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Try something new this autumn! Brilliant classes for babies, toddlers and older kids in York

Classes York kids

The long summer holidays are at an end and many of us are ready to get back into a routine again. The start of a new term is the ideal time to try a new class with your baby, toddler or older child, and there are loads of different ones on offer. Whether you’d like something to do with them during the week, it’s time to start swimming lessons or they’ve got an urge to try a dance or gymnastics class, there’s bound to be a class in or around York to suit. Here’s our pick of the best to try this year, and we even have a few special offers if you’d like to give them a whirl and save some money too.

Baby and child swimming classes with PureSwim Yorkshire

Pure Swim Yorkshire swimming lessons york

Pure Swim Yorkshire’s gentle child-centred swimming lessons are for little ones from approximately 2 months to 12 years. They focus on learning through play and instilling water confidence and water safety in the early years following the STA learn to swim scheme in their academy (no parent in the pool) lessons. 

Current availability

  • – 0-12 months: Monday, 11am at Novotel York
  • – Toddlers: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30am at Novotel York

October availability:

  • – 0-12 months – Weds 10am & Friday 11:30am Novotel

They have limited availability for Academy on Saturday afternoon and toddlers through to Academy on a Sunday morning at Archbishop Holgate’s school.

Special offer – 15% off the FULL winter term (just mention this offer when you book)

Contact – Find Pure Swim Yorkshire on Facebook or Instagram

Email – swimwithus@pureswim.uk

Gymnastic classes at The Little Gym York for 4 months to 12 years

Help your children learn that they don’t have to be the best, they just have to try their best! The Little Gym York’s non-competitive gymnastics programmes provide children with a safe, inspiring space to burn energy, build confidence, and develop key skills. Help your children stay on the right path to physical and mental development by helping build their confidence and developing those vital motor and social skills. They also run holiday camps for ages 3 – 12, and birthday parties for 1 to 12-year-olds! 

 – Join for just £62 per month (*enjoy unlimited classes each week for under 3’s)

 – 20% sibling discount if you have other children you wish to enrol!

 – Flexible block bookings are also available for under 3’s

 – Open 6 days a week! 

Special offer – Try The Little Gym York for free before September 18th

They look forward to having fun with you soon!

Click here to book your first class with The Little Gym York!

Gymnastics, multi-sports, swimming and more with Better Leisure

Whether you’re looking to improve your child’s confidence in the water, swim safety awareness or help your child learn to swim, Better Leisure has swimming classes that cater for all levels of ability and ages. They have lessons available to book at Yearsley Pool, York Leisure Centre and Energise Leisure Centre.

With RISE Gymnastics launching at Burnholme Sports Centre in November, now is the time to book. Rise Gymnastics is a fun-packed programme that provides a progressive journey through recreational gymnastics. Children of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to shine with Rise Gymnastics.

Why not try Better’s Multi-Sport Camps this October half-term? Camps are for children aged 8 to 12 years and they can try lots of different sports such as football, dodgeball, badminton, netball, benchball, table tennis, basketball, clip ‘n’ climb* and much more, all delivered by qualified coaches.

Click here to visit the Better website for more information and to book!

Award-winning classes with My Baby Can Dance/My Newborn Can Dance York

My Baby Can Dance York

My Baby Can Dance/My Newborn Can Dance York is a multi-award-winning movement to music activity class that follows the development stages for little ones. Ideally suited from birth to 4 years (there’s no upper age limit for children with additional needs). My Baby Can Dance runs weekly interactive classes combining movement, singing, musical shakers, numbers, colours, shapes, phonics and much more. The sessions achieve a proven learning and development path using a repeatable format which increases learning and memory in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment. Little ones can build their confidence, social skills and discipline within fun and fast-paced sessions.

Classes run across York throughout school term times, with payment being made in advance in half-term blocks. Subject to availability, families can join at any time and just pay for the weeks remaining in the current block. There’s still a need to control numbers, so classes must be booked online in advance. However, because inclusivity is so important at My Baby Can Dance, if you are unable to pay upfront for a block of classes for reasons such as shift work or personal financial circumstances, please just message Katherine.

Website – Find out more about My Baby Can Dance York
Email – katherinembcd@gmail.com

Musical multi-sensory fun with Moo Music York

Moo Music baby toddler class York

Moo Music offers musical multi-sensory groups for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. Each week follows a theme where catchy Moo songs are combined with movement and creative play, using puppets, props and instruments. You can expect to sing, dance, dress up, explore, learn, and play. Fun and developmental, our groups build social skills, physical abilities, language skills, and memory.  

Baby Moo (from birth to walking) and Mixed Moo (from birth to 5 years) run on Thursday mornings at Tang Hall Community Centre. Keep an eye on the website for special Halloween and Christmas Messy Moo creative sessions, Moo Book Club and Moo and a Brew.

Karyn, mum of two, a 6-year-old and 11-month-old would love to share Moo Music York with you and your children. Book your first taster session for free and discover all the fun in store for you and your child. 


Facebook – Moo Music York

Email – karyn@moo-music.co.uk

Learn to swim beautifully with Puddle Ducks York

We want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully. That’s why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique. The Puddle Ducks promise:

Your child is truly at the centre of what we do – our teachers are especially trained to identify your little one’s own stage of development and confidence. They will then tailor the activities to suit your child, ensuring that they are happy, developing at their own pace and gaining confidence.

We never stand still – our programmes and teacher training are continuously developed in the latest techniques, ensuring our teaching standards remain the highest.

Providing true value – we know you see Puddle Ducks as an investment in your child’s future. Our lessons are worth every penny and we are continually told so by our customers.

Flexibility – if you cannot attend a lesson, just let us know in your online account and we give you a voucher to book an alternative class. Vouchers are valid for 6 months giving you lots of flexibility.

We run classes 7 days a week across York including Archbishop Holgate’s School, Energise Hydrotherapy Pool, Roko and Queen Margaret’s School.

Email – york@puddleducks.com

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Learn to dance with En Pointe

We do things differently here.  Does your child enjoy dancing and wants to experience a fun hobby? Does your child want pre-vocational training to prepare for a dance career? At En Pointe we offer both.

Thanks to our outstanding team of dance teachers, we can provide classes to suit all. We welcome all ages, boys and girls, throughout the year, and with 80+ classes a week (Monday to Sunday) to choose from, we have something for everyone. Did you know we offer classes in Commercial/Street, Contemporary, Jazz/Modern, Lyrical, Tap, Musical Theatre, Acro and Ballet?

Why not give us a spin, just £10 for two trial classes? We offer multiple class discounts and sibling discounts too. 

Discount – Use code EHL173 to receive a unique discount of £15 off. 

Website – www.enpointeyork.co.uk

Timetable – https://enpointeyork.class4kids.co.uk/

Love dance, like we do.

Swimming with Linzi

Swimming with Linzi York swimming lessons

Swimming with Linzi is all about having fun whilst learning to swim, gaining water confidence and safety skills. With only 7 children in each class, only 1 lesson running at a time and the whole pool to ourselves, we have lots of space. In this environment, I find my swimmers really enjoy their lessons and thrive learning to swim following the progressive STA guidelines.

I get to know all the children individually & adapt my teaching to suit every child. Your child will be enabled to happily progress at their own pace. Classes are based at Carr Junior School (Acomb) and Robert Wilkinson School (Strensall), teaching from babies through to school age onwards on various days, at various times. See the website for more details and to book. See the website for more details and to book.

About Linzi: I run a small independent swim school that I set up after training and teaching my own children to swim many years ago. I realised then that the whole goal of swimming success is learning through having fun! I have over 16 years of swimming teaching experience and I am a fully qualified STA Swimming Instructor, STA baby and pre-school teacher. I hold a Level 3 STA Diploma in Aquatic Teaching for Baby and Pre-school, STA lifeguard certificate and have DBS clearance.  

School workshops at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Get gardening in this horticulturally diverse and beautiful setting and discover an inspiring garden where children can let their imagination grow. The RHS is the UK’s leading gardening charity, committed to engaging children with the natural world of the garden and inspiring an understanding of science. We think learning how to sow seeds and care for plants will enthuse the next generation to get growing and build a happier, healthier and greener future! RHS Harlow Carr’s exciting FREE workshops offer hands-on sessions for children at Foundation Stage and in Primary and Secondary schools (KS1-5), including those with special educational needs (SEN). Find out more about the diverse range of workshops we offer for schools at RHS Harlow Carr.

The King’s Academy for Performing Arts at QE

King’s Academy, based at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate on the Thorpe Underwood Estate on the
outskirts of York, gives a fantastic opportunity for budding performers to work with industry
professionals to develop skills in all areas of the performing arts industry including acting, singing
and dancing.

All our sessions not only teach the skills necessary to succeed in the performing arts sector but also
encourage our students to become well-rounded individuals. They strive to get the very best out of
our young performers whilst encouraging a fun, safe and friendly environment.
As well as making leaps in their drama, singing, stage combat, comedy and dance abilities, we find
our students often become more self-aware and delight in discovering new hidden talents within

Classes cost £225 per term, which can be paid via cash, cheque or BACS. You can find out more and
can book a free trial class by emailing performingarts@qe.org. For more information, visit www.kingstheatreqe.org

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