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.


Professional Instructor Team running classes at varous locations in Doncaster. Our Children’s Program Multi Skilled Martial Arts is one of the most unique and diverse Martial Arts Children’s programmes available in the UK. It is a blend of Tae Kwon Do, Self Defence, Kick Boxing, Weapons Training, Wrestling, Ju-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate.

  • Little Dragons – aimed at 5-6 Year Olds
  • Kids – 7-12 Year Olds
  • Adults 13 Years+

Locations and Times: 

Classes every day of the week at one of 6 locations.

ACMAC Balby, 4 Sandford Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8PL

  • Classes Monday to Friday Night

ACMAC Bentley, Millfield Industrial Estate, Bentley, Doncaster

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (Little Dragons, Kids Martial Arts & Teens)

ACMAC Rossington, 7 The Shops, King Avenue, New Rossington, DN11 0PF

  • Monday & Wednesday, 5pm (Little Dragons), 5.30pm (Beginner Kids), 6.15pm (Intermediate/Advanced Kids)

ACMAC Stainforth, 6 Station Road, Stainforth, Doncaster, DN7 5QA

  • Monday & Thursday, 5pm (Little Dragons & Beginner Kids), 5.45pm (Intermediate/Advanced Kids)

ACMAC Worksop, North Notts Arena, Eastgate

  • Little Dragons, Beginner Kids, Teens

Call 01302 858335

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Boston Park Farm, Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN7 6DS

Little Farmers returning from 12th April 2021

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.

Monday 1pm-2pm
Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am

£6 per session, includes a craft to take home, feed for the animals, a drink and a biscuit. (Members £4.00)

To book a place call 01302 844818

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Doncaster Dome

See the DCLT website for updates.

Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 5

Tel 01302 370

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Classes online and face to face from April 2021Book early to secure your place

Glowing Mummas offer Antenatal Classes,  Postnatal Classes and Baby Classes as well as a Private Antenatal & Postnatal courses tailored for you on a one to one basis.

Initially supporting Mummas in the fourth trimester, we use mindful techniques concentrating on self-care and support. Progressing onto age-appropriate, fun & sensory classes for little ones under one.

Classes: 

Shine Complete

Shine Complete Birth & Baby is the most comprehensive and the most “traditional” education course. It is ideal for first-time parents. It incorporates all of the key elements of birth such as the signs of labour, stages of labour, pain relief options, techniques for partners to assist. It is the only course that also incorporates Newborn baby care & baby feeding.

Radiant Hypnobirthing

This course is ideal for those wanting practical techniques for birth. It includes hypnobirthing techniques to get your mindset for your birth. Understand why hypnobirthing is effective, how to create a positive birth environment. A digital pack provided for your calm birth.

Glowing Birth Relaxation

A practical course for mother/ birthing person only. This incorporates a mixture of yoga type, pregnancy movements, practical birth tips and relaxing birth scripts. This is such a beautiful relaxing course and can be used in addition to the other of the courses. Popular with parents who already have children. 

Postnatal/Baby Classes

Mindful Mumma & Me

This class has been designed to support Mummas in the early days by providing education, the opportunity to meet other mums and mindful support. This relaxed class has a new topic each week and incorporates mindful & confidence techniques.

Twinkle Baby Massage

Twinkle Baby Massage is a beautiful course that is gentle & led by baby. Each week you will concentrate on a new area of the body and build up to a full massage routine. Incorporating positive touch, and bonding. Enjoying songs, baby movement and social time for parents.

 

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MummyFIT

MummyFIT pre and postnatal classes are perfect for busy mums looking to keep fit during and after pregnancy, in a safe well equipped studio with play gyms and toys for the babies to come along too.
Re-launching June 2021 
Classes are held in the Nuffield health centre near Lakeside on a Thursday 1.15pm
Nearby classes at Nuffield Chesterfield, Tuesdays 11.30am, Fridays 12.45pm
All classes are taught by a pre and postnatal level 3 personal trainer and are suitable for all fitness levels following your 6 week post natural or 12 week post c-section doctors sign off.
MummyFIT sessions offer low level adaptations and higher level progressions taking in to consideration your fitness levels and post natal conditions such as weak pelvic floor, core and diastasis recti.
To book for a free taster session go to www.mummyfituk.co.uk or Contact Kelly on 07944 419000
Email Kelly.panks@mummyfituk.co.uk

Puddle Ducks Classes are back from 12th April 2021

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 doncaster@puddleducks.com

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Tots Play Doncaster East

Bookings Now Open for babies aged 0-3

Our summer term begins on April 12th and we have heaps of yoga, music, sensory and massage fun planned as the sun returns and the world opens up again!

Our classes are an award winning mix of all your favourite baby activities carefully planned to support each stage of your baby’s development. they really are EVERY CLASS YOU NEED IN ONE.
We are already full in a number of venues but please do join the waiting list for as many classes as you can make and we’ll do our best to get you in a class ASAP.
Come and find out why children love us and parents recommend us. We cant wait to welcome you! 💙

Contact Claire on 07852 374106

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Water Babies

Here in Doncaster you can take advantage of the award winning baby/toddler and pre-school lessons provided by Water Babies. Teaching babies here for over 11 years in various different locations across the town and wider county.

We’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim. From lesson one, we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of the water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills.  By the end of our programme, your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around the water.  We use carefully considered swim positions and activities to help your baby gain their confidence in the water from the get-go.

We work closely with Swim England, the national governing body for swimming and we’ve woven their learn to swim framework through our fun filled programme, you will be simply amazed at the progress they make.

We currently hold classes at Quest Park, Rossington Hall and Nuffield Health so pop along to our website to find your nearest one and to get in touch!

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Water Babies South Yorkshire 01909 776660 

 

A Thorne in My Boob – Breast Feeding support group

Thursdays, 12pm – 1.30pm

Thorne Pentecostal Church, Peel Castle Road, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5LZ

Contact Andie 07737 077718

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Amersall School of Dance

Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing

Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ

Call 07774 848690

 

Arts & Crafts for under 5’s

Starts 6th February.

Thursday 10am-12.30pm inc lunch

£1 per child.

Galsworthy Close, DN4 9DD

Baby Bunnies: Bouncing Buggies, Yoga, Balance Bike and Massage

Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Bouncing Buggies, Balance Bike classes throughout the week.

Contact: Nichola Caughey

Tel: 07748 668634

BabyBeatz Boogie

Classes back up and running from April 12th 2021

BabyBeatz Boogie, Scawthorpe: Baby and Toddler dance class, suitable from birth. Discover the hidden sensory theme whilst enjoying music, movement, lights and bubbles.

Monday – 1.30pm-2.10pm

Tuesday – 10.30am-11.10 & 1.30pm-2.10pm

Wednesday 10.30am-11.10am

Thursday 10.30am-11.10am & 1.30am-2.10pm

Saturday 9.45am-10.25

Booking is essential and spaces are limited.

Contact 07921 325757


 

 

 

 

Book Chatter @ Belton School

Thursday 9.00am – 10.00am (TERM TIME ONLY)

Belton All Saints School, High Street, Belton, DN9 1LR

 

 

Coffee Afternoon & Foodbank

Epworth Baptist Church

Thursday 2.00pm-3.00pm

 

Coronation Hall Playgroup Owston Ferry

Thursday 9.30am – 11.15am

Owston Ferry Coronation Hall, High Street, Owston Ferry, DN9 1RL

Cre8ive Dance Academy

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

Doncaster Family Hub: North Locality

The North Family Hubs include Bentley, Askern, Adwick and surrounding areas. 

Bentley Family Hub, The Avenue, Bentley, DN5 0NP, 01302 737350

Adwick Family Hub, Central Avenue, Woodlands, DN6 7RU 01302 737717

Askern Family Hub, Spa Pool Road, Askern, DN6 0HZ 01302 737099

Download the North Locality Family Hub Timetable HERE

 

 

 

 

Doncaster Family Hub: South Locality

The South Family Hubs include Denaby, Conisbrough & Edlington, Mexborough and Rossington

 

See the lastest South Family Hubs timetable HERE 

Doncaster Family Hub: Central

The Central Family Hubs include Central, Balby and Wheatley.

Updated April 26th 2021

Including Baby Fun (For ‘immobile’ babies born during covid (babies not yet at the crawling stage’ . An exciting new group happening in the safe environment of our Family Hubs for one parent/carer plus baby.

Wheatley Family Hub – 01302 737790

Central Family Hub – 01302 737995

Balby Family Hub 0 01302 736880

Click HERE to download Central Family Hubs Timetable from 4th May 2021

 

 

Doncaster Gymnastics Academy

Classes every day of the week (except Sundays), from 4 to 13 years old

Unit C1/C2 Railway Court,
Sandal Stones Road,
Doncaster

Call 07971 562834

Doncaster Sambo Martial Arts

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

Finding a Voice

Help your child to experiment, explore & use sound to develop their communication skills in a fun session with lots of singing & moving to music.

Thursday 9.15am – 10.30am (term time)

£3 per family, no need to book

Epworth Thurlow Pre-School Playgroup, War Memorial Fields, Station Road, Epworth, Doncaster, DN9 1JU

Call: 01427 875016

 

Flip Out – Toddler Mornings

Flip Out Doncaster, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, Dn1 1SW

Toddler Mornings: 

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)

Forest Friends

Forest Friends provides woodland sessions for families, childminders, schools and nurseries with children 0-7 years old in Doncaster.

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10-11.30am and 1pm-2.30pm

  • Woodfield Park, Balby
  • Bentley Community Woodlands
  • From Spring 2021, Thorne Community Woodlands, Hatfield Moors and Squirrel Wood Scout Camp!

Michelle – 07731 079800

Go Bounce Toddler Sessions and Soft Play

Go Bounce Trampoline Park, Unit 13 Ogden Road, Shaw Lane Estate, Doncaster, DN2 4SQ

Toddler Sessions

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)

Soft Play

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

 

 

Haxey ‘Bambis’ Playgroup

Thursday 9.30am-11.30am

Haxey Memorial Hall

£2.50 per family (includes snack time & drinks, tea & coffee for parents, arts & craft activities)

 

Holmescarr Community Centre Rossington – recreational activities for young carers and home educated children

Thursday 5-7pm, Holmescarr Community Centre offer free activities to young carers and home educated children, 7-17 years (Rossington, Auckley and Bawtry).

Each child receives a free meal on arrival and then they can enjoy an activity. Activities are chosen by consultation with young people attending and include cookery, clay work, clock making, planting seeds, photography and making their own meals.

Parents can call Elaine on 07771 672561

For young carers, more support and benefit can be obtained, please contact Elaine in the first instance.

Jam Tots

Jam Tots is a music, story and play session for toddlers and pre-schoolers run by an experienced, qualified music teacher.

In our weekly sessions, we will explore sound and music in lots of different ways and we will engage lots of different kinds of music through playing instruments, singing and sensory play. Parents will learn tips and techniques to replicate at home.

The sessions are £30 for a 6 week booking (siblings £15)

Wednesday 10.00am-11.00am, Epworth Community and Wellbeing Hub

Thursday 10.30am – 11.30am, Bawtry Community Library

Get in touch regarding term dates and booking: Telephone 07971 190497 

 

Journey Education Group

Oak Tree Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster, DN4 8QN

Call 07800 753204

 

Jungle-mazeia

Doncaster’s newest and wildest indoor play area and private party venue.

Opening Hours:
Closed Monday
Tuesday 10am-5pm (Exclusive SEN session 5pm-6pm)
Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Term Time Prices: Children 1+ Years £3.95 (adults and babies under 1 FREE).

  • Play and Eat Deal £5.95 (Mon-Fri until 2pm)
  • After School Deal £5.95 (3.30pm-5.30pm term time only, includes a choice of meal and a cup of juice)
  • Childminders £2.00 (Term time only)
  • Nurseries Please contact us for a price. Discount available depending on the number of children

School Holiday Prices: 1+ Years £4.95 (adults and babies under 1 FREE).

  • Play and Eat Deal £6.95 (Mon-Fri until 5pm)
  • Childminders £3.00

Unit 1D Island Drive, Capitol Business Park, Thorne, DN8 5UE

 

 

Kiddy Winx Learn & Play Cafe

Especially for under 5’s, calm imaginative play for you and your little one.

Kiddy Winx Play Cafe, Unit 5 Fields End Business Park, Davey Road, Rotherham 01709 889441

Light pre & post natal support group

Recently had a baby and feeling low?

Can’t stop crying an don’t know why?

Would you like to speak to other mums who feel the same?

Head to the Light pre & post natal support group on Thursdays, 1pm-2.30pm

Bentley Family Hub, The Avenue, Doncaster, DN5 0NP

Call 0114 4388962 for more details

Contactus@lightsheffield.org.uk

Little Fins sessions – Calypso Cove

Every Weekday 10-12 (Re-open from 12th April 2021)

Calypso Cove, Barnsley

 

Little Lions @ Hatfield St Lawrence Church

In person groups starting:

Thursdays:  12-1pm Bumps and Babes, 0-18 months – (£1 per adult) and 1.30pm – 2.30pm WILD toddlers, 12 months – 5 Years (£2 per adult)

The Barn Field, behind the church.

Contact Rachel, 07851 991 286

Little Messys

Fun filled football sessions. Updated March 2021

BABY MESSYS (2-3 years)
Thursday 10am – 2 spaces
LITTLE MESSYS (3-6 years)
Monday 5pm – 5 spaces
Tuesday 5pm – 5 spaces
Sunday 11am – 1 space
MEGA MESSYS (6-10 years)
Tuesday 6pm – 2 spaces
Sunday 12pm – 1 space

Contact Little Messys for more information 01302 483380

Sessions held at:

Campsmount School, Ryecroft Road, Campsall, Doncaster, DN6 9AS

Goals Doncaster, Worcester Ave, Doncaster, DN2 4NB

Little Sensory

Little Sensory Group from birth to 12 months, offer a range of stimulating activities that encourage babies to exercise their senses.

Thursday 9.40am to 10.30am, Adwick Leisure Complex, Doncaster, DN6 7QF

Contact Charlotte 07984 235844

Little Stars Parent and Toddler Group

New Parent and Toddler Playgroup, for little one’s up to 3 years. Lots of toys, stories, craft activities, song time and fun!

Thursday, term time 9.30am – 11.15am – The Powerhouse, Christchurch, Thorne Road, Doncaster, DN1 2HG

£2.50 per family (Under 1’s FREE) – includes a snack and a drink.

Call Claire 07809 290780

Kixx (Formerly Mini Kicks)

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

 

Mini Wheelers

Learning to ride a bike is one of life’s milestones, providing children with their first taste of independence.

Mini Wheelers offer courses specially designed to teach children 2 1/2 to 7 years, the skills to learn to ride a pedal bike confidently and safely.

Contact Andy 07919 142160

Moo Music

 Music Doncaster. Bring along your children (0-5yrs) to join in all the fun on the farm. These weekly sessions combine singing, actions, games and fun fun fun!
NEW times and dates from April 2020
Monday – Hatfield Woodhouse (am)
Tuesday – Barnburgh & Wheatley (am & pm)
Thursday – Cantley & Sprotbrough (am & pm)
Friday – Bawtry (am & pm)

Contact Lucy on 07583 422252

Music Bugs Doncaster

Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Contact Anna Murray, 0844 578 1016

Pink Pig Farm: Piggy Club & Piggy Wiggle

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

Plus on

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

Sounds Right Phonics Classes

Tuesday
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Cantley Scout Hut
1pm Mini Sounds Right & 2pm Sounds Right Phonics, Edenthorpe Community Centre

Wednesday
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45 Sounds Right Phonics, Tickhill Parish Room

Thursday
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Barnby Dun Church Hall

Friday
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.

Stay & Play, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

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

Street Beat Dance Academy

Classes in Street Dance, Poppin, Funk Styles, Breakin, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Contemporary, Drama, Singing and more!

Saturdays Dome
11.30-12.30pm Dance tricks (backflips etc)
12.30-1.30pm breakdancing
1.30-2.30pm streetdance 5-12yrs
2.30-3.30pm streetdance 13yrs plus
3.30-4.30pm contemporary dance
Tuesday at Epworth
5.10-6pm streetdance 4-11yrs
6-8pm musical Theatre (dance, drama and singing)
8-9pm streetdance 12yrs plus
Thursdays at Epworth
5.15-6pm Dance lifts 7yrs plus
6-6.45pm breakdancing 6yrs plus
6.45-7.30pm funk styles 8yrs plus

Contact 07808 070300

Super Swimmers Swim Schools

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

Swimstars & Dolphins

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

Monday 5.45pm-7.15pm
Wednesday 4.30pm-7.15pm
Thursday 4.30pm-6.30pm
Friday 4.30pm-6.30pm
Saturday  9.00am-11.00am

Call 01302 288 280 for more information

 

Tots Who Can

Bring your little adventurer along for a morning of sensory, educational and fun experiences, tailor made by our qualified teacher team for you to enjoy. Siblings under the age of two attend free and our early years specialists will be working with your toddler if you need to feed, comfort, entertain or change your younger family members! If younger children are able to, they can also join in with our sensory activities.

During the one hour session expect to take part in carefully planned activities such as:

-food preparation;
-arts and crafts with nature;
-bushcraft for the early years;
-outdoor exploration.

Come along and join in the fun!

Thursdays

  • Happy Cafe, Belton (17th, 24th September, 1st October) 10.00-11.00am
  • Hirst Priory, Crowle (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th October) 1.00pm-2.00pm

Zen Baby Doncaster – Baby Massage

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.

Monday

  • Baby Massage 11.30am – The Hill Top Centre, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1PL
  • Baby Massage 1.30pm – Kiddywinks Play Cafe, Rotherham

Tuesday

  •  Soothe, Move, GROW (massage movement and play for the older baby or toddler) 1.30pm – The Hill Top Centre, Edlington, Doncaster DN12 1PL

Thursday 

  • Baby Massage (and progression courses) 9.30am – Junglemazeia, Thorne

Friday 

  • Baby Massage 9.30am – Balby Library

Call Rachael on 07969 785015

 

 

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