Playgroups & Classes Wakefield


Many classes & groups are planning to re-open in September 2020 following the Covid-19 pandemic. We are updating listings as information comes available but please do check with individual providers to ensure venues & timings are current.

50 Things to do before you’re 5, helps children from 0-5 become school ready. It has been developed with families to produce a fun resource that offers a wide range of experiences that builds skills and language and supports brain development in young children.
If you’re struggling for educational activities to do with the kids, 50 Things is a brilliant way to try something new or get outdoors! It will help you to find out how, where and when to do this through a free app and other resources.
Download the FREE app now
Google play store➡️
Take a look at some of our activity ideas:
Outdoor Fun! (click here)!/whats-it-all-about



Dance classes for ages 2 years upwards in the following styles: Ballet, tap, modern, theatrecraft, street dance, cheerleading, acro, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, commercial and musical theatre.


We offer free trials and run in accordance with Wakefield school term dates.


All students have the opportunity to take part in gala’s, exams and performances. We also have a highly successful competition team.


We moved to our very own brand new fully equipped mirrored dance studio in February 2020 and we can’t wait to welcome you to our friendly dance family.


Local classes

Classes available Mondays, Wednesdays & Saturdays – for details click here

ASTAR Studios, Ossett, WF5 9ND


07977 386881



Cuddle Up Slings provides home visits and sling library sessions around the Wakefield area to provide families with the knowledge and skills to safely, confidently and comfortably carry their children.

We offer a try before you buy service to save families money, by finding the right product that works for them. We stock an extensive range or slings and carriers that are available to hire for 4 weeks for a small fee. We also offer advice and guidance to use your own carriers or slings.

Please ensure you book an appointment to attend our sessions on the link below

We run sessions every 4 weeks at

  • Jubilee Hall, Lupset
  • St Mary’s Community Centre, Pontefract
  • Oulton Institute, Oulton
  • Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall, Barnsley

Please check our Facebook page or message us direct for more information and dates. 



The Kixx programme offers a high energy, fun, age-appropriate introduction to physical activity through football.

Our programme has been carefully designed for both boys and girls Ages 2-8 years of age. Our innovative curriculum emphasises both the physical and social development of our children.

Our goal is simple: To have a positive impact on every child we serve!


Local classes

Fridays at Primrose Hall, Horbury, WF4 6EG

  • 3-4 years 4:15pm – 5:00pm
  • 5-6 years 5:00pm – 5:45pm


Saturdays at Stanley Rodillians Rugby Club, Manley Park, Lee Moor Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4EF

  • 2 years 9:00am – 9:40am
  • 3 – 4 years 10:00am – 10:40am
  • 5 – 6 years 11:00am – 11:40pm


Sundays at Crofton Community Centre Academy, Crofton Community Centre, Middle Lane, WF4 1LD

  • 2 years 9:00am – 9:40am
  • 3 – 4 years 9:40am – 10:20am
  • 5 – 8 years 10:20am – 11:00pm

07956 040744


Puddle Ducks … The Perfect IntroDUCKtion to Swimming


Puddle Ducks Wakefield runs classes in pools across Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield & 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 instil 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.


Teaching independent swimming from birth. That’s the Puddle Ducks difference.




Local classes

Classes run on every day of the week in 7 local pools


07498 051476



Aquastar Swimming School

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

Local classes

St Wilfred’s Catholic High School, WF7 6BD

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

Saturday 12:30 – 3:00pm

Sunday 9:00am – 11:30am



Scott 07990538516

Baby Ballet Wakefield West

Our babyballet preschool dance programme offers four stages of ballet classes, for young children aged 6 months to 6 years, plus a tap dancing class for children over 3 years.


Local classes

All classes held at Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett, WF5 9TJ


Tinies: 18 months – 3 years

Tuesdays 10:15am – 10:50am

Saturdays 9:15am – 9:45am


Movers: 3 & 4 years

Tuesdays 11:00am – 11:35am

Saturdays 8:30am – 9:05am


Groovers: 4 – 6 years

Saturdays 11:10am – 11:45am



Miss Siobhan – 07515 058 629

Babyballet Wakefield North

Our babyballet preschool dance programme offers four stages of ballet classes, for young children aged 6 months to 6 years, plus a tap dancing class for children over 3 years.


Local classes

Tinies: 18 months – 3 years

Thursdays 9:30am – 10:05am (Busy Bees, WF1 2UN)

Saturdays 9:00am – 9:35am (Outwood Parkside Methodist Church, WF1 2PN)

Sundays 10:00am – 10:30am (Nuffield Health, WF2 7AW)


Movers: 3 & 4 years

Sundays 10:40am – 11:15am (Nuffield Health, WF2 7AW)


Groovers: 4 – 6 years

Saturdays 10:30am – 11:05am (Outwood Parkside Methodist Church, WF1 2PN)



Miss Nicola – 07950 812390

Ballerina School, Ossett

Attending a class at our Ballerina School,  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.


Local Classes

Monday 1:30pm-2:15pm

Monday 3:55pm-4:40pm

Friday 10:15am-11am

Saturday 10:40am-11:25am

West Yorkshire Theatre Dance Centre, Station Road, Ossett, WF5 0JE



For more information call 01924 266 374

FAB Peer Support Community Sessions

In Wakefield, we are really lucky to have the support of F.A.B. & all their infant feeding peer supporters!


The below information lists all of the locations that infant feeding peer supporters are available to offer support and information to help with your breastfeeding. Please note some of these sessions are term time only and occasionally we do have to change times and venues so we recommend that you speak to FAB to check dates and timings before setting out to avoid any disappointment.


If you can’t make one of these sessions, please remember that the FAB 24hr Breastfeeding Helpline is 01924 851901 and there is a really friendly & supportive facebook group


Meet up groups are currently not operating – for peer support please phone the helpline



Playstation, Ossett, WF5 9ND

12noon – 2pm – Stay and Play FAB Peer Supporter Present


Kendal Drive Children’s Centre, WF10 3RY
10am-12 noon – FAB Peer Supporter Present



Oakhill Children’s Centre, Girnhill Lane, WF7 5JB
1pm – 2.30pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present

FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
10am – 12 noon – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Runs alongside Health Visitor Breastfeeding Champion drop in clinic (for babies who have been discharged from midwife care


Cedars Children’s Centre, Barnsley Road, Hemsworth,
WF9 4PU, 12 noon – 2pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Runs alongside Health Visitor Breastfeeding Champion drop in clinic (for babies who have been discharged from midwife care)



Havercroft Children’s Centre, Mulberry Place, Ryhill, Wakefield, WF4 2BE

10am -11.30am – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present

FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
10am – 12 noon – Mum run group FAB peer support available if required

Happy Days Soft Play Centre, Wakefield, WF2 7AZ
1pm-2.30pm – Breastfeeding Group with FAB Peer Supporter Present. Reduced charge of £2.50 for older siblings to play

Pomfret Children’s Centre, Rookhill Road, WF8 2DD
9.30am-11am -Breastfeeding Group FAB Peer Supporter Present


FAB, 31 All Saints Walk, The Ridings, Wakefield, WF1 1US
11am-12:30pm – Mum run group FAB peer support available if required

Useful contacts
Families and Babies 24hr Breastfeeding Helpline – 01924 851901
Pinderfields Maternity Unit – 01924 541 689
The Breastfeeding Network – 0300 100 0210
La Leche League – 0845 120 2918
National Childbirth Trust – 0300 330 0771
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers – 0300 330 5453

Family Board Games for 2+

Enjoy some unplugged family time with a selection of popular board games.


Saturday 10:00 – 12:00 at Wakefield Library, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB

Fun at Castleford Museum

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with!

Whether handling museums objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there’s something to do every Saturday at Castleford Museum.

What will it be this week?

Fun at Wakefield Museum

A fun activity in the museum that everyone can join in with!

Whether handling museums objects or taking part in a fun craft activity, there’s something to do every Saturday at Wakefield Museum.

What will it be this week?

Gravity Trampoline Park

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

Local classes

Term time: Every weekday at 10:00am
Holiday time: Every day at 9:00am (not Sunday)

Xscape, Castleford WF10 4TA. Tel: 01977 529920

Kaiju Martial Arts

Kaiju Martial Arts is one of the Fastest Growing martial Arts Schools in Yorkshire, our full time Martial Arts Centre is in the heart of Wakefield, with a fully matted area, Parents seating area and much more.


Local classes

All classes are held at Unit 4, Russell Street, Wakefield, WF1 5QS

Mini monsters (3 – 6 years)

  • Monday – 16:30 (Develop)
  • Tuesday – 16:00 (Basic)
  • Wednesday – 16:00 (Develop)
  • Thursday – 16:00 (Basic)
  • Friday – 16:00 (Develop)
  • Saturday – 9:00 (Basic) & 9:30 (Develop)

Juniors (7 – 12 years)

  • Monday – 18:00 (Beginner)
  • Tuesday – 18:30 (Beginner); 16:30 (Intermediate); 17:30 (Advanced)
  • Wednesday – 16:30 (Beginner); 18:15 (Intermeditae); 19:15 (Advanced)
  • Thursday – 18:30 (Beginner); 16:30 (Intermediate); 17:30 (Advanced)
  • Friday – 16:30 (Beginner); 17:15 (Intermediate); 18:15 (Advanced)
  • Saturday – 10:00 (Beginner); 10:45 (Intermediate); 10:45 (Advanced)



01924 781157

Karate at Roche Blackbelt Academy

At Roche Blackbelt Academy we teach traditional Karate to children over the age of 4 years old. The clubs intention is to help our students learn self defence, discipline, respect & gain confidence, plus so much more. This can all be achieved  through teaching the traditional values  & techniques of Karate. We take a huge sense of pride with all our students from the moment a student joins the Karate section & seeing how each students develops within all aspects of their lives, week after week, month after month & year after year. We develop our students skills to be the very best that they can be.


Local classes

All classes are held at Unit 2, Oak House, Pollard Street, Lofthouse Gate, WF3 3HG


Monday 4pm

Wednesday 6pm

Saturday 11am



01924 823 979

Mini Raptors Martial Arts

A martial arts program for little ones, aiming to instil skills such as hand-eye coordination, motor skills, interaction, confidence, discipline, and listening skills, as well as giving kids a chance to make new friends and burn off some energy.


Local classes

All classes are held at Unit 9A, Headway Business Park, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7AZ


Tuesday 5:00 – 5:30pm

Thursday 5:00 – 5:30pm

Saturday 9:15 – 9:45am




Rugrats Rugby

A strong emphasis is placed on best practice to create a fun, energetic and safe environment that will allow your child to experience rugby skills such as running with ball, finding space, catching, kicking, scoring a try as well as working in a team and taking turns. Fun with foam balls that helps improve your child’s core skills including agility and balance. Great way to build your child’s confidence and make new friends.


Local classes

Saturdays (Walton Village Hall, School Lane, Walton, Wakefield, WF2 6PA)

9:05am – 9:35am 2 – 4 years

9:40am – 10:20am 4 – 7 years

10:30am – 11:00am 2 – 4 years


Sundays (Kirkhamgate Village Hall, Brandy Carr Road, Wakefield, WF2 0RS)

9:00am – 9:30am 2 – 4 years

9:40am – 10:10am 2 – 4 years

10:20am – 11:00am 4 – 7 years



Call: ‭‭07984 596 662‬‬

Samantha’s School of Dance

All classes held within Standbridge Lane Community Centre, Kettlethorpe, WF2 7NP



4:30 – 5:10pm Mini Pop 3+

4:30 – 5:15pm Tumbling & Cheerleading 3+

5:15 – 6:00pm Junior Tappers & Ballet 5+

5:15 – 6:00pm Mini Tappers & Ballet 3+



4:30 – 5:15 Acrobatics 4+



4:15 – 4:45 Mini Ballet 3+

4:15 – 4:45 Junior Ballet 5+

4:45 – 5:45 Freestyle & Cheerleading 4+



9:00 – 9:30 Mini Ballet 3+

9:30 – 10:10 Mini Pop 3+

10:15 – 10:45 Mini Tumble 3+

10:15 – 10:45 Mini & Junior Tap 3+

10:45 – 11:15 Junior Ballet 5+

11:15 – 11:55 Junior Pop 5+



Striker Tots

The programme teaches and develops all the basic football skills such as dribbling, passing, shooting and heading. The sessions are also beneficial for children’s fitness, balance and co-ordination and provide an excellent opportunity for children to meet other kids and develop their social skills such as teamwork, sharing and communication.


Local classes

Toddler Strikers: walking – 2 years

Sundays 10:15am (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)


Tiny Strikers: 2 – 3.5 years

Wednesdays 3:30pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)

Wednesdays 3:30pm (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Saturdays 9:00am & 9:45am (Kirkhamgate Village Hall)

Sundays 9:30am & 10:45am (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Sundays 11:45am & 12:30pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)


Monster Strikers: 3.5 years +

Wednesdays 4:15pm (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)

Wednesdays 4:15pm (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Saturdays 10:30am & 11:15am (Kirkhamgate Village Hall)

Sundays 11:00am (Total Fitness, Silkwood Park, Ossett)

Sundays 11:00am (Xercise4less Gym, Xscape, Castleford)



Call: 0113 8800840

Sun Lane, Swimming

At Sun Lane Leisure, we have several classes and sessions for babies and early years throughout the week.

Local classes 

Monday 9:00am – 11:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Wednesday 9:00am – 11:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Saturday 12:15pm – 1:30pm Adult & Toddler swim

Sunday 8:30am – 10:00am Adult & Toddler swim

Swimming classes are divided into two groups; Discovery Ducklings (6 months – 3 years) and Infant Starter (3 – 5 years)

All these are subject to availability. Parents required to be in the water with the children.


For more information call 01924 306001

The Swim Specialist, Sandal

Group lessons are available to all children between the ages 3yrs+. We accommodate swimming lessons to children of all abilities.
We have a maximum group size of 6 children per teacher. This allows for maximum engagement, whilst encouraging children to make new friends and work as a team.

Private classes available


Local Classes

All classes held at Sandal Castle Primary, Wakefield, WF2 6AU





0333 050 0520

Tiny Tigers Martial Arts

Our Tiny Tigers programme is unique in the area and is tailored to meet the needs of pre-school children age 3-5.  Our Female and Male instructors are trained in meeting the needs of this demanding age group. Classes last for 30 minutes they are fast paced, fun and educational and take place on a safe matted area.


Local classes

All classes are held at Nactics Family Martial Arts, Horbury Road, Horbury, Wakefield, WF2 8TU


Tuesday 5:30 – 6:00pm

Saturday 9:30 – 10:00am



Ian on 07909 752 798

Tiny Tots

Tots Coaching’s Tiny Tots sessions have been designed for Walkers to 3 year olds and aims to help young children develop their fundamental movement skills through structured games and activities and through fun and interactive play.


The 30 minute parent participated session includes passing, catching, try scoring, cone kicking, and games in a fun positive learning environment.


Local classes

Fridays 9:30am at Kirkhamgate Village Hall, Brandy Carr Lane, WF2 0RJ

Saturdays 9:00am & 11:00am at Horbury Academy, Horbury, WF4 5HE



Call Anthony or Mick  07517 119230

Zumbini with Clare

Does your little one love to dance? Do you want to spend some quality time singing and bonding with your baby? Then join us at ZUMBINI! For 45 minutes of can’t-stop-won’t-stop Latino musical fun! Created by Zumba and Babyfirst our program is designed for children aged 0-4years with simple, sing along songs to help aid their development and inspire their imagination and learning! Booking is essential


Local classes

Monday 4:30 – 5:15pm at The Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, Castleford

Wednesday 1:30 – 2:15pm at Shake, Rattle and Roll, Unit 10 South Bailey Gate Industrial Estate, Pontefract

Friday 2:00 – 2:45pm at Crigglestone Village Institute, High Street, Crigglestone

Saturday 9:30 – 10:15am at Bell Lane Parish Rooms/Library, Bell Lane, Ackworth, Pontefract

Saturday 3:00 – 3:45pm at The Ridings Shopping Centre, Almshouse Lane, Wakefield, WF1



Clare Rodgers (