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.
Family owned swim school.
Structured fun swimming lessons, using toys, floats and games to teach water safety and self-rescue skills.
Stimulating lessons to develop co-ordination, strength and stamina.
Sensitive to parent and child’s individual needs.
All children will be working towards awards throughout their time with us.
Baby and Preschool Swimming on Tuesday 10-11am, Friday 3pm – 4pm and Saturday morning 8.30-11.30am.
At Stamford Bridge Junior School, 5 Church Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1BP
5 Star Rated Baby Massage Course
At St Mary’s Priory Community Centre, Old Malton
Also, Spearehead Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Strensall on Tuesday afternoons (1pm – 2pm)
Starting on Tuesday 9th January 2024 and Tuesday 20th February 2024
Are you looking:
✨ For a calm and laid back mum and baby class in a tranquil environment?
✨ To learn how to settle and soothe your baby?
✨ For a class where it doesn’t matter if your baby cries, needs feeding or changing?
✨ For the chance to meet and chat to other mums in a relaxed setting?
Then my uniquely special baby massage course is for you!
Join me for 6 weeks of beautiful, calm bonding time for you and your baby.
Each week focuses on a particular area of your baby’s body, building up to a full massage.
You will learn techniques to help relieve constipation, trapped wind, teething pains and the symptoms of colic and congestion.
Plus an accompanying video library means you won’t miss a thing!
After massage, the babies (who aren’t asleep!) have the opportunity to explore developmentally appropriate toys, giving you time to enjoy a cuppa and biscuits while chatting to the other mums.
Suitable for babies from 6 weeks* until crawling.
*If you want to join and your baby is younger than 6 weeks at the start of the course or if you have any questions, please contact me: email@example.com
To learn more and book your place, visit: www.jessevansyoga.com/massage
Our Mini Classes are back!
Places are strictly limited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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?
For more details about swimming lessons in Ryedale, please contact one of your local centres below:
Telephone: 01653 693 407
Infant Massage and Baby Yoga
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.
Our next course starts on Tuesday 20th February at 10:30am and runs for 4 weeks at Captain Barneys in Malton.
Due to high demand and classes being tailored specifically for you and your babies this course must be booked in advance online at www.bookwhen.com/littleowlmassageandyoga
These courses cost £30 each and consist of 4 sessions (1 session a week).
All courses are taught by a fully qualified, certified and insured instructor in Infant Massage and Baby Yoga.
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
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:
Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance
Discover an amazing underwater world.
Parent & Toddler Ticket – £16
There is so much to see at SEA LIFE Scarborough! Dive in and you’ll discover:
Annual passes available for £40.
Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP
FREE TRAILS AVAILABLE
💥EMPOWER YOUR CHILD💥
At UMAC we provide a safe structured environment for your child to learn and develop.
✅LEARN TO RESPECT OTHERS
✅HAVE FUN and MAKE FRIENDS
3/6yr Little Dragons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4.30pm
7/12yr Ninja Kids
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5.15pm
56 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT
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
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
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:
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
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)
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
Sessions starting in January 2024 in Northallerton and Thirsk
Baby Massage, Baby reflexology & Baby Yoga.
Are you a new parent looking for the best start for your baby, then come and discover the magic of Basking Babies and become part of our wonderful community.
Join us for our 10 Week baby massage & reflexology course (hot drinks and refreshments included), or our 10 week baby yoga course.
1:1 sessions and Dads sessions available.
Tuesdays – Thirsk (Sowerby)
Wednesdays – Ripon
Thursdays – Northallerton
Contact Holly on – 07983495004
Opening Times 2024
25 March – 2 November
Monday- Thursday and Saturday 10am-4pm (site closes at 5pm)
Beck Isle Museum
Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am, term time only. Come and enjoy playing in a safe, warm environment with plenty of toys and books and a bit of adult conversation too! Healthy snack provided and lots of opportunities for crafts and songs and stories too.
Brompton Village Hall, Cayley Lane YO13 9DL. Contact Ruth Heron 07540 402584 or message their Facebook page.
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
Tuesday 10am – 11.30am
Tern time only. Babies and toddlers up to school age
62- 64 Castlegate, Malton YO17 7DZ
Aimed at pre-school children and it is asked that adults remain during this time.
Helmsley Library, Market Place YO62 5BL
Tuesday 10.30-11.15am – ‘WAKE UP AND WIGGLE’
Creative movement and dance
18mths – 3 years
Book your free trial place, please call 01653 693310
Kirkham Henry, Horsemarket Road, Malton. YO17 7NB
Pregnancy, baby & toddler hub based in Pocklington
Classes and workshops for babies and toddlers. Pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, baby yoga and massage.
Every Tuesday at 10.30am during term time
Stories, puppets and colouring sheets – lots of FREE fun.
St Michael Street, Malton YO17 7LJ
Our Village Clubhouse is a venue that offers support, education and activities for Ryedale Families
Nurture – Nurture Baby Sessions 10-11:30AM
Just Build it Club- Baby Builders 10-11AM
The Paint Jar Studio – Paint & Play (Under 5s) 10-11AM
Uplands House, Castle Howard Road, Malton
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
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
Tuesday 9.15am – 10.45am and 1.15pm – 2.45pm Term Time
“A lovely free play group. A really nice playgroup to meet Mummies in Norton”
St Peters Church House, Langton Road, Norton
Tuesday 10.00 – 11.00am
A new group for parents/carers of babies and pre-school children is starting in Pickering Methodist Church Hall on Potter Hill.
Suggested donation £1 per child, under 9 months free.
Please bring a snack for your child.
For more information contact Karen 01751 473004
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
Tuesday 9am – 11am (term time only)
Pop in cafe for parents and carers with pre-school children
All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley
Call Lucy on 01439 770033