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.


In line with Government guidance on COVID-19 and the recommendation to avoid gatherings and crowded places, many of our local family days out are looking at closing to the public. For any of the listings on here please check with the venue if it is open or closed before attending.

I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with venues first, thanks for your understanding at this crazy time, Team Mumbler.

Based in York, Agility is one of the most exciting and unique centres for fitness in the UK. We offer fun and fitness for all the family. Come and challenge yourself on our state of the art obstacle course. Our wonderful café The Shack is open all day.

We have a variety of sessions for all ages, toddlers, 5-16 years, family sessions, teen socials (12-17 years) and our brand new adult only sessions.

We run a range of different classes. We have Parkour with our incredible instructor Sam, Ninja Gym for 5-10 years and our brand new Warrior #OCR designed for 11-17 years.

Agility Tots: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am. Tuesday and Thursday 12pm
Agility PE: Monday & Wednesday 10am. Tuesday and Thursday 12pm
Agility Mini: 7 days a week
Agility Dance: Friday 10am

Our ninja warrior parties are ideal for children aged between 5 and 16 years with access to both of our courses Ninja & Warrior.

The party starts with an hour of fun on the course. Each party booking will have a dedicated coach to look after them. The kids will all get a homemade stone baked Pizza each, a waffle dessert, and unlimited refreshments. Grip socks included.

We now host toddler parties too! These are currently weekdays at 10am or 12pm.

Bespoke packages available for corporate events and team building days, email us 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
Spring Term 10th June – 29th July: 0945 6-13 months, 1100 0-6 months

Friday: Romanby WI Hall, The Close, Northallerton, DL7 8BQ
Spring Term 11th June – 30th July: 0945 6-13 months, 1100 0-6 months, 1215 0-13 months.

With Gemma and Judith
Phone: 07793 763419

Thursday 9.45am – 10.45am starting Thursday 27th May 2021

Let`s talk with your baby is an interactive, social course exploring activities for your baby to support development of speech, language and communication from an early age.

It is for parents/carers and babies of 3-12 months. These sessions run for 8 weeks and have a different theme each week.

Elklan is an accredited speech and language training programme and each week’s activities are developed within the Early year’s foundation stage and Every child a talker, meeting each outcome for a babies learning and development. The activities and resources used are designed to be able to be used at home.

These sessions will be held at Captain Barneys, Malton on a Thursday morning from 9.45am and will last approximately 1 hour. The cost of these 8 sessions cost only £40 and payable prior to starting to secure your place. Class sizes are no more than 8.

Each participant will receive a certificate upon completion and aims to be a social and relaxing class.

The first session will start on 27th May and run for 8 weeks. If there are more than 8 places booked, then a second session will be run on a Thursday morning.

Toddler Talk 

Thursday 11.30am until 12.15pm

Thursday the 10th of June until 1st of July

Activities to promote speech, language and communication for 1-2 year olds.

£20 for all 4 sessions. Book to secure your place.

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

To Book please email


Family Music Making Sessions

Thursday 4.30pm – 5.30pm – TERM TIME ONLY

Pickering Memorial Hall


01653 628 725
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HOPING TO START Monday 12th April 2021

Fun Music sessions last around 50/60 minutes during which time there will be nursery rhymes, new and traditional songs, dancing and movement to music, often with props and scarves, and there’s always a chance to play on different percussion instruments.

As a special treat, Kathy always plays her flute, piccolo or saxophone in the sessions, either for jamming along to or for listening time. The children love hearing and seeing these wind instruments, and so the Fun Music sessions just fly by!

Whilst the emphasis of Fun Music is of course, fun, we hope the children will be learning and developing in all sorts of ways, along with your support!

Singing, rhythmic and listening skills
Creativity and imagination
Growing in confidence
Awareness of others
Learning to take turns
Following simple instructions
Introducing new concepts like –
Loud and soft
Slow and fast
Start and stop

‘Family Fun Music’ classes for all ages birth to 5 so siblings can attend together.

‘Baby Fun Music’ classes aimed at babies under 14 months.

Desapline Martial Arts hall on Barry’s Lane, Scarborough

Mondays 11am Family Fun Music
Mondays 1pm Baby Fun Music
Thursdays 11am Baby Fun Music
Thursdays 1pm Family Fun Music

The family price per class is now £7 to include all siblings, but only one adult due to COVID restrictions.


Pay as you go
Facebook or Call 01723 354891

Next block starts 10th June 2021

Infant Massage and Baby Yoga in Kirkbymoorside!

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 is suitable up until 6 months old and Baby Yoga is suitable up until 1 year old.

Both classes are held on a Thursday morning at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall.

Thursday – Infant Massage will be at 10am and Baby Yoga at 11.30 

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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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

Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.

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

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
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: 9:00 – 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
Sundays: 10:00 – 14:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ

Contact 01423 457000 or for more information.


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 15th April 2021

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

10:00 – 10:45 7 to 13 months
11:30 – 12:15 Birth to 6 months
1:00 – 1:45 Birth to 13 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)


Captain Barneys

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.
WEDNESDAY – Harminis with Kate. £6 per class, must be booked in advance.
THURSDAY – Baby Morning 9am to 12pm. FREE ENTRY for all under 1’s.
FRIDAY – Messy Play 9:30am – 12:30pm (drop in). £3 per child including free tea or coffee for accompanying adults

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

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

01653 228128

Costello’s Tea and Tots

Mondays 2pm – 3:30pm and Thursdays 10:30am – 12pm from Monday 19th July

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

Dalby Diddys

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning. 

Forest School sessions for parents/ carers with their pre-school child/ren.

Term time only. No need for a Dalby Pass as we will give you a code

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Dalby Forest Drive, YO18 7LT

Book via the Dalby Diddys Facebook page, Hidden Horizons Facebook page or 01723 817017

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 Tuesday 7th September 2021

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

Inspired By Steiner Parent and Child Group Pickering

Inspired By Steiner Parent and Child Group Pickering

A small group based on Steiner/Waldorf/Pikler/RIE principles

Thursdays held at Pickering Quaker Meeting House, 11am – 2pm.

Nurture the Parent/Child Bond, Celebrate the Seasons, Respect the Earth.

Contact Charlotte 07379177876 for further details and to book.

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 Stars Parent & Toddler Group

Restarting 21st April 2021 

9.15am to 10.30am and 1045am – 12pm 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

Love and Learn with Leah

Online pre-recorded tummy time workshops from birth to 5/6 months on the Love and Learn with Leah website for anyone to access now.

On Facebook too!

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.

Sing and Sign

‘Learn baby signing the fun way with Sing and Sign, the UK’s original and largest baby signing programme. Join us either online via Zoom or in one of our live classes in York / Wilberfoss (just off the A1079). Songs, signs and rhymes with help from a very special cat called Jessie!’

Contact: Anna Gibbeson – 07811 651720

Sinnington Playgroup

On hold due to COVID19

9.30am-11am Thursday
Sinnington Village Hall

Super Baby Splashers

On hold due to COVID-19

Tuesday 10am – 11am
Wednesday 10am – 11am
Thursday 10am – 11am
Friday 9.30am – 11am
held at the Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough YO11 3NU
for babies 8 Weeks old up to toddlers 4 years old.

10 week courses.
Call Claire on 07837472428

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