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.

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Are you looking for a fun, educational weekly class to attend with your preschooler, baby or toddler?

Do you want the opportunity to meet other adults and make new friends at the same time as your child?

Come and give Harminis a try, Harminis classes are the perfect way to spend quality time with your child using music and movement as a fantastic learning vehicle.

We sing, dance, play sensory games and we have an amazing time learning new songs and rhymes each week!

Written by myself Kate Tyson, a qualified Early Years Music practitioner with over 15 years experience, each class focuses on your child’s early years development  – all of the key EYFS learning areas are covered –Harminis literally ticks all the boxes for your child’s development!

And that’s not all! The classes are structured yet relaxed, and perfectly balanced to allow for your child to learn and also be creative.

So, drop me a message to book your place at Harminis now – you won’t regret it!

PS.  Check out our google reviews if you need convincing that Harminis is for you and your child!

Tuesdays at 10am and 1.30pm at Seamer Memorial Hall, Scarborough YO12 4QD

Booking is essential as spaces get filled quickly.

Other classes in Helmsley and Malton – see Ryedale Mumbler here

Kate Tyson
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Hunmanby Community Centre.

Play group sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

It’s £2 per child plus £1 additional child. Sessions must be pre-booked and paid in advance.

Contact 07533 741937
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Join Kathy for a session of musical fun perfect for babies and children up to 6 years of age.

You can choose between Baby Fun Music for babies up to 14 months OR Family Fun Music for both toddlers and babies up to 4 years old.

Fun Music sessions last around 50 minutes during which time there will be nursery rhymes, new and traditional songs, dancing and movement to music, often with props and scarves, and there’s always a chance to play on different percussion instruments.

As a special treat, Kathy always plays her flute, piccolo or saxophone in the sessions, either for jamming along to or for listening time. The children love hearing and seeing these wind instruments, and so the Fun Music sessions just fly by!

MONDAYS 10am Family Fun Music and 11.30am Baby Fun Music at Emmanuel St John’s Church Hall on St John’s Road.

TUESDAYS 10.30am Family Fun Music at Scarborough College Prep School hall, Deepdale Avenue

Just click on your chosen class and date below to book your place!
NB. If you book 6 classes at once, you will only be charged for 5 – this discount is applied automatically


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Parent and child swimming classes for babies from 12 weeks up to 4 years

Alpamare Water Park. Burniston Road, Scarborough YO11 3NU: Tuesday to Thursday mornings between 9 and 10am. New course starts Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 16th June and a 10 week course costs £90.

Call Claire on 07837472428
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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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1st Forge Valley Rainbows

We would love you to join us on Tuesdays 5.30 – 6.30pm, term time only. For girls age 5-7 years.

West Ayton Methodist Church
Contact Janet Bell on 01723 850648

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

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

07875 675860

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

Brompton Ducklings Toddler Group

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.

Little Builders – The Summit

Tuesdays, Pop along and enjoy stories, singing and lovely company:

  • Tiny Builder 0-2 years, 9.30 – 10.30am
  • Little Builders 2-4 years, 10.30 – 11.30am

Crèche is open Wednesday- Saturday 10-3pm.

The Summit, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2HF
01723 362205

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

Noah’s Ark Group – Queen Street Methodist Church

Weekly parent and tots group meeting on Tuesdays during term time:

  • 9.15am – 10.15am Tea and Toast
  • 10.15am – 11.00 Noah’s Ark Tots Session

Queen St, Scarborough YO11 1HQ

Playtime & Storytime at Newby & Scalby Library

Weekly free sessions for children under 5 during term time only:

  • Norman Bear’s Playtime – Tuesday, 10.30am–12 noon
  • Norman Bear’s Storytime – Wednesday, 10.15–10.45am

450 Scalby Rd, Scarborough YO12 6EE
01609 534059

Scarborough Christian Fellowship Toddler Group

Tuesdays, 10-11.30am, term time only. £1 per child, 50p for additional children.

Castle Road/Oxford Street, Scarborough, YO12 7RB
01723 500255

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 must be booked in advance 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

St Marks Toddler Group

St. Marks Parent and Toddler group meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 – 11.30am, term time only. We offer lots of opportunities to learn through play. We serve refreshments at 10.30am and finish with a song time. £2.

St Marks, Coldyhill Lane, Newby, YO12 6HT
Contact Celia Hare on 07707 999644

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

Swimming Lessons at Scarborough Sports Village

Swimming lessons for children from 4 months to 16 years. Adults lessons are also available. Students are assessed regularly and moved up as soon as they are ready for the next stage.

Ashburn Road, Off Valley Road, Scarborough YO11 2JW
01723 377500

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

Twilight Productions – Dance Clubs and Classes

Clubs (both £4 each):

  • Family Fun Club, Monday to Thursday 10 – 11.30am – Music, Movement & Games for parents and children 0-5 years.
  • Boogie Beat Club, Saturday 9.30 – 10.30am – Dance and singing to help with speech and language for children 2-5 years.


  • Tumble and play, 3-6 years, Tuesday 4-5pm – gymnastics based play.
  • Mini Dance 4-6 years, Tuesday, 5-6pm
  • Mini Tap 3-6 years, Wednesday 5-6pm
  • Hip Hop Tots 4-6 years, Thursday, 4-5pm

Twilight Productions Roscoe Studios, Roscoe Street, Scarborough Yo12 7BY
07538 728766

Water Wobblers Scarborough

Baby and Toddler swimming class starting in January 2022 on Tuesday mornings. Contact Maria on 07823 381113 for more information.

Braeburn School, Braeburn, Eastfield, Scarborough YO11 3LG