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.
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
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.
No confirmation that this is returning in 2020 as yet
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster
Classes during school term time only, re-starting 12th April 2021.
Monelly Music Hummingbirds is a unique music experience for babies and toddlers (age 0-3). We are excited to offer the chance for pre-school children to listen to and accompany live music. There is also opportunity to explore musical instruments like Violins and Guitars as well as the usual percussion.
Sing along to some well-known nursery rhymes and explore movement to selected pieces of classical music. Of course, we have not forgotten the bubbles!
The group is led by an experienced instrumental teacher who is passionate about the affect music has on cognitive development in young children. Listening to live music improves literacy, maths, and creativity, while learning to play an instrument improves co-ordination. Give your child a head start with Monelly Music Hummingbirds!
Wednesdays, Edenthorpe Community Centre, 29 Cedric Road, Doncaster, DN3 2HZ
Price per session £5. Booking is for the whole school term
To book please visit www.monellymusic.co.uk/baby-classes
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
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
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.
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Bouncing Buggies, Balance Bike classes throughout the week.
Contact: Nichola Caughey
Tel: 07748 668634
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!
Contact Alison on 07896313382 for more details.
A group designed for babies, toddlers and their families to sing and sign (using Makaton) lots of popular songs and nursery rhymes. There are plenty of sensory resources for your little ones to explore and have fun with, Using Makaton through music helps develop your children’s communication and language skills and also their attention and memory skills. This is all achieved through fun and play.
Wednesday – 1.15pm to 2.15pm, Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground
Friday – 9.30am to 10.30am, Thorne library
£3 per family/group.
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
Please check whether classes are back on with the provider.
Bloom baby classes deliver highly researched baby development classes for babies from 6 weeks to 14 months.
Contact Becky on 07780 595034
Explore ballet through a relaxed class, without the harsh structure of traditional ballet classes.
Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.30pm – Epworth Youth Hub, DN9 1EP
Contact Alex Earnshaw 07922 861460
Bumps, babies and toddler group
Wednesday, 9.30am – 11am, Kilham Hall Community Centre, Branton, DN3 3PF
Cast Youth Theatre is for young people ages 3-26. It is an exciting high energy group, combining fun drama activities and games, singing, dancing and imagination.
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
Subscription based classes at the NEW cycling Track at Doncaster Dome.
18 months – 16 years of age.
Monday’s and Friday’s – Balance Bike Classes – Running ALL Day
Wednesday’s and Saturday’s – Balance Bike Classes – Running half days
Monday, Wednesday, Friday evenings and Saturday Mornings – Pedal Classes for children to have fun on bikes with their friends.
Saturday Mornings – Race Session for children interested in racing.
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
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)
Starting back from April 2021.
Contact Jayne 07788 414318
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
Our sessions are based more on having fun rather than strict learning sessions, however it will develop technique, confidence and teamwork BUT with a huge emphasis on having FUN
Fully qualified & DBS checked coaches taking the session
Wednesday: Under 8’s (4-7 year olds) 5-6pm / Under 12’s (8-12 year olds) 5-6pm. Must prebook for this session
Saturday: Turn up session
£4 per child
Goals are now an official destination for the Children’s University, so earn your hours with us!
Find out more at
01302 965 220
Kilham Hall, Branton
Family yoga classes – 4 week block. Come and have fun as a family, get fit, learn to relax and most of all have fun!
£40 for 1 adults & 1 Child
£60 for 1 adult & 2 Children
Additional adult free!
Wednesday 10am, Wesley Memorial Church, High Street, Epworth, DN9 1EP
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
Soft Play Area
Wednesdays: New Little Cubs Parent, baby and toddler group suitable for ages birth to 2 years. 10am-10.45am (£3 admission for 1 adult and 1 baby for group activity and stay and play after the session).
Unit 1 Harworth Business Park, Harworth, Doncaster 01302 759283
Every Weekday 10-12 (Re-open from 12th April 2021)
Calypso Cove, Barnsley
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
Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
Contact Anna Murray, 0844 578 1016
Join us for a session at Flip Out and try out their new soft play area for free!
(Trampoline and areas outside soft play will be charged at the usual rate if used)
Meet in the cafe at 1pm which has a great view over the soft play area. There is also a baby area for your smaller tots.
Flip Out, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, St Sepulchre Gate.
Contact the NCT on 0300 330 0700
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
Sessions back up and running from September 2020
Rugbytots enables boys and girls aged 2-7 to develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment.
0345 313 0289
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.
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
FREE Music Club starting November 2019.
Wednesdays 4pm-5.30pm during school term time.
The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR
Toddlers for parents, carers and pre-school children. Games, crafts, activities, snack, singing and storytime.
Wednesday 9.15am or 11am, St Francis Church, Nostell Place, Bessacarr, Doncaster, DN4 7JA
A baby and toddler, non-profit volunteer group run by local parents. A great opportunity for little ones to play and socialise, as well as a chance for parents and carers to meet new friends. Each session includes snack time for the children, plus coffee and biscuits for the adults.
Wednesday (term time), 9.15am – 11.15am
£2 per child, additional siblings £1. Children 0-11 months are free with an accompanying paying sibling
Westwoodside Village Hall, Nethergate, DN9 2DR