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Baby & Pre-schooler Classes & Paid Activities

From yoga to swimming, baby gym, dance, performing arts & sport...

Featured North Canterbury Baby & Pre-schooler Classes

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Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Christchurch


Specifically designed from birth, to aid your child's development, Baby Sensory classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more - plus you'll never experience the same class twice. Toddler Sense sessions are jam-packed with fabulous activities and fun adventures to help your adventurous toddler or child burn off excess energy and develop vital physical, communication, social and intellectual skills that form the foundation of all future learning. Come join us!

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Hartley School Of Performing Arts

62 Ashley Street, Rangiora


PRESCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE CLASS Class: 3-5yrs, Mondays 2.20-2.50. First class free then $7.25+GST. This class explores a bit of movement as well as a bit of acting and sing-a-long. A perfect class to inspire your child with performance of any sort.

NEW ENTRANT DRAMA CLASS: 4-6yrs, Mondays 3.45-4.30pm. First class free then $12.75+GST. The small classes are aimed at helping young children adapt to a classroom environment and being able to share their ideas, work creatively with others, have confidence to speak up and communicate clearly.

Swimming Lessons

North Canterbury pools in Rangiora and Kaiapoi offer lessons to babies and preschoolers starting at 6 months old. Book in advance and pay for a term. If you know of any other options, including private swim tutors, please get in touch. Although they are further away, Aquagym Swim Centre and Kings Swim School in Christchurch have good reputations for children's swimming lessons.

Waimakariri Council Swimming Pools

Dudley Park Aquatic Centre (Rangiora)

Kaiapoi Aquatic Centre

Casual water-confidence sessions at Christchurch swimming pools

Bubbletimes - splash and play activities suitable for preschool children from six months to under five years to help build water confidence. Not too far from North Canterbury: Graham Condon by Northlands in Papanui, Jellie Park or QE2 pools in Christchurch. See timetable and pricing here. 


If you are looking for something like Tumbling Toddlers, Empire Athletics in Rangiora is offers Little Explorers where babies and toddlers can roam and explore the equipment at their own pace. See the website here for details and to book

Mega Stadium in Rangiora runs gymnastics sessions for babies under 2, as well as gymnastics and trampoline classes for over twos. Visit the website for details.

Rangiora Gymnastics Club offers classes to pre-schoolers aged 3-5 years. Click here for details.



Ballet with Bex in Pegasus offers classes for preschoolers 3-4 years old. See the Facebook page for pricing and contact.

Bella Montessori in Kaiapoi runs a ballet class for toddlers/preschoolers at 1:15 on a Thursday afternoon. Contact the preschool for more information. 

Convergence Dance Studios (Kaiapoi) offers classes to toddlers from 1.5 years, on Tuesday mornings, at 23 Cass Street. Contact CDS for more info and to enrol.

Funkafied Dance Club in Kaiapoi offers classes to children from 3 years old. See the website for timetable, prices and contact information.

Jenna McKenzie School of Dance in Rangiora. Preschool ballet from 2.5 years at 2pm on Mondays, as well as 2pm and 2:45 Wednesdays. Jazz classes for 2.5-5 year olds, 2:40 on Mondays. Contact

One Step Dance in Woodend caters to children from 3 years old. Classes run on Saturday mornings. Jo Bartlett 022011 2517 for details.

Pitter Patter Dance runs classes in Rangiora for toddlers/preschoolers from 2 years old. See the website for timetable, prices and contact information.

PG Dance School in Rangiora for Highland Dancing from preschool age.

Performing Arts

New Entrant Drama and Preschool Musical Theatre. For more information see the Featured Listing at the top of this page, visit the website and the Facebook page.


Little Kickers is football/soccer for toddlers and preschoolers from 18 months old. There are sessions run at Rangiora Borough School every Saturday morning. Follow the link below and type '7400' under Location to see details for Rangiora sessions.

Sports Fun-damentals for Preschoolers. Helping children develop a love for sport and active play to encourage them into a life of healthy activity. Email for more information.

Playball is a specialised series of age specific classes that teach sport and life skills. Rainbow Preschool in Kaiapoi facilitates this programme for 3-5 year olds on Thursdays 9:15-10am. Register via the Playball website.

Martial Arts

Pre-School Karate Classes at the Methodist Hall in Rangiora. Thursdays 10-11am. Contact Paula 027 585 6637.

Please contact us if you would like your class/activity to be listed here, or if you see anything that needs to be updated. Thank you!


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