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
Our combined massage and yoga classes are a wonderful experience for both parent and baby offering a special time for you to lovingly communicate through nurturing touch.
Our relaxed and friendly sessions are a gentle combination of traditional Indian and Swedish massage strokes, reflexology and adapted baby yoga. There’s also lots of singing and some gentle sensory play too!
As well as being a fantastic way to bond, classes aid your little one’s brain development, strengthen and tone muscles and help to develop balance and co-ordination.
Regular infant massage and baby yoga practice can also:
All classes are completely baby led and offer parents a fantastic opportunity to socialise.
Current Class Timetable
Professional Football Coaching for Beginner to Elite Children Ages 4-13
The saying goes that you’ve not been to a kid’s football class until you’ve been to Catalan! We get kids of all levels to fall in love and stay in love with football through our inspiring weekly classes and holiday camps. We operate with small class sizes and professional coaching with plenty of 1-1 time available for when children need that little bit extra.
Expect to see inspiring activities and an exceptional level of teaching, all in a warm and friendly family atmosphere.
Monday: 4.30pm Messi Mondays Ages 7-11 & 5.45pm Ages 7-9 | 6 Classes
Tuesday: 4.30pm Ages 5-8 & 5.45pm Ages 7-9 | 6 Classes
Wednesday: 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.45pm & 6pm | 6 Classes Ages 4-12
Thursday: 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm & 6.00pm Maestros | 6 Classes Ages 6-12
Friday: 4.30pm & 6.00pm Maestros | 8 Classes Ages 5-13
Saturday: 9.30am, 10.30am, 12.00pm & 1.30pm | 24 Classes Ages 4-14
Find Us: Catalan Soccer, Goals Leeds, Redcote Lane, Leeds LS4 2AW.
To find out more or book a space please visit www.catalansoccer.com.
The best introduction to football training for 3-4 year olds
Parents, we know how hard it can be to find an activity to keep your little-ones active, engaged and learning something new.
That’s why we started Foot-Tech First Touch…
After years of coaching football, we developed a curriculum specific to toddlers, pre-schoolers and reception children.
The sessions are 30 minutes long and guarantee:
It’s the perfect intro to football training and helps them gain the skills to give them a massive head start for the future.
We are outdoors all year-round as we believe getting children outside and active is one of the best things for their well-being, as well as helping them to build resilience in the early years to help them later in life.
Our coaches are some of the most engaging and knowledgeable people you could ever wish to meet.
They’ll guide your child through the first steps of their football journey and help them move onto our full 1-hour sessions once they are ready.
Want to try a free taster session?
You can choose from:
John Smeaton Leisure Centre, LS15 8TA: Wednesdays 5pm-5:30pm/ Fridays 5pm-5:30pm
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book on to a session visit www.toddlersense.com/northleeds/
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…
Learn to communicate through signing, a fun session with singing, stories, bubbles and more! Run by ‘Tiny Signers’. Fee taster available for newcomers. Classes run termly, however you are welcome to join at any time.
Wednesday, 1-2pm (term time only). Refreshments included.
Tel Rachel on 07952 016473 for more details.
Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, LS17 6AZ
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 email@example.com
Specially designed with yoga moves adapted specifically for babies alongside postures and stretches for the parent along with an opportunity to learn to relax together with your baby.
Wednesday 10.00-10.45, Studio 16 Cookridge, Friday 1.45-2.30, Om Yoga Works, Farsley
Suitable from 3 months, £39 for 6 weeks (term time)
Contact Helen 07764963312 or find online
Swimming lessons for babies aged 6 months and upwards at just £6 per lesson. Lessons are 30mins and a term is 6 weeks.
Call 0113 256 0949 to book a place
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Mother & Baby Yoga will take place every Wednesday at 11am. Recommended for babies 6 weeks to crawling age. These classes are designed to provide an ideal opportunity to meet other women and to share the joys and challenges of being a new mother.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/382192456553714/
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
Previously known as South Parade Baptist Church Cafe.
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
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.
*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
Forest Footsteps is an outdoor Forest School group held in a small copse based on a farm just outside Wetherby. Sessions are suitable for 2-4 year olds. Children have the opportunity to explore nature, learn new things and foster a lifelong love of the great outdoors.
Wednesday during term time, 10-11.30 and 13.00-14.30. Free trial available.
Friendly parent led movement and music playgroup for children up to 4 years.
Tuesdays 10-11.30am – fun with music – singing, playing with instruments, songs under the parachute.
Wednesdays 10-11.30am – movement play – tunnels, balls, sensory fabric, ribbon sticks and singing.
Suggested £2 donation per family, includes drinks and snacks for everyone at the end of the group.
Harehills Lane Baptist Church, Hilton Place, LS8 4HE
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
Wednesday: Bring Your Own Baby screenings are a chance for parents and carers of babies up to 12 months old, to get to the cinema. With raised lighting levels, reduced volume and baby changing/bottle warming facilities, the aim is to make the screenings as comfortable for parents as possible.
** Closes 19th March 2020 for refurbishment until March 2021, find more details HERE**
Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, Leeds, LS6 1JD. Tel: 0113 275 2045
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.
Lawnswood high dance classes. Suitable for ages 3+. Styles including Ballet, Musical Theatre and Street.
Classes on a Wednesday and Thursday at Lawnswood High School.
Contact Natalie 0113 224 9331
Structured Gymnastics lessons for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years and their parent/Guardians to participate in together.
After each class is finished, parents can socialise in our on-site cafe and have a FREE hot drink. while gymnasts get FREE juice and biscuits.
Drop-in activity, no booking required.
Wednesday during term time.
6 Gelderd Trading Estate, West Vale, Leeds, LS12 6BD . Tel: 0113 243 3881
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
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
Classes for various abilities, small class size.
Wednesday at Scholes Primary School
Sunday at Moorlands School
Tel Hanna on 07737143438 for more information.
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).
Our classes are themed as it’s much more fun for the kids! We do a warm up with music then do our stretching using hand help apparatus. We do a circuit using the apparatus and we work one particular skill each week such as forward rolls, swings, handstands, cartwheel etc, we have various sticky stations included in the circuit which work fine motor skills & learning. In the session we do a running/hide & seek activity to burn off an extra energy they may have left.
Little Stars – From walking up to 3yrs: Wednesday 9:30am-10:15am/ Friday 9:30am-10:15am
Shooting Stars – 3 to 4 year olds: Wednesday 10:30am-11:15am/ Friday 10:30am-11:15am
West Park, Leeds, LS16 6QE
Join our fun Music Classes for 0-4’s! We explore sounds, songs, and a different real life instrument every week! Classes start on June 23rd at Headingley Parish Hall, email email@example.com for more information.
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
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
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
Early Stages (4-6) and Main Stages (6-18 years) where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. Nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy.
*Offer two week trial *
Wednesday (for Early Stages only), Saturday
Roundhay School, Old Park Road, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS8 1ND. Tel: 0113 361 2393
Children can listen to a story and then get stuck into a range of activities relating to the book.
Suitabe for 2-5 year olds and includes storytime, crafts and fun games.
Monthly on a Wednesday, 10.30am-11.30am (Check Facebook page for confirmed monthly date)
Joon Boston Spa, 164 High Street, Boston Spa, 164 High Street
Teaching babies and toddlers to swim from birth to 5 years.
Not just a splash class, your child will learn to swim, gain confidence and safety awareness in and around the pool with our fun lessons.
We’ve been swimming for 15 years and teach 1700 swimmers each week across Yorkshire.
Tuesday AM and Wednesday PM: Moorlands School, Weetwood
Wednesday AM: Scholes Primary School, Scholes
Friday AM: Swim in Motion, Broad Lane, Bramley
Tel: 01484 689 100
Thula Mama is a baby singing group like no other. Unlike other ‘nursery rhyme’ music groups, at Thula we sing a range of songs, chants and lullabies from around the world in beautiful 3-part harmony.
NO SINGING EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Wednesday 10.15-11.30am. (Free taster available – term time)
Suitable for pre-crawling babies.
Chapel Allerton, Tel: 07807 229495
Pre-school fun for for boys and girls. Fun and interactive class, great way to meet new tiny friends, dancing and singing to traditional nursery rhymes
Tuesday Collinngham, Wednesday Colton, Friday Alwoodley
COVID Update: sessions hoping to start back up in a slightly different format end of September. Contact for further details
Fourth Wednesday of the month, 10.30am-11.30am & 11.45am-12.45pm
Tiny Tetley workshops take place on the fourth Wednesday of each month and are led by artists with great skills for children aged zero to five. Inspired by The Tetley’s exhibition programme and all things creative, activities include things such as sensory activities, playing with different types of bright colourful materials, to drawing on a big scale. The workshops are especially good for ages 1-4 but we supply soft mats for our youngest audience. £3 per child
Places must be pre-booked by ringing 0113 320 2323.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, LS10 1JQ.
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