Playgroups and classes
Doncaster and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on 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.
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
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
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
Saturday 9.00am – 9.45 Melody & Milligan Bear & Dance Movement £3.75
9.45am – 10.30am Tricks & Tumbles Gymnastics £3.75
For boys or girls, 18 months to 4 years
Westwoodside Village Hall
Contact Attitude Theatre Arts 07862 722653
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
Cast Youth Theatre at Cast is the perfect opportunity for children and young people to gain skills in the performing arts, grow in confidence and make new friends in Cast’s state-of-the-art theatre spaces.
Saturday 10am – 11.15am
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
Tel 01302 303 959
Twinkle Lights is Cast’s weekly youth theatre class especially for 5-8 year olds
Saturdays 10am – 11am
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, Dn1 3BU
Tel 01302 303 959
Our award winning 2 hour paediatric first aid class is designed to give parents, parents to be & grandparents the confidence and skills to provide emergency life saving care to babies and children should they have an accident or fall ill. The class will cover CPR, choking, meningitis, febrile convulsions and much more.
Classes are available in local venues throughout South Yorkshire or in the comfort of your own home.
To book your place or for more information please contact Daisy First Aid Rotherham on 07486 872351
Classes are £25 per person and you will also receive a first aid book
Saturday 27/10/2018, 10am-12pm
Wickersley Community Centre & Library, Rotherham
Saturday 27/10/2018, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Direct2mum Store, Barnsley
Saturday 3/11/2018, 10am-12pm
Woodland Community Hall, 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
The youth group of the Little Theatre caters for children and young people from the age of seven and delivers drama workshops during term time. Currently there are three youth performances per annum when children can show-case the skills that they have learned.
Saturday, 10am-12pm (Age 7-11) and 1pm-3pm (Age 12-18), Hall Cross academy Lower School, St. Michael’s Road, Bessacarr
Membership of the Little Theatre is £12.50 per annum and each 2 hour workshop costs £5.00.
For further details contact Barbara Upton 01302 340422
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
Our sessions are based more on having fun rather than strict learning sessions, however it will develop technique, confidence and teamwork BUT with a huge emphasis on having FUN
Fully qualified & DBS checked coaches taking the session
Wednesday: Under 8’s (4-7 year olds) 5-6pm / Under 12’s (8-12 year olds) 5-6pm. Must prebook for this session
Saturday: Turn up session
£4 per child
Goals are now an official destination for the Children’s University, so earn your hours with us!
Find out more at
01302 965 220
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
Dance classes for all age groups from 18 months upwards
Doncaster DN3 1DA
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.
Est 1936 with 5 studios across Doncaster
3 Highgrove Court
Classes in Street Dance, Poppin, Funk Styles, Breakin, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Contemporary, Drama, Singing and more!
Street Dance: Belton Public Hall. 17:10-18:00. 4yrs to 12yrs
Musical Theatre: Belton Public Hall. 18:00-20:00. 4yrs to Adults
Street Dance: Belton Public Hall. 20:00-21:00. 13yrs+
T4S – Technique for Street: Epworth Thurlow. 5.15-6pm
Breakdancing: Epworth Thurlow. 18:00-18:45. 5yrs – 28yrs
Funk Styles & Poppin’: Epworth Thurlow. 18:45 – 19:30. 5yrs – 28yrs
Troupe (Invite Only): Epworth Thurlow. 19:30 – 20:30.
Troupe (Invite Only): Doncaster Dome. 10:30-11:30.
Trix: Doncaster Dome. 11:30-12:30. 7yrs-28yrs
Breakdancing: Doncaster Dome. 12:30-13:30. 5yrs-28yrs
Street Dance: Doncaster Dome. 13:30-14:30. 4yrs-12yrs
Street Dance: Doncaster Dome. 14:30-15:30. 13yrs+
Contemporary: Doncaster Dome. 15:30 – 16:30. 7yrs – 28yrs
Contact 07808 070300
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
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
Mini Morning screenings take place on Saturday’s, with various films shown at a discounted rate for little ones and parents. It makes it a really affordable way to see films on the big screen.
We have been to a few Mini Mornings and I liked it as the children didn’t have to be so quiet and it didn’t matter if they wriggled or needed to go to the loo…everyone was in the same situation!
Standard Tickets booked online are priced at :
£2.49 for adults (age 19+)
£2.49 for child (age 2-12)
£2.49 for teens (age 13-18 – only for shows after 10.30am)
£2.49 for Seniors (60+ years)
It is more expensive if you book on arrival.
See Mini Morning Screenings on the Vue Doncaster website
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