Playgroups and classes
Scarborough & Whitby and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for 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.
Every Friday 10-12 at The Hive, Whitby. Join us at our free social group, a space relax, chat to other parents & access free support for basic issues.
The venue has cosy seating, refreshments are provided along with plenty of toys for the little ones to play with. We have medical grade infant weighing scales available to use.
Spaces must be pre-booked, contact me to book a space and for more information.
SENSES offers a small, supportive parent and toddler group for children with additional learning needs, speech and language difficulties, challenging behaviour or disabilities, and their families.
At SENSES we provide a light and spacious setting with full disabled facilities, specialist equipment and great fun!
Qualified and experienced volunteers are on hand to work with each family, as well as encourage parent to parent support relationships.
Sessions run on Fridays from 10am – 12pm during TERM TIME
The cost is £2 per family and there is no need to book.
Oasis Family Centre, Castle Road/ Oxford Street, Scarborough YO11 1XE
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.
Tuesdays: 10:30 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Friday mornings: 0 – 4 years – Braeburn Primary & Nursery Academy Eastfield Scarborough. YO11 3LG
PLUS NEW SESSIONS for 4 years plus at Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Mondays: 16:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays: 16:00 – 18:00
Thursdays: 17:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 9.15am – 10.15am
Friday 2pm – 3pm
Weekly Clinic to use our weighing scales, chat to a friendly member of staff and enjoy refreshments.
Any concerns can be directed to other services.
DROP IN – no need to book
Padbury Avenue, Filey 01723 516111
Term Time Only
Monday 9.15 – 11am – Musical Mondays with Mickey Mouse!
Tuesday 9.50am – 12.10pm – Baby & Toddler Sensory sessions
Wednesday 9.15 – 11am – Wild Wednesdays – Toddler activities, Parachute games, Bubbles & more! Includes play in our indoor park, toast & juice snack & free cuppa for grown ups!
Thursday 9.50am – Baby Messy Play
Friday 9.15 – 11am – Fairytale Fridays – Storytime with creative activities
The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
Dance classes for girls and boys from beginners to advances, starting at 2 years old:
Benson Stage Academy, Commercial Street Scarborough
Fridays 10am, a free drop in session for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents and carers. All welcome to join us for songs, stories, cake and cuppas. No need to book but it does help with planning snacks etc if you have booked. Keep an eye on Bubbles Music on Facebook
Burniston Methodist Chapel, High Street, Burniston YO13 0HJ
Cycling coaching for children and adults in basic cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross and track. Weekly sessions at Cayton Primary School:
For more information contact Jay on 07966 925711
Activities for pre-school children at Eastfield More Than Books Library:
More than Books, Eastfield Library, High St, Scarborough YO11 3LL
Both classes, £4 per child:
The centre offers swimming lessons from 19 months old, 4 years+, 7 years+, and then adult lessons. These all take place across multiple days and times
Ashburn Road, Scarborough YO11 2JW
Phone Number: 01723 377500
Weekly sessions for children at Scarborough Library:
Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough. YO11 2NN
Soft play sessions including bouncy castles, ball pools, skuttle bugs and more, suitable for babies and toddlers, aged 0-5 years. Sessions are drop in and are during term time only:
Mondays & Fridays at 10.30am (term time only). Story time for the under 5s.
Station Ave, Filey YO14 9AE
Lessons in Freestyle, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Disco, Commercial, Street, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance, Drama, Acro & Show Work. Private Tuition is also available. Ages start at 18months.
35 Durham St, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7PT
Friday 9.15am to 11am (term time only)
0 – 5 years toddler group
Tea and toast, toys, stories and songs
Wreyfield Drive Methodist Church, Wreyfield Drive, Barrowcliff, Scarborough YO12 6NP
Two tots sessions at Gallows Close Centre (term time only):
Refreshments included and snacks for little ones. £2.50 per family (under 4s)
Gallows Close Centre, Nestled between Northstead, Newby and Barrowcliff off the cinder track. 01723 378102 / 07508 954244
Kid’s sessions at The Secret Realm:
The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Scarborough YO11 3YS
Tiny Dancers (for 3 to 5 year olds) are first steps towards ballet. Parents / Grandparents / Carers are encouraged to support, explore, discover and encourage dance, musicality, co-ordination, balance, motor skills. Classes are 45 minutes long.
They also cater for primary school children with Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance classes. Annual exams with Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts. Boys are welcome in all classes.
Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet via the Facebook page