Arts

4.30-5pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5-5.30pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
5.30-6pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)
6-7pm Junior Judo (8-13 year olds)

4.30-5pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5-5.30pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
5.30-6pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)

5-5.30pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5.30-6pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
6-6.30pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)

Our classes are held at our full time training centre in Easingwold
Unit 20, Shires Bridge Business Park
York Road
YO61 3EQ
01347 811351

East Thirsk Parent, Baby and Toddler Group

Held throughout the week at the Community Hall in Thirsk. YO7 1DN.

Our doors will open at 9.15am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1.15pm on Tuesdays. Term time only.

FREE tea/coffee for the adults and a FREE fruit snack for the little ones (usually banana, apple, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) when in season.

£2 per family group per session

Kirby Misperton Toddler Group

Kirby Misperton Baby and toddler group welcomes you back

Mondays 10-11.30am – CLOSED 20th June 2022 for one week

Covid compliant. Refreshment break, drinks for parents/ carers

Singing time and a weekly craft or activity

Closed Monday 27 September for volunteers’ holiday

Village Hall, High Row, Kirby Misperton. YO17 6XN

For further info contact: Jackie Cray 07889 742973

Little Ballers Basketball

Monday 4 30pm till 5.30pm

For 2 to 6 year olds.

£3 per session.

Norton College

Contact Martin Roberts on 07760 117106

Little Bea

Pregnancy, baby & toddler hub based in Pocklington

Classes and workshops for babies and toddlers. Pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, baby yoga and massage.

69 Market Street, Pocklington,
07714 878730

Little Fishes Rillington

Monday 9am – 10.30am term time only 

£1.50 donation

Parent and baby/toddler group.

Creative Play, Stories, Coffee and Cake

Church Rooms, Rillington. YO17 8LN

07922 060119

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Malton Library Children’s Stay and Play

Monday 10.30am – 11.30am

St Michael Street, Malton YO17 7LJ

01609 534565

Nature Scamps

Monday 10am – 11.30am (term time only)

Outdoor story and play sessions for families with children from 18 months- 5 yrs led by our Forest School Leader.

Join us for outdoor exploration, play, craft, games, songs and stories. All sessions will include something to take home and a campfire snack.

Please come prepared for being outside. We recommend legs and arms covered, sturdy footwear and waterproofs.

Scampston Conservatory, Scampston Estate, Y017 8NG

01944 759111

Nawton Baby & Toddler Group

Monday 9.30am – 12pm at Nawton Village Hall

£3 per session includes tea / coffee and biscuits

Soft drinks and cake for a small donation.

Phonics with Robot Reg

Fun, high energy classes which open a world of Literacy to children and teach early phonics skills.

Classes are available for children aged 3 months – 4 years. A Phonics with Robot Reg Class is fun, varied and educational, and the best part is that children don’t even realise that they are learning.

Monday – Crazy Kingdom, 2 Standard Way, Northallerton

Tuesday – Coronation Hall Boroughbridge

Wednesday – Easingwold Scout Hut

Thursday – Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall

Contact Alice on 07752 422753

Pickering Library for under 5s

Monday 10.30am – Baby Bounce and Rhyme Session
Energetic, fun and engaging half hour musical session suitable from birth onwards.

Tuesday 1.30pm – Pickering Breastfeeding Group for new and expectant parents.

Under 5’s Storytime Every Friday 10.30am – 11am

Saturday 10.30am – Lego Club

Please book your FREE place by calling us on 01609 533624

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering

Ryedale Mess Makers

Monday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Pickering Memorial Hall

Tuesday 9.30am – 10.30am

Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall

Tuesday 1pm – 2pm

Norton Trinity Methodist Church

Thursday 10am – 11am

Old Malton Memorial Hall

Exciting weekly messy play sessions for children aged 0-5. £5.50 per session. Must be pre-booked on 07904 300074

Silly Sausages Soft Play Sessions

Sing and Sign

Learn baby signing the fun way with Sing and Sign, the UK’s original and largest baby signing programme.  Songs, signs and rhymes with help from a very special cat called Jessie!  Classes in York and Wilberfoss( just off the A1079). Autumn 2022 term starts September 19th and is open to book!

Contact: Anna Gibbeson – 07811 651720

Swimming with Linzi

Baby & Toddler Swimming Classes

It’s time to get back in the water with your babe!! Lessons are now running on Mondays, Thursday and Friday mornings. Yipeee Come & have a splash with Swimming with Linzi at Carr Junior School, York  from 2 month – preschool

Contact Linzi on: 07583 936246

The Cook’s Place – Mums on Mondays

Monday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Our Mums on Monday – parent and toddler cooking class is new for 2022. It’s a great way to get your little one started in the kitchen, they are also great fun for mums too, giving you the chance not only to have some quality, bonding time with your children, it’s also a chance to meet other toddlers mums. Plenty of room for buggy’s.

£20 – per child place – Mum comes for free!

7th March, 4th April, 9th May, 6th June, 4th July

The Cook’s Place, 15 Market Street, Malton
07789 908033

Tiny Stompers Baby Massage and Music Movement Classes

Baby Massage (Monday to Friday) courses are offered in the comfort of your own home or within a class environment in beautiful hired venues. This wonderful mobile baby massage service covers Thirsk, Easingwold, York and surrounding villages.

Music and Movement classes for under 5s. Activities are aimed at 12 months+ but younger stompers are always welcome.

Timetables can be found on Tiny Stompers FB or Instagram page.

Contact Becky for more details 07739 960910

York Swimming Academy

York Swimming Academy is one of York’s leading swimming lesson providers and is dedicated to delivering high quality swimming lessons for great value.

Stamford Bridge Swimming Pool:
Monday 10:00-11:30 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Sunday 09:00 – 12:00

07801 824 082