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

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

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

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

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]

Kirkhamgate Toddlers

Mini Maestros, Wakefield


“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 @Ossett Community 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


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

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.

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

Tumble Tots, WF2, WF4, WF8

Designed to develop children’s physical skills of agility, balance, co-ordination and climbing, through the use of brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment. The programme is structured to develop children’s positive personality traits including confidence and self-esteem. Each weekly session of 45 mins for the Tumble Tots programme combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe and caring environment.

@Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club, WF8 4PQ on Mondays

10:30am walking to 2 years
11:30am 2-3 years
12:45pm 3 to school age

@Wrenthorpe Methodist Hall, WF2 0JR on Wednesdays

9:30 2-3 Years
10:30 am 2-3 years
11:30am walking to 2 years
12:45pm 3 to school age

@Crofton Community Centre, WF4 1LB on Thursdays

9:30am 6 months to walking
10:30am walking to 2 years
11:30am 2 to 3 years
12:45pm 3 to school age

Call: 07968 041 911


Wakefield Children’s Centre

WMDC Gymnastics 4years

Pre-British Amateur Gymnastics Award

For further information regarding how to enrol your child onto a gymnastics course please contact Thornes Park Stadium on 01924 302385 or email

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.