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.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
Doncaster Titans are starting new DSA Active Football Sessions at Keepmoat Stadium.
Monday, 7-8pm. £3
DSA is a programme run by the Down’s Syndrome Association (DSA). They aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for people with Down’s Syndrome to lead active and healthy lives.
Visit DSA Active Website
The Kixx programme has offered a high energy, fun, age appropriate introduction to physical activity through football over the past 6 years!
See what founder Ben has to say about Kixx and the new rebrand!
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: Saturday 11.30pm (Dippers), 2.00pm (Kickers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Floaties)
Coppice School, Hatfield: Monday 09.00am (Little Dippers), 09.30am (Kickers), 10.00 (Splashers), 10.30am (Floaties)
DW Fitness Gainsborough: Thursday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties), 12.00pm (Dippers) & Saturday 9.00am (Kickers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Splashers), 10.30am (Little Dippers), 11.00am (Dippers)
DW Fitness Selby: Thursday 10.30am (Splashers), 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00pm (Floaties) & Sunday 2.00pm (Dippers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Little Dippers), 3.30pm (Kickers), 4.15pm (Floaties), 4.45pm (Dippers), 5.15pm (Splashers)
Epworth Swimming Pool: Tuesday 10.00am (Little Dippers & Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers & Splashers), Wednesday 9.00am (Floaties), 9.30am (Splashers) Friday, 8.30am (Dabblers), 9.00am (Little Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers) & Sunday 2.30pm (Floaties), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Kickers), 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Dippers), 5.00pm (Kickers)
Heatherwood School, Doncaster: Monday 4.00pm (Dippers), 4.30pm (Kickers), 5.00pm (Dippers), 5.30pm (Splashers), 6.00pm (Floaties) & Tuesday 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Floaties), 5.00pm (Kickers), 5.30pm (Kickers), 6.00pm (Splashers)
Ivy House, Marshchapel: Wednesday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties)
John Whitgift Academy, Grimsby: Tuesday 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Kickers), 5.00pm (Splashers), 5.30pm (Floaties), 6.00pm (Dippers), Friday 3.30pm (Splashers), 4.00pm (Kickers), 4.30pm (Little Dippers), 5.00pm (Floaties) & Sunday 8.00am (Kickers), 8.30am (Splashers), 9.00am (Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Kickers), 10.45am (Splashers), 11.15am (Little Dippers), 11.45am (Dippers), 12.15pm (Kickers), 12.45pm (Little Dippers)
Oak House, Tickhill: Wednesday 10.30am (Little Dippers,) 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00am (Floaties), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.45pm (Swim Academy Level 3) Thursday, 1.30pm (Floaties), 2.00pm (Splashers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Dippers), 3.30pm (Kickers) 4.15pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 4), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 3), 5.45pm (Swim Academy Level 1) Friday 12.30pm (Dippers), 1.00pm (Little Dippers), 1.30pm (Kickers), 2.15pm (Splashers), 2.45pm (Floaties), 3.15pm (Kickers) & Saturday 9.00am (Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Kickers), 10.30am (Splashers), 11.00am (Floaties)
Owston Hall Hotel: Wednesday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties)
Treetops Cottages, Grasby: Monday 10.00am (Splashers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Floaties) & Tuesday 4.30pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 5.00pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.30pm (Swim Academy Level 3)
Willow Lodge, Bubwith: Monday 1.30pm (Dippers), 2.00pm (Little Dippers), 2.30pm (Kickers), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Floaties), 4.15pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 3), Friday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties), & Saturday 9.00am (Kickers), 10.00am (Little Dippers), 11.15am (Splashers), 12.15pm (Little Dippers)
Signhills Academy, Cleethorpes: Saturday 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00pm (Splashers), 12.30pm (Floaties)
Call 07884 933789 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, The Zone, Hayfield Lane School, Auckley
Wednesday, Victoria Hall, Hatfield
Thursday, Armthorpe Community Centre
Contact Claire on 01785 2374106
*Social Tots – Active Crawling to 3 years
*Discovery Tots – 8 weeks to Crawling
*Baby Development Course – Birth to 6 months
Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing
Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
Call 07774 848690
Story time, Craft activities & Song time
Monday, 9.30am-11.30am – Austerfield Study Centre & Community Hub, The Old Primary School, Doncaster, DN10 6RG
Call 01302 710415
Monday 10.30am & 11.30am
The Old School Hall, Top Road, Barnby Dun, Doncaster, DN3 1DB
Tuesday 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm
Kiddy Winx Play Cafe, Fields End Business Park, DAvey Road, Thurnscoe, S63 0JF
Wednesday 10.30am & 11.30pm
St Edmunds Scout Hall, Anchorage Lane, Sprotborough, DN5 8DT
Themed sensory and messy play sessions for 0-2 year olds. Our main mission at BabyBrightSparks is to ensure that everyone has lots of fun, make new friends and learn together. Every baby is special and together we can stimulate their senses and encourage a heightened awareness of their world.
Call 07811 490264
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
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
Edenthorpe Community Centre
29 Cedric Road
09:45 – 11:15
Finningley Village Hall, Rectory Lane, Finningley, Doncaster,DN9 3DA
Telephone: 01302 771699
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)
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
09:00 – 11:00
Norton & Campsall Methodist Church Hall,
Campsall Balk, Norton, Doncaster,DN6 9EG
Dance classes for all age groups from 18 months upwards
Doncaster DN3 1DA
Boston Park Farm
Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse
A weekly 1 hours session where your child will take part in farm themed crafts and activities, such as planting seeds, animal handling and trailer rides.
Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am
£5 per session, includes a craft to take home, feed for the animals, a drink and a biscuit.
Armthorpe Community Centre,
Daily Session Times
Monday: 09:30 – 11:00
Wednesday: 09:30 – 11:00
Friday: 09:30 – 11:00
Crowle Children’s Centre
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
Baby and Toddler Sesions:
Wednesday 9.30am- 11.15am
Thursday 9.30am – 11.15am
Baby and Bump Session:
The Old Schoolrooms
Tickhill Methodist Church
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
Epworth Baptist Church, Station Road, Epworth, DN9 1JZ
Tel: 01427 875839
W I Hall,
Daily Session Times
Monday: 13:00 – 15:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 11:00
Tel: 07762 249221
Parent and Toddler Group, we opt for healthy snacks and drinks.
3.20pm – Epworth Primary Academy, Doncaster (School Pupils Only)
9.15am – Sunny Bright Day Nursery (Nursery Pupils Only)
10.00am – Cantley Scout Hut, Doncaster
9.45am & 10.45am – St Francis Church Hall, Bessacarr
09.15am & 10am – Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster
Rugbytots enables boys and girls aged 2-7 to develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment.
Read about our experience at Rugbytots in the Mumbler blog here
Rugbytots Doncaster & Worksop
0345 313 0289
St. James Church Hall,
St. Sepulchre Gate West,
Daily Session Times
Monday: 09:15 – 11:15
Wednesday: 09:15 – 11:15
01302 556792 – Susan Stevens
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.
Wide range of dance, fitness and theatre classes.
The Dance Space
Doncaster DN10 6JU
Sprotbrough Library, Monday Morning
KS2 10.00am – 11.00am
KS3 11.00am – 12.00pm
KS4 12pm – 1.00pm
Contact The Exam Fairy 07800 753204
Dance, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre
2 Studios in Doncaster
Water Babies baby swimming lessons are fun, improve water confidence and brain development.
Quest Park, Silk Road, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4LT
Sunday 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.00pm
Heatherwood School, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6HQ
Thursday 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm
The Grange, Church Lane, Austerfield, Doncaster, DN10 6QY
Tuesday 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am
Misterton Primary School
Monday 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am
Aegir Community School
Saturday 8.30am, 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 12.30pm
Water Babies South Yorkshire 01909 776660