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.
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Specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months, our wonderful variety of activities will aid your child’s development- the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same session twice!
Monday – The Goldsmith Centre, Sprotbrough
10.00-11.00, 11.30-12.30 & 1pm-2pm Birth to 13 months
Tuesday – Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground, Bawtry
9.30 – 10.30 Birth to 13 months, 11.00 – 12.00 Birth to 6 months, 12.30 – 13.30 Birth to 13 months
Wednesday– Cantley Scout Hut
9.45 – 10.45 Birth to 13 months, 11.15-12.15 Birth to 6 months
Classes are bookable in blocks of 5 or 10, and we also offer a no obligation trial session.
Contact Alison on 07896313382 for more details.
Visit the Baby Sensory Doncaster Website
Follow us on Instagram @babysensorydoncaster
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.
To book a place call 01302 844818
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
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
Monday, 10.00am-11.30am – See the Mumbler events calendar for the locations of NCT soft play meet-ups
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
Visit the NCT Doncaster Facebook Page
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
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!”
Contact Claire on 01785 2374106
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
Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing
Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
Call 07774 848690
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: 10am – Bloom Doncaster Baby Classes
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!
Call 01302 304620
Story time, Craft activities & Song time
Monday & Tuesday, 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
Baby Lead Weaning Courses Once a Month.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
BabyBeatz Boogie: Baby and Toddler dance class, suitable from birth. Discover the hidden sensory theme whilst enjoying music, movement, lights and bubbles.
Monday – 10.30am, Bentley Methodist Church Hall, Cooke Street Bentley
Tuesday – 10.30am, St Leonard and Jude’s Church, Barnsley Road, Scawsby
Wednesday 10.30am, St Laurence Community Centre, Village Street, Adwick
Thursday 10.30am, Scawthorpe Social Club, Eskdale Road, Scawthorpe
Cost: £5 per session, offers for block booking, child minders and siblings.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
BabyBeatz Dance: Toddler dance class suitable from 18 months. Learn simple dance steps and routines whilst boosting coordination and social skills. Children will also get the opportunity to perform in a showcase to show what they have learned.
Friday – 11am, Scawsby Scout Hut.
BodyBeatz Fitness: Pre-School children are welcome to join us for this adult fitness session)
Friday, 9.45am-10.45am, Scawsby Scount Hut
Cost: £6 a session or £20 for 4.
Call Amy on 07921 325757
Bloom baby classes deliver highly researched baby development classes for babies from 6 weeks to 14 months.
Contact Becky on 07780 595034
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
Cre8ive Dance Academy provides dance classes for all ages and abilities. Dance styles available in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Streetdance, Breakdance, Salsa, Bellydancing and more.
Contact 01302 831615
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
Doncaster Titans DSA Active Football Sessions at Keepmoat Stadium.
Monday, 7-8pm. £3
For more information contact 07775 832539
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.
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)
Fluffy Ducklings Baby and Toddler Group is a friendly and welcoming place you can bring your little ones for a morning of fun! Play, Chat, Craft and Sing! Refreshments and snacks for everyone included.
Monday (term time only) 10am- 11.30am
Children under 1 year old £1.00, Children over 1 year old £2.50. Two children from the same family £4.00
Finningley Village Hall, DN9 3DA
Contact Vikki 07843 939379
Nature based activities for toddler/pre-school age children. Different theme every week, activities include outdoor exploring, nature, crafts and child-led play.
Monday – 10.30am-11.30am (from 4th November 2019)
£5 per sibling and childminder discounts.
Kilham Hall, Branton DN3 3PF
Contact Claire Swift 07952 092713
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
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
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
Crowle Children’s Centre
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.
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
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.
Rugbytots enables boys and girls aged 2-7 to develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment.
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
0345 313 0289
Monday 1.20pm – 2.50pm
St Norbert’s Catholic Academy, Fieldside, Crowle, Scunthorpe, DN17 4HL
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
Fortnightly play dates for 0-2 where you can meet other parents and give your little ones a chance to play in the education centre.
Mondays and Thursdays Fortnightly.
Potteric Carr, Mallard Way, Doncaster
Call 01302 325 736
Lessons at Hall Cross School, Doncaster Deaf School and Super Swimmers of Dinnington.
Swimmings lessons from age 3+
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.
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
Zen offers relaxed baby massage sessions, centred around beautiful baby massage, massage benefits, meditation and love.
You will receive a 5-week course, oil, a PDF massage manual, continued online support and a free, online baby massage course upon completion.
Call Rachael on 07969 785015