Playgroups and classes
Crawley and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for pre-school age 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.
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Drop in stay and play sessions available. Current sessions from 19th February to 29th March 2018
Discover Baby – session for pregnant mums and mums with babies from birth to walking. Weekly themes surrounding development and play ideas.
Information and Play – a chance to use the play space and equipment and get information from staff
Learn Through Play – session for parents with children aged 0-5 to come and play together. Weekly themes around development stages, healthy living and play ideas
Play and Learn Plus – for children with disabilities and additional needs
For full details of all times and locations, plus full timetable of all other sessions, visit our Children & Family Centres page.
For babies & toddlers 0-5 years and their carers. Activities include songs, rhyme, story time and snack.
£1.50 per session, per family
When: Fridays 9.30-11.30am (term-time only)
Where: Social Hall, Broadfield Community Centre, Broadfield Place, Broadfield, RH11 9BA
Tel: Caz Dixon on 01293 541275
A wonderful way to introduce your child to our nursery and school environment. Parents can enjoy connecting with others, research the school processes and maybe share a cuppa with the headmaster Chris Jones who pops in when time permits.
When: Fridays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)
Where: Coach House Nursery, Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, RH10 3HR
Tel: 01342 718585
Busylizzy is the one-stop shop for fun, stimulating baby and toddler classes and antenatal & postnatal fitness for mums (you bring your baby so no childcare required!). We operate 20+ classes every week, 51 weeks a year, even in school holidays. Membership is super flexible, allowing you to enjoy any combination of classes.
Where: Venues in Crawley include Maidenbower Pavilion, Maidenbower Park & The Hawth
Tel: Jen on 01403 333959
Desire2Dance is a small, friendly ISTD Dance school based in Crawley, founded in 2016. We currently offer dance lessons for boys and girls in ISTD Ballet, Modern and Tap as well as Adult classes in Tap.
Parent & Toddler (up to 2.5 years): Fridays 9.30-10.30am & 10.45-11.45am
Pre-Primary Ballet & Modern (2.5-4 years): Saturdays 10.30-11.30am
Primary Ballet, Modern & Tap: Monday & Tuesday afternoon and Saturday mornings
Adult Tap & Ballet: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
Zumba: Fridays 7.00-8.00pm
Where: Bewbush Barn Church, Francis Edwards Way, Bewbush, RH11 8GG
Tel: 07546 943788
We offer quality instruction for parents and babies, and young children.
A positive and friendly approach, combined with guaranteed small classes (max 5 children), is the key to success. Our heated pool (31-32C) is purpose-built for babies, toddlers and children.
Parties – We also offer pool/activity parties for children from 7 years upwards (up to 10 children).
Babies: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Pre-school: Monday & Friday afternoons
Children 4+: Monday to Friday 3:30-6:00pm; Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm
Where: Teizers Farm, Antlands Lane West, Shipley Bridge, RH6 9TE
Tel: Suzanne on 07894 071486
Visit this wonderful Centre, specialising in the coaching of Trampoline and Double Mini Trampoline! Various classes and supervised play sessions available, so check out our timetable for the class to suit you.
Birthday Parties can be organised for up to 20 children on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Where: 21 Bell Lane, Uckfield, TN22 1QL
Tel: 01825 768479
Baby & Toddler Yoga classes in East Grinstead and Crawley, from 6 weeks to 3 years of age. Or for mums there’s Mama & Child Postnatal classes, where mums can focus on yoga with Amber, and children aged 0-5 are with Jo in a play area right near you.
Yoga Mamas Stay & Play: Tuesdays 9.45-10.45am
Wrigglers (6 weeks – crawling): Tuesdays 11.00am-12.00pm
Tots (2-4 years): Thursdays 10.40-11.40am
Explorers (crawling – 2 years): Fridays 10.00-11.00am
Where: Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2DH
Tel: Jo on 07770382462
Offering top quality gymnastics classes for all ages since 1986.
Where: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Tel: 01293 585327
Horley Baptist Church Parents and Toddlers have been providing a drop in stay and play for over 30 years! Each week we provide creative activities from construction and dressing up to messy play and mini designers. Refreshments available for adults, and drink and healthy snack provided for children.
£1.50 per session per family.
When: Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (term-time only)
Where: Horley Baptist Church, Court Lodge Road, Horley, RH6 8RG
Tel: Tina Riddle on 01293 783259
Pretend to be a princess, become a builder, cook up a feast – your kids can do it all, and more, at Imagineville! A friendly stay and play centre for preschool children, where they can engage in imaginative play, while you enjoy a cuppa and a cake.
Opening days: Mondays, Wednesdays and weekends and available for private hire/birthday parties (open occasional Tuesdays and Fridays).
Time slots: 9:30-11:00am, 11:30am-1:00pm, 1.30-3.00pm
Where: Baytree House, Charlwood House Day Nursery, Charlwood Road, Lowfield Health, RH11 0QA
Tel: Kate on 07886 598706
Jo Jingles offers fun, interactive music, singing and movement classes for preschool children…
Lasting 30 to 45 minutes, our structured and interactive music and movement classes offer a fantastic educational activity for children from three months to five years of age.
09:45am – walking to 2 years
10:45am – 2 years +
11:45am – 3 months to walking
13:30pm – 3 to 5 years
Where: Regent Hall, Albert Road, Horley, RH6 7JA
Tel: 07472 697082
Bring your babies and toddlers to Jungle Tots for play, craft, stories and songs with a different theme each week.
For 0 – 4 year olds. Donations only. Drink and healthy snack provided.
When: Tuesdays-Fridays 9.30-11.30am (term-time only)
Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7EL
Tel: 01293 561933
Drop in session for parents and children aged 4 and under to familiarise themselves with the water with the use of floats, toys and our water features.
Please note that these sessions will not be with a teacher and all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 16.
When: Monday-Friday 9.00-10.30am (term time only)
Where: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Tel: 01293 585300
We are a small, friendly group and would welcome new children and mums (or dads)! During the session, there are toys for all ages, ride on toys, drawing/colouring and themed days with crafty bits. A snack and drink is provided for the children and hot drinks are available for the adults.
When: Fridays 9:30-11:00am (term-time only)
Where: Haven Centre, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ
Kiddy Cook and Cookie Tots classes teach children how to prepare and cook good food and encourage them to taste different foods in a fun environment.
We also run parties which can be designed around your needs. Examples include teddy bear’s picnics for pre-schoolers, or kitchen science parties for older children. We can also include activities and games based around food and cooking.
When: Fridays 1:30-2:15pm – Cookie Tots (ages 2-4)
Where: North Heath Hall, St Mark’s Lane, Horsham, RH12 5PU
Tel: Claire on 07779 602604
We are a friendly toddler group for 0-5 year olds. Whether you’re a Mum, Dad, Carer or Grandparent – no need to book, just turn up and say hello!
£2 per child over 6 months old.
When: Wednesday-Friday 9:30-11:30am (term-time only)
Where: Horley Town FC, Anderson Way, RH6 8SP (behind Horley Leisure Centre)
Join the UK’s top football training programme for kids!
We have four different football classes each tailored to a different age group.
Thursday am & Friday pm @ K2 Sports Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Friday pm @ Maidenbower Community Centre, Harvest Road, Crawley, RH10 7QH
Friday after school club @ Maidenbower Pavilion, Maidenbower Drive, Crawley, RH10 7HG
Saturday @ Oriel High School, Maidenbower Lane, Crawley, RH10 7XW
Sunday @ Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way, Horley, RH6 8SP
Sunday @ Hazelwick School, Hazelwick Mill Lane, Crawley, RH10 1SX
Tel: 01293 226201
Fun, happy hour of music and play for children and babies from birth up to 4 years of age. Come join in the fun and enjoy spending time with your little ones in a friendly atmosphere, with lots of musical instruments to keep your child busy.
Stay for a cuppa after and have a natter whilst your child plays and makes friends.
£4.50 per child. siblings £2 (siblings under 6mths free)
Children under 6mths £2.50
Every 8th session FREE
Mondays 10.00am – 11.20am
Maidenbower Pavilion, Maidenbower Park, Maidenbower, RH10 7HG
St Barnabas Church, Worth Road, Pound Hill, RH10 7DY
Tel: Jenna on 07899 954884
We offer classes for babies from 6 weeks old upwards, toddlers from walking, pre-school from 2.5 years and school age, currently from 4-14 years.
Babies – Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Music & Signing
Toddlers – Dance, Movement & Signing
Pre-School – Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern Jazz, Dance
School Age – Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern Jazz, Singing, Drama, Street, & Cheerleeding
When & Where:
Monday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings @ Maidenbower Pavilion (child only classes)
Tuesday and Friday mornings @ Maidenbower Community Centre (parent & child classes)
Wednesday afternoons @ Maidenbower Junior School (school age)
Tel: Karen on 01293 201042
Our baby and preschool programme teaches babies and young children to be happy and safe in the water. Many of our Puddle Ducks can swim 10m before they start school, giving them a headstart on their new friends.
Pool temperature at Acorns is 30-31 degrees and has large changing areas available complete with baby changing facilities and a playpen. Lessons at this location are from birth to 30 months of age.
When: Tuesdays 11:30am-1:30pm; Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm
Where: Acorns Health and Leisure Club, Copthorne Road, Copthorne, RH10 3SQ
Tel: 07597 362861
Puffins has two private heated pools in Turners Hill and offers swimming classes to babies, toddlers, pre-school, children, and adults.
Parent and Child (baby/toddler) and Child (age 3+): Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm; Saturday 11.00am – 12.00pm
Adults: Monday to Friday 8am to 3.00pm
Aqua Aerobics: Tuesday am
ASA 1-6: Monday to Friday 3.30pm-6.30pm; Saturday 8.00am to 3.00pm
Please contact us for more information.
Tel: 01342 859 199
All babies and toddlers along with parents and carers are welcome to join in the Rhyme Time fun.
Join in with the fun anytime -it’s FREE!
Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
Broadfield Library, Broadfield Barton, Broadfield, RH11 9BA
Horley Library, Victoria Road, Horley, RH6 7AG
Our sessions are messy, fun, sensory based play! We understand that messy play at home isn’t always possible but all children love it! At Sensory Adventure we have created a four stage class program to support your child’s development at their pace!
Please bring a change of clothes!
When: Fridays at 10am
Where: St Albans Church Hall, Gossops Drive, Gossops Green, Crawley, RH11 8LD
Tel: Emma on 07794 189336
Our Crawley stay and play centre has many exciting rooms for your little ones to explore!
Family membership available for families with young children for unlimited access during weekday opening hours. Facilities are aimed at under 5s, although older children in the family can also attend.
The Centre also runs a number of sessions for families and children with disabilities or other additional needs.
Open 10am-5pm Monday to Friday term time and Wednesday to Friday in school holidays.
Non-member rates: £6 for adults and £2 for children.
Where: 74 Stagelands, Langley Green, RH11 7PF
Tel: 01293 531963
Song, rhyme and dance classes for under 5s.
Hide under a parachute, wave the pom poms, shake the maracas, dance with bubbles and sing along! As well as all time favourite nursery rhymes and songs, we get the little ones dancing to some pop classics!
£5 per session PAYG (half price for siblings)
When: Fridays 10:00-10:40am
Where: Horley Methodist Church, Victoria Road, Horley, RH6 7AS
Tel: Amy on 07977 585020 or Find us on Facebook!
Toddler Sense is an award-winning programme for children aged 13 months to 5 years that introduces a whole new world of adventure for toddlers and children. Great music, great equipment and great new ideas! The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. It is a fast-moving, action-packed programme.
Visitors are always welcome, but please call in advance to reserve your place.
When: Fridays 9:30-10:20am (13mths-2yrs 8mths); 10:45-11:35am (2-4yrs); 1:00-1:50pm (13mths-4yrs)
Where: 1st Langley Green Scout HQ, Lark Rise, Langley Green, RH11 7QG
Tel: Andrea Pyett on 07921 998654
We have a large variety of toys, singing and stories, craft activities, and refreshments.
Parking is available in the church car park, and there is space inside for pushchairs.
75p for one adult and one child, or £1 total for any more of you. First week free.
When: Fridays 9:45-11:30am (term-time)
Where: Three Bridges Free Church, Three Bridges Road, Crawley, RH10 1LS
Tel: Esther on 01293 886388
A fun filled and colourful environment designed to challenge and stimulate children under the age of 5.
Equipment can include soft play, inflatables, ladders, slides and a variety of other elements that will assist development of balance, coordination and social skills
When: Wednesdays and Fridays 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way, Horley, RH6 8SP
Tel: 01293 784075
Come and meet Whirly the tickly spider and Wiggle the cheeky caterpillar for exciting weekly adventures for children aged 2-5.
No need to book. £4 per session. Sibling discounts available.
When & Where:
Fridays (term-time only)
10:00-10:45am at The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ
1:15-2:00pm at The Haven Centre, Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ
Tel: Tracy on 07958 305041