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.
See your children’s independence, confidence and social skills grow at Sparkles!
Saturdays, 11.30am for 45 minutes, parents attend this class together with their children.
You’ll have lots of fun acting out stories and adventures with your child, led by our team of experienced and welcoming artists. Our weekly theme includes fun songs with actions, games, dancing and exploring stories together as a family.
For more information, contact Kirsty Airlie, 01302 303 959 or email Kirsty@castindoncaster.com
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster
Saturdays – the 1st Saturday of each month
Doncaster Central Library
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
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
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
Owston Hall Hotel: Wednesdays – click for times
Ravenfield Private Pool: 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 email@example.com
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
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
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
Baby Lead Weaning Courses Once a Month.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
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
2nd Saturday of each month, 10-12.30, The Galsworth Community Centre, Galsworthy Close, Doncaster, DN4 9DG
£1 per child.
07999 722 097
Crafts, games, cooking, baking, music, lunch, projects, sensory & messy play, build socialisation & life skills, learn new things & loads & loads of fun,
All abilities welcome to come join in.
Saturdays, Skipwith community hall, Rossington , 11:00am to 2:00pm
£7:50 per child per session
payments are non refundable
Places need to be booked & paid for & under 5s supervised by an adult
Contact 07526 331336
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
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
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
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
Saturday, Hayfield Secondary School
Group 1 (tots) 9:30-10:15AM age’s 3-4
Group 2 (stars) 10:15-11AM age’s 4-6
Group 3 (pros) 11-12PM age’s 7-11
Saturday, ￼Thurlow Pavilion station Road, Epworth
Group 1 (tots) 9:30-10: age’s 3-4
Group 2 (stars) 10:15-11: age’s 4-6
Group 3 (pros) 11:15-12: age’s 7-11
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
Katt’s Kids Clubs, for children with disabilities. Suitable for 6-12 years and 13 to 19 years. The session must be booked before attending.
Saturdays 10.30am – 2.30pm
£13 per session.
Cotact Kathryn@humanassisttrainingand support.co.uk
Doncaster based activity groups and sessions for children and young people aged between 0-19 years with Disabilities and SEN.
Saturdays, The Crossing, Hexthorpe (behind Kings Cross Church).
Contact 07958 206175
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
Fun filled football sessions.
Contact Little Messys for more information 01302 483380
Sessions held at Goals, Worcester Avenue, Doncaster, DN2 4NB
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
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
Classes in Street Dance, Poppin, Funk Styles, Breakin, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Contemporary, Drama, Singing and more!
Contact 07808 070300
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
Wide range of dance, fitness and theatre classes.
The Dance Space
Doncaster DN10 6JU
Little Superstars (age 5-6)
Your Little Superstars will enjoy learning singing, dance routines and movement to encourage their confidence and develop their muscle memory, which will prepare them for our productions.
Big Performers (age 7-16)
Each class in designed by our director to ensure your child receives a high standard of musical theatre training in a fun environment. Your child will receive professional training in acting, singing and dance.
St Francis Church, Nostell Place, Doncaster, DN4 7JA
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