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.
Locations and Times:
Classes every day of the week at one of 6 locations.
ACMAC Balby, 4 Sandford Road, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 8PL
ACMAC Bentley, Millfield Industrial Estate, Bentley, Doncaster
ACMAC Rossington, 7 The Shops, King Avenue, New Rossington, DN11 0PF
ACMAC Stainforth, 6 Station Road, Stainforth, Doncaster, DN7 5QA
ACMAC Worksop, North Notts Arena, Eastgate
Call 01302 858335
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.
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
See the DCLT website for updates.
Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 5
Tel 01302 370
Classes online and face to face from April 2021 – Book 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Contact Claire on 07852 374106
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!
Water Babies South Yorkshire 01909 776660
Thursdays, 12pm – 1.30pm
Thorne Pentecostal Church, Peel Castle Road, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5LZ
Contact Andie 07737 077718
Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing
Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
Call 07774 848690
Thursday 10am-12.30pm inc lunch
£1 per child.
Galsworthy Close, DN4 9DD
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Bouncing Buggies, Balance Bike classes throughout the week.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
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
Thursday 10.30am-11.10am & 1.30am-2.10pm
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
Contact 07921 325757
Thursday 9.00am – 10.00am (TERM TIME ONLY)
Belton All Saints School, High Street, Belton, DN9 1LR
Epworth Baptist Church
Thursday 9.30am – 11.15am
Owston Ferry Coronation Hall, High Street, Owston Ferry, DN9 1RL
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
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
The South Family Hubs include Denaby, Conisbrough & Edlington, Mexborough and Rossington
See the lastest South Family Hubs timetable HERE
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
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
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 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)
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
Michelle – 07731 079800
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
Haxey Memorial Hall
£2.50 per family (includes snack time & drinks, tea & coffee for parents, arts & craft activities)
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 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
Oak Tree Lodge, Woodfield Park, Tickhill Rd, Doncaster, DN4 8QN
Call 07800 753204
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
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
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
Every Weekday 10-12 (Re-open from 12th April 2021)
Calypso Cove, Barnsley
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
Fun filled football sessions. Updated March 2021
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 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
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
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
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
Contact Lucy on 07583 422252
Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Contact Anna Murray, 0844 578 1016
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
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Cantley Scout Hut
1pm Mini Sounds Right & 2pm Sounds Right Phonics, Edenthorpe Community Centre
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45 Sounds Right Phonics, Tickhill Parish Room
9.45am Mini Sounds Right & 10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Barnby Dun Church Hall
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.
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
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.
****NEW POOL Rossington Hall****
Monday to Friday Evenings 4pm- 7pm
Saturday 8.30am – 12pm
Swimming lessons from 0+ years.
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
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:
-arts and crafts with nature;
-bushcraft for the early years;
Come along and join in the fun!
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