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.
Our Big Little Farmer session are run once per month and are for children aged 4-8 years. We do activities on the farm such as planting and cleaning out animals. We also do a craft each session to take home and then get to feed all the animals.
See dates of upcoming sessions on our facebook page
Sessions run from 4.15 – 5.15 and cost £6 per child (accompanying adults are free)
Booking is required in advance – Contact 01302 844818
Visit the Boston Park Farm website
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
Enjoy a walk on pushchair friendly routes, taking in the beautiful scenery and fresh air. The location changes week on week, however favourites are Hexthorpe Flatts Park, Sandall Park, Lakeside Doncaster, Sprotborough Falls, Tickhill Duck Pond.
Contact 0300 330 0700 or see the next Roll & Stroll on 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
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
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 07852 374106
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
09:30 – 11:00
13:00 – 15:00
Methodist Church Hall,
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
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
09:30 – 11:00
Auckley Parish Church, Main Street, Auckley, Doncaster,DN9 3HH
Baby Lead Weaning Courses Once a Month.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
These relaxed, sensory, educationally based creative classes help you introduce your baby to a wide range of safe, and nurturing experiences. This means you not only help them discover their amazing world, but treasure these moments with fun creative keepsakes.
Thursday (Monthly) Venues across Doncaster.
Contact Claire on 07531 852115 to book
09:30 – 11:00
Wath Road, Mexborough,S64 9ED
Fun play session for children aged 0-2 and their carers.
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
Parish Hall, Top Road, Barnby Dun,Doncaster,DN3 1DA
09:00 am -11:15 am
Bentley Baptist Church,
Askern Road,Bentley,Doncaster,DN5 0EW
Telephone: 01302 725136
For children aged birth- 2 years
Thursday 9.00am – 10.00am (TERM TIME ONLY)
Belton All Saints School, High Street, Belton, DN9 1LR
09:30 – 11:00
Wilby Carr Community Centre, Aldesworth Road, Cantley, Doncaster,DN4 6FJ
Telephone: 07717 387574 Mobile No: 07801 556389
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
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)
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
10:00 am – 11:30 am
For children aged 0-5 years
Moorends Children’s Centre, 161 Marshland Road, Moorends, DN84SB 01405 818158
Parent & Toddler Dance classes
Thursday 10am-11am, Woodfield Squash & Leisure Club
Non-members £4 / Members £2
Contact Hannah to book 07512 286046
Will be running all through summer except Thursday 22nd August
Parent and Toddler Group from birth to 4 years. Runs throughout term time only.
Victoria Hall, High Street, Hatfield, Doncaster. DN7 6RY
Contact 07535 697901
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.
09:00 – 11:00
Norton & Campsall Methodist Church Hall,
Campsall Balk, Norton, Doncaster,DN6 9EG
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
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.
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
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
Dance classes for all age groups from 18 months upwards
Doncaster DN3 1DA
Little Acorns Parent & Toddler Group
Thursday 10am-11.30am, Bumps & Babies for mums-to-be and new mums.
St Marys Church, 59a, St Marys Road, Wheatley, Doncaster,DN1 2NR
Tel 01302 739593
Thursday, 9.15am-10.15am & 10.30am-11.30am
Please call to book a place 01302 531040
Bessacarr Evangelical Church
Fun filled football sessions.
Contact Little Messys for more information 01302 483380
Sessions held at Goals, Worcester Avenue, 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.
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
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
09:15 – 10:15
10:30 – 11:30
Bessacarr Evangelical Church, Bessacarr Lane, Bessacarr, Doncaster,DN4 7PT
Telephone: 01302 531040
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.
Cantley & Bessacarr Children’s Centre,
Daily Session Times
Tuesday: 13:15 – 14:45
Thursday: 10:00 – 11:30
A group for parents with children aged 0- 5years . Come along and take part in the different activities we have each week. A chance for you to play and learn with your child.
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
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
Dance, Performing Arts and Musical Theatre
2 Studios in Doncaster
Alder Grove Methodist Church,
Daily Session Times
Thursday: 09:30 – 11:00
Group activity session
Charge £1 per family
25 maximum contact for vacancy information.
Opportunity for new parents and parents with older children, to have a bit of special time with their newborn baby or babies from birth to six months. They are very relaxed, are a wonderful way to meet other like-minded parents, to have some fun being creative with no pressure and to capture some precious memories of your baby’s first few months.
Thursday (monthly) 10am, Goals Soccer Centre, Worcester Avenue, Wheatley, Doncaster, DN2 4NB
Contact Claire 07531 852115 to book.
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
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