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.

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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

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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


01423 457000
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Baby Drop In Clinic at Filey Childcare

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

Bambino Boo

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

01723 583788

Benson Stage Academy Dance

Dance classes for girls and boys from beginners to advances, starting at 2 years old:

  • Monday – Modern from 4pm
  • Tuesday – Tap from 4pm
  • Wednesday – Ballet from 4pm
  • Thursday – Acro from 4p
  • Friday – Cheer from 4pm
  • Saturday – Freestyle from 9.30am

Benson Stage Academy, Commercial Street Scarborough
07749 377598

Bubbles Music Group – Burniston Chapel

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

Jay’s Cycle Coaching

Cycling coaching for children and adults in basic cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross and track. Weekly sessions at Cayton Primary School:

  • Mondays, 6pm – Youth Cycle Coaching (under 16s)
  • Fridays, 3.20pm – After School Balance Bike Club

For more information contact Jay on 07966 925711

More Than Books Preschool Sessions

Activities for pre-school children at Eastfield More Than Books Library:

  • Tuesday 10.30- 11.15am. Stories and songs with Lesley. Children under 5 will love listening to the stories and joining in with their favourite parts. Lesley loves to read books selected by the children and always welcomes new faces. Pop along and join in the fun!
  • Wednesday 11.30am-12pm. Mini Computer Club for under 5s. Followed by juice, biscuits and free play with games & toys. Spaces limited so do book.
  • Friday 10-10.30am. Bounce and Rhyme, songs, rhymes and sensory toys.
  • Friday 10.30am. Jumbo Lego Sessions.

More than Books, Eastfield Library, High St, Scarborough YO11 3LL
01609 536606

Ninja Play and Ninja Tots – The Rising Sun Association

Both classes, £4 per child:

  • Ninja Play, Monday & Friday 10am-12pm – Drop in Playgroup, 18months to 4 years.
  • Ninja Tots, Saturday 10-11am – Lesson with trained teacher, 2 to 4 years.
The Rising Sun Association Dojo, Unit 4 Depot Lane, Scarborough YO12 4EB
07858 944598

Scarborough Sports Village Swimming Lessons

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

Scarborough Library Weekly Activities

Weekly sessions for children at Scarborough Library:

  • Monday 11am – Storytime for under 5s
  • Wednesday 11am – Rhymetime for under 5s (starts end of Feb 2022)
  • Friday 11am – Stay and Play for under 5s (starts end of Feb 2022)
  • Saturday 11am – 2pm. Lego club suitable for all ages.

Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough. YO11 2NN
01609 536602

Silly Sausages Soft Play Sessions

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:

  • Monday 1.30-2.30pm – Snainton Village Hall.
  • Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm – Newby & Scalby Community Hall
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10-11.30am – Ebenezer Church Hall on Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.
  • Wednesday 10-11.30am– The Legacy Eastfield Community Centre.
  • Friday 10-11.30am – Loders Green Scout Hut, Eastfield.
Call Jeanette on 07790 219752

Story Time – Filey Library

Mondays & Fridays at 10.30am  (term time only). Story time for the under 5s.

Station Ave, Filey YO14 9AE
01609 536608

Studio 3 – Dance, Drama & Acro Lessons

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
07967 375534

Swim Tots at Alpamare

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 12pm
Come and meet other parents and let the little ones enjoy some splash time. 🌊
£10 1 x adult 1 x toddler
Term time only.
None of the large slides are available.
No bookings required.

The Ark

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

Tiny Tots Group – Gallows Close Centre

Two tots sessions at Gallows Close Centre (term time only):

  • Tiny Tots Play Group – Thursday 9.30-10.45am.
  • Messy Play – Friday 10-11.30am (Starts 4th March 2022)

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

Toddler Sessions & Kidz Club – The Secret Realm

Kid’s sessions at The Secret Realm:

  • Toddler sessions – Musical Mondays, Wild Wednesdays & Fairytale Fridays 9.15 – 11.00am. Toast, juice, and a tea or coffee for the accompanying adult. £4.95 per toddler.
  • Baby Sensory Sessions – Tuesdays 9.50, 10.40 & 11.30am.
  • Messy Play Sessions – Thursdays Baby 9.50 & 11.30am, Toddler 10.40am.

The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Scarborough YO11 3YS
01723 583788

Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet

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.

  • Thursday and Saturday in Scarborough
  • Wednesday in East Ayton
  • Friday in Filey

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
07759 289525