North Leeds and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for children.
At Award winning ARTventurers we run colourful, creative (often messy!) art, craft and creative play sessions for babies, toddlers and children as well as holiday classes and workshops, fantastic creative birthday parties and other events for children of all ages.
The aim of ARTventurers sessions are to nurture and develop your child’s creativity.
We provide them with the opportunities, guidance, inspiration and materials to EXPLORE, experiment and EXPRESS themselves through a range of COLOURFUL art, creative and sensory activities.
We run weekend and school holiday specials too, please check the website for details.
We are Gold Fully Accredited members with the Childhood Activity Association meaning you can have absolute confidence in the activities and sessions that we provide for children.
We are WINNERS in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2020 for Most Loved Academic/Creative Activity AND Most Loved Baby Activity.
Baby Band music classes offer a safe, supportive and fun musical experience for you and your little people.
Baby Band is all about playing real instruments, learning musical elements and experiencing great examples of music from a huge variety of genres, not just singing along to basic nursery rhymes (although we do love some of the classics). We have a team of live musicians who regularly join us with their various instruments to give our Baby Band members a taste of live music because there is nothing as magical as seeing and hearing music being created in front of your very eyes.
Classes are available for children from around 3 months to when they start school and are bookable all year round, not just term time. Visit the website for more details on locations, the team, the musicians, the music and how to book. You can find us on social media too @babybandmusic.
There are stacks of research papers proving how beneficial music is to the early development of language, emotional understanding, motor skills and so much more. Join us at Baby Band and give your little one a musical head start in life.
Classes in Headingley, Tadcaster, Selby & Sherburn in Elmet. See venues and times here.
Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane , LS16 7ER
Honey Pottery, Horsforth, Friday
Prices – £6.50 per session. First session for free
Learn how to harness the soothing, nurturing power of massage at our baby massage classes in Harrogate, Selby, Guiseley and Wetherby.
In addition to helping you and your baby relax, massage is a great way to relieve common ailments like wind, colic and constipation and helping you and your baby to sleep. Baby massage can also provide a real neurological boost to your baby, helping to promote brain development, whilst strengthening the parent/baby bond.
Over the four-week course, you’ll learn the best ways to massage your baby, including a range of strokes, when to massage, how long to massage for, and how to adapt your massage to meet the needs of your baby.
Group baby classes are open to parents of babies aged 6 weeks to 7 months (crawling) – and are held at Wetherby, and Nuffield Health in Harrogate and Guiseley. For each class, you’ll need to bring your own cushion and towel. Massage oil and a baby massage guide will be provided. You can also book virtual classes and home tuition, available across North Leeds and Harrogate.
For more details on all classes please visit the Blooming Babies website
Lively, exciting, funky toddler dance, movement and music classes for 18 month to 5 year olds with lots of props, flash cards, lights, bubbles and most of all fun!
The classes are devised to improve listening, self-control, gross and fine motor skills and confidence. With a different theme every half term the little ones are always kept on their toes with exciting new dances, songs, movement and creative props. We not only dance, we learn how to throw, kick, catch, jump, balance and play lots of games. Children are also encouraged to dance independently so don’t worry if they want to do their own thing!
Dancing Tots will give you the opportunity to meet other adults and children and also to enjoy precious time bonding with your little ones. Adults are encouraged to join in and often find the class just as enjoyable as the little ones. No need to exercise after a Dancing Tots workout !
Taster sessions are available on Monday’s and Friday’s. Class numbers are reduced so book ASAP!
Read our Mumbler review of a Dancing Tots Summer Special here (August 2020).
Monday, Friday at Alwoodley Community Association, 10am
Tuesday at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Chapel Allerton, 10am
Last Saturday of the month at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Chapel Allerton, 10.30am
Funky Jives classes are fun movement to music and dance sessions using a variety of dance props (pom poms, scarves, ribbons, maracas, handbells and hoops). We also enjoy parachute and bubble fun at the end of the children’s sessions.
Mini Maracas provide Baby, Toddler and Preschooler classes through the Baby Massage course and Music and Movement program in North Leeds.
The Music and Movement classes are suitable for children aged 6 months to preschoolers. The 40 minute classes are fun, relaxed and educational. During the classes you will enjoy music through singing, dancing, and playing percussion instruments.
The classes are designed around the National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The classes will contribute to the development of your child’s communication skills, numeracy skills, physical capability, and social & emotional development.
The Baby Massage course is suitable for babies aged around 6 weeks to crawling. Your baby massage instructor is qualified and registered with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.
The course combines traditional Indian and Swedish massage strokes, reflexology and yoga.
During the course your instructor will demonstrate on Alice (a doll!). You will receive a 50ml bottle of massage oil, an instruction booklet and Certificate of Attendance for your keepsake box!
We are Covid-19 secure.
The classes are a great opportunity for you to meet new people and make friends!
Classes run at:
Monday – The Grove Centre, New Street, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4BH
Tuesday – Youth Centre, St Michael and All Angels, St Michael’s Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6
Wednesday -The Stables, St John the Baptist, Back Church Lane, Adel, Leeds, LS16 8DW.
Friday- Horsforth Children’s Centre
Class sizes are limited so book your place now to avoid disappointment.
Mini Professors is the first science program that has been designed specifically for preschool children!!
Our 40-minute STEM-themed sessions make science fun and enjoyable for pre-school children. With 80 different topics spanning 2 years, your child will learn something new every week ranging from germs to chromatography or making clouds, as well as all-time favourites such as dinosaurs and space. Not to mention sharing, taking turns and developing their motor skills, ready for pre-school and school!
Each session has 2 hands-on experiments, a story and a 2-minute video about the topic of the day. It’s lots of fun and there is often a ‘I didn’t know that!’ moment for the parents too!
Monday: Holy Trinity Community Hall, Meanwood, LS6 4LF
· Ages 2-5 years: 9:45am – 10:25am
Friday: Roundhay Scout and Guide Hut, Roundhay, LS8 1JN
· Ages 2-5 years: 9:45am-10.25am
Saturday: Leeds WOW Centre, Holbeck, LS11
Moo Music Leeds run interactive, multisensory, music sessions for babies and children under 5 with their parents, grandparents or carers too. The children sing, dance, play, learn and have fun. Music is an essential part of every child’s development and each week we explore the music with sensory activities, signing, props and instruments to a new and exciting theme.
With 125+ original, upbeat, fun and educational Moo Music songs, written by a professional songwriter, we guarantee you’ll be singing along all week! The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. It’s a great way to make new friends – both for the children and the adults too!
The newest addition to our line-up, Baby Massage is all about nurturing a wonderful bond with your newborn. Designed for babies not yet crawling, our qualified Farmers will show you how to massage your baby confidently so that you can continue with it at home.
Classes in: Adel, Alwoodley, Scarcroft, Oulton, Menston, Otley and Ilkley with more areas planned in the near future!
Age Range and classes:
For more information, please get in touch with ‘Farmer Caroline’ firstname.lastname@example.org or 07932501904
Are you a new parent and love the outdoors?
Join our baby walking group for no-commitment and (very) informal meet-ups with other new parents! We’re a group of like-minded parents who arrange times to walk around Leeds, Harrogate and Wakefield, including a mixture of buggy and sling walks.
Please note- we meet as friends to walk and talk! We don’t have training and are not insured, we just like to get together and walk!!
To find out more, join the Facebook group here .
Rhythm Time Leeds award-winning, multi-sensory musical Young Baby Courses are suitable from birth to 6 months old.
These fabulous courses are created specifically to help your newborn’s early development. It is perfect for babies that are only a few weeks old.
Carers and babies will enjoy 30 minutes of fun, multi-sensory musical activities that will help develop all of your young baby’s senses. You’ll learn how to stimulate their vision and hearing, promote deeper sleep, improve muscle tone and flexibility, and introduce them to ‘tummy time’
For more details on class timings visit the website
Places are limited and booking is essential.
Climb aboard the Number Train as it takes your preschool child on a different journey of discovery each week. Help your child to prepare for school and enjoy watching them as they roar like a dinosaur, travel into Space, meet some pirates, go shopping in the silly supermarket, visit the zoo … and SO much more!
These fast paced, action packed sessions have a different theme each week and are designed to be FUN and educational. Watch your child grow in confidence as they take part in fun activities, games, action songs, turn-taking and art & craft – all of which have an underlying focus on maths!
Your child + Number Train = Confidence in maths
Classes will be held during term time only.
Monday: 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm at Horsforth St James’ Parish Centre. (Off Low Lane) LS18 5QW
Tuesday: 1.30pm at Horsforth St James’ Parish Centre. (Off Low Lane) LS18 5QW
Thursday: 1.30pm at Horsforth St James’ Parish Centre. (Off Low Lane) LS18 5QW
Friday: 10am and 11.30am at Oakwood Church, Springwood Road, LS8 2QA
******Places are limited to 10 children per session (plus younger siblings) so get in touch to book your place now!**************
Number Train is rated 5 stars and 100% of parents surveyed would recommend the class to others
**FREE Taster sessions available, please email email@example.com for locations and times and to book on.
Fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. Deliver a specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
“Be prepared to run across the jungle, wade through the quick sand or sprint through Rugbytots Valley avoiding all the smoking boulders.”
Age 2 – 3.5: Youngest classes require full parent participation and offer a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with your child whilst they learn new skills, meet new friends and have an exciting introduction to Rugby.
Age 3.5 – 5: These classes do not require full parent participation. Your Rugbytot will be part of a dynamic session that will develop their social and physical skills in a positive environment.
Age 5 -7: Older age group classes really start to prepare children for life after Rugbytots. The same structure is followed but these sessions involve advanced team games and ensure that the basic skills of rugby are coached in the right way by maintaining small class numbers.
Autumn Term Sessions Starting from 6th September 2020
MONDAY: Shadwell Cricket Club (outside)/Bardsey Village Hall
TUESDAY: St Edmunds Church Hall, Roundhay
FRIDAY: Shadwell Cricket Club (outside)/Bramhope Robert Craven Hall
SATURDAY: Carr Manor Community High School (outside)/or Alwoodley Primary School, Alwoodley Primary School (outside)/Alwoodley Park Methodist Church Hall, Tadcaster Grammar School or Riverside Primary School (outside, inside when allowed), Crawshaw Academy Pudsey (outside, inside when allowed)
SUNDAY: Fives Football Centre (Seacroft), John Smeaton Leisure Centre, Moorlands School, Headingley (outside, inside when allowed)
Click here to book a class or contact Coach James on 0345 313 2948
At Shake Rattle & Boogie we provide exciting weekly dance and music classes for 0-5 year olds.
We also provide unique party experiences for children for any occasion including birthday’s, Christening’s and other special events.
We work in schools and nurseries right through the academic year focusing on getting active, creativity in the curriculum as well as running after school clubs. Shake Rattle & Boogie won ‘best for getting children active’ in the 2018 Hoop Awards and Kimberley also won ‘Hoop Hero’ for inspiring children.
If you are looking for a class that is full of energy and lots of fun then Shake Rattle & Boogie is definitely for you!
Weekly Class Schedule:
Monday: Caverley Methodist Church – 10am & 11:15am
Tuesday: Studio Sixteen, Adel – 10am & 11.15am
Wednesday: The Old Kings Arms, Horsforth -9.30am & 11am
Friday: The Old Kings Arms, Horsforth – 9.45am & 11am
For more information and to book call Kimberley on 07984 158281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Baby signing is a fantastic skill to learn with your little one, enabling you to communicate with each other from an early age and encourage their social development.
Our great fun, music based classes support your family, as you discover the benefits for yourself!
Sing and Sign Babes is a gentle 5 week music and sensory course with an emphasis on communication. Suitable from birth to 6 months. This lovely class explores eye contact, gesture, and anticipation, together with lots of cuddles, tickles and some simple signs. All building the framework for communication, brought to you using our magic ingredient – music!
The Stage 1 course introduces 6-14 month olds, and their families, to the wonders of baby signing. Over 100 signs are covered in the 10 week course, relating to daily routines (like meal times, getting changed, bedtime etc), animals, vehicles and lots more.
The Stage 2 course gives 14-30 month olds, and their families, the opportunity to enjoy more complex topics, with more physical exertion! More animals to encounter, colours to explore, and lots of weather conditions to experience over the 10 weeks! As children develop speech, having the support of a physical gesture alongside emerging words, makes it much less frustrating for everyone!
The Little Gym of Leeds offers progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment to create opportunities for your child to try new things and build self-confidence, all with a grin that stretches from ear to ear. Trained instructors nurture happy, confident kids through a range of classes like parent/child classes and gymnastics, plus fun extras like parties, camps and more.
Classes start from 4th months old.
7th September 2020 – 18th July 2021 Class Schedule
Unit H, Moor Allerton Centre, LS17 5NY
Toddler Sense is the next step from national award-winning BABY SENSORY. It offers multi-sensory, developmental adventures, including a Toddler Party, a Train themed session and an exciting space themed session this term. Classes that your toddler and you will love and have been planned by early-years experts to engage and amaze.
Monday: Adel War Memorial Sports and Social Club, LS16 8DE
Wednesday: Robert Craven Hall, Old Lane Bramhope, LS16 9AZ
To book your place on any of the classes, click here
AVAILABLE FOR BIRTHDAY PARTIES! Lots of different themes to choose from, exciting soft play elements teamed with fun activities to get the party in full swing! Please email email@example.com for more information or to book on to a session visit www.toddlersense.com/northleeds/
Pride themselves in the quality of teaching, concentrating on correct technique, ensuring swimmers swim confidently and with ease.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evenings and Sunday at Moorlands School (LS16)
Tel: Natalie 07813 661528.
Preschool dance classes for children aged 9 months – 6 years – fun and informal dance classes, teaching the basics of ballet.
Classes run: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Face-to-face classes coming soon. Check their website for details on ages, times and availability.
Tel: 07702 965932
Award-winning, sensory-rich development classes designed to support you and your baby from birth. Regular exposure to an incredible range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage all help rapidly develop the brain in your baby’s first year. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun…
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills, too.
Contact 01943 862802 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing the magic of babyballet classes to children in the East Leeds & Tadcaster area.
Venues: Colton Methodist Church, Colton, St Mary’s Church, Garforth, & Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster.
Contact Miss Lea to enquire on 07856560252
Safe & fun football training sessions for pre-schoolers improving their game & their character.
Run by PE school teacher & FA qualified football coach Dominic Noteman, the sessions are designed for 2 to 4 year olds to teach them basic football skills with an emphasis on team play plus building their confidence.
Pre-schoolers – Thursday’s 10:45-11:30
Walking football – Wednesdays 11:30-12:30
First trial session free of charge.
Meanwood Community Centre, Stainbeck Avenue, LS7 2QU. Tel: 07835 774387
Bubbles Swim School runs swimming lessons for children aged 2 upwards across 5 different venues in Leeds. All of our instructors are Level 2 qualified, hold a current life saving qualification and have DBS and safeguarding training ensuring your children are always in safe hands. Small swim classes with water based instructors ensure children get the most out of every lesson and make excellent progress whilst having lots of fun.
For more information or to book a place please contact email@example.com
COVID Update: All classes remain virtual for the foreseeable.
Offer a timetable of postnatal classes and meetup’s for mums and babies across West Leeds. Some classes are FREE. Led by two midwives. Includes fitness classes, aqua natal and coffee mornings.
See Facebook page and website for full timetable.
Call Sharon: 07905 143835 or Shelly: 07950 401713
A friendly fun dance school offering expert tuition in ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre, cheerleading and commercial dance. Children taught from age 2 upwards. Believe that all students, irrespective of initial ability, should be given the opportunity to grow and develop.
Classes run: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
Alwoodley Park Methodist Church. Tel: 0113 217 6873
Children and young people from 4 years old are offered classes in Ballet, Musical Theatre Dance, Tap Modern Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Ballet, Modern and Tap classes from Primary upwards follow the ISTD syllabus. Students are offered the opportunity to take formal exams or just dance for fun!
Classes run: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Workhouse Fitness Club, Springfield Commercial Centre, Pudsey LS28 5LY. Tel: 07772 284827
Updated Sep 2020
Spanish lessons for children from age 4+ and adults at venues across North Leeds.
Classes for all levels.
Tel: 07735 544247
Elevations Academy hosts over 50 classes every week for Children and Adults including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Cheerleading, Break Dance, Jazz, Gymnastics, Street Dance.
The school is fully registered with the Royal Academy of Dance and the International Dance Teachers Association. Students have the option of taking yearly examinations.
Classes run: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Chapel Allerton. Tel: 07790 225385
Sporty Tots classes are for ALL pre-school children aged 2-5 years old. Weekly sessions are built around attainable targets which encourage your child to improve their sports techniques and develop their motor skills within a pressure free environment. We believe children learn best with a smile on their face so every session is packed full with positivity and laughter to encourage the development of their social skills too.
Monday 10am Collingham
Our Sensory Story Time workshops are run by Primary Education specialists. We incorporate singing, signing, props, bubbles alongside our sensory stations to bring a story to life. Suitable for 6 months to 3 years old.
*FREE TASTER CLASSES IN ALL SUBJECTS*
Providing fun & friendly dance classes for the wonderful people of Roundhay & surrounding areas since 2003.
Ballet/Tap – Modern Jazz/Contemporary/Lyrical – Freestyle Disco/Street Dance – Cheerleading – Boys Street Dance – Adult Tap – Tiny Tots Ballet/Tap/Boogie. From 2 years+.
Classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday.
St. Edmund’s Church Hall, Footloose Studios, Roundhay Tel: 07746 010376
A family run school offering Ballet, Tap, Pointe and Jazz to children 3+.
Monday, Thursday, Saturday at Weetwood Primary School
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday at Adel & Ireland Wood Centre
Wednesday, Pre School Class at Adel & Ireland Wood Centre (Pay as you go)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at St Stephens Church Hall, Alwoodley
Tel: 0113 274 8404
Bring your little ones to one of our special “Tots & Pots” sessions! Pre-school children can come in for a morning of singing, a story, a snack and then a fun session painting a piece of pottery from the story.
Check Facebook page for monthly sessions. Booking required.
Jackrabbits Pottery, 633a Roundhay Road, LS8 4BA. Tel: 0113 318 9315
Junior Kitchen teach, make, bake and decorate with children to create fun but educational cooking workshops.
Junior Kitchen is Open for Bookings: Parties, Tots, One on One, Weekend Baking, Schools, Clubs, Team Building, Cooking Lessons, Baking Lessons. Or Pop in midweek for a Coffee & Cake at the new Bakery and cake stand.
Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
At a Music Bugs class children do what they do best – singing, exploring, finding their rhythm and making friends.
Monday Alwoodley & Roundhay
Wednesday Horsforth, Moortown & Meanwood
Thursday Alwoodley & Otley
Class times vary by age group, contact Vicky on 0844 578 1043
PJC Music School is run by Phillippa Jade Cairns; a classically trained musician and Head of Music at Horsforth Secondary School.
Their ‘Young Beginners’ Programme teaches Piano, Voice and Music Theory to students aged 3-14 years. The fun and engaging group-based learning style results in faster progress, improved confidence and increased resilience.
Open 7 days a week; The Play Lounge is open for private bookings only. And Baby Café open exclusively for babies 0-6months on Thursdays from 2-4pm (pre-bookable only).
Rhythm Time offers quality, fun music courses created to enhance and nurture your child’s development. The classes provide complete continuity for your little one from birth until school age.
Please contact 07426 869985 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior coaching available for children 4-11 years, from afterschool club, mini tennis, performance sessions, coaching, social play and match practice.
Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Shadwell Tennis Courts, LS17 8JD. Tel: 07966987744
The approach goes beyond standard training techniques to deliver education and water-based skills that equip new swimmers for a lifetime of safe and enjoyable swimming. Small classes of four and teachers present in the water.
Monday, Tuesday at The Grammar School
Wednesday at Moorlands School & Scholes Primary School
Learning to swim should be an enjoyable experience within a pleasant and safe environment. Swimbrite offers a wide variety of swimming lessons for all ages (from 6 months) and abilities operating the ASA’s National Plan.
Classes for all abilities:
Monday – Sunday at The Village Hotel, Headingley
Monday – Friday at The Leeds Mercure Parkway Hotel
Wednesday & Thursday at The Grammar School , Alwoodley
Sunday at Woodhouse Grove School, Calverley
Saturday and Sunday afternoons The Forum, Quarry Hill, LS2 7UA
Tel: 07527 615736
Weekly nature activities for 2 – 5 year olds in Leeds. Learn the difference between a centipede and a millipede, build a rocket from twigs and leaves and even go exploring to find a dragon that lives under water.
Monday. 10.30-11.30am; 1.15-2.15pm, Friday. 10.30-11.30am;1.30-2.30pm.
TCV Hollybush Wildlife Garden. Tel: 07887 813061
Mondays 10am -12pm
Come and have fun in our weekly dedicated space for parents and carers and little ones to hang out, have a cuppa and play! Your weekly hosts are Kielly and Eryn (she’s a little one!) so there will always be someone to chat to as well as lots of toys, books and a brand new colourful soft play for lots of adventures.
Our cafe will be open for drinks, food and cake!
Left Bank Leeds, LS6 1LJ
We promote active dance experiences for children and young people.
Union of Dance offers weekly classes, after-school clubs, holiday camps and bespoke projects in the community and in education.
Mondays – Mix of dance styles. Bramhope, LS16 9BA
Welcome to our dance community.
Contact 07814012081 or email email@example.com
A not for profit club delivering professionally run martial arts classes. Their mission is to help each member reach their full potential as martial artists, while developing good character and promoting good health. Age 3-6 years.
Monday – Saturday
Unit B19-B20 Wira Business Park, West Park. Tel: 07917 006645
YMCA Lawnswood offers Gymnastics and Tumbling classes from 3+.
Classes include: 3-4 Years Gymnique, general gymnastics 4-6years and 7+ and Tumbling classes from 7+
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
YMCA Leeds: Otley Road, Lawnswood, LS16 6HE. Tel: 0113 261 2484