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.
Low cost gymnastic play sessions for children aged 18 months to 5 years.
Sessions run as a 10 minute warm up and then 50 minutes of free play, where children have access to gymnastics equipment and can play whilst supervised by their parent/guardian.
£24.50 per 7 week term, per child.
When: Mondays 2:30-3:30pm and Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm (term-time only)
Where: K2 Leisure Centre, Pease Pottage, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
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
Welcome to The Cheneler School of Dance. We teach Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Performance, Contemporary, Street Dance, Pointe and Pilates. Classes from 18 months to adults (term time only) in the Crawley, Horsham and Horley areas.
Try your first class for FREE!
Where: Numerous locations including Holy Trinity School, Gossops Green; Albert Rooms, Horley; St Leonard’s Church, Horsham; and Leechpool Primary School, Horsham
Tel: Hayley Cheneler on 07803 923439
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
A place for parents and carers to relax as much as the children. Everyone is welcome. We offer a separate area for babies, so the very youngest can play without being bombarded by excited toddlers. We have ride-ons and a variety of toys, and also offer craft activity or playdough. ending each session with singing.
Tea and coffee is available for adults – we’ll even bring it to you!
50p suggested donation.
When: Mondays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)
Where: St Bartholomews Church, Church Road, Horley, RH6 8AB
Tel: 01293 782218
We teach classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Street to children aged 2 years +.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our classes and introducing you to the wonderful world of dance.
1:00-1:30pm & 1:45-2:15pm – Melody Movement (2-4 years)
4:00-4:30pm – Street Dance (4-7 years)
4:30-5:00pm – Cheerleading (4:30-5:00pm)
The Haven Centre, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ
10:30-11:00am – Melody Movement (2-4 years)
The Copthorne Parish Hub, Copthorne, RH10 3ZQ
3:45-4:15pm – Intro Ballet (4-6 years)
4:15-4:45pm – Tap & Modern (4-7 years)
4:45-5:15pm – Primary Ballet (5-7 years)
5:15-5:45pm – Street/Jazz (7-11 years)
The Haven Centre, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ
Tel: Grace Meeking on 07590 403232
Hartbeeps offer the most original baby and toddler classes in the world! Magical, musical baby, toddler and pre-school classes with 100s of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes, musical stories, BIG fun characters and colourful themes.
Three classes available:
Happy House – confident walker to 4 years
Baby Beeps – sitting to toddling
Baby Bells – newborn to sitting
Mondays 10:00am (Happy House); 11:00am (Baby Beeps); 12:00pm (Baby Bells)
Hookwood Memorial Hall, Withy Meadow, Horley, RH6 0AZ
Tuesdays 10:00am (Happy House); 11:00am (Baby Beeps); 12:00pm (Baby Bells)
Copthorne Parish Hub, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne, RH10 3ZQ
Tel: Laura on 07590 371923
Offering top quality gymnastics classes for all ages since 1986.
Where: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Tel: 01293 585327
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
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
Little Dancers, big performers! Classes in Ballet, Freestyle/Street and Jazz/Tap for children from 18 months.
3:30-4:00pm – Freestyle Fusion Disco Duck (18 months – 4 years)
4:00-4:45pm – Freestyle Fusion Minis (5-10 years)
4:30-5:15pm – Freestyle Fusion Juniors (11+)
3:30-4:00pm – Pre-school Ballet (2-4 years)
4:00-4:45pm – Mini Ballet (5-7 years)
4:30-5:15pm – Junior Ballet (8-10 years)
5:00-5:45pm – Intermediate Ballet (11+)
9:30-10:00am – Jazz/Tap Theatre Babes (3-5 years)
10:00-10:45am – Mini Jazz/Tap (6-10 years)
10:45-11:30am – Junior Jazz/Tap (11+)
Where: Bewbush Centre, Dorsten Square, Crawley, RH11 8XW
Tel: 07747 720612
This is a great place to meet other parents in a relaxed and friendly environment. There are plenty of age related toys and activities. The children have a snack time where fruit and biscuits are provided followed by a time of singing.
When: Mondays 9:15-11:00am (term-time only)
Where: Crawley New Life Church, The Glade, Furnace Green, RH10 6JL
Come along to this informal weekly get together to meet other local mums and their children.
There’s plenty of free parking, and toddler toys/children’s TV to occupy the little ones.
When: Mondays and Thursdays 12:00-3:00pm
Where: Maidenbower Pavillion Community Club, Maidenbower Park, Crawley, RH10 7HG
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
NEW CLASS STARTING 15TH JANUARY 2018!
Popular, fun music classes for little ones aged from birth – 5 years.
Sessions last 45 minutes and are all inclusive so siblings are very welcome.
When: Mondays at 9.30am
Where: Forge Wood Primary School, Somerley Drive, Crawley, RH10 3SW
Tel: Amy on 07968 565789
We are a Community Forest School running sessions for pre-school and primary aged children and their families in Sussex. Forest school gives children the chance to experience nature and the outdoors on a regular basis, all year round and in all weathers.
Muddy Mondays: 10:00am-12:00noon, Woodland by East Grinstead Sports Club.
Little Critters: Thursdays 10:00-11:30am, Back Lane, Turners Hill.
Dangerous Dads: Coming soon!
Contact: Find us on Facebook
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
At Silver Ribbons, dance truly is a passion. We understand the demands of the industry and offer core subjects Classical Ballet & Tap dance exams to enable students to enter top London Performing Arts Schools.
All our classes are fun and a great place to meet friends and become part of the team.
When: Monday afternoons (Freestyle/Street, Ballet & Tap (Pre-school up to Grade II); Tuesday afternoons (Ballet and Tap)
Where: Regent House, Albert Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7JA
Tel: 01403 243057 or 07590 697356
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
Twinkle Tots is a friendly and relaxed music class for 0-5 years, educational and fun with lots of laughter, bursting with traditional nursery rhymes, tickle time, fun action songs, percussion instruments, puppets and bubbles.
When: Mondays 10:30-11:15am and Thursdays 10:30-11:15am (term-time only)
Where: Haven Centre, Crawley Down, RH10 4LJ
Tel: Charlie on 07790 351697