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.
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!
Puddle Ducks runs baby and toddler swimming classes in pools across Wakefield, Barnsley and South Leeds, and we have just celebrated our 10th year in business!
Our Baby & Pre-School programme (0-4 years) provides a wonderful bonding experience and our progressive lesson plans instill a water confidence and love of swimming. 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, all whilst having lots of fun.
Our Baby & Pre-school programme is offered through six levels:
Floaties (0-6 months),
Splashers (6-15 months),
Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years),
Little Dippers (2-5 years) and
Dippers and Dabblers (2-5 years ability related classes)
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.
Classes run on every day of the week in 7 local pools:
For more info contact Faye and her team using the details below.
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.
Sensory Storytime is a baby / toddler group where stories come to life. You and your child will be immersed in a world of imagination, interactive storytelling and games that will deepen your connection with your child and inspire communication development.
The group is run by professional speech and language therapist, Hannah Chard. Hannah has a passion for developing early communication skills with all children (not just those who are finding it difficult), a love of books and supporting fun filled play between parents / carers and children is the best way to do this (as supported by research evidence).
“During the group I tell a story (some well known, some not so) and as we move through the story there are sensory / messy play experiences to bring it to life.
“I provide information about communication development and engaging games, themed around the story for parents to play with the babies/toddlers. Finally there is a chance to stay and chat with other parents and me over a coffee.”
Sounds Right Phonics Classes are educational, high energy classes which teach early phonics skills to children aged 2-4 years. It’s a fantastic way to introduce children, and their adults, to the wonderful world of early literacy through the use of games, dance and music!
Run by a qualified primary school teacher, our pre-school classes provide children with a gentle introduction to letters and sounds as well as the necessary foundations of learning in a fun, interactive and stimulating environment.
Children are taught the skill of oral segmenting and blending, which is perfect for getting them school ready for when the time comes.
Many activities are tailored to include the development of fine and gross motor skills, helping to get those little fingers ready for mark making and writing.
Where and when?
Contact Charlotte (Sounds Right Phonics Kirklees North and Morley) for more information:
Our classes are fun and themed and based around the early years FUNdamentals of gymnastics. Action packed with songs and skills matching the themes.
Learn to roll, balance, climb, roll, swing, co-ordinate, communicate, socialise, count and so much more!
Children learn gross motor skills; social, physical and lingual skills, along with basic gymnastics skills and shapes each week. Our classes educate children about concepts such as number, colours and counting. But the focus is on fun! Through play, children learn about themselves, their environment and other people around them.
Pre-school gymnastics – Tumble Bees run fun, themed pre-school Gymnastic classes for confident walkers aged 1 to 5 years. Classes are run as themed terms which are usually 6 to 8 weeks long. Themed badges and certificates are awarded at the end of each term. Tumble Bees pre-school gymnastics class times are:
Baby Bees classes – A fun music and development class for babies from 8+ weeks to almost confident walking. Based on British Gymnastics FUN4Baby, it’s a great way to bond with your baby whilst socialising.
There are lots of development stations for very young babies to full climbing and balancing gymnastics equipment for older babies (they get to try it out without having older children waiting behind them). We have fun action songs and parachute play and plenty of bubbles and cuddles.
All classes run at The Hive, Woodkirk Valley, Tingley.
Contact Jayne using the details below.
AVT Youth Academy caters for young martial artists in Yorkshire delivering all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kick-Boxing. Call 07453 311972 for more info.
Based at Trident Fitness Gym, Howley Park Rd, Morley LS27 0QT.
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
Multi-award winning baby sensory classes that introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration. With glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, signing and songs. Suitable from birth upwards. In Colton, Great Preston and Monk Fryston.
Contact Jayne on 07725 178559.
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. Call 0333 8008 345 for details.
Local classes at:
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.
Bringing the magic of Babyballet to children in the central Leeds, Morley and Pudsey areas. Including ballet and tap for boys and girls; babies, tots, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school starters. Contact Jane or Louise on 07702 965932.
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
We have trampoline lessons for all abilities! Participants are taught the basic shapes and somersaults, and recreational lessons follow the British Gymnastics reward scheme recording achievements with certificates, badges and medals. Recreational classes from age 3 years, available every day. Contact us to book a free taster session.
Leeds Rebound Gymnastics Centre, 6 Gelderd Trading Estate, LS12 6BD. 0113 243 3881
Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) runs a variety of dance classes daily Mon-Sat at venues across South Leeds. DAZL has a focus on participation and reducing inequalities for children and young people across the city of Leeds. Activity is based in venues at the heart of the communities.
Venues include: Swinnow Community Centre, Hillside Hall Farnley, Seacroft Kentmear Centre, Richmond Hill Centre in Burmantofts, Watsonia Pavillion on Cross Flatts Park in Beeston, Thorpe Community Centre, Cottingley Centre, Rothwell Scout Hut, Proverb 31 Community Centre in Burmantofts, St John Church Hall in Wortley, Newalnds Church in Morley, Bramley Community Centre and South Leeds Hub Belle Isle.
Contact 0113 270 6903 (ext 182) or 07519 018675.
Stretch with Stories at Horsforth library – a different story every week interwoven with yoga postures, stretches and songs to introduce them to the wonderful world of yoga! Friday, 11.30-12.00pm suitable from 12 weeks to 5 years.
Call Helen on 07764 963312.
Toddler Yoga at Domi Domingo Hub (formerly Sensory Space). Toddler Yoga allows parents and children to exercise and have fun while harnessing your child’s bounding energy. Builds strength, flexibility and coordination, in parallel with calm, relaxation and down time. Friday, 9.45-10.30am, suitable from cruising/walking to 4 years.
Call Helen on 07764 963312.
Flutterbabies is a local company providing fun, nurturing and relaxed courses in baby massage, baby yoga and baby sign.
Baby Massage: birth to crawling
Baby Yoga: from 8 weeks
Baby Signing: 5 – 20 months
Contact: Classes held every weekday in venues across the Leeds area, please get in touch for more details. Samantha Dalton 07768 538527.
An award-winning pre-school program enjoyed 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.
Garforth – Firthfields Community Centre – Mondays 10am
Seacroft – Kidzplay Leeds (formerly Little Bees) – Tuesdays 11.30am, Thursdays 10am & 11.15am, Fridays 10.45am
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 Helen Lamb School of Dance trains children of all ages and abilities, to an extremely high standard in ballet, tap, modern jazz, disco, gymnastic dance and musical theatre. We teach the love of dance in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Classes are held Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Rothwell Methodist church and Rothwell Scout hut. Contact Helen on 07956 424432.
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.
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.
Recreational gymnastics classes run by Leeds City council. Fun & developmental gymnastics for beginners to intermediates. Gymnasts work on achieving specific skills on the floor, bar, beam, vault and trampette. Opportunity to move up to advanced classes by invitation.
Girls: Thursday 5pm & Friday 4pm
Boys: Thursday 4pm
Contact: Morley Leisure Centre, Queensway, Leeds, LS27 9JP. 0113 336 7890
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
Daily gymnastics, tumbling and trampolining classes in South Leeds, suitable for age 3+.
Gymnastics promotes co-ordination, balance, flexibility and strength, as well as offering children the opportunity to make friends and have fun whilst working their way through British Gymnastics awards in order to gain badges, medals and certificates! Contact 0113 243 3881 for more info.
Leeds Rebound Gymnastics Centre, 6 Gelderd Trading Estate, LS12 6BD.
We are an established local school covering all theatre subjects Ballet to Tap, Musical Theatre to Commercial Jazz and Acro to Cheerleading. Age range 3yrs upwards. Teachers CRB/DBS licensed. Give us a call or bob in for a chat. Weekly classes held at Kippax Community Centre, Gibson Lane & Vicars Court Allerton Bywater. Enquiries to Lorraine 07904643502.
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.
Mini Me provides child-centred activities specifically for 0-5s. 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 – Mondays
Swithens Farm, Rothwell – Fridays
Beeston – Little Angels Play Gym – Tuesdays & Thursdays
Morley – Munchkins Play – Mondays / Thursdays
Morley – St Andrew’s Church Hall – Tuesdays / Fridays
We sing, dance, play, learn, explore and have lots of MOOsical fun! Moo Music is great fun for babies, toddlers and parents/carers too.
Our interactive, multi-sensory, music and movement sessions will help your child gain confidence, develop memory and language and coordination skills.
Classes in: Selby (Mon), Selby (Tues), Selby (Weds), Tadcaster (Thurs), Garforth (Fri).
Tel: 07415 383843
Here at our family run club the teaching of karate & kick boxing is a full time passion for us, our instructors are martial arts qualified and have been teaching for many years. Check out our fully fitted centre. Classes run Monday to Saturday – call us today to book your free trial lesson 07557733918
We offer classes in ballet, tap, modern jazz, theatre craft, musical theatre, freestyle and cheerleading. School holiday workshops, competitions and shows. Classes run Monday to Saturday, from age 3 years. Find us online or call for information.
Zest Dance Studios, Woodkirk Valley Country Club, WF12 7JL. 07949 148328
SLP Junior Academy offers complete training for children from 2 1/2 years upwards in all aspects of The Performing Arts, to the highest standard. Singing, acting, ballet, tap, modern, jazz, musical theatre and tiny tots classes.
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.
Stagecoach Garforth provides high quality part time training in the performing arts for children aged 4 – 18 years. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential by providing children with the opportunity to participate in drama, dance and singing classes – helping them to develop confidence and life skills. Contact 07708 702 745.
Striker Tots teaches and develops basic football skills eg dribbling, passing, shooting and heading. Sessions also benefit children’s fitness, balance, co-ordination and social skills. From confident walkers up to 6 years. Call 0113 8800 840 / 07972 635749 for details.
The Hunslet Club delivers a range of activities to children and young people aged from 18 months to 25 years. Regular weekly classes include gymnastics, boxing, football, rugby, dance, hip hop, cheer dance, majorettes, drama, ballet and tap.
Open 7 days a week with activities running 4pm–9pm weekdays and 9am-2pm weekends. Call 0113 271 6489 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
Tumble Tots combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe, caring environment. 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.
Contact Angela Kuszyk on 07968 041911.
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.
Dance school in Garforth offering ballet, tap, modern, singing, gymnastics, national, jazz & hip-hop. With the opportunity to be involed in competitions, shows, galas and events. From age 2. Find our class timetable online or call for details.
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