If you’re looking for a baby group, toddler group, or preschool activity, then click either scroll through, or click on your area here to check out what’s available on Friday.

Caton BLS & CarnforthForton, Garstang & Cabus
Lancaster Morecambe & Heysham
S. LakesPenrithSedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale


Play2Learn Baby and Toddler Group (and Health Visitor Clinic)
Venue: Caton Community Primary School, Broadacre, Caton LA2 9NH
Tel: Contact Claire on 07746 857904 with any queries
Cost: £2.00 contribution per child
Time: 9:30am – 11.30am – the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month, including during school holidays.
Softplay, arts and crafts, extensive range of toys, heathy snack around 10:00am

Bolton Le Sands & Carnforth

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diddi dance
 Carnforth Civic Hall, LA5 9LJ
Tel: 07738406349
Classes bookable online –
Time: 9.45am
Description: funky pre-school dances classes for girls and boys 18 months-4 years. 
See full description and all times here in recommended classes post.

Shining Stars
Venue: United Reformed Church, Bolton le Sands
Time: 9.30-11.00am
Cost: £1 per family
Snacks, crafts, story time and songs.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme
Venue: Carnforth Library
Time: 2.15-3.00pm (year-round)
Cost: Free
Enjoy sing-along songs and rhymes with movement and actions for babies and toddlers, plus meet and chat with other parents and carers. Rhyming is more than just fun, it actually helps young children make connections between sounds and words, encouraging their language development. Plus the actions help develop motor skills.

Tea-cakes and Tots
Free Methodist Church, Hunter Street, Carnforth, LA5 9BP
Time: 9.15am-11am – term time only
Cost: FREE (includes refreshments)
Tel: 01524 732399
Drop in session for babies to pre-school age. Free home made cakes and refreshments served throughout the morning. Come and relax and meet new friends while your little ones play. Drop in for a coffee and snack or stay all morning!
Baby/Toddler/3-5 years

Forton, Garstang & Cabus

Baby Sensory 
Venue:  Cabus Village Hall, PR3 1WL
Contact: Heather on 07903920369 or
Various start times: from 9.30am to 12pm
see all times, venues and full descriptions here
Cost: 7 week term costs £49
Award-winning, sensory-rich development classes; designed to support you and your baby from birth. Regular exposure to an incredible range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage all help rapidly develop the brain in your baby’s first years. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun.
Facebook: BabySensoryLancaster

Forton Baby & Toddler Group
Forton Village Hall
Time: 10.00am-11.30am (termtime only)
Cost: £2 per child
toys, books, colouring, craft, singing, ride-on toys. Snacks for the children, tea & coffee for the grownups.


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Turtle Tots Swimming
The 30-minute lessons allow for a unique bonding opportunity with your little one and the time you spend in the water, both learning together, will enable you to practice all the fundamental skills needed to learn to swim. Your experienced teacher will guide you both through each class, allowing each child to progress at a pace that they are comfortable with. 
Venue: The Loyne Specialist School, Sefton Drive, Lancaster, LA1 2QD
Time: 3.30pm – Baby Level 4, 4.00pm – Toddler Level 4, 4.30pm – Baby Level 3, 5.00pm – Baby Level 2
Booking: next term starts w/c 9th March and booking is open now.
Cost: £130 for a 10 week term (direct debit option available)
See full details of classes, for other local venues, times, term dates and more.
Phone: 07814034780

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diddi dance
 Lancaster Leisure Park, LA1 3LA
Tel: 07738406349
Classes bookable online –
Time: 10.00am
Description: funky pre-school dances classes for girls and boys 18 months-4 years. 
See full description and all times here in recommended classes post.

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Reading Fairy Classes
  WOW Centre, Harper’s Mill, White Cross, LA1 4XQ  
TContact: Kelly Akister, 07985364584
Cost: £6 per class, booked termly
Times: 9.30-10.15 Toddler Tales (1- 2 years); 10.30-11.15 Story Stars (2- 3 years); 11.30-12.15 Reading Recruits (3-5 years)
Description: Babies and children love the magic of Reading Fairy classes and events: from sensory songs and storytelling to fun phonics, first words, book time & more! 
Read more and see all available times and venues in our Reading Fairy full details post
Facebook: @readingfairylancaster
Instagram: reading_fairy_lancaster

Venue:  Kings Community Church, Phoenix St, Lancaster
Cost: £6.00 per class for termly bookings. (limited PAYG places £7)
10.00am – Happy House (toddling to 4 years, younger siblings welcome)
11.00am – Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling)
12.15am – Baby Bells (newborn to sitting)
Hartbeeps creates magical, musical adventures for your child’s early years, taking you and your little one on a sound journey and bringing the story to life. Expect puppets, props, music, lighting effects, parachutes, music, drama, creative play, dance and movement (dependent on age) – all with a sprinkling of magic. Get more details here.

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Energy Zappers
Venue: Salt Ayre Leisure Centre, Doris Henderson Way, Lancaster LA1 5JS
Time: 9.30-11.30am (term time only)
Tel: 01524 847 540
Cost: £2.50 per child
Jump, climb, slide, swing and explore the Energy indoor soft play centre then have a go at a range of ‘learning through play’ crafts, activities, songs and games (different activties each week).
All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult; juice and biscuits provided for the children. No need to book, simply turn up and join in. See all pre-schooler classes/facilites on the salt ayre – full details page.
Suitable for pre-schoolers aged 0 – 4 years

Bowerham Primary School Playgroup
Venue: Bowerham Primary School sports hall
Tel: 01524 63999
Time: 9:00am – 10:30am
Playgroup run by the Early Years team at the Primary School.  There is a big hall full of toys, sorted into sections: a craft area, a slide & tunnel, a construction / small world area and a baby area. 

Tiddlers Group – back up and running!
Venue: Christ Church Hall, Wyresdale Rd, Lancaster
Tel: 07979 905046
Cost: £1 per family to include a drink
Time: 10.30am-11:45am
Group for 0-5 year olds and their carers (Mums, Dads, Grandparents, childminders etc)
Baby/Toddler/3-5 years

Mini Marshmallows
Venue: St Thomas More Community Room, St Thomas More Walk, off Willow Lane, Lancaster (go through gates into garden and the Community Room is up the ramp beyond the house.)
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am termtime, during the holidays older siblings are welcome and it becomes Messy Church – toys and activities for pre-school children but also lots of craft activities and games for older siblings with songs and a short bible story for all ages.
Cost: £1.50 per family
Contact: Katie 07868314807 or
A small and friendly group with lots of toys, craft, songs and story in a warm, bright, good-sized room, in warm weather we can play in the garden.  Drink and biscuits. Drink and biscuits
Baby/Toddler/Preschool with siblings welcome in the holidays

Baby Bounce and Rhyme
Venue: Lancaster Library, Market St, Lancaster, LA1 1HY
Tel: 01524 580700
Time: 11.00am-12 noon
Cost: FREE
Parents, Grandparents and Carers sit in a circle with their child and sing a selection of nursery rhymes and songs. Musical instruments are sometimes handed out. Pay and display car parks nearby.

Chat, Play and Read
Venue: Lune Park Neighbourhood Centre
Time: 9.30-10.30am
Cost: Free
Drop-in play session. See all activities at Lune Park here.

Little Pebbles – stopped running in May 2019 but leaving the listing up as they’re hopefully restarting very soon with new volunteers.
Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road, Lancaster
Cost: 50p donation which includes refreshments
Time: 9.30-11am – term time only
Lots of toys for children from birth to pre-school. The group will have stories and songs at the end of the session for about 10 minutes – this will usually take the form of either a simple bible song or story.
Baby/Toddler/3-5 years

Morecambe & Heysham

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diddi dance
 St James’ Church, Heysham, LA3 2RT
Tel: 07738406349
Classes bookable online –
Time: 10.00am
Description: funky pre-school dances classes for girls and boys 18 months-4 years. 
See full description and all times here in recommended classes post.

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The Creation Station ‘Little Explorers’ (for age 15mths-5yrs)
Venue:  Torrisholme Methodist Church, LA4 6LT
Tel: 01524 899658 or 07983 070031
Time: 10.00-10.50am
Cost:  PAYG classes cost £6, three and six week blocks can be booked at £5/class
Description: Hands on arts and crafts sessions to develop children’s creativity and inspire their imaginations! See full description and all times here.
Facebook: TCSLancaster/
Website & Bookings:

Little Fish
Morecambe & Heysham Free Methodist Church, Heysham, LA3 2LG
Time: 10am-11.30am
Cost: FREE
Tel: 01524 853890 
Toys, songs and refreshments. This is a very popular group and sometimes has a waiting list.  Please ring to check whether there’ll be space for you, or if you’ll need to wait a few weeks. Free car park at venue.
Baby/0-4 years


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diddi dance
Kendal Leisure Centre, LA9 7HX  
Tel: 07738406349
Classes bookable online –
Time: 9.30am
Description: funky pre-school dances classes for girls and boys 18 months-4 years. 
See full description and all times here in recommended classes post.

Castle Street baby and toddler group
Venue: Castle Street Community Centre, Castle Street, Kendal, LA9 7AD
Time: 9.30am-11.15am
Cost: 12 months+ £3, under 12 months £1.50, siblings/up to 6months £1
creative crafts,ride on toys,soft play,healthy snack & singing.
contact: Jem 01539739154
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Playaways Baby and Toddler Playgroup
Venue: Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Windermere Road, LA9 4QJ
Time: 9.30-11.30am termtime
Cost: £2 a child or £3 per family
Friendly, relaxed playgroup with lots of toys.

South Lakes Twins +
Venue: Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal
Time: 9.30-11.30am fortnightly, termtime
Dates: check the South Lakes Twins + facebook group
Cost: £3 per family
Do you have twins or more? Come along to our group to chat and share tips and experiences. We join the Playaways playgroup every fortnight. It is a small group, with a baby area, so twin mums can safely put one down and there are other parents there to lend a hand with babies. The entrance is via a side door on the left side of the building. Parents expecting twins are welcome too.

Crawl in the Hall
Venue: Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, LA9 5AL
Time: Friday 10.00-11.00am, termtime only
Cost: £3.50 per adult, children free
prebooking essential, ring 01539 722464

Sedbergh/Kirkby Lonsdale

South Lakes

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Venue: Lightburn House, Brogden St, Ulverston, LA12 7AT
Time: 12.15-1.15pm Age: 13 months to 4 years
Time: 1.45-2.45pm Age: 13 months to 4 years
Cost: £7 each per child when paying termly with sibling discounts available
Toddler Sense introduces a whole new world of adventure for toddlers and children from 13 months to 4 years. See full details in our recommended classes post here.

Rhythm Time
Phoenix Centre Windermere  AND St. Mary’s Parish Hall, Dalton
Time: Various sessions throughout the day toddlers (14months to 3 years ), Babies ( 0 to 13months), Preschool (3 to 5 years) 
To book a free session go to :

Venue: Grange Pre-school, The Pavilion, Yew Tree Rd
Time: 9.15am-11.15am, term time only 
Tel: 015395 58414
Cost: £4 accompanied, £8 unaccompanied. Payment by the half term.
Your children can stay and play and learn supervised by qualified staff.
2.5-4 years

Sedbergh Little People
Venue: Cornerstone Community Church, New Street, Sedbergh
Time: 9:30-11am
run by local mums for babies and toddlers
contact on facebook for more info

Babies and Barbells
Venue: Cartmel – outdoor class followed by brew at Unsworth Yard
Time: 10.00-11.15am starting 8th Feb
Contact: tel: 07880361170
5 week block, limited to 6 places.
Parent and baby fitness class by a qualified pre and post natal personal trainer.

Venue: Victoria Hall (Information Centre) on the Main St, Grange Over Sands
Time: 9.30am-3pm (incorporating a fitness class for parents 10-10.45am)
Contact: find the friplaygrangeplaygroup on facebook
Cost: £1.50 for soft play, exercise class £6 paid in advance/£7 on day
Drop-in playgroup with soft play and activities. Tea coffee and snacks available, you are welcome to bring your own packed lunches and picnics along.


Venue: BlueJam Space, Mostyn Hall, Penrith.
Time: 1.15-2.30pm session, 3 sessions minimum. Booking essential, contact Cost: £5 per session, booking essential, book minimum of 3 sesssions at a time
Contact: Ella at
ParentSing is Penrith’s only child-friendly choir, where you can sing to your heart’s desire with little ones in tow. We sing a mixture of world, folk, pop and ye olde music in an informal and friendly setting. All ages and singing experiences welcome. Blankets and some toys and books are provided.