August 2020 Update: We are in the process of updating the Weekly Classes and Playgroups pages of the site for the Autumn term. Due to Covid restrictions, this is harder than normal as class providers are still confirming details/venues. Please check all details directly with class/group providers before travelling.
Playgroups and Classes
North Leeds and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for children.
Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in sessions throughout the week and also details of children’s activities and 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.
At Baby Swimmers we follow the Starfish Awards, so little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided in the future. We play games and sing songs which are skill related and also teach water safety skills so they can learn to swim back to the side, hold on and climb out when they are strong enough.
Our structured classes work towards this and are also fantastic for bonding with your little one, as well as enjoying yourselves in a fun relaxed atmosphere, which we always ensure is at your little one’s own pace including underwater swims. Babies use their natural reflexes when they are in water, so it is always a good idea to start as soon as you can, as swimming is a great workout and helps to strengthen their muscles and also increases alertness.
For toddlers we follow the STA Stanley Awards, so again little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided. For this age group we still sing songs and have fun with games and also start to teach the basic strokes, continuing with water safety skills and teaching your toddler to hold on, turn, then push off the side to swim to you independently. Classes will focus on floating, learning to tread water, rolling, push and glides, diving for sinkers and more.
Swimmers Academy is for our older swimmers where we focus on stroke technique and stamina, classes run for any age from Beginners and go through to Gold also incorporating Lifesaving Awards.
All teachers are fully qualified with specialist training for your little ones. Our classes are child led to ensure each child is taught and developed at their own pace.
We Swim at :
Wednesday & Friday: Pennyfields School, LS6 4QE
Saturday & Sunday: The Forum – Quarry Hill, LS2 7UA
Thursday & Saturday: Temple Moor High School, LS15 0PT
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Hilton – Neville Street, LS1 4BX
Tuesday & Thursday: Milestone School, LS28 6HL
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 .
**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
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
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.
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
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
To book call 07504 282133
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
If you have a child 18 months-5 years old then we would love you to come and join in our fun filled action packed sessions. Our classes have shown to improve motor, social and cognitive abilities and increase confidence
Sunday: Headingley Parish Hall, LS6 3AW.
TEL: 0800 061 4101
As a National Standard, British Cycling accredited Instructor for Bikeability Levels 1, 2 and 3 I can get anyone riding in a fun and friendly way. I am also a Qualified HSBC UK/British Cycling Level 1 Ride Leader… and also being a British Cycling Level 2 Coach also helps… with plenty of tricks and resources up my sleeve.
I can get your little ones started on a life of two wheeled fun and adventures from mastering balance bikes to proper pedalling to school or for weekend exploring. If they are already riding and need to brush up on their skills/got a new bike, then an hours 1:1 tuition is perfect too.
I’m fully insured through British Cycling, a qualified Emergency First Aider and have a full and complete Enhanced DBS certificate.
Please visit www.iwanttoridemybike.co.uk/the-1-1-magic-hour/ for more information.
COVID Update: numbers are restricted, and chairs and tables have been incorporated to enable parents to watch from a seated area.
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.
Leeds Aerial Arts offer weekly classes and unique Birthday parties in Aerial Hoop and Trapeze at our Leeds City Centre studio.
Sunday, 10-11am – Aerial Hoop (6-10 Years), 11:15-12:30pm – Aerial Hoop (11+ Years)
Join the circus and release your inner Zendaya or Greatest Showman!
Contact Lorna for more details 07792 081278
3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm-4pm
Kids and dads get involved in art/craft/play, giant Lego & ball pools. If the weather’s good we have games and playtime outside. Followed by a singalong and Storytime.
The Holbeck Club, LS11 9QX
Fun and exciting classes for children between the ages of 1-6 years. Climbing is a great way to get kids out and about and enjoying sport. One adult can supervise up to two children (including babies) in the centre.
Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
173 Richardshaw Lane, Leeds LS28 6AA Tel: 0113 345 9295
LittleLions-Rugby is a fun play programme based on non-contact sports skills for girls and boys aged 2.5 – 7 years. The programme encompasses rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, kicking and catching, finding space and scoring a try, developing basic core motor and social skills within a team environment.
Offer swimming lessons which are fun and give your children confidence in the water. Groups of 3 and 4 with water based instructors. Intensive courses available in school holidays
Saturday: Moorlands School, Headingley
Sunday: The Grammar School, Alwoodley
Telephone: 0113 414 4975/ 0778 2251970 / 0794 0917799
Classes for various abilities, small class size.
Wednesday at Scholes Primary School
Sunday at Moorlands School
Tel Hanna on 07737143438 for more information.
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
SOCATOTS’ teach basic movement patterns, balance and motor coordination. Most importantly, we ensure that physical activity is fun. Everything we do is centred around helping children develop first as people, then as sports enthusiasts.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Roundhay
Saturday: Calverley, Tadcaster
Providing swimming instruction for young children ages 4+. Advance booking required. Open to all abilities.
Sunday, Monday, Thursday: Leeds Grammar School, Alwoodley
Tel: 0113 255 9881
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
COVID Update: sessions hoping to start back up in a slightly different format end of September. Contact for further details
FREE Family Art Workshops are creative activity sessions led by artists. Inspired by our programme and our building, activities have included everything from making simple prints, to designing robots, book-making and creating recycled crafts.
These drop-in activities are open to all but are especially suitable for families with children aged 5 – 11 years.
Sundays, 11am-3pm but not every week – please check The Tetley website for upcoming dates.
Hunslet Rd, Leeds LS10 1JQ. Tel: 0113 320 2323