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.
Specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months, our wonderful variety of activities will aid your child’s development- the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same session twice!
Monday – The Goldsmith Centre, Sprotbrough
10.00-11.00, 11.30-12.30 & 1pm-2pm Birth to 13 months
Tuesday – Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground, Bawtry
9.30 – 10.30 Birth to 13 months, 11.00 – 12.00 Birth to 6 months, 12.30 – 13.30 Birth to 13 months
Wednesday– Cantley Scout Hut
9.45 – 10.45 Birth to 13 months, 11.15-12.15 Birth to 6 months
Classes are bookable in blocks of 5 or 10, and we also offer a no obligation trial session.
Contact Alison on 07896313382 for more details.
Sessions returning in September 2020
Our Big Little Farmer session are run once per month and are for children aged 4-10 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 £7 per child (accompanying adults are free)
Booking is required in advance – Contact 01302 844818
Visit the Boston Park Farm website
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.
See the DCLT website for updates.
Doncaster Dome Leisure Centre, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 5
Tel 01302 370
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
Block Sessions Starting from September. Available to book now.
Nature is good for us. When children access outdoor play on a regular basis it allows for healthier, happier children. Children become more confident, creative and greater problem-solvers when accessing the natural world. Through the use of the outdoor environment and our natural surroundings, I provide fun family sessions and block playgroup sessions based around themes such as stories, bug hunting or den building all year round. I also provide private sessions and parties which can be based around any theme you like.
Michelle – 07731 079800
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 Classes are back from September 2020.
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
09:00 – 11:30
Woodlands Community Centre, Woodlands, Doncaster
For parents with toddlers, come along and join in, have fun, learn to dance and make friends.
Tuesday, 9.30am-10.30am – 75 St Sepulchre Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1RX
To book, call 07969 189866 or 07970 818044
Classes taught in Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Street Dance, Acro & Singing
Scawthorpe Methodist Church, Doncaster, DN5 9PQ
Call 07774 848690
Classes not yet back up and running post Covid19
Baby Massage Classes, suitable for babies from 6 weeks to 8 months.
Baby Yoga suitable for babies from 3 months to 12 months.
Toddler Yoga suitable for ages 1 year to 3 years.
Contact Angela 07414 863505
09:30 – 11:00
Auckley Parish Church, Main Street, Auckley, Doncaster,DN9 3HH
Running again from September 2020
Story time, Craft activities & Song time. Limited to 10 children and 1 adult per child. £5 per child
Monday & Tuesday, 9.30am-11.30am – Austerfield Study Centre & Community Hub, The Old Primary School, Doncaster, DN10 6RG
Call 01302 710415
Update 27th July 2020
Sadly Baby Bright Sparks have contacted me to say they will no longer be running classes following the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Back up and running from September 2020
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Bouncing Buggies, Balance Bike classes throughout the week.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
Classes back up and running from September 14th 2020
BabyBeatz Boogie: Baby and Toddler dance class, suitable from birth. Discover the hidden sensory theme whilst enjoying music, movement, lights and bubbles.
Monday – 7.15pm, Scawsby Community Centre
Tuesday – 10.30am & 1.45pm St Leonard and Jude’s Church, Barnsley Road, Scawsby
Wednesday 10.45am, The Foresters
Thursday 10.30am, St Lukes Church, Scawthorpe
Saturday 9.45am, St Luke’s Church, Scawthorpe
Cost: £5 per session, offers for block booking, child minders and siblings.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
Contact 07921 325757
Play session for babies & their parents/carers. Support for baby’s development.
Epworth Children’s Centre, Birchfield Road, Epworth, DN9 1DL
Tel: 01427 873787
09:30 – 11:00
Methodist Church Hall,
09:30 – 11:30
All Saints Church Hall, Cumberland Avenue,
Intake, Doncaster,DN2 6LH
Telephone: 07990 523677
1:00 pm- 2:30 pm
Moorends Children’s Centre, 161 Marshland Road, Moorends, DN8 4SB 01405 818158
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
09:30 – 11:30
Dunsville Community Centre, High Street,
Dunsville, Doncaster,DN7 4BX
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)
Monday – 1pm Kidz Hub, Harworth
Tuesday – 10am Edenthorpe Church Balk Centre
Wednesday – 10am and 11am Sprotbrough Library
Wednesday pm and Thursday am at Sunny Bright Day Nursery
**Updated October 2020**
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
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
For children aged 0-5 years
Thorne Children’s Centre,Fieldside, Thorne, DN84BQ
Tuesday 10am & 11am: The Beak Children’s Centre, Kirk Sandall, DN3 1JH
Friday 10am & 11am: Victoria Hall, High Street, Hatfield, DN7 6RS
Hartbeeps take you and your little one on a different sound journey every week… exploring real life from the safety of our beautiful sets… we set the scene, tell the story and make magic happen!
Call 07966 891008
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
Monthly Forest School for Home Educated families. Expect woodland games, crafts, fire lighting, den building and much more. Regular attendance is encouraged to get the most of the experience.
January 15th, February 12th, March 12th, April 9th, May 14th, June 11th, July 9th, August 13th, September 10th, November 12th, December 10th.
YWT Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB
09:00 – 11:00
Norton & Campsall Methodist Church Hall,
Campsall Balk, Norton, Doncaster,DN6 9EG
Tuesday, 9:45am – 10:30am = Under 2’s
Tuesday, 10:40am – 11:25am = Over 2’s
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
Join weekly fun Spanish classes, combining songs, actions, dancing, music, story-telling & let’s pretend. The classes are run by a qualified primary school teacher who is passionate about making languages fun for children.The innovative learning programme delivers inspiring and engaging lessons. As well as venue classes, Kidslingo can come along to nurseries and childminders, primary schools and after school clubs, or even your own home, with the Kidslingo@home service.
Tuesday 11.30am (18mths – 4 years), 4.45pm (7 years – 11 years) & 5.20pm (4 years – 7 years), Tickhill Parish Room, Northgate, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9HZ
Tuesday 3.30pm, St Peter’s CofE Primary School, Gringley on the Hill, Doncaster, DN10 4QT
Wednesday 3.15pm (After School Club), Epworth Primary Academy, Birchfield School, Epworth, Doncaster, DN9 1DL
Thursday 3.30pm, Walkeringham Primary School, Millbaulk Road, Walkeringham, Doncaster, DN10 4LL
For more information and to arrange a FREE taster class for all new customers, contact Laura on 07803 318751
Whether trying for a baby, embarking on IVF, recovering from a recent miscarriage or have a newborn, entering the stage of ‘motherhood’ can be both beautiful and mentally testing. The transition into the role of ‘mother’ can be stressful and there may be times when you just want to give up.
Come along, hang out, grab a drink and we can chat about The Game of Thrones, Digestives v Hobnobs or what on earth the Teletubbies are on about – and when you want to talk about your mental health, you know you’re talking to someone who’ll listen and say those magic words ‘I’ve been there’.
Groups run in Rossington and Bentley (please check the dates on our facebook page as they run every couple of weeks – not every week). We can now offer parents 1:1 support at Doncaster Family Hubs, facilitated by Light staff and volunteers. Call us on 0114 438 8962 or email email@example.com for more info.
For more information about Light website
Dance classes for all age groups from 18 months upwards
Doncaster DN3 1DA
Wheatley Park Baptist Church,
A charge of £2.00 per session for each child that includes refreshments for both adult and child.
Daily Session Times
Tuesday: 09:15 – 11:15
Wednesday: 09:15 – 11:15
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
Dance Classes for babies and toddlers
Epworth Community Hub, 27 High Street, Epworth, Doncaster, DN9 1EP,
Contact Lucy on 07583 422252
Tuesday 1.30pm, Armthorpe Family Hub
Come and join the NCT at their multiples 0-5 playgroup.
Enjoy a cuppa and a catch up, while the children enjoy a play and a snack.
0300 330 0700
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
Tuesday 9.45am-12.45pm, Stainforth Methodist Church
Come along and join in with some moving and shaking using various instruments, followed by a story where we will take our little ones on a new adventure each week. Finally some relaxing sensory play to wind down before our good bye song.
Call 0300 330 0700
Epworth Baptist Church, Station Road, Epworth, DN9 1JZ
Tel: 01427 875839
Methodist Church Hall,
Daily Session Times
Tuesday: 09:30 – 11:15
Tel: 01302 818310
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.
Tuesday: 09:15 – 11:00
The Goldsmith Centre, 259 Sprotbrough Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN5 8BP
01302 788 093
1.00pm – 2.30pm
For children aged 0-5 years
The Hedgerow Children’s Centre, 161 Marshland Road, Moorends DN8 4SB 01405 818158
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.
Mini Movers dance class – a fun way for you and your child to get moving.
Tuesday 9.30am-10.15am – Epworth Youth and Community Hub, DN9 1EP
Classes £4, ages from walking to 4 years.
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
09:30 am- 11:00 am
For toddlers up to 3 years
Moorends Children Centre, 161 Marshland Road, Moorends DN84SB 01405 818158
John Whitgift Academy, Crosland Road, Grimsby. Lincs, DN37 9EH
Tuesday, 12.00 -12.30pm (Baby Programme)
Ivy House, Littlefield Lane, Marshchapel, Lincs, DN36 5TJ
Friday 10.30-11.00am (Baby Programme)
Friday 10.00-10.30am (Toddler Programme)
Contact 07716 382807
Water Babies baby swimming lessons are fun, improve water confidence and brain development.
Water Babies South Yorkshire 01909 776660
Tuesday, 9.30am & 11.30am
£1 per person, includes juice, toast, tea, coffee plus weekly activities
No need to book, just call in.
Woodfield Farm, Bullrush Grove, Doncaster, DN4 8SJ
Suitable for children aged 0-5, a friendly and fun parent and child music and play session.
Running over 5 weeks, you will need to book and secure your space and attend all 5 sessions.
Tuesday, 1.30pm starting from 18th June
Bentley Family Hub, The Avenue, Bently, DN5 0NP
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