Playgroups and classes
Doncaster and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for pre school aged children.
Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.
If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.
Booking required: contact 01302 844818
Contact Becky on 07780 595034
FREE Taster Sessions Available – book here
Puddle Ducks Doncaster’s Baby & Pre-School programme (0-4) provides a wonderful bonding experience and our progressive lesson plans instil a water confidence and love of swimming. Our nurturing teachers – the most highly qualified in the business – tailor activities to your child’s abilities and needs and we make learning to swim fun! Our baby & Pre-school programme is offered through five levels Floaties (0-6months), Splashers (6-15months), Kickers (15months to 2.5 years),Little Dippers (2-5 years) and Dippers (2-5 years)
For older children, whether they have come from a pre-school class or never been in the water before, Swim Academy (4-10 years) will take your child from ‘getting their faces wet’ to being an independent swimmer and who knows, maybe a future Olympic champion.
Aegir School, Gainsborough: Saturdays – click for times
Coppice School, Hatfield: Mondays – click for times
DW Fitness Gainsborough: Thursdays & Saturdays – click for times
DW Fitness Selby: Thursdays & Sundays – click for times
Epworth Swimming Pool: Tuesdays, Fridays & Sundays – click for times
Heatherwood School, Doncaster: Mondays & Tuesdays – click for times
Hilltop School, Maltby: Sundays – click for times
John Whitgift Academy, Grimsby: Tuesdays & Sundays – click for times
Kelford School, Rotherham: Mondays & Sundays – Click for times
Oak House, Tickhill: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays – click for times
Owston Hall Hotel: Wednesdays – click for times
Treetops Cottages, Grasby: Mondays – click for times
Willow Lodge, Bubwith: Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays – click for times
Signhills Academy, Cleethorpes: Saturdays – click for times
Super Swimmers of Dinnington: Thursdays – click for times
Call 07884 933789 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
3.20pm – Epworth Primary Academy, Doncaster (School Pupils Only)
9.15am – Sunny Bright Day Nursery (Nursery Pupils Only)
10.15am – Little Einsteins Nursery (Nursery Pupils Only)
10.00am – Cantley Scout Hut, Doncaster
9.55am & 10.45am – St Francis Church Hall, Bessacarr
09.15am & 10am – Cantley Scout Hut, Doncaster
email: email@example.com, 0345 313 0289
Tots Play classes offer the benefits of baby massage, yoga, signing, music and sensory play all in one class.
Contact Claire on 01785 2374106
09:15 – 11:15
Hatfield Woodhouse Parent & Toddler Group
Village Hall, Main Street, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster,DN7 6RY
Acorn Parent & Toddler Group
Friday 9:30 am – 11:30
St Marys Church, 59a, St Marys Road, Wheatley, Doncaster,DN1 2NR
Tel 01302 886763 Mobile No 07972 794630
Airkings Trampoline Park, Transpoint, Doncaster Road, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1HT
Toddler sessions run Friday 10m-11am, 1pm-2pm, Saturday 10am-11am and Sunday 10am-11am
£2.50 for one toddler and one adult. Additional toddlers/adults £2.50 each.
Contact 01302 890513
Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing
Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
Call 07774 848690
09:15am – 11:15am
The Church Hall, Rokeby Gardens, Queen Mary Crescent, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster,DN3 1BY
Mobile No:07447 414051
Under 1’s – £1.50
Over 2’s £2
Baby Massage Classes, suitable for babies from 6 weeks to 8 months.
Baby Yoga suitable for babies from 3 months to 12 months.
Toddler Yoga suitable for ages 1 year to 3 years.
Mondays – Retford
Tuesdays – Treasure Island, Rotherham
Wednesdays – Sprotborough
Fridays – Maltby
Contact Angela 07414 863505
Our toddler area includes a giant Interactive Ball Pool with Ball Juggler, Ball Chute, Wavy Slide, Tube Slide, climbing and obstacle features.
Toddler Sessions run Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.00pm
Price – £4.00 per child including a cup of juice* OR Toddler Time entry and Kid’s meal only £6.25* until 2.30pm. Free entry for accompanying adults.
Mondays: 10.30am-11.30am – Game Time: Toys, Tunnels and Play!
Tuesdays: 10.30am-11.00am – Teddy Bears Picnic: Have breakfast with our Astrabound Bear! Toast and Juice included.
Wednesdays: 10.30am – 11.30am – Music Time: Dance and sing with us! We turn the music up and have all your favourite songs such as…Baby Shark!
Thursdays: 10.30am – 11.30am – Crafts Time: Come and create with us and see what you can make.
Fridays: 10.30am – 11.30am – Bearobics: Come and dance with our friendly Astrabound Bear and see his dance moves!
*To take advantage of these offers, all you need to do is become a member of Astrabound – which is Free – pick up a form at reception and it takes just 2 minutes!
Call 01302 304620
Mum and baby yoga, run by an experienced registered midwife. Each class has half hour chat, tea and cake afterwards!
From 6 weeks after a vaginal birth or 12 weeks after a c-section.
Tall Trees Yoga Studio, DN4 8QP
£10 per class or £50 for 6 classes.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
A group designed for babies, toddlers and their families to sing and sign (using Makaton) lots of popular songs and nursery rhymes. There are plenty of sensory resources for your little ones to explore and have fun with, Using Makaton through music helps develop your children’s communication and language skills and also their attention and memory skills. This is all achieved through fun and play.
Wednesday – 1.15pm to 2.15pm, Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground
Friday – 9.30am to 10.30am, Thorne library
£3 per family/group.
Cafe and play area opened in Summer 2018.
I haven’t visited, but it has received a lot of lovely comments in the Doncaster Mumbler chat group.
“It’s got a little cafe (cakes are yummy) and then a play area with dress up and the like and then also a sensory room” Catherine, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group Feb 2019
“I am a regular at Brontes. Been going since it first opened and love it! My daughters are almost 2 and almost 7. They both love it and so do their friends of similar ages. The owners are very friendly and always happy to help with anything. And their food is delicious! I recommend the milkshakes and the home made sausage rolls. They do an amazing afternoon tea for £12.95 each” Emily, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group Feb 2019
Bronte’s of Thorne, 6 Market Place, Thorne, Doncaster
Playgroup for babies and pre-schoolers. Runs during term time only.
Friday, 9am-11am, Everton Village Hall
£1 for 0-1 year olds and £2 for older children. Siblings are £1 each. (Includes a drink and snack for children and tea/coffee/biscuits for grown ups).
Help your child develop essential early learning skills through fun, educational creative activities. Lots of fab fun to share with your child. Designed to inspire children aged 15 months to 5 years of age.
Friday 10am & 11.30am Goals Soccer Centre, Worcester Avenue, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4NB
Call 07531 852115 to book.
Doncaster Dome is one of the region’s premier sports, leisure & entertainment destinations, with over 50 activities taking place under one roof.
Make a splash in the Lagoons; a magical 7-pool water world waiting to be explored or Cut the Ice in the Ice Caps; the UK’s only split level ice rink with interconnecting ramps linking two Ice Pads together.
Parent & Toddler Swimming (term time):
Monday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Wednesday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Thursday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Friday 10.00am to 1.00pm
Monday 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Tuesday 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Thursday 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Saturday 8.00am to 10.00am
Ice Skating Lessons
Tuesday 4.00pm to 8.00pm (suitable for beginners of all ages)
The Dome also has a Playzone, where your children can adventure into the world of Aztecs and battle through the two-tier soft play area. Suitable for 0-12 years, with a dedicated toddler soft play area
Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 5
Tel 01302 370
Classes every day of the week (except Sundays), from 4 to 13 years old
Unit C1/C2 Railway Court,
Sandal Stones Road,
Call 07971 562834
We have 11 classes per week over 6 days that children from 5 years old can join in.
You get a 100% free week to start with so you can try out any or all of these classes without any obligation.
We teach Muay Thai, Grappling BJJ and the Russian Jacket Wrestling sport of Sambo. There are so many benefits to kids training in martial arts, plus it’s fun, in a positive environment.
Doncaster Sambo, 61a Carr House Road, Top Floor, Doncaster, DN1 2BY
Telephone 07847 438675
09:30 – 11:30
Dunsville Community Centre, High Street,
Dunsville, Doncaster,DN7 4BX
Flip Out Doncaster, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, Dn1 1SW
Monday to Friday 9am -1pm (During term time)
Monday to Friday 9am-10am (During school holidays)
£5 per child (Adult Free)
(Flip out also have a great soft-play area that is FREE near the cafe. So have a bounce in the morning and then enjoy lunch and soft play)
YWT Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Potteric Carr Visitor Centre, Mallard Way, DN4 8DB
Call 01302 325736
Join us every Friday morning for our NEW Fun Fridays! A fun packed morning of art, painting, sticking and crafts for the little ones!
FREE to come along!
We also serve our famous buffet breakfast throughout this time so you can sit back, real and enjoy a delicious breakfast whilst we entertain the kids! Perfect start to any weekend!
Farmhouse Inns (Elmwood Farm, Beighton), Old Colliery Way, Beighton Link Business Park, S20 1DJ
09:00 – 11:00
Kirkby Avenue Primary School,
Kirkby Avenue, Bentley, Doncaster,DN5 9TF
Go Bounce Trampoline Park, Unit 13 Ogden Road, Shaw Lane Estate, Doncaster, DN2 4SQ
Take your youngsters along to Toddler sessions where they can take part in all of the activities that the park has to offer. Supervising parents have the added comfort that these sessions are closely monitored by expert court marshals, ensuring that toddlers will have an exciting, adventurous and action packed visit!
These sessions are open to anyone aged 4 or under and all toddlers must be accompanies by a parent or guardian at all times.
£4.50 per visitor, Term Time Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 2.00pm
Socks are required (no bare feet)
2 hours soft play for under 5’s.
£2.50 per visitor (accompanying parents/guardians are free), Term Time and Non-Term time every day
Socks are required
Contact 01302 965465
Tuesday 10am & 11am: The Beak Children’s Centre, Kirk Sandall, DN3 1JH
Friday 10am & 11am: Victoria Hall, High Street, Hatfield, DN7 6RS
Hartbeeps take you and your little one on a different sound journey every week… exploring real life from the safety of our beautiful sets… we set the scene, tell the story and make magic happen!
Call 07966 891008
09:00 – 11:00
Norton & Campsall Methodist Church Hall,
Campsall Balk, Norton, Doncaster,DN6 9EG
Doncaster’s newest and wildest indoor play area and private party venue.
Tuesday 10am-5pm (Exclusive SEN session 5pm-6pm)
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Term Time Prices: Children 1+ Years £3.95 (adults and babies under 1 FREE).
School Holiday Prices: 1+ Years £4.95 (adults and babies under 1 FREE).
Unit 1D Island Drive, Capitol Business Park, Thorne, DN8 5UE
Let’s Tell A Story is run to encourage early language, communication and literacy development supporting children’s learning through music, singing and story time.
The group is downstairs in the library and is suitable for children aged 0-5 years with their parent/carer.
Friday 1.30pm-2.30pm – Bentley Community Library. Chapel Street, Bentley, Doncaster, DN5 0DE
Contact 01302 737350
Dance classes for all age groups from 18 months upwards
Doncaster DN3 1DA
Armthorpe Community Centre,
Daily Session Times
Monday: 09:30 – 11:00
Wednesday: 09:30 – 11:00
Friday: 09:30 – 11:00
The Kixx programme has offered a high energy, fun, age appropriate introduction to physical activity through football over the past 6 years!
New for 2019 – Their new 18 month sessions are an innovative programme with a mixture of sensory play, football skills and learning.
Come along and play, chat, meet friends new and old and enjoy a cuppa while the children explore. All ages are welcome.
Monday, 9.30am-11.30am – Time 2 Play, Woodfield Plantation
FREE for under 1’s and £1.50 for over 1’s when you quote ‘NCT Doncaster’. Open to any aged children, toddlers, babies and bumps!
Friday, 10.00am-11.30am – St Aidan’s Church, Wheatley Hills
Only £1 per person (adult, toddler or baby) which allows unlimited hot drinks and squash. There is also cake for the adults (allergen free also available) and healthy snacks for the kiddies!
Contact: 0300 330 0700
Est 1936 with 5 studios across Doncaster
3 Highgrove Court
Term-time sessions that allow your little one’s to get creative and have fun!
Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN16 3RE
Monday to Friday, Piggy Club
Tuesday & Thursday, Piggy Wiggle (a NEW dance & Sing-a-long session with Pickle the Pig) 2pm-2.30pm. Included in standard admission.
Call 01724 844466
The Scout Hall,
Daily Session Times
Friday: 09:15 – 11:15
We welcome new members and volunteers to help run our friendly group.
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Cantley Scout Hut
1pm Mini Sounds Right & 2pm Sounds Right Phonics, Edenthorpe Community Centre
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45 Sounds Right Phonics, Tickhill Parish Room
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Barnby Dun Church Hall
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Sprotborough Methodist Church Hall
Sounds Right Phonics Classes for Kids provide fun, high energy classes which teach early phonics skills to children aged 1-4 years. A Sounds Right Phonics Class is fun, varied and educational, and the best part is that children don’t even realise that they are learning.
Open to all ages. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Epworth Children’s Centre, Birchfield Road, Epworth, DN9 1DL
Tel: 01427 873787
Group and Private Swimming Lessons from 2 years old.
Hall Cross Academy, Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN1 2HY
Tuesday 4.25pm – 6.25pm
Wednesday 3.55pm – 5.25pm
Friday 3.55pm – 6.25pm
Saturday 8.30am – 12.00pm
Quest Park, Silk Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4LT
Monday 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 4.00pm – 6.30pm
Friday 4.00pm 6.30pm
Saturday 9.00am – 12.00pm
Worksop College, Sparken Hill, Worksop, S80 3AP
Call 01302 288 280 for more information
Scawsby Community Centre,
Daily Session Times
Monday: 09:30 – 11:30
Tuesday: 09:30 – 11:30
Wednesday: 09:30 – 11:30
Wednesday: 12:00 – 15:30
Thursday: 09:30 – 11:30
Friday: 09:30 – 11:30
Tel: 07914 344660
We provide a safe and happy environment with lots of different learning activities and a nutritious snack.
St. Pauls Catholic Church,
Daily Session Times
Friday: 10:00 – 11:30
Toddler Group for age 0 – School Age.
Run by Anne Pryor – tel number is 01302 537405.
Wide range of dance, fitness and theatre classes.
The Dance Space
Doncaster DN10 6JU
Dance, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre
2 Studios in Doncaster
The programme is structured to develop children’s positive personality traits including confidence and self-esteem. Each weekly session of 45 mins for the Tumble Tots programme or 60 minutes are the Gymbobs session combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe and caring environment. All sessions use unique equipment and are run by staff specially trained to get the best out of your child. It is structured according to the different ages and stages of a child’s development.
Child psychologists and educators agree that a structured programme in movement should be a part of every child’s education.
Thursday 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 4.00pm, Parklands Sports and Social Club, DN2 4LT
Friday 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, Intake Primary School Sports Hall. DN2 5JA
Saturday 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15am, Tickhill Methodist Church Hall, DN11 9HZ
Contact 07718 058255
John Whitgift Academy, Crosland Road, Grimsby. Lincs, DN37 9EH
Tuesday, 12.00 -12.30pm (Baby Programme)
Ivy House, Littlefield Lane, Marshchapel, Lincs, DN36 5TJ
Friday 10.30-11.00am (Baby Programme)
Friday 10.00-10.30am (Toddler Programme)
Contact 07716 382807