Playgroups & Classes Wakefield


Playgroups and classes

Wakefield 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.

Featured Listing

Ballerina School, Ossett

@West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre WYTDC

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4-4.45pm

Friday mornings 10.15-11am

Saturday’s 8.45-9.30am and 10-10.45am.

please enquire if you are interested in a Monday morning 10.20-11.05am class.



Attending a class at our Ballerina School, whether Mummy & Me or Nursery Dance, you are guaranteed a magical time! Twirl like a Princess, fly like a Fairy, march like a Soldier and much, much more….through our unique programmes, together you’ll enjoy the health, physical and social benefits of the basic fundamentals of ballet and dance in a nurturing, safe, positive environment.
Ballerina School provides a studio where every child can build their confidence, musicality, balance and co-ordination. This is achieved through creative and artistic development, drawing from the children’s imaginations and honed into basic Dance and Classical Ballet technique.

We invite parents in to watch the first class so that you can see what we do and help settle your child if needs be! It’s a great way for you to meet the teacher and get a feel for us as a dance school!

Call: 01924 266 374

Featured Listing

Jo Jingles Wakefield and Leeds

Jo Jingles provides music and movement classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Our aim is to give children a fun introduction to music and singing through action songs, musical instrument playing, listening and sound games.

Props and visuals are used to aid our understanding and assist our movement activities.

Each class is carefully planned to cover a variety of pre-school themes such as colours, numbers, ourselves and the world around us.

Our classes are fun, educational and interactive and will aid your child’s development by encouraging their language, listening and concentration skills, hand to eye coordination and confidence.

Classes are also a great way to develop children’s social skills, as well as providing an opportunity for interaction between parent/carer and child in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

“I can’t praise Jo Jingles enough for the way it has encouraged James to enjoy music since he started his first class at 8 months old. Now, at 4, he is familiar with percussion instruments and rhythm, loves singing and playing, and has performed in 2 concerts (at Wakefield Theatre Royal)! Jo Jingles classes are full of musical knowledge, setting the children on the path to discovering their own musical interests.” Charlotte Michael


Featured Listing

Mini Maestros Crigglestone, Sandal, Walton

New for January 2017!

Magical Music classes that gives children a gentle introduction to music. The classes are focused towards helping children to explore their creativity, develop co-ordination and social skills whilst building their confidence. Action songs, props, percussion instruments and games are a few of the ways we explore different themes each week.

Our parties and workshops stimulate children through activities like those of our classes, though here the sessions can be tailored for a specific group or occasion.

Every one of our sessions is carefully crafted to maintain even the youngest child’s attention, whilst developing their social skills but most of all having fun.

Tuesday @St Joseph’s Hall, Santingly Lane, New Crofton WF4.

9:45am 2+yrs

10:45am 9mths-2yrs

Tuesday @Happy Days Play Centre, Denby Dale Road, WF2

1:00pm 9mths – 4yrs

Wednesday @ Barnabas Rooms at St Paul’s Church Walton WF2

9:30am 3-9mths

10:30am 9mths -2yrs

11:30am 2yrs+


Friday @ Crigglestone Village institute, High Street Crigglestone WF4

9:30am 3mths-9mths

10:30am 9mths-2yrs

11:30am 2yrs+

For your free taster session contact Nadine 07791655083, or email



Featured Listing

Mini Me Time Ossett

Fridays upstairs @ Ossett Trinity Centre

5 Week Baby Yoga Course 9:30-10:30am
Mini Yoga is a fun action packed class full of stretches & yoga poses for baby all done to nursery rhymes & songs, with simple stretches & exercises for you done with your baby turning them into games. You receive a yoga manual & cd, all sessions have refreshments provided with time to socialise, sensory toys and lights & magic bubbles.

5 Week Baby Massage 10:40-11:40am
In Mini Massage you learn a full body massage routine with reflexology points, wind & colic relief routine, teething & congestion moves along with promoting sleep & much more. You receive a massage manual & organic cold pressed oil to take home and be able to start massage with your baby straight away. All sessions have refreshments provided with time to socialise, sensory toys, lights, tummy time materials and more.

Both of these courses are currently only £30 each!

5 Week Mini Groovers Course 11:50am-12:35pm
Mini Groovers is a fun action music class filled with movement to music, a groovy song of the week, finger puppets, instruments, ribbon sticks, parachute games, lights and much more. Refreshments are provided every week and its only £25.

Click here for further class information, dates/times and to book your place 
or contact

Featured Listing

My Baby Can Dance, WF7 and WF10













***Wakefield MUMbler Recommends***

Tuesdays and Fridays

Baby Can Dance the award winning ultimate pre school activity. The class is a dance and movement to music pre school activity for children age 12m – 3 1/2 years. We dance to fantastic music, a great atmosphere and importantly pay attention to detail with our child development key stages offering a FREE award system for continuous monitored development.
This session is amazing, you will enjoy this class as a family. We love the positive learning experience that the children will have each week with music we all love.

For up to date class information click here to visit the website

Sam Owen-Smith
07495 856 993

Classes are payable in 5 week blocks in order to reserve your child’s place. Sessions are popular so to maintain your place contact Sam Owen-Smith Managing MBCD Leader and Business Manager.

Featured Listing

Puddle Ducks Swimming

We want every child to love swimming, respect the water and swim beautifully.

That’s why our standards are the highest and our approach is unique.


At Puddle Ducks, 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.

Our lessons are taught in specially selected pools with limited class sizes.

Classes incorporate rhyme (our bespoke songs have been written by professional musicians) and movement based on extensive child development research.

Our programmes and teacher training are continuously developed in the latest techniques, ensuring our teaching standards remain the highest.













Our Swimming Programmes

We run three core swimming programmes. Each is tailor-made to give your child confidence in the water and to teach them the technique to grow and become strong swimmers.
Baby & Pre-school (for babies and children aged 0-4 years)
Swim Academy (for children aged 4-10 years)
Aquanatal (for mums-to-be)
Price info

Classes are booked and paid in cycles of 10 lessons (there may be holidays in between)

£20 off by quoting MUMbler on your first booking for new customers (not valid for aquanatal classes)

Local classes

Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School
Barnsley Road,
WF2 6AS.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
9.30am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
10am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
11am Floaties (birth to 6 months)
11:30am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)


Newhall Farm Private Pool
70 Wakefield Road,
WF4 4BG.

10am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
10.30am Floaties (birth to 6 months)
11am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
11.30am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
12pm Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)

4pm – 6pm  Swim Academy classes (4-10years)

10am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
10.30am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
11am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
11.30am Dippers (advanced 2 to 5 years)

10am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
10:30am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
11.00am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
11.30am Floaties (birth to 6months)

4pm – 6:30pm Swim Academy classes (4-10years)

10am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
10.30am Floaties (birth to 6 months)
11am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
11.30am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)

11.30am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
1pm Floaties (birth to 6 months)

2pm Splashers (6 to 15 months)
2.30am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)

9.30am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
10am Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
10.30am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
11am Kickers (15 months to 2.5 years)
11.30am Splashers (6 to 15 months)
12.30pm Floaties
1pm Splashers
1.30pm Little Dippers
2pm Little Dippers
2.30pm Kickers
3pm Floaties

St Wilfrid’s School
Cutsyke Road,


2.30pm little Dippers (2 to 5 years)
3.00pm Little Dippers and Kickers (2 to 5 years) (15 months to 2.5 years)
3.30pm Splashers and Little Dippers (6 to 15 months) (2 to 5 years)
4.00pm Splashers and Kickers (6 to 15 months) (15 months to 2.5 years)
4.30pm Dippers and Little Dippers (advanced 2 to 5 years) (2 to 5 years)
5.00pm Little Dippers (2 to 5 years)

Featured Listing

Relax and Sing Massage and Signing Classes

***Wakefield Mumbler Recommends***

Music and Massage is a new class that started in September @Wrenthorpe Valley Crescent Community Centre.

Special OFFER Book a FREE Trial Now!

New mums- come along for a free trial class! Relax & Sing is a lovely combination of baby massage and yoga, singing, sensory stimulation and acupressure. Led by a primary music specialist and mother of two, there’s always a cuppa and cake, small groups and a warm welcoming atmosphere where mums support each other and make friends. Take a look at my Facebook page, check out my reviews, and get in touch to book your free trial.

Led by a primary music specialist and mother of two, Relax & Sing is a wonderful 5-week course, which is a powerful combination of baby massage, baby yoga, sensory stimulation, shiatsu, relaxation and singing!

Every week we include a gentle relaxation exercise for the grown-ups, sing our way through some fabulous yoga stretches and massage strokes, discover useful shiatsu points for common baby ailments and soothe the little ones with a lullaby.

There’s always a cuppa and cake and a great chance for parents and carers to chat with each other and form lasting friendships.

“I’d done baby massage at my local children’s centre with my first and I stopped going after a couple of weeks because I found the group to be a bit of a clique. As a new mum, I really didn’t enjoy going, my baby cried most of the time so that was it.  This time around I wanted to try again, we moved to Wakefield a couple of years ago and my experience has been completely different. Corinna takes time to plan out her sessions even down to the seating plan so that no one is left out. I’m more relaxed and so is my baby.  There’s cake too, which is always a winner!” Heather, Wakefield Mumbler January 2018

Mondays @Valley Crescent Community Centre, WF2 0JB

10-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm



Fridays @Valley Crescent Community Centre, WF2 0JB

10-11am, 11:15am-12:15pm

Classes are £40 for a block of five sessions.

Bring a blanket to class, everything else you need will be provided.


Facebook Page: @relaxandsingwakefield

Featured Listing

Rhythm Time Wakefield and South Leeds


Hi, I’m Lauren and I’ve been running Rhythm Time classes since September 2008. Prior to this, I was a Primary teacher specialising in Early Years.

I’m a mum of three boys and that’s how I discovered Rhythm Time. I saw how much my children enjoyed the well
structured, fun sessions, gaining confidence, listening skills and sense of Rhythm as they went. I also enjoyed them as a parent. As a result, I was inspired to have a career change, working with two things I love- children and music.

These days I have a number of classes throughout Wakefield and South Leeds support by excellent teachers.



I’m not the only one who loves Rhythm Time classes, our families are always telling us how much they enjoy Rhythm Time

‘Rhythm time has been absolutely amazing for both me and my daughter. We have been going since she was 12 weeks and she is now 17months! I have met wonderful friends and it allows my daughter to come out of her shell  (she’s a little shy!) in a kind and nurturing environment. Cannot recommend it enough and hope to be doing it for many more months!’ Thanks Lauren and Michelle.



For more information contact Lauren, 07725 574 900 or

Alternatively, visit my page on the Rhythm Time website

or my Facebook page

MUMbler OFFER £5 off when you buy £25 of Rhythm Time Vouchers

email Lauren and quote ‘Wakefield Mumbler offer’ to Claim

Featured Listing

Tiny Strides Infant Massage, Wakefield & Barnsley

Are you a mum looking for a gentle, relaxed class to attend?

Baby massage is a great opportunity to equip yourself with a useful mummies toolbox to use from birth and all the way through childhood.

And it’s not just baby massage that we learn.

In addition to ancient baby massage strokes, we learn yoga inspired poses and reflexology in our 5-week courses.


Baby massage supports your babies physical and emotional development and is thought to boost your little one’s immune system!

It can also aid colic, teething pain, improve sleep, aid early learning and improve motor skills.

It’s an ideal class to meet other mums, be nurtured and receive support from a practical, relaxed qualified health visitor, nurse and infant massage instructor.



Weaning Advice

Curious about baby led weaning but not sure it’s for you and your baby?

Frightened that your little one may choke?

Feeling pressured by friends and family to use purees?

Come to one of our 2-hour workshops and we will provide you with all the info you need to confidently wean your baby.



See Siobhan’s website to find your local workshop.

Regular Sessions


@Woolley Grange, Barnsley S75 5




@Glasshoughton Centre, Castleford


Contact her directly through facebook or email for special Wakefield Mumbler discounts!

Call: 01226 387 883

Aquastar Swimming School, Wakefield WF5 and WF7

@St Wilfred’s Catholic High School

Tuesday-Friday 6:15pm-8:15pm

Saturday 12:30-4pm

Sunday 9-11:30am

@Ossett Academy


Tuesday 4-7pm

Sunday 4-6pm

Aquastar swimming school  is a local family run business, we are an ASA swim school member.
We provide a calm and relaxed environment where your child can learn to swim or improve their technique. All our swimming instructors are qualified to ASA level 2 standard with over 100 years combined teaching experience.
You can feel secure in the knowledge that they are in safe hands and learning from the experts

Contact Scott 07990538516

Baby Group 0-18mths, Lupset WF2 8

Fridays 9:30-11am

@Sunbeam, 9-11 Lupset Cresent

Come along and join us for fun activities for you and your baby. For children aged 0-18 months

Call: Zara 01924 302333

Baby & Toddler Group 0-5 years, Wakefield WF2 0

Fridays 1:30-3pm Term Time Only

@Balne Lane Community Centre

This is a Baby Group for children aged 0-18 months. Join us for fun activities for you and your baby.

Call: Zara 01924 302333

Cloud 9, Ossett WF5

***Wakefield MUMbler Recommends***

Welcome to Cloud9 – your local voluntary run community Playgroup in Ossett. Cloud9 aims to provide a fun, safe, stimulating and homely environment for all the family. It is run by a group of Early Years Practioners who have qualifications ranging from level 3 to level 6 in childcare. Whether you need an hour out of the house with the little ones, or looking for a local mums & tots group or even somewhere to celebrate a special birthday, Cloud9 can help!

We love meeting new families so come and pop in for a cuppa and even some home made baked goodies.

open Tuesday -Friday 9am-3pm £3 per child (£2 for additional siblings) Discounts for childminders

Weekends private bookings and parties only

Shop and drop is 90mins for £4.50 we can do it any day and time as long as we have preferably 1 weeks notice.

Call: 07548 498 377 or 07549 278 225

Cossins Music School

Pre School Music Classes in Central Wakefield.


9:45-10:25am Off We Go 3-7 year olds

10:45-11:25am On The Move walking-3 year olds

@The Springs, Wakefield , WF1

Firelight Studios

Screen Acting Classes

‘Sparks’  for 3-7 yr olds 4-5pm Fridays

Classes for 8-16 yr olds 5-7pm Mondays and Fridays

Adult Classes also running

Classes for Children with additional needs coming soon, please call to enquire.

@Saville Road Industrial Park, Castleford

Call: Carl 07584 671 844

Frenchtastic, Language Lessons

Bonjour! My name is Kerryann and I run fun, interactive French classes and clubs for children aged 18 months-11 years in the Wakefield area.

Everyone gets A FREE TASTER so why not come along and join in the fun?

We use songs, stories, games and drama to bring the language to life and inspire our young learners.

Classes also running and available for nurseries, childminders and schools (EYFS,KS1,KS2).

To book your FREE TASTER, please call: 07841 763 880

Weds 5.00-5.30pm Ages 3-7yrs Bevin Close, Outwood
Weds 5.30-6.15pm Ages 7-11yrs Bevin Close, Outwood

Thurs 2.15-2.45pm Ages 18m- 4 yrs The Cluntergate Centre, Horbury
Thurs 4.30-5.00pm Ages 3-7yrs The Cluntergate Centre, Horbury

Friday 1.00-1.30pm Ages 18m-4yrs The Methodist Church Hall, Altofts
Friday 1.30-2.10pm Ages 18 m -4yrs St.John’s, Central Wakefield (Followed by A Cuppa and a Chatter)

Friday Funtime, Walton

Fridays 10am

Playgroup @Walton Village Hall Friday at 10.00

***Recommended by a MUMbler***

“I went to with my little boy last Fri. It was really well run with drinks & snacks for children and you get a brew and biccie which is always a bonus ;-/. Its £2.” SBB Jan 2017

FUNtastic, Ossett WF5

Our sporting activities and games are specifically designed to engage children and allow them to explore and experiment with movement and sporting skills.

Our classes focus on:
✔ Safe, fun and engaging activities
✔ Building confidence through game activities
✔ Encourages social interaction
✔ Body management skills agility, balance, coordination etc
✔ Locomotion skills: run, jump, skip, hop etc
✔ Object control skills: catch, throw etc

Mondays 9:30-10:30
South Ossett Baptist Church, WF5 0HA

Tuesdays 9:30-10:30
Dimplewell Lodge Hotel, WF5 8JX

Fridays 9:30-10:30
Trinity Centre, WF5 9DW

Gravity Trampoline park (year round)

Parent and Toddler sessions

You and your toddlers have the full use of the park without older kids so they have more space and can play as they learn, building confidence at their own pace. There are other toddlers around too so it’s good to mix.
Toddlers must be over 18 months but under 5 years and accompanied by an adult. One adult can accompany up to two toddlers

TERM TIMES EVERY: Mon & Wed 10:00 | Tue & Fri 13:00 | Sat 09:00
P&T THEMED SPECIALS: last Friday of every month 10:00 & 13:00 – TERM & HOLIDAYS

Gym Joeys

Gym Joeys 18mnths-4years
Gym Joeys is exciting, accessible and inclusive promoting an active and healthy lifestyle whilst developing fundamental motor skills in movement and coordination.
The sessions are delivered by fully qualified gym coaches, Thornes Park Athletics Stadium.
Booking is essential 01924 302385.
£4.50 per session [Block payments for 10 sessions]

Lingotot Spanish Classes

A fun and interactive Spanish session for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0-4. We do lots of singing, games, stories and crafts – we even squeeze in a little snack too!

Fridays 9.30 – 10.30am
Netherton Village Hall, Netherton

We also have lots of options for your children’s nursery and school such as after school clubs and a fully accredited KS2 PPA course.
Email Amy:


@Factor House, Church Street Ossett

Tuesday Mini Movers

Our Mini Movers session introduces a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Modern and Freestyle, to create a fun, energetic and imaginative movement class for any young dancer. 2-2:30pm, 3-4yrs, £2.50 per session

Friday Early Years

Capture your child’s imagination whilst developing their social skills and movement through song and dance! 10-11am (including time for refreshments and play) 18mths-3years, £4 per session.

Call: 07944 130 916




Relaxed Baby Massage and Yoga


Massage your baby in a relaxed, friendly setting. Learn to help babies to relax, how to relieve wind, constipation and massage also helps babies to sleep better.
Classes are of 5 or 6 parents and from my home in Ossett, Wakefield.
It is also a lovely way to meet other parents in a relaxed atmosphere too.
Please contact me to see when the next group is starting. Baby Massage is from 3 weeks onwards.

Other classes available include Baby Yoga, Baby Reflexology, and Sing and Sign.

Call: Anne-Marie 01924 278461 or 07956266144

This Green Moon

@Swillington Organic Farm, LS26 8QA
Tuesday 10am-12pm Treenippers 1-5yrs old £7 per session
2 hour session of woodland discovery and natural play for pre-school children. FREE for babies under 12m.
Tuesday 1.30pm-3.30pm Forest School £7 per session
2 hour Forest School session for home educated children aged 4 to 11. 
Friday 10am – 11.30am Crafty Nippers £8 per session 
Lovely storytelling, making and creative sessions using a mix of natural materials and art supplies. 
Friday 1.00 – 2.30pm Crafty Nippers £8 per session
All sessions must be booked

Wakefield Children’s Centre

Xplore: Baby Weigh and Play

Baby Weigh & Play at Xplore

Weigh & Play is a baby self-weigh and measuring service offered by Xplore suitable for babies up to 18 months old.

Grade III ISO 9001:2015 accredited weighing scales and measuring mat are provided in a private area for a parent/guardian to weigh and measure their baby. A member of the Xplore team is on hand to help with the process and to complete your baby record book.

Visit as often as you want – the service is available every Wednesday and Friday between 9:30 and 10:30.

There is a £5 joining fee which includes:

  • Weigh & Play, your baby record, loyalty book and free hot drink
  • All following sessions are £1.50
  • Collect bonus clouds to earn rewards

Xscape Yorkshire Parent and Toddler Sessions


Gravity Trampoline Parks: Parent and Toddler Session, 10:00 – 11:00. £5-6 per person.

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf: Parent & Toddler Session, 11:00 – 13:00. £7.50 per adult. child goes free.

Xplore Soft Play: Tots Session, 10:30 – 14:30 / Mini Maestros session at 10:00, 10:45 & 11:30*


Christchurch Xscape: 1st Steps Toddler Group, 9:30 – 11:00. Ages 0 – 5. Free stay and play.

Gravity Trampoline Parks: Parent and Toddler Session, 13:00-14:00. £5-6 per person.

Xplore Soft Play: My Baby Can Dance sessions at 10:30 & 11:30*/ Tots, 10:30 – 14:30

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf: Parent & Toddler Session, 11:00 – 13:00. £7.50 per adult, pre-school toddler goes free. Term time only.


Gravity Trampoline Parks: Parent and Toddler Session, 10:00-11:00. £5-6 per person.

Xplore Soft Play: Tots Session, 10:30 – 14:30

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf: Parent & Toddler Session, 11:00 – 13:00. £7.50 per adult. child goes free.


Snozone: Sno-play, 10:15 – 10:45. 1 adult goes free & free drink for child. £4.99. For ages 2+ (May – Sept: 11:15 – 11:45)

Sweatshop: 3K jog/walk group, buggy-friendly route & safe for youngsters. 10:30.

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf: Parent & Toddler Session, 11:00 – 13:00. £7.50 per adult. child goes free.

Xplore Soft Play: Tots Session, 10:30 – 14:30 / Bunny Hops sessions at 09:30 & 10:30*


Christchurch Xscape: Coffee Morning, 11:00 – 14:00 / Support Group for Parents of Twins, 11:00 – 13:00.

Gravity Trampoline Parks: Parent and Toddler Session, 13:00 – 14:00. Plus, themed session on the last Friday of the month, 10:00 – 11:00 & 13:00 – 14:00. £5 – 6 per person.

Volcano Falls Adventure Golf: Parent & Toddler Session, 11:00 – 13:00. £7.50 per adult. child goes free.

Xplore Soft Play: Tots Session, 10:30 – 14:30 / Mini Maestros sessions at 13:00 & 13:45

Plus, kids can play while you take in the views of the snow slope in Snozone. Find the soft play area in the Snobar on the first floor.