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.
Find us on Facebook at Baby Sensory Yorkshire
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
Amanda’s Baby Classes teach baby massage and baby yoga. Baby massage is a wonderful opportunity to communicate with your baby through nurturing touch in a relaxed environment. Baby yoga provides physical and mental stimulation for your baby through gentle exercise and movement.
Tuesdays – Shake, Rattle and Roll, Pontefract
Wednesdays – Oulton Institute, Leeds
Contact us on Facebook, via the website or 07709 007048
Lots of colourful, creative, messy, sensory fun with singing and dancing too! Our art classes for babies and toddlers are perfect for supporting your little one’s development, making friends and having tons of fun! Contact Sarah on 07955 211498
Tuesdays at Acanthus Golf Centre, Tingley.
Baby & Little (6 – 4 years): 10.30-11.30am
Wednesdays at the Oulton Institute, Oulton.
Little (18 months – 4 years): 10am
Baby (6 – 18 months): 11.30am
Join us for a boogie! We understand the importance of movement and play for the healthy development of your child and these fun, friendly sessions will help you and your baby explore aided by movement, music, rhythm and props.
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.
Jo Jingles offers fun, interactive music, singing and movement classes for preschool children. Lasting 30 to 45 minutes, our structured and interactive music and movement classes offer a fantastic educational activity for children from three months to five years of age.
Classes are on Wednesday mornings at St Benedict’s Parish centre, Garforth. Contact Paula on 01977 650455 for more information.
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
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.
Baby massage, reflexology, yoga and music classes set in a calm environment, with beautiful sensory lighting. Stay for a drink and some yummy biscuits and meet some other parents. No set course dates, join when you are ready. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Call Sally for more information on 07872 472082.
Iveridge Hall, Wakefield Road, Oulton, LS26 8EU.
Suitable from 4 weeks to crawling – classes are baby led, relaxed, friendly and informal. Learn a full body massage and a short routine to help with colic. Massage oil and detailed handouts provided for you to take home. Classes on Wednesdays at Methley Mites and RiversMEET cafe. Contact Lisa on 07837 286413 for more information.
Sporty Tots are exciting sports sessions aimed at children from 18mths to 5 years old. Sessions will be beneficial to your child’s fitness, balance, co-ordination and development of social skills such as teamwork, sharing and communication!
Local sessions in Barwick in Elmet and Garforth on Wednesdays & Thursdays. Find us on Facebook or call 07950 098 766 for more information.
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.
Storytime, arts and crafts, playtime and snack time. A chance to play and learn in a fun environment, suitable from age 2. Monday to Thursday 9.20-11.15am. For more information or to book a place please call 0113 2880164.
Rothwell Methodist Church, Butcher Lane, LS26 0DB
Swillington Pre-School Playgroup and Stay & Play is a non-profit, charity-run organisation dedicated to providing a safe and caring environment for pre-school children to play, make friends and explore new surroundings. Monday to Thursday 9-11am. Stay & Play from birth, playgroup from age 2 years to school age. For details and prices contact 07541 694401.
Swillington Primary School, Church Lane, LS26 8DX
Bring the little ones along to join in creative and messy play, led by artists with great skills with children age 0-5 years. Inspired by The Tetley’s exhibition programme and all things creative, activities include things such as sensory activities to playing with different types of bright colourful materials, to drawing on a big scale. Fourth Wednesday of each month, sessions at 10.30AM – 11:30AM and 11:30AM – 12.30PM. Advanced booking required.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ. 0113 320 2323
Water Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes teaching vital water confidence and safety skills from birth. Our overall aim is to teach you to teach your baby to swim. Find us online or call for info 01943 862 802.
Leeds City Hilton hotel – Mondays
Kingsland school, Stanley – Tuesdays & Thursdays
Temple Moor high school – Wednesdays
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