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 email@example.com 07725 178559
Thursday: Activ Zone, Texas Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0HG
Friday: Manorfield Hall, Newhall Road, Middleton, Leeds, LS10 3RP
Natalie firstname.lastname@example.org 07837 471708
Visit http://www.babysensory.com/en/findaclass to book a trial.
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Flutterbabies is a local company providing fun, nurturing and relaxed courses in baby massage, yoga, signing and swimming. Classes are structured around your baby’s development and are flexible and adaptable to work at a pace that you are both happy with. Our teachers are passionate about encouraging babies and their carers to bond, socialise and spend fun, quality time together.
Baby Massage: birth to crawling
Learn to communicate with your baby through nurturing touch and massage. Benefits include relaxation, bonding and colic relief.
Baby Yoga: from 8 weeks
Provides stimulation for your baby through gentle exercises and movement and there are some gentle postnatal stretches for yourself. You will have lots of fun playing, stretching and relaxing together
Baby Signing: 5 – 20 months
Learn to communicate with your baby or toddler before they have the ability to talk. Based on British Sign Language, we teach signs relevant to their daily routines, enabling them to express their needs or thoughts.
Baby Swimming: 12 weeks – 4 years
Our carefully structured courses promote safe practices and water confidence in a fun and positive environment. The classes are child led and we never do any forced underwater swims.
Aqua Sensory: 8 months – 4 years
During this course you will not only help your little one enjoy the water, but also unlock your child’s potential development for life. We use music, massage, signing, singing and discovery play in the pool.
Contact: Classes held every weekday in venues across the Leeds area, please get in touch for more details.
Samantha Dalton 07768 538527
Sling Swing is an enjoyable dance session for parents and their little ones from new borns to preschoolers. Gentle dance sessions aim to bring parents together whilst having fun with their little ones. Refreshments are provided as well as some slings/carriers so do not worry if you don’t have one! Babies and children love being close to their parents and feeling/listening to the rhythms of music.
Katherine always wanted to take her daughter Faye to Sling Swing classes but the nearest was over 30 minutes drive away. After months of searching and discussion about similar classes in her area she decided to set up Sling Swing classes in Garforth and Tadcaster. Her daughter Faye enjoys dancing alongside her and also a cuddle and snooze in the sling whilst mummy dances.
If you also have a toddler, don’t worry you are welcome to bring them along. We have some child slings that they can wear and dance along too!
Beanie Boppers are dance classes for toddlers and preschoolers. They incorporate dance, with and without props, parachute fun, songs and bubbles.
Sling Swing: Wetherby Town Hall 9.20-10.20am (Don’t forget to get your 10% discount card for Filmore & Union at class)
Beanie Boppers: Garforth Methodist Church 11.10-11.50am
Sling Swing: Rothwell Holy Trinity Church Hall 1-2pm
Sling Swing: The Dancing House Gomersal 10.30-11.10am
Sling Swing: Garforth Methodist Church 1.30-2.30pm
Sling Swing: Tom Ball Live Studio Seacroft, 9.45-10.45am
Beanie Boppers: Kippax Band Social Club 10.30-11.10am
Sling Swing: Kippax Band Social Club 9.30-10.30am
Beanie Boppers: The Reading Rooms, Skelton on Ure 9.40-10.20am
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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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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