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.
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 £15 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.
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.
As well as teaching potentially lifesaving skills, baby swimming is the perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows muscles to move freely while being supported by its buoyancy. It also develops learning skills, boosts confidence, improves co-ordination and enhances wellbeing. And with NHS guidelines saying that babies don’t need to have had their vaccinations before they can swim, it’s the only structured activity you can do together from birth.
Since we opened our doors to our first water babies in 2002, we’ve taught over a quarter of a million babies and toddlers to swim, and we’ve scooped lots of awards for what we do. What’s more, Water Babies teachers are among the highest-trained baby swimming teachers in the world. So it’s safe to say that you and your little one will be in the best possible hands with us.
Through our carefully structured training, babies grow familiar with what it feels like to fall into water, so that should they ever accidentally fall in they are far less likely to panic and drown.
And our results speak for themselves: more than a dozen Water Babies have used their skills to survive after accidentally falling into water, even though they were very young at the time.
Times and locations:
Crawley – Saturday from 9am – 1pm and Sunday from 2pm – 4pm
Reigate – Tuesdays from 4pm – 5pm, Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am & 4pm – 5pm, Saturdays from 8:30am – 12:30pm and Sundays 9am – 1pm
Other locations across East Surrey also available
Tel: 01293 279229
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
Baby Explorers is a great opportunity to explore your baby’s new world together through touch, sound, vision, taste and smell… all in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment.
When: Thursdays 10:00am and 11:15am (0-12 months); 12:20pm (0-6 months)
Where: Turners Hill Free Church, North Street, Turners Hill, RH10 4NS
Tel: 07947 380135
You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby’s sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Baby Sensory is an extremely popular Baby Development activity and many of our classes are fully booked, it is advisable to book early.
Visitors are always welcome but please call in advance to reserve your place.
Autumn term runs 4th October – 29th November 2017
Wednesdays 10.00-11.00am & 11.30am-12.30pm (birth to 13 months); 1.00-2.00pm (birth to 7 months)
St Richard’s Church, Crossways, Three Bridges, RH10 1QF
Autumn term runs 19th October – 30th November 2017
Thursdays 9.30-10.30am & 11.00am-12.00pm (birth to 13 months)
Let’s Explore, 59-61 Brighton Road, Horley, RH6 7HJ
Tel: Jo on 07900 676334
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
Creation Station’s award winning weekly art classes for babies 5mths to 4yrs are great fun to enjoy together. We provide a welcoming and nurturing environment to help children explore freely developing skills and building confidence. Small classes / No mess for you / Fab overalls provided! Set those imaginations free!
Little Explorers (18 months upwards)
Wednesdays 10.30am – St Joseph’s Church Café, Redhill
Thursdays 9.45am – Pistachios in the Park Café, Redhill Memorial Park
Baby Discover (5-17 months)
Thursdays 12noon – The Nest, Oakdene Road, Redhill
Tel: Lisa on 01737 731169
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
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 karate and kickboxing classes for ages 3 to 65.
All ages and abilities welcome.
First session FREE!
Tiny Ninja (3-4 years): Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-5:00pm
Little Ninjas (4-6 years): Beginners – Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30-5:10pm, Saturdays 9:15-9:55am. Standard sessions – Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30-5:10pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:15-5:55pm
Karate Kids (7-12 years): Beginners – Mondays & Wednesdays 5:15-6:00pm, Saturdays 10:05-10:50am. Standard sessions – Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00-6:45pm, Wednesdays 6:50-7:35pm
Adults (13+ years): Mondays & Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm; Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm
Where: Innes Pavilion, Thornton Close, Horley, RH6 8RJ
Tel: 01293 553180 or 07506 192390
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
Offering top quality gymnastics classes for all ages since 1986.
Where: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Tel: 01293 585327
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 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
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
Provides a sensory rich environment in which children can express their creativity through painting, sticking and other messy play and craft activities. Mums stay to join in the play, but have no mess to clear away!
Come along for one-off sessions or on a regular basis. We welcome all children aged 15 months to 7 years of age.
£5 per session.
Got a birthday coming up….? Looking for a fun and messy party idea? We offer a range of themed MessyPlay4Kids parties at our studio, in your home or in a local hall of your choice.
Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am; 11:00am-12:00pm; 2:00-3:00pm
Thursdays 9:30-10:30am; 11:00am-12:00pm; 2:00-3:00pm
Where: The Studio @ The Laurels, Hophurst Hill, Crawley Down, RH10 4LP
Tel: Janet on 07545 846847
Music Bus Classes are a special time for parents and children to spend quality 1-2-1 time together, enjoying a fun and rewarding activity.
When: Tuesday and Thursday mornings (term-time only)
Where: Maidenbower Junior School, Harvest Road, Maidenbower, RH10 7RA
There is ample free parking immediately next door.
Tel: Vicky on 07896 556908
FREE TRIAL class available!
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
Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is Britain’s longest running and best loved baby signing programme.
When: Thursdays 10.30am (6 months +)
Where: Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, West Green, RH11 7HJ
Tel: Michelle on 07984 471547
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
Tiny Tots is a group for pre-school aged children and their parents/carers held at the Glebe Centre.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)
Where: Glebe Centre, Vicarage Road, Crawley Down, RH10 4JJ
Tel: Tracey Bennet on 07974 087046 or Lindsey Carey on 07941 967722
We provide a fun and safe stay & play for babies and pre-school children. There are plenty of toys, activities, a good snack, craft and songs each week.
If you are looking for a fun Thursday morning with your kids we would love to see you.
When: Thursdays 9:45-11:15am (term time only)
Where: Elim Church, Trinity Centre, The Mardens, Crawley, RH11 0AQ
Tel: 01293 552244
At our regular ‘Twiglets’ Family Group meetings, families who have twins or multiples aged 4 and under have the chance to meet with other parents in the same position who live nearby, and benefit from the practical help from HomeStart staff and volunteers.
When: Thursdays 10:00-11:45am (term-time only)
Where: Holy Trinity Church Hall, Titmus Drive, Tilgate, RH10 5EU
Tel: 01293 416327
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