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.
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.
See the DCLT website for updates.
Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 5
Tel 01302 370
See all of Journey Educations classes and courses here (classes from 3-100 years!) in our ‘Tutors‘ section.
Oak Tree Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster, DN4 8QN
Call 07800 753204
The NCT are currently not holding any local events, but visit their facebook page to keep up to date with news.
Contact: 0300 330 0700
Visit the NCT Doncaster Facebook Page
Puddle Ducks Classes are back from September 2020.
Please check their website for the most recent class timetable.
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.
Call 07884 933789 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tots Play classes offer the benefits of baby massage, yoga, signing, music and sensory play all in one class.
“Having just finished the baby development course I can’t recommend this enough! I started when my little boy was just under 4 weeks old and I was worried that he’d be slightly too young but I think it was perfect timing. Granted, he slept or fed through the majority of classes but it was invaluable for me as a Mum. The support I got from Claire, Grandma Jane and the rest of the amazing mums has helped so much when I was struggling with the early motherhood days. All the information you get is incredible and I’ve come back from every session with loads of ideas for play to support my baby’s development. Can’t wait to carry on our journey into discovery tots. The fact that the whole class has booked onto the next stage speaks volumes!”
Wednesdays Social Tots (8 months-3 years), Discovery Tots (2 months-9 months) at Thorne Brook Primary School and Armthorpe
Thursdays Social Tots (8 months -3 years), Discovery Tots (2 months- 9 months) at Armthorpe
Thursdays/Fridays Baby Development Courses (0-6 months). Booking open for September and November at Armthorpe & Edenthorpe
Fridays Social Tots (8 months – 3 years), Discovery Tots (2 months – 9 months) at Edenthorpe
Contact Claire on 07852 374106
09:15 – 11:15
Hatfield Woodhouse Parent & Toddler Group
Village Hall, Main Street, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster,DN7 6RY
Airkings Doncaster closed on Jan 5th 2020.
AirKings Scunthorpe: Toddler Sessions (Age 4 and under)
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
Classes not yet back up and running post Covid19
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.
Contact Angela 07414 863505
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.
Back up and running from September 2020
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Bouncing Buggies, Balance Bike classes throughout the week.
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.
Please check whether classes are back on with the provider.
Bloom baby classes deliver highly researched baby development classes for babies from 6 weeks to 14 months.
Contact Becky on 07780 595034
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.
Subscription based classes at the NEW cycling Track at Doncaster Dome.
18 months – 16 years of age.
Monday’s and Friday’s – Balance Bike Classes – Running ALL Day
Wednesday’s and Saturday’s – Balance Bike Classes – Running half days
Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings and Saturday Mornings – Pedal Classes for children to have fun on bikes with their friends.
Saturday Mornings – Race Session for children interested in racing.
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
£1 per child
Balby South Commuity Engagement Society, Galsworthy Community Centre,
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
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
For babies aged 0-1 year and their parent, this group will take place on our matting underneath the gazebo and lights. We will have a variety of baby and sensory toys for the little ones to explore and enjoy.
Friday, 10am-11am, Junglemazeia, Island Drive, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5UE
£2.50 per child, includes a cup of tea for the parent.
01405 814 680
Especially for under 5’s, calm imaginative play for you and your little one.
Monday – open to play 9.30am-3.00pm with FREE arts and craft sessions at 11am & 1pm
Tuesday – open to play 9.30am-3.00pm with Baby Bright Sparks in the morning
Wednesday – open to play 9.30am-3.00pm, with Sparkles play group for 18months to 5 years. 10am-12pm, £4 including lunch
Thursday – open to play 9.30am-7.00pm, with Music Bugs in the morning, Star Movers in the afternoon, Claytons School of Dance (pre-school acro and street dance) in the early evening.
Friday – open to play 9.30am-3.00pm, with Little Kickers in the morning, then sensory disco afternoon (free with entry)
Saturday – open play 9.30am-1.00pm, with Munchkins musical theatre in the morning
Most classes are with external providers and you get free entry into the play cafe (if not at capacity) on the day of your class.
Kiddy Winx Play Cafe, Unit 5 Fields End Business Park, Davey Road, Rotherham 01709 889441
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
Fun filled football sessions.
Contact Little Messys for more information 01302 483380
Sessions held at Goals, Worcester Avenue, Doncaster, DN2 4NB
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.
Back up and running from September 2020
Contact Lucy on 07583 422252
Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Contact Anna Murray, 0844 578 1016
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
Sessions back up and running from September 2020
Rugbytots enables boys and girls aged 2-7 to develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment.
0345 313 0289
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
Lessons at Hall Cross School, Doncaster Deaf School and Super Swimmers of Dinnington.
****NEW POOL Rossington Hall****
Monday to Friday Evenings 4pm- 7pm
Saturday 8.30am – 12pm
Swimming lessons from 0+ years.
Contact 07801 810384
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
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
Friday 10am-11am, Valley Young People’s Centre
Contact The Exam Fairy 07800 753204