Playgroups and Pre-School classes
Wharfedale & Craven 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.
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 £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.
Sneak a peek, it’s all amazing! Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents. Specifically designed from birth, to aid your child’s development, the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same class twice.
At Toddler Sense, we have a different adventure each week. This national award-winning programme has been written by early years experts to aid development in all key areas as well as being fantastic fun. Imagine climbing a snowy mountain, exploring space with aliens and throwing a tea party for Mother’s Day. There are bouncy castles, soft play, ball pools, ride-on’s, tents, tunnels and more – all followed by sensory activities to make you shout “Wow!”. Sibling discounts are available.
Summer Term (younger siblings welcome)
FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD WINNING music classes.
Your little one’s confidence, creativity and co-ordination 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, co-ordination 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.
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.
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby
Burley in Wharfedale
Queens Hall, Main St, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7DT
Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St, Otley LS21 3AN
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby
Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BT
11.30-12.00 Baby/Young Baby
Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Ave, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6NX
Musical fun for preschoolers!
Singing, percussion, movement & games.
Wednesday (Term time only) 10 – 11 am
£3 per family
For children from 0-4 years.
Baby Massage Class
@ Guiseley Children’s Centre
Wednesday 12.30 for 5 weeks £40. Must be booked.
1.00-3.00 Term Time.
£1 per family. 0-1 years (or walking).
Otley Parish Church.
A lovely group at the Parish Church. Hot Tea & Coffee with great biscuits & plenty of surrogate Granny’s to coo over the babies whilst you enjoy them & chat with the other new Mums!
From Monday 4th March 2019
Monday & Wednesday from 10 am – 12
A warm, friendly space for families with young children!
Children’s television, plenty of toys & a FREE CAKE with your first drink. If you decide to stay for lunch, we’ll knock 10% off your food bill.
The event will be upstairs in our carpeted Gin Parlour… now our part-time Baby Parlour. Suitable for children up to 3 years old.
The Potting Shed – Guiseley, Oxford Road, LS20 8AA Guiseley
9.30-11.30 Term Time & not the 1st Wednesday of the month.
£2.00 per family.
Bramhope St Giles Church.
A wonderful group based in Bramhope, very welcoming with a café area at the rear to sit & chat while watching the kids play. Snack & juice included in the price.
9.00-11.30 Term Time
Guiseley Children’s Center. Guiseley Primary School.
Wednesday 11 am
We are a messy play session which allows your children to discover new textures and experiences each week.
We aim to provide homemade natural materials, taste and textures each week with singing and crafts.
Aimed at babies & children 4months – 4years
£20.00 for 4week course. Pre-booking in advance is essential as places are limited to 12 per session. Term starts 4/9/19-25/9/19
9.30-11.15 Term Time
£1.00 per family
Otley Parish Church
A lovely group at the Parish Church, has a loads to entertain a toddler and a small baby area so you don’t need to worry about entertaining younger siblings. Hot Tea & Coffee available alongside juice and a biscuit for the kiddies. Weekly craft table and rounded off with a sing song!
9.30-11.00 Term Time
Otley Children’s Center.
Otley Library & Tourist Information Centre, Nelson St, Otley LS21 1EZ, UK
Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00
Free event for under 5’s – a fun session of sharing stories and more in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. A great opportunity to meet other parents and carers.
An interactive storytelling class where children see books come to life. Each week explore a different book through sensory activities, messy play, puppets, singing and dancing.
Suitable from 9 months – 5 years old.
Younger children welcome to attend, the stories are all suitable for under 5’s.
Wednesday 1.30 – 2.15 pm at Kids About Tarn Yeadon.
Call 07762 518906
Sign up to Scientots, 6 weeks of Crazy Colour Chemistry, every Wednesday 2-3pm Westville House School, £5 per session. Starts 3 Oct.
Open to all!
To book call 01943 608053.
Create, learn, discover, explore! Splat Messy Play classes are coming to Baildon, Guiseley and Otley from January. Suitable for 6 months to 5 years. Call Alison on 07834 179861 to find out more and book your place.
Wednesdays at Fisical Sports in Baildon
Thursdays at the Potting Shed in Guiseley
Fridays at the Parish Church Scout Hut in Otley, 9.30 -10.30 am.
Storytime for the under 5’s!
9.30-11.00 Term time
75p per adult & child
Yeadon Methodist Church. Contact Jacqui Askham 07823490135
A friendly group based at Yeadon Methodist Church. Go along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa.
Whatever age you are; creative activities are great for confidence, hand and eye co-ordination, social skills, wellbeing and positive mental health and much more. And as if that wasn’t enough, being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is great fun!
Family Fun creative classes from 1 year – 11 years
@ The Barn, Yeadon 10.30-11.30
The Story Makers – from 5th November 2018
at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Burley-in-Wharfedale.
Mondays and Wednesdays – 9.30 to 11.30 (term time only)
Story sessions with themed arts and crafts. A group for pre-school children aged 2.5 to 5 years! Book now. Call Nerys on 07812780417.
TinyToes ballet offers award winning ballet and dance classes for children from 18months to 4 years. Our syllabus is a progressive, educational and fun experience focused on learning through dance. Our classes are a fantastic introduction to dance, music and rhythm.
Ben Rhydding Scout Hut
Twinkle Toes 18m – 2.5 years 10.40-11.25am
Talent Toes 2.5-4 years 11.30-12.15pm
Call Louise on 07954951678 for more information.
Toddle up & sign are interactive baby sign classes based on songs & stories. For 6months+
Please contact Liz to book a place on 07533887649.
10.00-11.30 Term time.
£2 annual membership fee and £2 per session payable in advance each half term.
Guiseley Methodist Church.
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A friendly group to make new friends and have fun together! With lots of toys, craft activities, snacks and songs. Come and play!
Classes starting every 5 weeks at Menston Children’s Centre on a Wednesday 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Suitable for babies 8 weeks – 6 months (pre-crawlers).
£40 for 5 classes – mats, towels, oils and refreshments provided.
Infant massage promotes bonding, helps us to understand our baby, can help to relieve conditions such as colic and teething pain.
For more info or to book contact Holly:
Tel: 07841 835462