Playgroups & Classes Crawley


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.

Featured Listing

Children & Family Centres Stay and Play Sessions

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.

  • Mondays 10am – Broadfield
  • Wednesdays 10am – Langley Green
  • Fridays 10am – Bewbush

Information and Play – a chance to use the play space and equipment and get information from staff

  • Mondays 9.30am – Langley Green; 10am – Bewbush; 1pm – Broadfield
  • Tuesdays 10am – Bewbush and Southgate
  • Wednesdays 10am – Maidenbower and Broadfield
  • Fridays 10am – Pound Hill

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

  • Mondays 10am – Langley Green
  • Tuesdays 1pm – Northgate
  • Thursdays 10am – Bewbush

Play and Learn Plus – for children with disabilities and additional needs

  • Thursdays 10am – Langley Green

For full details of all times and locations, plus full timetable of all other sessions, visit our Children & Family Centres page.

Featured Listing

Water Babies

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

Bounce & Roll

An exciting, fun session for pre-school children aged under 5 years, with a variety of activity zones, including ride-on, inflatable, creativity, agility and stories/puzzles.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9:15-10:45am (£3.50); Wednesdays 11:00am-12:00pm (£2.20)

Where: K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, RH11 9BQ

Tel: 01293 585300


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

Charlwood Toddler Group

Stay and play for parents and toddlers. As much tea and coffee as you need. All the children sit down for fruit and a biscuit at about 11.30am.

£2 for one child and £2.50 for multiple children (up to max. of 3, then 50p per additional child).

When: Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: Parish Hall, The Street, Charlwood, RH6 0DE


Cheneler School of Dance

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


Crawley Baptist Church Parent & Toddler Group

Come along and have fun! Make craft creations with gluing, sticking and painting.  Play with Playdough to puzzles, Duplo to drawing, table top games to a train table, sit and rides or go down the slide. Then there’s story time and singing and the all important drink and a biscuit – for adults too!

£6 per half term or £12 per term.

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)

Where:  Crawley Baptist Church, Crabtree Road, Crawley, RH11 7HJ

Tel: Annette Benham on 01293 414928.

Fun Abounds Trampoline Centre

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

Funshine Yoga

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

Fuzion Martial Arts

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


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


Hawth Gymnastics

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

Pre-booking advised.

Where: Baytree House, Charlwood House Day Nursery, Charlwood Road, Lowfield Health, RH11 0QA

Tel: Kate on 07886 598706

Jungle Tots

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

K2 Little Splashers

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

Kicks Dance

Children love music and they love to dance. At Kicks we believe dance is a great way to develop self-confidence in your little people, who then grow into confident adults. What better way to have fun, gain self-esteem and get fit at the same time?

At Kicks we dance to music the children love. There is no pressure, with no exams or competitions – we just like having lots of fun!!

When & Where:

Tuesdays: 9:20-9:50am @ Maidenbower Pavillion (18-35 months);  3:30-4:30pm @ Maidenbower Infant School (Y1+2)

Wednesdays: 2.00-2.30pm @ Maidenbower Community Centre (3-4 years – PAYG); 3:30-4:15pm @ Maidenbower Infant School (Reception)

Saturdays: 9:00-9:30am (18-35 months);  9:45-10:15am (3-4 years);  10:15-11:15am (5-11 years);  11:15am-12:00pm (Reception)
Maidenbower Community Centre

Tel: Amelia Russell on 07722 826162


Little Angels

We welcome parents and carers with children from 0-4 years. We have a large selection of toys and games, some craft activities and a singing time as well as free refreshments. No charge!

When: Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)

Where: Turners Hill Free Church, North Street, Turners Hill, RH10 4NS

Tel: 01342 714546

Little Pigs Playtime

Little Pigs Playtime is a messy and sensory play activity for little ones aged 6 months to 3 years with a relaxed café for the grown ups with cakes by Katealisious Cakes.

When: Tuesday mornings at 10:00am and 11.30am

Where: The Montefiore Institute, Hazelwick Road, Crawley, RH10 1NA

Tel: Helen on 07724 324989


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.

Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm
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

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!

Musical Hands

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 Swim School

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

Library Rhyme Time

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!

2:00-2:30pm Mondays
10:00-10:30am Fridays
11:00-11:30am Fridays
Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
01293 651751

10:30-11:00am Tuesdays
Broadfield Library, Broadfield Barton, Broadfield, RH11 9BA
01293 543298

10:30-11:00am Thursdays
Horley Library, Victoria Road, Horley, RH6 7AG
01293 784141


Springboard Project

Our Crawley stay and play centre has many exciting rooms for your little ones to explore!

  • Two lounges complete with comfy chairs, a range of toys and books, and drawing pens and paper
  • The Sensory Room for the perfect chill out space
  • Soft play room

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


St Wilfs Parents and Babes Group

Lively and fun times for babies and toddlers, including music and songs, crafts, ride on toys, activity table, and of course teas and coffee!

£1 per family.

When: Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am (term-time only)

Where: St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Horley Row, Horley, RH6 8DF

Tel: 01293 786481

Library Storytime (Bookworms)

Stories and activities for children aged 3-6

Join in with the fun anytime -it’s FREE!

When: Tuesdays 4:00-4:30pm (term-time only)
Saturdays 9:45-10:15am

Where: Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Tel: 01293 651751


Tiny Tots

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

Library Toddler Time

Bring your toddler along to share stories, songs and rhymes.

Join in with the fun anytime -it’s FREE!

When: Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am and 11:00-11:30am

Where: Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Tel: 01293 651751


Two Muddy Boots Parent & Toddler Group

Come and join us for some outdoor woodland fun.

Every week there are a range of nature-based activities that the children can enjoy from natural crafts, rope swings, camp fires, to our lovely mud kitchen and water play wall.

All sessions must be booked in advance. £8 per child, per session (sibling discount available)

When: Tuesdays 9.45-11.45am (term time only)
Where: Silver Birch Farm, High Street, Balcombe, West Sussex, RH17 6JY
Contact: Find us on Facebook @twomuddyboots