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.
Baby Yoga suitable for babies from 3 months to 12 months.
Toddler Yoga suitable for ages 1 year to 3 years.
Mondays – Retford
Tuesdays – Treasure Island, Rotherham
Wednesdays – Sprotborough
Fridays – Maltby
Contact Angela 07414 863505
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: 10.30am-11.30am – Game Time: Toys, Tunnels and Play!
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!
*To take advantage of these offers, all you need to do is become a member of Astrabound – which is Free – pick up a form at reception and it takes just 2 minutes!
Call 01302 304620
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
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 on Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm (please check the dates on their facebook page as they run every couple of weeks – not every week) – Rossington Family Hub, Rossington Children’s Centre, Grantham Street, Rossington, DN11 0TA.
For more information about Light, visit their website
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: Saturday 11.30pm (Dippers), 2.00pm (Kickers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Floaties)
Coppice School, Hatfield: Monday 09.00am (Little Dippers), 09.30am (Kickers), 10.00 (Splashers), 10.30am (Floaties)
DW Fitness Gainsborough: Thursday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties), 12.00pm (Dippers) & Saturday 9.00am (Kickers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Splashers), 10.30am (Little Dippers), 11.00am (Dippers)
DW Fitness Selby: Thursday 10.30am (Splashers), 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00pm (Floaties) & Sunday 2.00pm (Dippers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Little Dippers), 3.30pm (Kickers), 4.15pm (Floaties), 4.45pm (Dippers), 5.15pm (Splashers)
Epworth Swimming Pool: Tuesday 10.00am (Little Dippers & Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers & Splashers), Wednesday 9.00am (Floaties), 9.30am (Splashers) Friday, 8.30am (Dabblers), 9.00am (Little Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers) & Sunday 2.30pm (Floaties), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Kickers), 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Dippers), 5.00pm (Kickers)
Heatherwood School, Doncaster: Monday 4.00pm (Dippers), 4.30pm (Kickers), 5.00pm (Dippers), 5.30pm (Splashers), 6.00pm (Floaties) & Tuesday 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Floaties), 5.00pm (Kickers), 5.30pm (Kickers), 6.00pm (Splashers)
Ivy House, Marshchapel: Wednesday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties)
John Whitgift Academy, Grimsby: Tuesday 4.00pm (Little Dippers), 4.30pm (Kickers), 5.00pm (Splashers), 5.30pm (Floaties), 6.00pm (Dippers), Friday 3.30pm (Splashers), 4.00pm (Kickers), 4.30pm (Little Dippers), 5.00pm (Floaties) & Sunday 8.00am (Kickers), 8.30am (Splashers), 9.00am (Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Kickers), 10.45am (Splashers), 11.15am (Little Dippers), 11.45am (Dippers), 12.15pm (Kickers), 12.45pm (Little Dippers)
Oak House, Tickhill: Wednesday 10.30am (Little Dippers,) 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00am (Floaties), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.45pm (Swim Academy Level 3) Thursday, 1.30pm (Floaties), 2.00pm (Splashers), 2.30pm (Little Dippers), 3.00pm (Dippers), 3.30pm (Kickers) 4.15pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 4), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 3), 5.45pm (Swim Academy Level 1) Friday 12.30pm (Dippers), 1.00pm (Little Dippers), 1.30pm (Kickers), 2.15pm (Splashers), 2.45pm (Floaties), 3.15pm (Kickers) & Saturday 9.00am (Dippers), 9.30am (Little Dippers), 10.00am (Kickers), 10.30am (Splashers), 11.00am (Floaties)
Owston Hall Hotel: Wednesday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties)
Treetops Cottages, Grasby: Monday 10.00am (Splashers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Floaties) & Tuesday 4.30pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 5.00pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.30pm (Swim Academy Level 3)
Willow Lodge, Bubwith: Monday 1.30pm (Dippers), 2.00pm (Little Dippers), 2.30pm (Kickers), 3.00pm (Splashers), 3.30pm (Floaties), 4.15pm (Swim Academy Level 1), 4.45pm (Swim Academy Level 2), 5.15pm (Swim Academy Level 3), Friday 10.00am (Little Dippers), 10.30am (Kickers), 11.00am (Splashers), 11.30am (Floaties), & Saturday 9.00am (Kickers), 10.00am (Little Dippers), 11.15am (Splashers), 12.15pm (Little Dippers)
Signhills Academy, Cleethorpes: Saturday 11.00am (Little Dippers), 11.30am (Kickers), 12.00pm (Splashers), 12.30pm (Floaties)
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
09:30 – 11:00
Auckley Parish Church, Main Street, Auckley, Doncaster,DN9 3HH
Monday 10.30am & 11.30am
The Old School Hall, Top Road, Barnby Dun, Doncaster, DN3 1DB
Tuesday 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm
Kiddy Winx Play Cafe, Fields End Business Park, DAvey Road, Thurnscoe, S63 0JF
Wednesday 10.30am & 11.30pm
St Edmunds Scout Hall, Anchorage Lane, Sprotborough, DN5 8DT
Themed sensory and messy play sessions for 0-2 year olds. Our main mission at BabyBrightSparks is to ensure that everyone has lots of fun, make new friends and learn together. Every baby is special and together we can stimulate their senses and encourage a heightened awareness of their world.
Call 07811 490264
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,
Tuesday: 13:30 – 15:00
Parish Hall, Top Road, Barnby Dun,Doncaster,DN3 1DA
Mobile No:07795 410281
Cafe and play area opened in Summer 2018.
I haven’t visited, but it has received a lot of lovely comments in the Doncaster Mumbler chat group.
“It’s got a little cafe (cakes are yummy) and then a play area with dress up and the like and then also a sensory room” Catherine, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group Feb 2019
“I am a regular at Brontes. Been going since it first opened and love it! My daughters are almost 2 and almost 7. They both love it and so do their friends of similar ages. The owners are very friendly and always happy to help with anything. And their food is delicious! I recommend the milkshakes and the home made sausage rolls. They do an amazing afternoon tea for £12.95 each” Emily, Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group Feb 2019
Bronte’s of Thorne, 6 Market Place, Thorne, Doncaster
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
Doncaster Dome is one of the region’s premier sports, leisure & entertainment destinations, with over 50 activities taking place under one roof.
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
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)
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
10:00 am for toddlers
11:15 am for babies
Music led educational programme
(term time only)
Armthorpe Community Centre
Church street, Armthorpe
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
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
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.
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
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
10.45am Sounds Right Phonics, Finningley Village Hall
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.
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
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