Classes and playgroups
Norwich 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 throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities and classes available across our district. 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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Beebops Sensory Music and Dance classes are:
*suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
*a lively mixture of singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, exploring props and sensory free play
*a mixture of structure and free play
*an aide to your child’s development
*a parent child interactive class
*great value for money
*lots of fun
Classes in Dereham, Lowestoft, Salhouse, Wymondham, Belton, Gorleston, Beccles, East Harling, Filby and Burston (near Diss). See our full timetable here: https://www.beebopsltd.co.uk/classes/
COMMOTION MINI MOVERS
A fun creative dance session for you and your Mini Mover!
What to expect:
Mini Movers is a movement sessions for pre-schoolers children aged 0-5 years. This session is about having fun with music, sensory props, singing puppets and of course lots of dancing! Our sessions are a fun way to encourage your little one’s development with a professionally qualified (and super friendly) dance artist. At the end of the session sit down and join us for a story before you head home.
We charge £5 a session for a family or childminding group and not per child. Sessions are payable in block bookings.
Enjoy 10 sessions with us, and your little one can choose a Commotion prop to take home.
Our activities are designed for you and your child to have fun, bond and create memories together in a relaxed, stress free environment.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Wednesday’s 10am at Mousehold Hub, Mousehold Avenue, Norwich NR3 4RS
For more information or to book please email the address below.
COMMOTION SING, SIGN AND STORYTIME
Did you know, as well as being a dancer, Rosa has a LOT of qualifications in British Sign Language. Why not join her in a class designed for you and your little person. The 45 minute session includes lots of signed songs and a signed story. Its a fantastic way to learn some signed words, phrases and songs together, whilst having fun! Suitable from new-born to 4 years.
Wednesday’s 11am – 11.45am at Mousehold Hub, Mousehold Avenue, Norwich NR3 4RS
£5 per session (block booking required) Any questions or to book your place, please email:
Wednesday mornings during term time 9.30-10.15
St Andrews Church Hall, Eaton, Norwich NR4 6NW (The hall is next to Waitrose, there is plenty of parking and there’s a café in Waitrose if you want to pop next door for a cuppa afterwards!)
Funics Phonics is a new educational group for children aged 2-5 along with their parents and carers. Each session is planned and delivered by an experienced, qualified teacher. Children are introduced to letters and the sounds they make through a variety of exciting activities including songs, crafts and games. Adults can gain an understanding of the terminology that will be used once their children start school.
The cost is £6 per child per session – discounted block bookings are available for the first half term starting Wednesday 8th September £36 for the seven-week half term. Discounts available for siblings, please get in touch for more information and bookings.
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At Kixx our goal is simple:
To have a positive impact on every child at every opportunity.
We do this through an innovative programme which offers a high energy, fun, age-appropriate introduction to physical activity through football.
Our programme has been carefully designed for both boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 9 years of age.
Our academies are 40 minute sessions run weekly. We do a block of 8 weeks, then a 1 week break, then another block and so on. You pay a one-off membership fee of £19.95 which covers your child’s football kit (shirt, shorts, socks) and then a direct debit of £24 per month. In effect it works out at around £6 per session. The bookings have a full money back guarantee – if after your first session you think it really isn’t for you, then you can get a full refund, plus your child keeps the football kit as a “thank you” for trying us.
We are adding more venues all the time. Currently we have academies at:
Loddon Jubilee Hall
Goals (Hall Road)
Framingham Earl High School
Sprowston Community Academy
For more info and bookings visit our website. To contact us, just send us a message on Facebook. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kixx family!
The Garage, 14 Chapel Field N, Norwich NR2 1NY
All ages 1 year to 50+
The Garage Norwich’s Covid-secure studios, opposite Chapelfield Gardens, will reopen for classes on 13 September. It’s THE place for performing arts in Norfolk, no matter your age or ability.
Join its experienced team of professional tutors and try a dance, theatre, music or fitness class.
Visit the website today or give its friendly front of house team a call on the number below and to keep up-to-date with the latest on what’s happening at The Garage, follow on socials (below) or sign up to get its monthly newsletter.
City Academy, Norwich, NR4 7LP
The Workshop Studios is an artistic training venue offering high quality Dance and Theatre education for Pre-School to Pre-Vocational. Our all-round training includes class work, performance opportunities, choreographic projects, guest workshops and exams.
Independent Children’s Book store with activities through the week. 41-43, Timber Hill, Norwich NR1 3LA.
01603 964022 or 07908 462149
Check venue for further information about when groups start again.
Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street , Norwich, NR3 3AP
Wednesday & Thursday 10am-12pm (term time)
Welcome to Cafe Tots at NCBC. Come and enjoy watching the kids play and meet new parents and grandparents. £1.50 per family.
Contact 01603 760497
Relaxing Baby Massage Classes are held in Knowles Dance & Fitness Studio a modern, newly converted barn at White House Farm, Sprowston. COVID safety measures are in place.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or PM on Facebook or Instagram
Check venue for further details about when groups start again.
Clover Hill Village Hall, Humbleyard, Norwich, NR5 9BN
Wednesday 9.30am-11am (term time)
Mums, Dads, Grandparents,Childminders & Carers welcome. A selection of toys available to play with from birth to school age. Run by volunteers.
Contact 07905 655242
2021 September update
A super fun dance class for babies and toddlers up to school age!
Term Time only
Classes can be booked online at www.bookwhen.com/dynamicdancenorwich
For more information email email@example.com
Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside Entertainment Centre, Wherry Road, Norwich, NR1 1WX
Re-opening Gravity rocks on April 17th (weekends only 10am – 6pm) to individuals on their own, or in their household groups only.
The re-opening of Gravity Norwich trampoline park will follow on May 20th.
Parent and toddler sessions for ages 18months- 5years still to be confirmed.
Contact 01603 964949
If you haven’t rebooked yet and would like to then please get in touch as soon as you can. The classes are filling up very fast.
Notcutts Garden Centre, Daniels Road, Norwich , NR4 6QP
Contact 01603 250585 for more information.
Check with venue about when groups start again,
The King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH
King’s Toddler Group is a great place for parents and carers to bring their children for a fun morning, enjoy a cuppa and meet new friends.
Contact Julia Harris on 01603 765795 for more information.
Check venue for further information about when groups start again.
St Mark’s Church, Hall Road , Lakenham , Norwich, NR1 3AT
Little Lions is a free activity for babies and children under five with their parents/carers, we offer a friendly welcome with free play, story time, assorted toys and refreshments. Free!
Contact 01603 449156 for more information.
Check venue for further details when groups begin again.
Little Melton Village hall, Mill Road, NR9 3NX
Wednesdays 1.30-3pm, term time.
Eaton Park Community Centre Monday to Saturday
Mini Monkey Gym is Norwich’s favourite provider of developmental physical and sensory play classes for babies, toddlers and children up to 5 years.
Contact Penny: Info@minimonkeygym.co.uk Call 07917 872205 or book via website
Classes ready to book
Specially designed music classes with songs and activities to help your child enjoy singing and playing instruments.
Venue: Belvedere Centre, Belvoir St (off Dereham Rd ) NR2 3AZ
Zoom class available on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit FB site Music with Mary
April 2021 update
All libraries are open for at the door service only apart from the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library where there is a mobile library outside the Forum instead and Reepham library. Opening times have changed so check each branch before visiting.
Until restrictions are lifted, these are the classes available to babies, toddlers and early years.
Bounce and Rhyme Time on Norfolk Libraries Facebook page. (All previous videos are available to watch on YouTube)
Just a cuppa: Babies and Toddlers on zoom, email email@example.com.UK to join
Wednesday 12 noon
Story Time on Norfolk Libraries Facebook page
Just a Cuppa: Bumps and Babies on zoom
Check with venue for further details about when groups start again.
Phoenix Tiny Tots, 132A Mile Cross Rd, Norwich NR3 2LD
Friendly playgroup aimed at 0-5 years, based at Phoenix Centre.Every Wednesday, 9:30-11am.
Check with venue for further details about when groups start again,
Blofield Church, Church Road , Blofield, Norfolk , NR13 4NA
Our parent and toddler group, “Play Church”, meets in Blofield Church. All welcome to come along and meet new friends in a caring and welcoming environment, Free, donation welcome.
Contact 01603 715213
check with venue for further details about when groups start again.
Saxlingham Village Hall, Steward Close, Saxlingham Nethergate, Norwich, NR15 1AN
Wednesday 9.30-11.30am (term-time)
Come along to a friendly group for fun and chatter (and lots of cake!)
Arts and crafts * Music * Toys and play
Healthy Snacks, coffee and cake for the grown-ups
Check with venue for further details about when groups begin again.
Every Wednesday 10am-11.30am
Spixworth stay and play, includes snacks, crafts, sensory time along with music time to finish the morning.
Contact: Lisa Nobbs.
St Barnabas Church, Russell Street, NR2 4QT
Noah’s Boat Baby & Toddler Group
Wednesdays. 9.30 – 11.00am
Free play, story & songs, drinks & snacks.
£1 suggested donation.
Find us on facebook: St Barnabas Church Community.
Making preparations to open again soon safely. Get in touch with any suggestions.
St Thomas’ Church Hall, Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3RL
9.30am-11.30am (term time)
A friendly group for pre-school children from birth to 4 years. We have a wide range of toys and activities, most weeks we provice an art or craft activity, and we always finish by having a singing session.
To contact search for St Thomas’ Parent & Toddler group on Facebook.
The Hamlet Charity Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 1SJ
We offer weekend and holiday play schemes throughout the year. These provide recreational, education and social opportunities, alongside high quality care, for children and young people with disabilities and complex health needs.
For more information contact The Hamlet, Johnson Place on 01603 766566
2021 September update
We teach phonics through play based learning- inspiring confidence, imagination and a lifelong love of literacy.
Please follow our social media pages for updates or email/ visit our website to fill out an interest form.
Face to face sessions tbc
Hethersett Junior School, Queens Road, NR9 3DB
Tiny Soccerstars sessions are specially designed to give children their first touch with a ball. Our fully interactive sessions use a range of equipment to help children improve their gross and fine motor skills
Contact Jo Marchant on 07821 030106 for more information.