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

Creation Station, Wakefield




As a mum of two, I understand how difficult it can be to organise art and craft sessions at home. Attending a Creation Station session means you get quality arty time with your little one, without any of the mess or stress.

What’s On

I am now running our award winning arts and crafts sessions, activities and family fun events in Wakefield and the surrounding areas. You will be able to discover the locations by clicking on my calendar. I update this regularly so please check to keep updated on new fun sessions and activities for babies, toddlers, preschool children and all kids up to 11 years of age.

If you have a group of friends who would love to come along, and you would like me to run a class near you – please let me know and I will do my best to provide a class on a suitable day and nearby location for you.

Core values

How the Weekly Sessions and Holiday Activities Work

Sessions cost £5.00 per child and only £3.00 per sibling.
Child minders, receive 50% discount on all children except the first.
If you can’t attend every week, vouchers are available.
Be the first to receive news of sessions, events and special offers; please join my Facebook to be sure not to miss our new session launches.

Original ‘Arty’ Party Entertainment

Discover more about our inspiring Party entertainment. Enquire about Party Entertainer availability in Wakefield, Ossett, Horbury, Walton, Crofton, Crigglestone, Durkar, Flockton, West Bretton, Sandal and Agbrigg and surrounding areas.


Monday @Horbury Bridge Scout Hutclass

Baby Discover (5-18 mths) 9:30am-10:10am

Little Explorers (18mths -5years) 10:40am-11:30am

Tuesday @The Sun, Leeds Road Wf3

Baby Discover (5-18 mths) 10:20am-11am

Little Explorers (18mths -5years) 11:20am-12:10pm

Thursday @ Newmillerdam Scout Hut

Baby Discover (5-18 mths) 9:30am-10:10am

Little Explorers (18mths -5years) 10:40am-11:30am

Friday@Ossett Scout Hut

Baby Discover (5-18 mths) 9:30am-10:10am

Little Explorers (18mths -5years) 10:40am-11:30am


Call: 0753 993 1024 or 01924 850 079





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.

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 masage at my local children’s centre with my frst and I stopeed going after a couple of weeks because I found the group to be a bit of a clique. As a new mum I really didnt 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 exerience 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.

From Wednesday, January 17th we will also be running sessions at a new venue :

Adrenaline International Limited (Trampoline park and play gym.
22-26 Halifax Road
wF15 6JQ

Toddlers – 9.45
Baby – 10.30
Young baby – 11.15am

£20 for 4 week block includes an hour free play before or after class. There is a large free car park and cafe on site too.


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

The Story Frog Wakefield

***Wakefield Mumbler Recommends***

Read our full review here

“I looked into lots of classes for pre-schoolers and decided that we’d give The Story Frog a go, as a new class I hadn’t heard of it before but I was pleased that she (mainly I!) would be learning something. I have to confess that although I’m a teacher we don’t do much phonics with 11-18yrs olds so I was a bit clueless! The Story Frog is a great way to build your own confidence in helping your child at home.” Heather, Wakefield Mumbler

Mondays 1-2pm @Valley Crescent Community Centre, WF2 0JB

Tuesdays 10am-11am @Valley Crescent Community Centre, WF2 0JB

New Tiddlers Classes!

Tiddlers classes are designed for 0-2yrs. They centre around popular nursery rhymes and classes offer a magical sensory experience for your little ones.

Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are amongst the best readers by the time they are eight years old.

Mondays 2-3pm – Valley Crescent Community Centre, WF2 0JB

Tuesdays 2-3pm junglecatz in Morley

Facebook @storyfrogwakefield


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

Featured Listing

Tumble Tots WF4, WF2, WF8

Tumble Tots combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe, caring environment.

The programme is designed to develop a child’s agility, balance, coordination 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, coordination and control.


Monday: Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club, WF8 4PQ
Tuesday: Oulton Institute, Oulton, LS26 8SX
Wednesday: Wrenthorpe Methodist Hall, WF2 0SQ
Thursday: Crofton Community Centre, WF4 1LD
Friday: Brain and Brawn Gym, Morley, LS27 0QT

Angela Kuszyk on 07968 041911

Anne Marie’s Baby Massage, Yoga and Reflexology, Ossett WF5 0


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.

Call: Anne-Marie 01924 278461 or 07956266144

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 Beats, Wakefield WF2 7

BabyBeats Non-movers (post 6-week check to 4 months)- 11:45am
Baby Beats Plus (5 months to crawling) – 1pm
@Nuffield Health Wakefield
The unique NEW mum and Baby Class. We merge Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Sensory Play, Adult Yoga, Pilates and Fitness together to create an all-round great class for you AND baby!
We like to keep classes small and intimate so we book in 1/2 term blocks.
Booking is essential via our website
We have NON-mover and Movers classes!
Contact: Erin

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

Jo Jingles, Sandal WF2 7


9:30am Jingle Toddlers 9mths-2 years

10:30am Jo Jinglers 2+ years

11:30am Jingle Babies 3mths-9mths

@Manygates Education Centre

Educational, Creative & FUN!

MUSIC, SINGING & MOVEMENT classes for babies and pre-school age children from 3 months to 5 years of age.

4 weeks FREE for every new baby attending a 3 – 9 months baby class (We ask for a registration form to be completed and our termly administration fee of £3.00 to be paid).

FREE trial class for all new children attending our other classes.

Call: 01977 650455

Kangatraining, Ossett WF5 8

Mondays 10-11:30am

@The Vibe Dance and Fitness Studio

Kangatraining is Europe’s No.1 postnatal recovery workout where mummies can exercise while wearing their babies.

Call: Anna 07525 440 377

Mini Maestros, Wakefield WF1- WF5


“I wanted to give all children the chance to experience music as it has been proven on numerous occasions that music helps children’s co-ordination, their social, emotional and mental development, and enables creativity. Each individual session or workshop is carefully crafted to offer a high quality but fun experience for all ages, background and capabilities using visual aids, puppets, simple percussion instruments and much more.”

Monday @Wrenthorpe Methodist Church, WF2

9.30am  2+yrs

10.30am 9mths – 2yrs

11.30am 9mths – 2yrs

Monday @Horbury Community Centre, WF4

9.30am 9mths – 2yrs

10.30am 2+yrs

Tuesday @ Parkside Methodist Church, WF1

9.30am  9mths – 2yrs

10.30am  2+ yrs

Tuesday @The Samaritan Room, St John’s Church, WF1

9.40am 9 mths – 2yrs

10.30am 2+ yrs

Wednesday @West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre, WF5

9.30am   14mths+

10.30am 9-18mths (approx)

11.30am 3 – 9 mths

Wednesday @Cloud 9,  Ossett, WF5

1.15pm  2+yrs

Wednesday @St Peters Church Centre, Stanley WF3

9.30am  3 – 9 mths

10.30am 3 – 9 mths

12.45pm 2yrs+

1.45pm 9mths – 2yrs

Thursday @West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre, WF5

9.30am  14mths+

10.30am 9 – 18mths (approx)

11.30am  3 – 9 mths

Call: Jo 07976 154890

Playmania, Elsecar S74 8

Open 7 days a week:- Monday to Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm,

Saturday & Sunday 9.30am to 5.30pm

Mondays Toddler Group and Monday Movers

Tuesdays Toddler Group and Play & Eat

Wednesdays Baby Rave and Workout Wednesdays

Thursdays Breakfast with Peppa Pig, Pirate fun with Polly & Bones and Play & Eat

Fridays Teddy Bears Pinic, Fairytale Friday and Character Meet & Greets


Seedlings Maternity Club

A maternity club, whether still expecting or already have your baby drop into stand-alone sessions or come along every week. Meet other new and expecting mums and hear from a wide range of experts.
Mondays – term time – 1pm til 2.30 pm. South Ossett Baptist Church, Junction Lane, Ossett, WF5 0HA
24th April Baby Massage
8th May Early years hub
15th May Comets fitness
22nd May Pamper for mums – provided by WeledaEvery week there will be support from PANDAS Foundation (pre and post natal depression support) and FAB Breastfeeding service.

Seedlings Maternity Club 2 month programme will start Monday 5th June.

St John’s Baby and Toddler Group, Wakefield, WF1 2

Mondays and Thursdays 9:15-11:30am (except bank holidays)

@St John’s Parish Centre

From newborn to 5 we are open throughout the school holidays with the exception of bank holidays.
Proud to be part of the Wakefield Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme.
Subs of £2 per family.
Run by Gill a local registered childminder. Charlie is a trained breastfeeding peer supporter for the NHS & Little Angels and is there most Thursday sessions.

Ages 0-5 older children welcome during school holidays.

Call: Gill 07702 594776

The Play Village, Mapplewell S75

Toddler Time children aged 0-4 Monday-Thursday 9:30-11:30 (only £1.50 per child)

Opening Times
Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Sunday Private Parties Only

Situated in Mapplewell, Barnsley, The Play Village is a unique and exciting children’s play area and café, which offers a variety of exciting activities for children 0-8 years. Relax and enjoy our home-cooked, bistro style menu while the kids have a great time!

Great value birthday parties!

Call 01226 383 336

The Sticky Bun Play Cafe, South Kirby

An exciting new place for little ones and their grown-ups to have fun and enjoy delicious food and drink in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The Sticky Bun host regular children’s classes and their own playgroup,

Messy Mondays and Wednesdays

Come along and watch your little ones have sensory fun, get messy and explore new textures. £4 per little one and this includes play before/after the session.


Toddler Time @ Cheeky Monkeys

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30- 11.30 during term time is toddler time.
£2 per child which includes entry, juice, toast and craft!

Grantley St Unit 4, Wakefield

Wakefield Children’s Centre