Classes and Playgroups
Leeds is a fantastic place to raise a family. We’ve listed loads of great local classes and activities that you can try. Please contact the organisers directly to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.
If you know of other great classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us.
Our multi-award winning classes will introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration. Where the two of you can relax, have fun and share in each other’s delight. For ours is magical world, full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, signing and songs. The sessions are designed specifically from birth so we’d encourage you to join as soon as you feel able. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun.
Tuesday: Colton Methodist Church, Meynell Road, Colton, Leeds, LS15 9AQ
Wednesday: Village Hall, Preston Lane, Great Preston, Leeds, LS26 8AS
Friday: Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Centre, Old Vicarage Lane, Monk Fryston, Leeds, LS25 5EA
Jayne firstname.lastname@example.org 07725 178559
Thursday: Activ Zone, Texas Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0HG
Friday: Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3RP
Natalie email@example.com 07837 471708
Visit http://www.babysensory.com/en/findaclass to book a trial.
Find us on Facebook at Baby Sensory Yorkshire
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills, too. No one else reaches our high standards of professionalism, and no one else works harder to make sure you and your little one feel happy and safe. And we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy baby!
Temple Moor, LS15 0PT: Wednesday
Leeds City Hilton, LS1 4BX: Monday
At Rhythm Time we’re passionate about music and how it can help to enhance your little one’s development. We’ll teach you how to make music fun and unlock your child’s potential by singing and making music together.
Local classes on Thursdays in Tingley and Mirfield; and Fridays at Wakefield and Gomersal. Call Lauren on 07725 574900 to arrange a free taster session.
Tumble Tots combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe, caring environment. The programme is designed to develop a child’s agility, balance, co-ordination and strength, as well as fostering positive personality traits such as confidence and self-esteem. Child psychologists and educators agree that a structured programme in movement should be a part of every child’s education. Classes are designed according to the age and stage of development.
Six months to walking
With parental involvement, babies are encouraged to use all of their senses, gently and without pressure. Playing, exploring, crawling and learning together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Walking to two years
There are new challenges to keep children motivated and gaining confidence as they develop their physical and social skills.
Two to three years
With parental support, children increase their independence by listening to instructions and working around a wide variety of themed activity stations.
Three to school age
Children begin to participate on their own, with more challenging task sequences to further develop body awareness, co-ordination and control.
Monday: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club
Tuesday: Oulton Institute, Oulton
Wednesday: Wrenthorpe Methodist Hall
Thursday: Crofton Community Centre
Friday: Brain and Brawn Gym, Morley
Angela Kuszyk on 07968 041911
Bringing the magic of Babyballet to children in the east Leeds area. Including ballet and tap for boys and girls; babies, tots, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school starters. Contact Kim to enquire or book on 07412 637586
Garforth – Monday & Saturday
Colton – Friday
Oulton – Saturday
Why not bring your little one swimming! Baby Swimmers & Swimmers Academy runs classes from 6 weeks old up to 14 years old, with classes in Leeds every day. Through fun and games see your little one progress to a confident little swimmer! For older kids we develop stamina and technique. Local classes at Temple Moor High School & The Forum, Quarry Hill. Find us online or call 0333 8008 345 for details.
Practice yoga together with your diddly one. Diddly Oms use specially adapted yoga moves to nourish the natural development of your baby. Incorporating postures and stretches for parent and baby with an opportunity to learn to relax together.
Suitable from 12 weeks to cruising/walking
Wednesday, 11.15am-12pm: Elev8 Dance Studio, Horsforth
Thursday, 10.15am-11am: Pudsey Library, Pudsey
Friday, 11.30am-12.15pm: Eccleshill Pool, Eccleshill
Courses booked on term-by-term basis. Get in touch to book your place
Call Helen on 07764963312
Bringing the magic of Babyballet to children in the central and north Leeds area. Including ballet and tap for boys and girls; babies, tots, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school starters. Contact us to enquire or book on 07702 965932
Local classes in Morley on Friday and Saturday. Other classes further afield also available.
These baby led classes are perfect for new parents to develop the bond with their babies while making new friends along the way. Each course lasts 5 weeks and is up to an hour.
Thursdays – Church Fenton
Fridays – Hambleton
Contact me on Facebook or on 07879 231455
Babies and children who love books and have the pleasure of hearing stories and rhymes have a flying start when it comes to learning to read by themselves.
Sessions are organised locally and usually incorporate a mix of songs, rhymes and stories perfect for pre-school children.
Garforth library 10.30am
Morley library 11.00am
Rothwell library 10.30am
A fantastic pre-school program enhoyed by children of all pre-school ages. Every week we enjoy, Rhythm, Rhyme, Movement and introduce a new letter and sound through play; FUN games, crafts and Multi-Sensory activities.
Monday & Thursday; Garforth 10am
Tuesday; Crossgates 10am
Friday; Seacroft Little Bees 10:15am.
Find us online or call Claire for info 07845 454585.
Pre-school gymnastics classes run by Leeds City council.
Gym Minis age 1-3. Parents join the children in activities to develop motor skills, colour and number recognition, social interaction, exploratory play and gymnastics skills. Thursdays & Fridays in Kippax
Gymikins age 3-5. Children build up confidence to participate on their own in preparation for starting school. Fridays in Kippax & Morley.
Kippax leisure centre, LS25 7LQ. 0113 378 1275
Morley leisure centre, LS27 9JP. 0113 336 7890
The Hunslet Club provides a wide ranging evening and weekend programme of youth based activities including football, drama, boxing, Irish dance, cheerleading, gymnastics, street dance and other leisure activities for hundreds of young people every week to help them reach their full potential and enjoy themselves. New members are always welcome. Check the online timetable for details.
Junior Kitchen teach, make, bake and decorate with children to create fun but educational cooking workshops.
Mums & tots sessions Monday-Friday 11-12 noon.
Junior chef club (age 4-8yrs) & Senior chef club (age 9-14yrs) run on Saturdays & Sundays.
Gymnastics club in Seacroft. Offering baby & toddler classes, recreational kids classes, men’s & women’s artistic classes, school holiday camps and more. Classes Monday-Saturday.
Limewood Road Seacroft Leeds LS14 1AB. 0113 265 66 62
Methley mites Tots sessions on Tuesdays & Fridays 9.30-11am for parents or carers with children 0-5 years old. Indoor & outdoor toys, messy play. Small charge. Drinks & snack included. Supervised playgroup sessions also available, ask for details.
Methley Village Centre, Main Street, Methley, LS26 9JE. 01977 604098 (Mornings Only) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mini Maestros offers creative music classes for babies as young as 3 months, toddlers and pre school children. Each session creates a relaxed environment for building confidence, social and basic music skills. We use a variety of simple percussion instruments, visual aids, action songs, nursery rhymes, games and more. Contact Tina on 07947 260036.
Mini Me provides child centred activities specifically for 0-5’s. Classes for singing, dancing, signing, mini sensory, yoga, massage and more. Some classes pre-bookable, some drop in. Find us online or call 07779 252875 for details.
Rothwell Baptist Church: Monday & Wednesday
Swithens Farm, Rothwell: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
St Andrew’s Church, Morley: Monday, Tuesday & Friday
Morley Children’s Centre: Thursday
Acanthus Golf Club, Thorpe: Monday
The Owls & Pussycats playgroup runs term time in the Methodist church next door to Woodlesford school. Offering a daily playgroup for over 2’s 9 am-12 noon, and a stay and play session for under twos on a Tuesday 9-11am. Wrap around care available for Woodlesford school nursery as well as funded places for 2 & 3 year olds.
Woodlesford Methodist Church Hall, Woodlesford, LS26 8RD. 07505 321959
Teaching independent swimming from birth – that’s the Puddle Ducks difference. Our highly trained and qualified teachers are experts at identifying children’s levels of ability and adapting activities to the individual, nurturing confidence and encouraging natural ability.
Classes run Monday to Friday at the Village hotel, Tingley. Contact Faye on 01924 826238 for more information.
Messy play sessions for 6 months to 4 year old children where children are free to build, imagine, experience, investigate, explore, and create & the best thing is, it’s so FUN! Each session consists of 6 or 7 activities with a different theme every week! Friday classes at Eddie Catz. Call 07771 978429 for details.
Eddie Catz, Mothercare, Crown Point Retail Park, Junction Street, Leeds, LS10 1EW.
Striker Tots teaches and develops basic football skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and heading. Sessions are also beneficial for children’s fitness, balance, co-ordination and social skills. From confident walkers up to 6 years. Call 0113 8800 840 for details.
Tumble Bees classes are based around the early years FUNdamentals of gymnastics. Action packed fun with songs and skills matching the themes. Learn to roll, balance, count, co-ordinate and socialise.
Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays at The Hive, Woodkirk Valley Country Club, Tingley.
Fridays at Morley Town Hall
Tel: 07866 618455 (Jayne Bellwood) Email: email@example.com
Our unique and fun Turtle Tots baby, toddler and pre-school swimming classes teach you how to swim with your young child, creating that special one-to-one bond and also giving you a fantastic toning workout at the same time!
Classes are on Fridays at the Leeds Marriott hotel and Sundays at Temple Moor high school. Contact Paula on 07807 127373 to arrange a free taster session.
Weigh & Play is a baby self-weigh and measuring service offered by Xplore suitable for babies up to 18 months old. A member of the Xplore team is on hand to help with the process and to complete your baby record book.
Wednesdays & Fridays: 9:30-10:30am.
Xplore soft play, Xscape, Colorado Way, Castleford, WF10 4TA