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 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.
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 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. There are also classes just for dads and their baby,
Bubbles Swim School runs swimming lessons for children aged 2 upwards across 5 different venues in Leeds. Run by husband and wife team Glenn and Lucy, and supported by a team of 5 experienced instructors, you can be sure that your child will receive excellent tuition in this very important life skill. Glenn has over 30 years experience in teaching children to swim and is present at every session to teach and oversee all classes.
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.
Parent and Toddler classes (age 2 – 4) – Monday and Thursday mornings @ Moorlands School, LS16 5PF
Daytime beginner classes for pre-schoolers (age 3.5+) – Monday and Thursday mornings @ Moorlands School, LS16 5PF, Tuesday mornings at Scholes Primary School, LS15 4BJ and Friday afternoons at Temple Moor High School, LS15 0PT.
Group lessons (all abilities age 3.5+) – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings at Moorlands School,LS16 5PF, Wednesday and Friday evenings at Temple Moor High School, LS15 0PT, Sunday afternoons at The Grammar School at Leeds, LS17 8GS, Sunday evenings at Woodhouse Grove School, BD10 0NR.
For more information or to book a place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 3 years in now and I’m nearing 3000 kids, big and small, taught to ride a bike for the very first time.
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.
Kids shouldn’t have all the fun though so I can get you, a friend or a whole gang of pals pedalling too. Whether you’ve never even sat on a bike, you’re just a bit rusty or you want to take your skills and cycling confidence to the next level for commuting, fitness or just fun I can teach you how to ride happily, healthily and safely wherever you want.
Decades as a super keen rider and test consultant to the UK’s best selling bike magazines means I can even help you choose the best equipment, learn how to plan routes that suit your needs and ride them with you if that helps.
I’m fully insured through British Cycling, a qualified Emergency First Aider and have a full and complete Enhanced DBS certificate.
Cycle lessons for kids. Bike lessons for adults. Learn to ride a bike. Cycle tuition. It all boils down to one single word… fun ”
Everything about the 1:1 Magic Hour can be found here The 1:1 Magic Hour
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.
Don’t be put off by the word ‘rugby’. Our sessions are more like a multi-sports session where we have included a rugby ball at every opportunity because of our love for the game. No experience or knowledge of the game is needed. All your child needs (girl or boy) is the capacity to have ‘FUN!’
We offer a full and exciting morning for the children which they all thoroughly enjoy, not to mention it gives the parents/Carers a time to relax before taking up the reins again for the rest of the day.
For more information email: email@example.com
SATURDAY: 10.00am – 11.00am, Moortown RUFC Moss Valley, Alwoodley, LS17 7NT
SATURDAY: Noon – 1.00pm, Yarnbury RUFC, Brownberrie Lane, LS118 5HB
SUNDAY: 10.00am – 11.00am, Leodiensian RUFC, Crag Lane, LS17 5PR
**FREE Taster sessions available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
MONDAY: Bardsey Village Hall
TUESDAY: St Edmunds Church Hall, Roundhay (AM), Bramhope Robert Craven Hall (PM)
FRIDAY: Bramhope Robert Craven Hall
SATURDAY: Alwoodley Park Methodist Church Hall, Carr Manor Community High School
SUNDAY: Moorlands School, Headingley, Trinity and All Saints College, Horsforth, John Smeaton Leisure Centre
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.
3rd September 2018 – 21st July 2019 Class Schedule
For more information call 0113 3359915 or email
Unit H, Moor Allerton Centre, LS17 5NY
Come Swimming, Be Safe, Have Fun!
Sing and play through our structured awards programme and see your baby progress to a confident little swimmer. From 6 weeks old to 14 years old.
Monday: Farnley Academy – West SILC – Chapel Lane LS12 5EU
Wednesday & Friday: Pennyfields School – Tongue Lane, LS6 4QE
Monday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: The Forum – Quarry Hill, LS2 7UA
Thursday & Saturday: Temple Moor High School – Field End Grove, LS15 0PT
Friday & Saturday: Hilton – Neville Street, LS1 4BX
Tel: 0333 8008345
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
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
Classes at Scholes Primary School (Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun), Mercure Leeds Parkway (Thurs, Fri), Bramley (Mon, Sat), Monk Fryston (Tues).
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. Classes available on a Weds, Fri & Sun.
173 Richardshaw Lane, Leeds LS28 6AA Tel: 0113 345 9295
Little Messys are unique fun based sessions for 3 age ranges (2 to 3 years, 3 to 6 years and 6 to 10 years). Our aim is to develop children’s core skills such as communication, balance, control, teamwork using football as the tool to deliver it.
Tuesday for 18 months – 7 year olds, Kidzplay, Harrogate
Friday for 18 months – 4 year olds,Kidzplay, Harrogate
Sunday for 2 -10 year olds: Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds
Tel: 07856 771036
Toddler’s time (under 5s) to experience everything the big kids love about Freejumping.
There must be 1 paying adult to supervise every 2 toddlers. Babies in arms (i.e. not trampolining are not charged)
Monday – Sunday: 10am
Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2DG. Tel: 020 3846 1386
First Sunday of every month.
Walk starts at the sops at Crammer Bank at 2pm
Tel: 07504 519968
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 held on a Sunday morning at Moorlands School and Wednesday at Scholes Primary School.
Classes for various abilities, small class size.
Tel Hanna on 07737143438 for more information.
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist teachers.
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: Alwoodley, Friday & Saturday: Roundhay, Sunday: Horsforth
Early Stages (4-6 years) classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama (90 minutes each week)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Leeds Grammar School, Alwoodley
Monday: Adel St John Church Hall
Principal Cris Salvador, 01943 817414
Set in the heart of Chapel Allerton, The Little Bookshop is Leeds’ only independent children’s bookshop. The Little Bookshop is a place to explore literature and illustration with your child. With a daily Storytime at 11.00am it is a great place to enjoy some downtime with your children.
47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD.
Providing swimming instruction for young children ages 4+. Advance booking required. Open to all
Sunday (AM) Monday (PM) Thursday (PM): The Grammar School, Alwoodley
Contact: Chris Jones, 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 – Sunday at The Leeds Mercure Parkway Hotel
Wednesday & Thursday at The Grammar School , Alwoodley
Sunday at Woodhouse Grove School, Calverley
Tel: 0113 2033549/07527615736
Turtle Tots classes are for both toddlers and babies and teach children water confidence. Classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers continue until your little one starts school.
Contact Zoe on 07887 552 901 for details of classes and timetable.
Water Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes in Leeds. With a multi-award winning programme which teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth.
Mon, Tues & Thurs – Pennyfield School, Meanwood
Mon, Weds, Fri, Sat & Sun, Moorlands School, Weetwood
Lessons also run throughout the week at Guiseley, Leeds Hilton and Temple Moor
Tel: 01934 862802