LISTINGS: Children’s Activities, Pre-School Activities – February 9 – February 16

Published on Thursday 9 February 2012 11:24


Dream Bigger Dreams, people of all ages can enjoy performances and interactive fun activities with students from both universities which will include Professor Fluffy, the cuddly toy academic who will take children and teenagers on a medical learning journey. liquid nitrogen experiments, cheer leading, street and break dance sessions, the White and Black art exhibition, Green Hallam environmental display, and archaeologists will share interesting discoveries including bones and the typical diet of our ancestors, Winter Garden and Millennium Square, Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Shakespeare in a Week: Comedy of Errors, Griffin Theatre Arts workshop at which participants aged 14-18 will work over the week to create a whirlwind version of one of Shakespeare’s play, develop performance and confidence skills, and experience professional rehearsal techniques with a performance on the Friday night, Lantern Theatre, Kenwood Park Road, Nether Edge, Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm (£55 per person, 2551776).

Follow the Birds Family Trail, families will have the chance to explore Longshaw while learning about the wildlife that lives there, especially birds busy building their nests in the trees, guided by a map and trail leaflet and Raz the Robin, Visitor Centre, National Trust Longshaw Estate, Saturday and Sunday 19 February, 10.30am – 4.30pm (trail sheets cost 50p each).

Half Term at Magna, Bubble making Workshops (£1, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm); Steel Tours, discover more about the steel making process and what life was life for many of the men and women who worked within the industry 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm; Forge Demonstrations, visit the fire pavilion each afternoon and see steel being heated and moulded, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm (£9.85/ £8.95/ £8.05).

Looking good, half-term activity with spectacular free-flying Bird of Prey and Parrot shows and chance to meet creatures from around the world in close-up encounters, showing how they maintain their good looks and the fascinating ways they attract a mate, Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, from Saturday until February 19 (normal admission charges apply).

Sheffield Subbuteo Club, weekly session primarily for children (accompanied by adults), all equipment provided, Meersbrook Park United Reform Church centre, Chesterfield Road, every Sunday at 3pm, until the end of the season on May 27 (no charge for the first three sessions attended, then £3 to cover the cost of room hire).

Pyjama Drama. Sing, move, pretend, play where will our imagination take us today? a unique programme from six months to seven years, age differentiated classes which support each developmental stage, classes in Totley and Jungle Mania Wednesdays, Woodseats, Monday and Tuesdays and Woodhouse, Fridays (three-week trial £10, Gemma 07787111053, email,

Little Ninja’s Karate Classes, for five to seven-year-olds, Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church Hall (opposite the bowling green) Middlewood Road, Mondays, 5pm-6pm; the Burton Street Project, Burton Street, Fit4All Sports Hall, Wednesdays, 5pm-6pm (Debbie or Stan Knighton, 2853303, email

Planet Pot Art Club, for ages seven to 12, designed to help children develop artistic skills by exploring painting and drawing, express themselves creatively and use their imaginations, have fun and be inspired, beginning with Van Gogh’s the Starry Night, Planet Pot, Hangingwater Road, Nether Green or Machon Bank Road, Nether Edge, Mondays, 4pm-5.30pm beginning February 20 (£40 £40 for five-week course, materials included,, 2587402, email or

Acctivate, fortnightly children’s club run by Asperger’s Children and Carers together for children aged three to 12 with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism, their siblings and their parents, laying on such activities as arts and crafts, sports, computers, lego and playmobil and animation, and a relaxation room plus seperate room where parents can relax and get a cup of tea or coffee, St Marys Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Saturday, 9.45am-12.15pm. a similar Teenager Club running on alternate at the same venue takes place on Tuesday, 7pm-9pm (, Emma 07527 824034).

Cool new Crochet Classes, ages eight to 14 can learn the simple techniques to make funky scarves, blankets, accessories and more, all materials and snacks provided, Nichols Building, Shalesmoor, Saturdays, 9.45-11am (£40 or £6 per session, email, 07816 355782).

Sew in the City, Weekly Young Designers Stitch Club, Thursdays and Fridays; Upcycle, Alter and Revive Workshop, Wednesday, February 15; Patchwork Quilt Day Workshop, Saturday, February 18; Watchcuff Workshop, Wednesday, February 29; Dress making Course, Wednesday, March 21 (, 07982494399).

Hotshots School of Basketball, boys and girls aged six to 11, All Saints Sports Centre during term time, Thursdays, 5pm-6.30pm (£2.50); Boys, 11-18, All Saints Sports Centre, Saturdays, 10am-11.30am (£2.50).

Woodcraft Folk, outdoor fun, nature-based activities and cooperative games, to help young people learn about the world and understand how to value our planet and each other, groups for 6-9yrs; 10-13yrs; 14-16 yrs, 16+, various areas of Sheffield (, Jeanne 2554053).

Concord AllStars, free music tuition on brass and percussion for ages eight to 13 years, all instruments and equipment provided free of charge, dance lessons also available, Croft House Settlement, Garden Street, Saturdays, 10am to noon (2491460).

Boys’ Brigade, activities in fun/friendly environment, Wesley Hall, Crookes, Wednesdays, ages 6-10, 6pm-7pm, ages 10-16, 7-45pm-9-15pm (Brian Betts, 07734 304020).

Sheffield Music School, join other young musicians aged 6-18 year, Grade 2 to 8+ standard, any instrument or singers, each session includes playing in small ensembles, aural classes and music theory in a relaxed fun environment, also “stand-alone” Grade 5 music theory classes, Sharrow Primary School, every Saturday morning in term time (emial,

Drama Classes, Easy Street Academy of Performing Arts, little London Road, Mondays, ages 4-7, 3.45pm-4.30pm (£5, ages 8-11, 4.30pm-5.30pm (£5.50, fees payable half termly, 07788594133).

Musical Theatre Classes, Easy Street Academy of Performing Arts, little London Road, Tuesdays, ages 4-7, 4pm-4.45pm (£5, ages 8-11, 4.45pm-5.45pm (£5.50, fees payable half termly, 07788594133).

Easy Street Academy of Performing Arts, open auditions for new performing arts academy for young people aged 11-18 to be held for three hours on a Saturday morning, Easy Street Theatre Company, little London Road, Saturday, 9am (email or text 07788594133).

HipHop Dance Workshop, for young people 12+ led by professional dance company Rationale, Montgomery Arts Centre, Montgomery Hall, Surrey Street, Wednesdays, 4.30pm-5.30pm to November 23 (£5 per session., 2720455, email

Sheffield Theatre School, classes in ballet, tap, freestyle and jazz for ages four to adult. Relaxed atmosphere, annual show and IDTA exams. Millhouses area (2364006).

Eckington Junior Dynamos Jog Group, new sessions led by North East Derbyshire District Council for ages 14 to 16 of all abilities who want to build up their fitness, Eckington Swimming Pool. Tuesdays, 4pm starting next week (Darren Ward or Rob Onion, 01246 217481).

Act one Drama Studio, weekly drama and acting classes and holiday workshops for children aged four to adult. LAMDA examinations, production classes, directed by professional actors, CRB checked with First Aid certificates, Ecclesall Parish Halls, Monday, Tuesday, Friday evenings and Saturday daytime (£8 per two-hour session, 07904 339024, email:,

Young Cinema Saturday Club, activities for children followed by a family film, Showroom Cinema, every Saturday from midday, with the film starting at 1pm (£6 for under 15s, includes club activity, packed lunch and movie, £4 entry to movie for accompanying adults).

Thomas the Turtle’s Family Trail, ages five to 12 can meet some of the animals hiding in the displays and explore some of the objects on display through drawing and quizzes, Metalwork Gallery, Millennium Galleries, daily, Mondays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 11am-5pm (£1 per trail, drop in),

Discovery Time, storytelling, crafts and puzzles suitable for ages four to 11 and linked to the museum displays, Weston Park Museum, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 12.45pm and 2pm–2.45pm (free, places which are limited to 15 children can be booked 30 mintues before each session and are allocated on a first come first served basis).

Activity Cart, creative fun suitable for ages four to 11 moves around the building, Weston Park Museum, school holidays and weekends, 11.30am–3.45pm (free, drop in).

Painting and Drawing Classes, for ages seven to 14 with experienced tutor/ artist Pamela Marshall, small friendly classes (maximum of 10 students) with fun-to-learn subjects including cartoons, animals and landscapes, with lots of individual attention, Thursdays, 6.30pm-8pm (2748635).

The Edge Climbing Centre, runs a variety of children’s indoor climbing clubs suitable for all abilities: Rock-Stars, starter course for seven year-olds; Edge-Masters for more advanced climbers; Fri-Night Club for young people between 13-17 years and the Jets club for elite advanced young climbers, sessions run mid-week after school, weekends and throughout the schools holidays, the Edge Climbing Centre, John Street (, 2758899).

Soccer Kids, children’s football training for boys and girls ages four to 13 of all ability level, Tapton School, Darwin Lane, Crosspool, Saturdays, 9am-11am (£3.50-£4, first session free, just turn up and register).


Rattle and Roll Music Classes, suitable forunder fives, unique interactive music classes full of percussion playing, dancing time, puppets, parachute ride, bubbles and much more, little London Road and Mount View Pre-School, Derbyshire Lane, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, special sessions during half term (07412 696800, email, Noodle Performance Arts, performing arts classes for two to five year olds in Beighton, ages three to five, Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am, ages two to three, Saturdays, 10.45am-11.30am, music, singing, drama, dance and lots of fun (Nikki 07984-461711,

Baby Bricks, weekly mother and baby day hosted by Red Bricks Cafe the Nichols Building, every Tuesday 11am-6pm.

Stepping Stones, under fives and carers welcome for singing, bible story, crafts, refreshments, fun, St. Columba’s Church, Manchester Road, Crosspool, Friday and every second Friday in the month, 1.45pm-2.45pm (07870 132471).

Baby-friendly Book Group, reading group for grown-ups where (pre-walking) babies are welcome in the Greystones area every four to six weeks for a relaxed and informal discussion about a book chosen by members of the group (Rachel, 07941 454195 or email

Happy Baby Massage, five week course suitable for babies and parents / carers from birth to eight months, Wednesday mornings in Crookes (, Abi 07983411790).

Mother of God Baby and Toddler Group, Mother of God Church, Abbeydale Road (entrance on St Ronan’s Road), Wednesdays, 10.30 am-12, term time only (all welcome, £1 per family).

Jack-in-a-Box Music Group fun singing and music classes for parents, carers and their babies and children up to 4+ years taught by qualified nursery/primary school teacher. Interactive music with percussion instruments, puppets & pictures, singing a variety of songs from traditional nursery rhymes, action and movement songs. half hour classes + half hour play & refreshments. Classes held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings in newly refurbished premises in Fulwood, close to Forge Dam Park (for free trial session phone Jillian on 07712 463424 / 2301516).

Potty Pre-Schoolers, Planet Pot, Hangingwater Road, Nethergreen, open Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm, Sundays, 11am-4pm, every day during school holidays. now also at Machon Bank Road, Nether Edge (2306479,, email or

Toddlers Yoga, classes at the Old Junior School, Sharrow, Tuesdays, 10am (Concessions for siblings. Babes in arms free, Nicola 07739490143, email,

LISTINGS: Children’s Activities, Pre-School Activities – February 9 – February 16

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