Playgroups and classes

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

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.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £15 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.


After dancing online throughout lockdown, we are so excited to be back in our physical classes and dancing with our little stars again in person.  Our preschool dance and ballet syllabus offers four stages of ballet dance classes, for young children aged 6 months to 6 years, plus a tap dancing class for children over 3 years.

 

Tots (6-18mth), Tinies (18mth-3yr), Movers (3-4yr), Groovers (4-6yr)

Mondays – Killinghall

9.45am Tinies

10.30am Movers

11.15am Tots

 

Tuesdays – Knaresborough

11.00am Movers

11.45am Tinies

12.30pm Tots

 

Wednesdays – Harrogate

9.45am Movers

10.30am Tinies

11.15am Tots

 

Fridays – Killinghall

9.45am Tinies

10.30am Movers

 

Saturdays – Beckwithshaw & Knaresborough

9.30am Tinies

10.15am Movers

11.15am Groovers

 

You can start classes with babyballet at any time and we offer a three-week introductory trial for £15.00 to trial our magical classes before committing to a term. 

Please rest assured all of our classes have Covid secure measures in place and we are practising social ‘dis-DANCING’ at all of our venues.

 

Visit (https://babyballet.co.uk/babyballet-school/harrogate-knaresborough-ripon/) for more details and to book a trial. You can also email Miss Kim at harrogateknaresboroughripon@babyballet.co.uk or call/text 07873 443595

 


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Børn of the Forest is a classroom without walls where children learn from nature, within nature. Our sessions, based on the principles of the Forest School approach, allow children to learn about nature, the environment, their world and themselves through natural, open ended play, creation, exploration, and discovery.

TERM TIME

Preschool Play. Walkers-age 5 – Term time, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10-11.30

Preschool play sessions for you to stay and play with your little explorers. The sessions are child led, natural and open ended with time and space for your little ones to follow their own interests and motivations. There will be lots of time to explore our different areas, thoughtfully designed by our Early Year’s specialist teacher to engage the senses and with child development at the heart. We have mud kitchens, swings, slack lines, den making and much more. There’ll be new enhancements each week often based on stories or the seasons so as well as returning to favourite areas, there’ll be something new to try each visit.

We recommend coming once your little one can confidently walk. Sessions can be booked as one off or using a flexible class pass. Pre-walking siblings are welcome free of charge.

Preschool Forest School age 2.5 – 5 – Term time, Tuesdays 10-12 Sessions are based upon the Forest School ethos. We’ll be following your child’s lead and building upon skills and experiences, which will likely include campfire cooking, with your child involved in the process; learning to use real tools to create crafts and as part of woodland management/ fire building preparation; crafting, playing with and exploring natural materials to help us to learn about and connect with nature. Plus of course plenty of time for child led play!

We recommend coming once your pre-schooler is about 2.5 years old to get the most from the sessions, but younger siblings are of course welcome too with pre-walking siblings welcome to join us free of charge.

After School Club age 5-11 -Term time, Mondays 3.30-5.30

As with the holiday clubs, there is much time spent playing freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.

After School Clubs are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.

Therapeutic Forest for SEND age 4-11- Term time, Thursdays 12.45-2.45 We are passionate about using the Forest School approach to support young people who need some additional support to socialise, improve communication, connect with nature and develop skills. As Therapeutic Forest Leaders we aim to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs at Forest School. This may include supporting children with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma, those requiring inclusive communication strategies, those with sensory processing needs and children and young people with learning disabilities, autism and behavioural needs.

Home Ed Group age 5-11- Term time, Tuesdays 12.30-2.30 Forest School sessions for home-educated children with parents / carers staying to join them with their play and explorations. Learner centred sessions with much time spent playing and exploring freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.

Sessions are facilitated by Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders, some are also experienced teachers with QTS.

Home Ed sessions are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Birthday Parties age 2+ – Year round

If a birthday party that is a little bit different from the norm, set in beautiful, vast woodland surroundings, led (& tidied up!) by experienced, creative professionals is what you’re after for your child’s next birthday celebration, we might just be the thing!

We offer 2 different packages- either Forest School inspired or based upon a variety of different themes. There’s something for everyone! Please see our website for more information.


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hartbeepsHartbeeps is a music and movement class for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. A magical,musical soundtrack comes to life through puppetry, props and fun allowing your child to be at the centre of their own adventure and creates a sound journey down the rabbit hole into a childhood world of imagination.

We offer 3 types of classes for you and your little one to enjoy:

Happy House: Family class for toddlers, suitable for their younger and older siblings.

Baby Beeps: sitting to walking confidently babies
Baby Bells: Newborn to sitting confidently babies

Calcutt Village Hall

Knaresborough

HG5 8JA

Mondays

9:15am Happy House (toddlers to preschoolers)

10:10am Happy House (toddlers to preschoolers)

11:00am Baby Beeps (sitting to walking)

Pannal village hall
Station Rd, Pannal, Harrogate HG3 1JG
Mondays
1:30 Baby Beeps (sitting to walking)
2:30 Baby Bells (newborn to sitting)

St James’ Church

Church Street

Wetherby

LS22 6LP

Tuesdays

9:30am Happy House (toddlers to preschoolers)

10:30am Baby Beeps (sitting to walking)

11:30am Baby Bells (Newborn to sitting)

 

Harrogate Gymnastics 

Wednesdays

Unit 7, The Zone

Hornbeam Park

Harrogate

HG2 8QT

9:30am Happy House (toddlers to preschoolers)

10:30am Baby Beeps (sitting to walking)

11:30am Baby Bells (Newborn to sitting)

 

Classes must be booked in advanced per termly booking at www.bookeo.com/hartbeepsharrogate

 

Weekend classes  are held once a month at Pannal village hall (Pannal village hall, Station Rd, Pannal, Harrogate HG3 1JG)  please email emily.s@hartbeeps.com for more information.


We also do parties for 1-4 year olds 🙂 We will make your little’s birthday magical!

Tel:07789192342

Email: Emily.s@hartbeeps.com

Website: www.hartbeeps.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HartbeepsHarrogateKnaresboroughWetherby

Please ‘like’ our page for updates about our sessions.

We would love to see you at Hartbeeps soon.


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Learn to Swim

Jump into swimming lessons with our Learn to Swim programme. Children can learn to swim at the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness centre in Ripon, Nidderdale pool, Starbeck Baths and Knaresborough pool. Lessons are taught by our friendly and fully-qualified instructors and we follow the Swim England learn-to-swim framework. They run seven days a week, all year round (including school holidays, but not over Christmas and New Year).

We help your child improve their skills in the water and use different colour bands (red to gold) to represent increasing ability levels. These combine stroke technique, water safety and stamina.

We also run one of the most successful disability swimming programmes in the UK. Swimming lessons for children with special educational needs, disabilities or who find mainstream provision too challenging run at the Hydro every Sunday. They can progress through our star scheme into our hot shot swim squad, and in partnership with Harrogate District Swimming Club are able to take part in a range of competitive opportunities.

For more information please visit www.brimhamsactive.co.uk/swimminglessons or email swimminglessons@brimhamsactive.co.uk

Moo Music is a fun and interactive musical group for 0-5yr olds!We use our incredibly catchy original music to help us explore the world around us. Through singing, dancing, signing and sensory play – we are continuously learning without even realising!Each week brings a new themed playlist to life! From a daring trip with dinosaurs, a dive under the sea, acrobatics with the exciting circus or a pirate adventure – we explore it all!Our classes are based around Harrogate, Ripon & Boroughbridge and are suitable for all ages:🎶 Mini Moo – suitable for confident walkers🎶 Baby Moo – suitable from 3 months to walking🎶 Moo Born – suitable from birth to 6 months🎶 Mixed Moo – suitable for all ages (perfect for siblings) Please check out our timetable for a suitable class near you:Monday’sSt Wilfrid’s Community Hall, RiponMini Moo – 9.30amBaby Moo – 10.20amMoo Born – 11.10amTuesday’sSt Wilfrid’s Community Hall, RiponMini Moo – 10.30amBaby Moo – 11.20amTuesdaysBoroughbridge Methodist Church HallBaby Moo – 1.15pmMini Moo – 2pmWednesday’sGrewelthorpe Village Hall, RiponMixed Moo – 9.30amThursday’sPannal Village Hall, HarrogateMini Moo – 10.15amBaby Moo – 11amTo book or find out more please follow the links:https://moo-music.co.uk/booking/booking.php?franchiseid=264https://moo-music.co.uk/areas/rtb
 


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Musicality Kids is a fun, flexible and interactive music class run by a local musician and mum, which introduces little ones to all aspects of music.

Suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, each themed session uses a variety of props, instruments, lights and sensory toys to explore the four things that make music interesting; different beats, high & low, loud & soft and fast & slow.

Children also get to meet some orchestral instruments along the way.

Classes also explore different types of music (from Beethoven to the Beatles) and music from around the world. Although classes do incorporate some of the well-known children’s favourites, Musicality Kids uses a variety of material which makes each session different and engaging.

Musicality Kids runs a super flexible system, recognising the challenges of family life. Parents and carers can sign up for a 6 week flexipass that can be used any weeks over any term meaning you don’t lose your sessions if you can’t attend. Numbers are also capped meaning there’s no need to book each week. Siblings also get an incredible discount as Musicality Kids loves to see families bonding over music.

It’s just £39 for a 6 week flexipass.
Siblings are and £14 each.

The first session is always free to ensure the classes are right for you and your child before you commit.

Now in its fourth year, Musicality Kids has seen children go on to school and continue with music in a confident way, often picking an instrument with a great understanding of rhythm and pitch.

You can read an official Mumbler review of Musicality Kids here.

Mondays at Oatlands Community Centre, Mount Street.

9.30 – Mixed age session.

10.30 – Mixed age session.

Tuesdays at St Mark’s Church Hall, Leeds Road

9.45 – Mixed age session (but mostly Toddlers to Pre-Schoolers)
10.45 – Mixed age session (but mostly Babies and younger toddlers)

To book a free trial or find out more, email musicalitykids@yahoo.com or visit www.musicalitykids.co.uk

“We joined Musicality Kids when my little boy was around 4/5 months and I’m so glad that we did! He loves all the music especially the classical music part. He recognises all the songs now, it’s a joy to see!” Ana, Harrogate

“Just perfect. That’s all I can say about this beautiful class.” Fiona, Harrogate.

“My little girl attended Musicality Kids from when she was 2. She’s now at school and just started piano lessons. She just loves music and really understands how it all works.” Liz, Harrogate.


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FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD WINNING music classes.rhythm time logo

Your little one’s confidence, creativity and coordination will flourish with our fun, quality music sessions.

“The best music class in town” as quoted by our mums! Our classes will help to nurture and enhance EVERY child’s development and innate musical ability.

At a critical time in your child’s formative years, Rhythm Time offers a wide variety of activities. These activities help brain development, balance, concentration, listening skills and language which in turn help with reading, writing, maths, coordination and socialising.

Rhythm Time also helps stimulate your child’s imagination and also develops specific musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch and listening. It’s the perfect foundation for school and future music making!

Rhythm Time’s baby classes and Young Baby Courses will help the development of your baby from birth. Our Young Baby Courses have been created specifically for very young babies from birth to 6 months. These focus on developmental and multi-sensory activities specifically designed for very young babies and their early development.

Covid measure in place: Well ventilated venues, Face masks optional, hand sanitising stations, cleaning protocols in place, infection control training

Plus you get FREE access to our Facebook Members’ Hub to support your face-to-face classes with more weekly online classes from home!

We are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association which means that you can be confident that our classes are some of the best available for parents and carers.

Elim Pentecostal Church, Harrogate

Mondays:

10.45 – 11.15 Toddler

11.30 – 12.00 Baby

 

Tuesdays:

9.45 – 10.15 Pre-school

10.30 – 11.00 Toddler

11.15 – 11.45 Baby

12.05 – 12.45 Baby

 

St James’ Church, Wetherby

Wednesdays:

10.00 – 10.30 Pre-school

10.45 – 11.15 Toddler

11.30 – 12.00 Baby

 

Chain Lane Community Hub, Knaresborough

Fridays:

9.30 – 10.00 Pre-school

10.15 – 10.45 Toddler

11.00 – 11.30 Baby

11.50 – 12.20 Young Baby

 


07577 531359
laura.j@rhythmtime.org
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Stay and Play is a fun parent and toddler group for preschool children hosted at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre and Knaresborough Community Centre.

There’s lots of exciting things going on to entertain your little one including toys, bikes, bouncy castle and games.

Everyone is welcome. It costs just £2.50 per child and £1 for each additional child (includes snack and drink).

Stay and Play at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre
Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am (term time only)
Tel 01423 521667
Email jennyfieldscommunitycentre@harrogate.gov.uk
Find us at Grantley Drive (next to the Co-op), Harrogate HG3 2XU

 

CLASSES, PARTIES AND CAMPS

For every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years – The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes, camps and parties filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. Your little ones will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self confidence while having Serious Fun.

Tel: 01423 701560 or email: harrogate@thelittlegym.co.uk

1 Cardale Park, Harrogate HG3 1RY

Class Schedule 12th April – 18th July 2021

Link to PDF brochure

 


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Ballet at Chatsworth Dance

 

Chatsworth Dance believe our combination of expertise and enthusiasm provides top quality tuition and facilities.

We hold over 70 classes a week in 2 dedicated studios as well as additional classes at Harrogate Gymnastics at Hornbeam park with 8 qualified teachers teaching over 500 students (Girls, boys & ladies)
Classes start from 18 months upwards (no upper limit!) there is something for everyone including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre

 

 

Chris Jones Martial Arts Knaresborough

CJMAA are a full-time Martial Arts Academy based in Knaresborough. With classes running 6 days a week for both children & adults, Chris and his team of instructors have been teaching in the area, full-time, for nearly 15 years. In 2013, CJMAA were themselves winner of a Mumbler award in recognition of their popular children’s classes.

 

Harrogate Gymnastics Pre-School Sessions

Our structured pre-school sessions are fun and energetic sessions designed to help little ones find their confidence in a class setting whilst exploring the equipment.

For those who want to explore and play on their own terms, we have our drop in sessions which run several times during the week – these sessions are also great as there is no booking required just turn up on the day!

The drop in sessions are £6 per child, and more information can be found on our website:  01423  874793

Harrogate Monday Monkeys Playgroup

We are a friendly Playgroup at Christchurch Harrogate every Monday in term time 9:30 -11am

I want to Ride My Bike with Dave Burns

Magic Hours are available every weekend. If your little one is itching to get onto 2 wheels be it balancing and or pedaling, now’s your chance! If they are already riding and need to brush up on their skills/got a new bike, then an hours 1:1 tuition is perfect too

More info on website.

Kidslingo Spanish!

Kidslingo Spanish! Fun Children’s Spanish Classes in Harrogate, Ripon & Wetherby

Our interactive, multi-sensory classes are action packed with songs, games, stories and activities to engage children in a foreign language in a natural and intuitive manner, so that they learn through play and social interaction.

Contact Ellen for more information 07402337347

 

Kravmaga Self Defence

Give your child a massive advantage in life…

Our Safety and Self Defence Programme for Children consists of:

Improving physical fitness and coordination, concentration, discipline and respect.
Develops confidence and determination.
Develops communication, listening and social skills.
Awareness of danger and gentle solutions to bullying and rough play (supporting schools anti-bullying policies)

Harrogate Squash and Fitness Centre, Hookstone Wood Rd, Harrogate HG2 8PN

Pannal Puddleducks Playgroup

Re-opening from Monday 13th September 2021

10-11.30am stay & play session. £2.50 per family. Parents, carers & grandparents all welcome. Bring your own refreshments.

Raindrops Toddler Groups

Mondays, 9.30am to 11.30amBilton Area Methodist ChurchParking at the rear, off Robert’s CrescentLots of toys, books crafts, singing and snacks£1 per child over 1 year old

Talking Tots

Talking Tots classes combine fun interactive games, songs, activities and stories to build on those vital early skills needed to communicate effectively. The sessions promote speaking, listening, attention, sharing, cooperation, confidence, self-esteem and phonological awareness

call Ruth on 07984327465

The Harrogate Cookie Co: Tots Monday

Come along anytime on a Monday with a tot and you’ll recieve

  • Adults 10% off full prices items
  • FREE Babychinno for tots
  • Free quarter of a cookie for tots

We’ve also got colouring pads, books, toys, high chairs and a stocked up baby changer in our toilet.

Water Babies

Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. suitable for little ones from birth up to school age.  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.

 

Contact 01904 607110

 

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