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


NEW FOR 2019!


We bring you award winning ARTS, CRAFTS and CREATIVE PLAY sessions, to Wakefield, Dewsbury and Batley.

At ARTventurers our mission is simple – to INSPIRE and ENCOURAGE children of all ages and their parents and carers to have lots of COLOURFUL, CREATIVE FUN.

We are passionate about children getting involved in art activities from an early age and our weekly baby classes start from just 6 months old! Each week we have a different theme from Exploring Space to Animal Jungle Fun.  There’s SINGING, DANCING and best of all, the little ARTISTS make CREATIVE MASTERPIECES, which the get to take home.  Not to mention the amazing MEMORIES they will create.

All our activities for our preschool sessions are carefully planned to support Early Learning Goals and in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage.  The benefits of getting children involved in art are numerous in terms of coordination, motor skills development, social interaction and creative development.




Local Classes

Tuesdays – Batley, WF17 5AG

09:45 – 10:45 Family ARTventurers (6 months – 4 years)


Thursdays – Wakefield, WF2 0JS

09:45 – 10:30 Baby ARTventurers (6 months – 18 months)

11:00 – 12:00 Little ARTventurers (18 months – 4 years)


We also offer PARTIES, holiday WORKSHOPS for older children and holiday sessions for the whole FAMILY to enjoy. (Please see Facebook for updates)



Hafiza: 07702 884447




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

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)


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

Local classes

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


For more info call Faye and her team on 01924 826238, visit the Website or Facebook or email


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 supported 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.












£5 off when you buy £25 of Rhythm Time Vouchers. Email Lauren and quote ‘Wakefield Mumbler offer’ to claim

Local classes

Monday from 10:10am – Lofthouse, WF3 3NE

Tuesday from 10:15am – Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF

Thursday from 9:45am – Mirfield, WF14 8AB

Thursday from 9:30am – Tingley, WF3 1BD

Friday from 9:30am – Wakefield, WF1 3RZ


For more information contact Lauren, 07725 574 900 or

Alternatively, visit my page on the Rhythm Time website or my Facebook page


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

Ossett Academy, WF5 0DG

Monday 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Sunday 4:00pm – 7:30pm


Scott 07990538516

Baby Group 0-18mths, Wakefield WF1 3

Thursdays 1:30-3pm

@Rainbow Annexe Outreach Centre, Pinders Primary School

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

Baby Sensory, Wakefield


10-11am 7-13mths

11:30am-12:30pm Birth-6mths

1-2pm Birth – 13mths

@Crigglestone Village Institute

Baby Sensory classes are now running for the first time in the Wakefield area. The classes are easily accessible for those living across the city and we are looking to expand to new venues over the coming months.

Baby Sensory is a multi-award winning program suitable from birth to 13 months designed to aid and enhance your baby’s development through the use of play, exercise, massage and communication techniques.

We look forward to welcoming you on our fascinating baby development program!

Call: Kelda 07912179367

Ballerina School, Ossett

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.

Local Classes

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Friday mornings 10:15am – 11:00am

Saturday’s 8:45am – 9:30am and 10:00am – 10:45am


For more information call 01924 266 374

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.

Tues, Thurs & Fri 9:30am – 2:30pm

Wednesday 10:00am – midday (craft session) and 1:00pm – 2:30pm (baby session, under 16 months only)

£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.


07548 498 377 or 07549 278 225

Dream Time Baby Massage, Wakefield

Dream Time combines, singing, yoga, massage, soft gymnastics and fun and is the perfect combination of baby time and parent time (often the parent is a mummy but daddies are more than welcome) which leaves everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to talk about anything and everything.

Babies need to be 4 weeks old to start and then the classes can continue until you or your baby grows out of it!

Local classes

Tuesday 10am
Wednesday 1pm
Thursday 1pm

Wakefield Central classes are held at Toy Box , 11 Market Street, WF1 1DD

Booking essential


Sarah 01924 276250 or 07760667689

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)

Jelly Babies Toddler Group

Jelly Babies is a warm and friendly toddler group (term time only)

Children aged 0-5 can play and have fun with our range of educational toys, games, seasonal crafts and much more. Mums and carers can enjoy a homemade treat with their tea and coffee whilst children can enjoy a healthy snack and drink of juice.The cost is £2 per adult including up to 2 children. Additional children are an extra cost of 25p per child.

Local classes

Thursday 9:30am – 11.30am at the NewSpring Centre, Ossett, WF5 8AL


Kate 01924 728 551

Little Explorers (under 5s) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last Thursday of every month March to July 2018

Adventure awaits in the Hidden Forest – our outdoor space for our youngest visitors. Jump, laugh, make, sing, and play together beneath the trees.

Happening on the last Thursday every month, each Little Explorers session will be a different adventure.
Come and enjoy this magical space and have time together in the beauty of the outdoors of YSP.

All sessions are taking place in the Hidden Forest which is below the YSP Learning Centre and Café, marked on the Welcome Guide Map.

  • Suitable for children under 5
  • This event is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs – please specify on booking for if you have access requirements.
  • If you are able please leave your pushchair in the car as we will only be travelling short distances.
  • Come dressed for the outdoors and wear clothes that can get messy.
  • Adults and children £3 each, tickets for this event are non-refundable
  • Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult

Messy Movers, Normanton

Hillside Childcare bring you a messy play group drop in session, 3 months to 3 years

Every Tuesday and Thursday during term time, £4.50 / session

Queen Street, Normanton, WF6 2DQ


To book call 01924 227629

Mini Maestros, Wakefield

Mini Maestros offers all children from 3 months upwards the chance to learn and have fun through music.

We have already had over ten years success entertaining little ones within a relaxed creative environment building confidence and basic music skills with the use of simple percussion instruments, visual aids, action songs, nursery rhymes, games and much more.  Each week a new educational theme is introduced and children are encouraged to explore this in many different ways.  We have always made sure our classes, parties and workshops are affordable and accessible to all giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy making music.

Local classes

Classes run Monday – Thursday during term time in Wrenthorpe, Horbury, Outwood, Ossett & Stanley


Call Jo on 07976 154890 if you would like to know more

Relax and Sing Massage and Singing Classes

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.

Local classes

Valley Crescent Centre, Wrenthorpe, WF2 0JB

Classes are £40 for a block of five sessions.


For more info call Corinna on 07976 035219

Singing Mums, Horbury WF4 6

Thursdays 10:30am Term Time Only

@ St. Peters and St Leonard’s Church

Fun, friendly pop choir for Mums (and Dads) with babies, toddlers. Tea and cake provided! Social for you and stimulating for little one.

£6 drop in or £5 if booking the term

Places are limited so booking advised

Call: Georgina 07584133918

Stay and Play, Wakefield WF1 3

Thursdays 9:30-11am

@Rainbow Annexe Outreach Centre

A Stay and Play group for children aged 0-5 years.

Call Zara 01924 302333

Sticky Fingers Toddler Group WF1 4

Thursday 9:30-11am and 12:24-2:15pm Term Time Only

@Destiny Church

Sticky fingers is a welcoming and friendly group which caters for children aged 0-5.  Each week there we have a baby area, a good selection of toys and activities, as well as a themed craft activity. There are snacks/ drinks served for the children during the session, there are cakes and unlimited hot drinks for the adults too.

We ask for a £1 donation per child

Call: Annette 07984176799, or the church office 01924 382162

Sunbeam Children’s Centre Stay and Play, Lupset

Sunbeam Children’s Centre Stay and Play sessions run on Thursday mornings between 9:15am – 11.00am.

All families and chidren under 5 welcome. Enjoy a fun filled session with quality equipment, a chance to meet other local parents and qualified, dedicated staff.

Local classes

Thursday 9:15am – 11:00am (term time only)

Sunbeam Children’s Centre, Lupset, WF2 8RH


01924 302333

The Play Village, Mapplewell

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, S75 6BP 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 Swim Specialist, Ossett WF5 0

Sundays (Groups sessions only ) and Thursdays (2:1, 1:1 and group sessions)

@Ossett Academy Pool

Thursday Groups

Stage 1 / 4:00pm – 4:30pm 
Stage 2 / 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Stage 3 / 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Stage 4 & 5 / 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Thursday 2:1 and 1:1 Sessions

Slot 1 / 6:00pm – 6:30pm
Slot 2 / 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Sunday (Group sessions only)

Stage 1 / 10:00am – 10:30am
Stage 2 / 10:30am – 11:00am
Stage 3 / 11:00am – 11:30am
Stage 4 & 5 / 11:30am – 12:00pm

Group lessons are available to all children between the ages 4yrs+.
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.

Call: Nathaniel 07592 930 378

Tumble Tots

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.

Local classes

Mondays Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club, WF8 4PQ

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

Wednesdays Wrenthorpe Methodist Hall, WF2 0JR

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

Thursdays Crofton Community Centre, WF4 1LB

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


Angela 07968 041 911


Wakefield Children’s Centre

The Children’s First Hubs offer a wide range of support and services for children and young people aged 0-19 years old and their families.
The Wakefield West Hub covers the Central Wakefield and North East areas of the district. We have a main office and two Children’s Centre’s which are as follows;
City Limits, Thornhill Street, Wakefield, WF1 1NL – 01924 303272
Stanley Children’s Centre, Long Causeway, Stanley, WF3 4JB – 01924 303181
Sunbeam Children’s Centre, Lupset Crescent, Lupset, Wakefield – 01924 302333


Visit their facebook page

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.