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
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
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
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
Popular parent baby toddler group at the Parish Hub. A great place to have a cup of tea and meet new friends, big and small!
When: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm
Where: The Parish Hub, Borers Arms Road, Copthorne, RH10 3ZQ
Tel: Natalie on 01342 713803
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.
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
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
Grubby Bubs is a messy play group for babies and toddlers aged 6 months to 3 years. All of the products used are edible and completely safe for all ages. With a different theme every week, there’s no end to the grubby fun!
£6.50 per child. Sibling discount available
**NEW – Crawley classes start 4th October**
Wednesdays 10.30am (from 4th October)
Where: The Ark, Mount Lane, Turners Hill, RH10 4RA
Additional classes available in Reigate and Caterham.
Tel: 07834 416651
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
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
Fun, traditional Ballet & Disco Classes combined from 2yrs upwards, where the students will gain confidence and dancing skills while enjoying themselves. The classes will be varied, furthering their interest and giving them opportunities in working towards a School show, Exams and Displays.
£4.25 per Class payable weekly.
When: Wednesdays 3:45-4:30pm (pre-school); 4:30-5:15pm (primary)
Where: Hookwood Memorial Village Hall, Withy Meadow, Horley, RH6 0AZ
Tel: 07801 563636
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
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
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)
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
We welcome all families and the cost is £3 per week (no matter how many children you have).
Each week we have a messy play activity on offer, snack-time and a singing session, as well as a selection of toys to explore.
We ask each family to bring along a piece of fruit to share for snack-time. Refreshments are provided for parents/carers too.
When: Wednesdays 9.30-11.00am (term time only)
Where: Ifield West Community Centre, Hyde Drive, Crawley, RH11 0PL
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
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
Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
For boys and girls aged 2-7
Wednesdays @ St Barnabas Church Hall, Pound Hill
09:30-10:00am – 2-3.5 years
Sundays @ Copthorne Prep School
9:00-9:30am – 2-3.5 years
9:35-10:20am – 3.5-5 years
10:25-11:10am – 5-7 years
Tel: 0345 3133242
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
Mums and Babes is open to new members, there is no waiting list. The Group is run by church members for Mums, Dads, Gradparents and Minders with pre-school childen and includes a regular Toddler Service if you and the children wish to join in.
We ask for £1.20 per family.
When: Wednesdays 10:30am-12:00pm (term-time only)
Where: St Francis Church Hall, Balcombe Road, Horley, RH6 9BP
Tel: 01293 771088
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
Parent and toddler dance class for children aged 18 months to 3 years. Our fun, energetic and educational class gives children the opportunity to express themselves through movement and dance, improving balance, co-ordination and confidence. Our budding diddy dancers move with scarves, mice and wands, bringing the magical world of ballet alive!
When: Wednesdays 4:00-4:30pm
Where: The Albert Rooms, Albert Road, Horley
Tel: Hayley Cheneler on 07803 923439
Additional classes available on Monday afternoon in Horsham.