7 Good Reasons to Join a Club or Class in 2019
1.Better together. As human beings, we are social animals, and feel the need to belong to a group - be it a workplace, gym, church, social club or gang.
2. Joining a local baby or children's club or class will help your child become more confident, happy and fulfilled. For children it's important for them to spend time with other children, particularly if they share the same interests, as it can inspire and excite them to see other like-minded children trying things out.
For young children and toddlers, clubs and classes teach them all sorts of disciplines, like learning to make new friends, to share and listen - all good preparation for school.
Baby groups and classes not only help stimulate your little one's development, it also provides a much needed chance for you to socialise with other new parents.
3. Children can never have too many friends. Making friends with children from outside their school allows children to broaden their experiences as well as their pool of friends. Then when they start High School, there's the chance they will bump into them again.
4. Sports and dance clubs encourage a healthy lifestyle. There are so many classes now to choose from. Sport is also a nice activity to do as a family. Many local clubs have adult sessions too e.g. you could treat it as a family challenge for the New Year to all learn martial arts or take up tennis. It goes without saying, the benefits of doing regular exercise include encouraging your child to lead a healthy, active lifestyle, thus avoiding poor health and obesity in later life. Exercise also helps to relieve the stress built up by homework and exams.
5. Children learn to become a team player. By participating in team sports or working towards dance and drama productions, children learn to support each other, listen to instructions, become disciplined and work towards a common goal. All good lessons for the future workplace.
6.Clubs and classes can help develop a child's co-ordination too. Sport, dance and craft activities are particularly important for developing the finer motor skills that a child needs for improving their handwriting.
7. Finally - clubs can give children much need time away from computer screens, iPads, phones and televisions! By trying out different clubs, children get the chance to discover a hobby they may have a natural aptitude for. You never know - they could be a future striker for Wolves or professional on Strictly Come Dancing!
Many clubs offer a free or reduced price taster or trial class.
Here’s a list of clubs & classes local to the Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire and Shropshire area:
Codsall Hive, Codsall. Weekly afterschool art club and holiday workshops. Codsall Hive also runs weekly pre-school classes – Baby Bees for babies and Busy Little Bees for toddlers from 2 years upwards, during term times. For details call 01902 842771 or visit www.codsallhive.co.uk
Crafty Happenings, Penn. Join the After School Art Club at Crafty Happenings every Tuesday. Make things from air drying clay, weaving and other crafts, Suitable for children 6+. Children’s holiday workshops also available. For details call 07802 899354 www.craftyhappenings.co.uk
Crafty Kids Café, Penn. There’s a range of classes available each week including pre-schoolers play, messy and music groups and afterschool clubs. Call 07830 296 145 or visit Facebook for details @craftkidscafepenn
The New Art Gallery Walsall. The gallery runs a range of regular activities, workshops and activities during term times and summer holidays. They include Tuesday Tots, Wednesdays For All, Thursday Skills for families with children 4+, Saturday Playdates, Baby & Me Wednesdays and Art Start on Tuesdays for pre-schoolers. www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk
Lucy Evans Academy of Dance. Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Melody Bear Movement, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz, Limbering and Adult Ballet Fitness, Children’s classes in Brewood, Wolverhampton and adult classes in Pattingham. Book a trial class and pay half price - trial spaces are limited so ring Lucy Harper on 07896 770084 for details. www.lucyevansacademyofdance.co.uk
Tip Toes Dance Academy. Fun and enjoyable classes for children aged 2 to adults in Ballet, Tap, Modern theatre, Commercial dance/contemporary 12+, Street Dance for little ones and 7+, Musical Theatre, Acrobatic Dance 5+, Tricks and Tumbles under 5s and Adult Dance Fitness. Classes held in Pattingham, Bilbrook, Tettenhall and Wombourne. Call Miss Eadie 07866 467863, email email@example.com or visit www.tiptoes-danceacademy.co.uk
Stagecoach Wolverhampton offers quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 2-18 yrs. Classes are held in singing, acting and dancing at Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Wolverhampton. Open every weekend during term time with workshops during the school holidays. Stagecoach is Ofsted registered and accepts childcare vouchers. Ask about our two week trial. Call 07920 407046 or visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/wolverhampton
Stacey Smith Singing Tuition offers professional singing training for all ages and abilities. Whether you want to sing for fun, or you want to pursue a career in singing this is the place to learn all the necessary skills and develop your voice. We offer a range of exams including ABRSM Singing exams and ALCM Musical Theatre performance exams; with a 100% pass rate with all current students. Based in Perton, South Staffordshire, the one to one lessons are taught from a purpose built music room. Holiday workshops are based in various local locations. Trial lesson half price. Call Stacey on 07530 055556. www.staceysmithsinging.co.uk
WV Active Swim Academy. Lessons available for children and adults at WV Active Central, Wolverhampton and Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Bilston. Lessons cover all abilities – from total beginners to more advanced swimmers. www.wvactive.com
Staffordshire Swimming Academy. Classes from 18 months old to adults. You get free public swimming if you pay by direct debit. Call your local South Staffordshire Leisure Centre for details or visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk
Also see Water Babies below.
Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts. Little Ninja Classes (4-7 years), Kids Karate (8-11 years) and Adult Kickboxing – triple fat burning cardio workout, special beginner’s classes available. Mondays & Thursdays at Christchurch Junior School, Tettenhall. Freephone 0800 389 3987.
Babies and Pre-school:
Bilston Craft Gallery. Little Grown-Ups sessions run Thursdays giving families withbabies and toddlers the chance to pretend they are grown-up and Bilston Boddlers take place on Fridays providing babies and toddlers with imaginative materials to build, make and play. www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk
Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Baby Bears Creative Play Sessions take place on Tuesdays for families with babies and toddlers aged 0-5 years. www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk
Tots Play Wolverhampton. Unique, multi-activity developmental play classes where special memories are made. Baby Development Course (up to 6 months), Discovery Tots (8 weeks to crawling) Social Tots (crawling to 3 years) and Action Tots (2-4years) new physical play and pre-riding skills classes. Venues in Aldersely, Tettenhall, Codsall, Penn and Sedgley. Call 07484 779565. www.totsplay.co.uk/wolverhampton
Water Babies – Baby Swimming Classes. Water Babies teach babies from birth without the use of flotation devices in order to prevent children developing a false sense of security and because the water naturally supports their body weight. Free taster sessions are available, subject to availability, at a number of venues each term for babies up to a year old. Taster sessions are available for over 1's on request. Local classes are held at Telford, Bridgnorth, Brierley Hill, Wolverhampton and Cannock. Call Heidi on 01694 731401, email Wibblewobble@waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk
Little Kickers offers fun football training in Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth for children aged 18 months - 7 years. Book on for a trial session and play before you pay. Call Jo on 0773 6074596. www.littlekickers.co.uk
See Little Kickers above for details about football for children 18 months-7 years.
Bright Minds Tuition. Bright Minds Tuition is a brand new tutoring service for children in years 2-5, based in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. Drawing upon 20 years of teaching experience and in groups of no more than 5 children, owner Kay Khunkun provides a high quality learning program in English and Maths, tailored to each child’s individual needs. For a FREE lesson or to find out more, call Kay on 07795 563221.
NOTE: The information in this article was correct at January 1 2019 but please do check with the provider for the latest information and prices as this is just a guide.
If you do contact any of these clubs or classes, would you mind mentioning you saw in on Raring2go!? It helps us bring you more information like this. Thanks!
Jo Messinger is Editor of the Wolverhampton & South Staffordshire Edition of Raring2go! A wife and mum to two lively boys who love living life to the full - just how it should be!
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