Playgroups and classes

Ryedale 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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Baby Sensory

Our multi-award winning classes will introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration. Where the two of you can relax, have fun and share in each other’s delight. For ours is magical world, full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, signing and songs. The sessions are designed specifically from birth so we’d encourage you to join as soon as you feel able. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun.

Thursday: Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945 6-13 months, 1100 0-6 months

Friday: Romanby WI Hall, The Close, Northallerton, DL7 8BQ
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-6 months,

With Gemma and Judith
Phone: 07793 763419

Become a time traveller for the day!

Step back in time and enjoy exploring what life was like in the thriving market town of Pickering. Visit shops from the past, explore traditional toys and games, marvel at our magnificent printing press or try one of our tricky trails. With special events, changing exhibitions, family activities and a beck side location for picnics there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

New for 2022

Hands up who remembers the 1970s!

Bring the children or grandchildren along to this fun exhibition full of toys, music and memories from the 70s.

Opening Times
March 14 – April 7 Open Monday – Thursday
April 11- October 29 Monday-Saturday:
10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Last admission 1 hour before closing


Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653
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  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Sunday – closed for private parties & events

Weekday Deals
Breakfast Club Monday to Friday 9am to 10am – Free toast & squash for every child.
After School Club 3pm to 5:30pm – £5 per child for play entry, any meal and a drink.

MONDAY – Sensory Play 9:30am – 12:30pm (drop in). £3 per child including free tea or coffee for accompanying adults.TUESDAY  – Food Explorers with Anna.  10am – 10:45am or 11:15am to 12pm.  £6 per class, must be booked in advance. Contact Anna or DM for more information

WEDNESDAY  – Harminis with Kate.  £6 per class, must be booked in advance. Spaces available in the afternoon class at  1:30pm. Contact Kate to book.

THURSDAY – Baby Morning 9am to 12pm.  FREE ENTRY for all under 1’s.
THURSDAY afternoon –  Little Owls BABY YOGA – 2pm – 3pm for more info contact Aimee

FRIDAY  – Messy Play  9:30am – 12:30pm (drop in). £3 per child including free tea or coffee for accompanying adults

All those attending classes, can enter the soft play for £1 after their class.

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

01653 228128
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Family Music Making Sessions

Thursday 4.30pm – 5.30pm – TERM TIME ONLY

Pickering Memorial Hall


01653 628 725
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Infant Massage and Baby Yoga in Kirkbymoorside and Malton!

These courses can bring you and your baby so many benefits and can commonly help with things such as digestion, colic, wind, relaxation, sleep, anxiety, feeding and teething. The sessions are also a great time for you and your baby to bond, spend quality time together and learn new things along the way.

Infant Massage  and Baby Yoga is suitable from Newborn up until 1 year old.

Classes are held on THURSDAYs at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall and Captain Barney’s, Malton.

These courses cost £35 each and consist of 5 sessions (1 session a week). There are limited spaces for each course so do email for details on how to book. All courses are taught by a fully qualified, certified and insured instructor in Infant Massage and Baby Yoga.
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Tuesdays – Hovingham Village Hall
10am Mixed Moo

Wednesday – Kirby Misperton Village Hall
10am Mixed Moo
11am Baby Moo
12pm MooBorn

Thursdays – Kirby Misperton Village Hall
10am Mixed Moo

Contact to be added to the waiting list – if in demand more classes can be added.

Moo Music with Sarah 07528789782

We hope to see MOO very soon!


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 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Mondays: 10:00 – 13:30 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE

Tuesdays: 09:00 – 10:00 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 11:00 – 12:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Tuesdays: 10:30 – 12.00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Tuesdays: 9:00 – 15:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tuesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Birdforth Hall, Easingwold YO61 4NW
Tuesdays: 13:00 – 14:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Wednesdays: 10.00 – 13:00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE

Thursdays: 10:00 – 12.00 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Thursdays: 13:00 – 15:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ

Fridays: 09:00 – 15:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Fridays: 09:00 – 12.00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Fridays: 14:00 – 16:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ

Saturdays: 10:00 – 14:00 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Saturdays: 09:30- 13:30 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Saturdays: 09:30 – 11:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Sundays: 10:00 – 14:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ

01423 457000
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Wild at Heart Hideaway is a brand-new community hub on the outskirts of Driffield, with ample free parking and wheelchair access.

WAH Hideaway hosts a variety of sessions where you can book the The Glow Room and The Nest, Baby Massage courses, Playdough sessions,  “Dads Only” sessions, School Ready Sessions and much more. Suitable for 0 to 5 years. A chance for parents to get out the house with their little one and just go for a cuppa and a chit chat. A chance to meet new people and meet up with old, laugh, cry, joke, and question…

Guests have access all areas at once. The GLOW room and the Nest will be open and full of toys and climbing equipment. Drinks and snacks will also be readily available for all.

A perfect chance to just get out of the house, see old friends or meet new and Discover what we are all about.

We will be opening our doors at the following times:
Monday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 9am – 12pm
Thursday 1pm – 4pm
Friday 9am – 12pm
Sunday’s 9am – 12pm

Guests need to book online prior to arrival and pay £5 entry fee with a sibling discount available for those bringing more than one child.

Follow them on social media (links below) @WAHhideaway for up to date photo’s, info and bookings.

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

01377 258698
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Art Club

Join us for a fun and engaging weekly art club session, which gives young people the change to get involved with a wide range of arts and craft activities.

Our sessions run term time on a Thursday from 4-5.15pm which are for young people aged 5-18 and on a Saturday there are two sessions for different age groups. Saturday from 10-11.15am is for young people aged 5-10. Saturday from 11.30am-12.45pm is for young people aged 11-18. 

4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Tel: 01845 526536

Baby Sensory

Restarting Wednesday 12th January 2022

Our multi-award winning classes will introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration.

9:30 – 10:15 7 – 13 months
10:45 – 11:00 Birth – 6 months

9:30 – 10:15 7 – 13 months
10:45 – 11:00 Birth – 6 months

Contact Jo Magson on 07581 300149.


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)


Bambino Boo

Sensory Sessions (0 – walking): Tuesday 10am – 10.40am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
Wednesday 10am – 10.40am – Sherburn Sports Club, Sherburn YO17 5PN

Messy Play (under 3s) – Thursday 10am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS

07875 675860

Birth Bath and Beyond Meet & Greet

Thursday 10am – 12pm

Grab some baby essentials, meet other Mums and let your little ones play.

Suitable toys for up to 5 years.

FREE to attend, refreshments available and donations welcome

Hungate Centre, Pickering

Costello’s Tea and Tots

Mondays 2pm – 3:30pm and Thursdays 10:30am – 12pm 

Not an organised group but the play area at the back of Costello’s is reserved for anyone who wants to come along and meet other parents with their little ones.

All ages welcome.

There won’t be as many toys initially so feel free to bring your own.

Baby change and buggy park.

Costello’s, 17 Market Place, Malton YO17 7LP
01653 228081

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

Re-opening on Wednesday 5th January 2022

Held throughout the week at the Community Hall in Thirsk.

Our doors will open at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1pm on Tuesdays

Only 15 people are allowed to be in the hall at one time (2 of which will be Amanda and Sara). All adults will be expected to wear a mask. Unfortunately there will also be no snack for the children or song time.

There will be no teas/coffees but you are welcome to bring your own drink and take it away with you again.

£2 per family group

Helmsley Library Storytime

Thursday 11am

Aimed at pre-school children and it is asked that adults remain during this time.

Helmsley Library, Market Place YO62 5BL

01609 534555

Little Ducklings Preschool Stay and Play

Thursday 1.30pm – 3pm

Middleton and Aislaby Village Hall, Middleton, Pickering YO18 8PB

Contact Nicola and Steph on 07979 105034

Little Fishes Rillington

Thursday 1.30pm – 3pm term time only

Parent and baby/toddler group.

Creative Play, Stories, Coffee and Cake

Jacket potato and cheese/baked beans will be provided from 12pm, if people book in.

Church Rooms, Rillington. YO17 8LN

07922 060119

Little Stars Parent & Toddler Group

9.30am to 11am Wednesday & Thursday
Wrelton village hall

Fun play, a fun activity and a drink and snack. Open to all parents/carers/grandparents and their 0-5 year olds £4 per a child. (Older siblings welcome in holidays)

Run through most school holidays as well as term time

Pre-book by texting Donna Louise Firth on 07596 879108

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

Sheriff Hutton Babies & Toddlers

Thursday mornings Term Time only
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street , Sheriff Hutton

A warm welcome awaits all parents, grandparents and carers with babies, toddlers and preschool children. The room is laid out attractively with art and craft activities, small climbing toys, water play and a baby area. Staff are on hand to chat with you, make you a cup of tea and introduce you to other parents. We have snack time, where we share a plate of healthy snacks and end the session with singing circle.

We charge £3.50 per family (£2.00 if you only have a baby) to cover the cost of the hall hire, but no charge is made if you would struggle to pay this. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. We hope to see you there and get to know both you and your child.

Storytime at Kirkbymoorside Library

FREE Storytime for pre-school children every Thursday at 10.30am starting on 4th November 2021

Kirkbymoorside Library, 32 Howe End, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6AZ

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