Newborn to Pre-School (by weekday)


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Sundays 9am
Weekly all year round

Saltwell Park, Gateshead, NE9 5AX

Junior parkrun is a free, timed 2k event for children aged 4-14. Children can walk, skip, hop, jog or run.

All you need to do is register your child at and bring their printed out barcode with you.

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Ballet (Eve Trew Dance)

9.00-9.45am – Beginners’ Ballet (3-5 years)
9.45-10.30am –  Preparatory Ballet (4-6 years)
11.45-12.30pm – Beginners’ Ballet (3-5 years)
All year round, 10 week blocks, from 11th Jan 2020

Eve Trew School of Dance, Saltwell Business Park, Gateshead, NE9 5BG
Tel: 0191 420 1266

Each class is greatly beneficial because they are not only fun to be a part of, but also help you keep fit and improve life skills. We can also hold examinations for all dance forms.

Ballet, Tap & Pop (Happy Feet Dance)

9.30 – 10am: Baby Ballet
10 – 10.30am: Baby Tap
10.30 – 11am: Baby Pop

Happy Feet Studios, 53 High St, Felling, NE10 9LU
Tel: 07939 587538

Our PAY AS YOU GO CLASSES are a great way to start your child’s dance passion. Pop along for a free trial any Saturday. No need to book!

£3.50. Drop in.
Ages 2+

Ballet/Theatre (Buzz Dance)

Tues: 4 – 4.45pm
Thurs: 4 – 4.45pm
Fri: 4 – 4.45pm
Sat: 9.15 – 10am

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A combination class of ballet and theatre dance. Dancers progress by learning basic ballet steps and terminology. Dancers are given the opportunity to take part in I.D.T.A. rosette examinations.

£15.55 per month.
Ages 4-6.

Dance (JLJ Dance)

Tues: 4.30 – 5.15pm – Street Dance Minis (4-7)
Wed: 10.30 – 11.30am – Parent & Toddler Dance
Sat: 10.30 – 11am – Tots Class (0-3)

Sat: 11 – 11.30am – Dancing Minis (age 2-5)
Term time only, from 6th Jan

Floor 1, Main Street, Ryton, NE403RS


Football (Little Kickers)

9.30 – 10.15am
(Little Kicks)
10.20 – 11.05am (Junior Kickers)
Wrekenton Methodist Church, Springwell Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7JL

4 – 4.45pm
(Mighty Kickers)
4.45 – 5.30pm (Mega Kickers)
Barley Mow Community Centre, Bedford Avenue, Birtley, DH3 2AJ

9 – 9.45am
(Little Kicks)
10 – 10.45am (Little Kicks)
10.50 – 11.35am (Junior Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mighty Kickers)
Emmanuel College, Consett Road, Gateshead, NE11 0AN

10 – 10.45 am (Junior Kickers)
10.50 – 11.35am (Mega Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mighty Kickers)
Whickham School, Burnthouse Lane, Gateshead, NE16 5AR

9 – 9.45am
(Little Kicks)
10 – 10.45am (Little Kicks & Junior Kickers)
10.50 – 11.35am (Junior Kickers & Mighty Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mighty Kickers & Mega Kickers)
Kingsmeadow School, Market Lane, Dunston, NE11 9NX
All year round 

Tel: 0191 406 6224

Teaching football in a fun, pressure-free environment, to give children a positive introduction to sport as a whole so they’re more likely to stay healthy and active throughout life.

£23.99 per month (plus £20 registration fee, inc shirt & shorts).
Booking required, may be a waiting list.
Little Kicks: 1 ½ years to 2 ½ years.
Junior Kickers: 2 ½ to 3 ½ years.
Mighty Kickers: 3½ years to 5th birthday.
Mega Kickers: 5 years to 7th birthday.


Messy Play & Mark Making (Little Learners GW)

Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm
Blaydon Youth Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5QE
Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30am
Dunston Community Centre, Collingwood Terrace, NE11 9EB
Term time only, from 13th Jan

Join us for our award-winning messy play & mark making class and let your child make their mark in paint, gloop, sand, play dough and much more.

£24 for 4 weeks (£6.50 for 1 trial session). Booking required.
Five months – five years old.

Mini Musicians (Sage Gateshead)

Monday: 9.45am, 11am & 1pm
Tues, Fri & Sat: 9.45am & 11am
Wednesday: 9.45am
Thursday: 1pm & 2.15pm
All year round, exc bank holidays

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4666

Weekly 1 hour family music making sessions with fantastic and friendly live musicians. Sing, dance and play, learning the foundations of music whilst making new friends.

£3.50 per person (discounts for siblings/full/half term bookings).
Booking recommended. 0-4 years.

Gymnastics (GO Gateshead)

Mondays 10 – 11am
Saturdays 9 – 10am

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road. Gateshead. NE8 4JA
Tel: 0191 433 5733

A parent & child class teaching core physical skills and life skills with a focus on the four F’s: Fun, Fitness, Friendship and FUNdementals. From toddler age (with the help of parents), young gymnasts are taught physical, emotional, educational, creative and social skills.

£48.50 for 10 weeks (with GO Gateshead card).
18 months – four years.


Popsteps (Buzz Dance)

Mon: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 7-8)
Thurs: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 4-6)
Fri: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 4-6)
Sat: 10 – 10.45am (Age 4-6)

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A fun, fun and furious class for dancers to take part in warm-ups, exercises and travelling movements, and to learn full routines to the latest pop-songs. Dancers can take part in freestyle medal tests with the I.D.T.A.

£15.55 per month.

Preschool First Steps (Buzz Dance)

Thursdays & Fridays, 3.30 – 4pm
Saturdays 10.45 – 11.15 am

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

Ballet/Theatre: An introduction to the elements of ballet via character exploration and storytelling. Dancers will improve coordination, balance, flexibility and communication skills. From age 3 dancers are given the opportunity to take rosette examinations with the I.D.T.A

£13 per month.
Ages 2.5 – 4.

Rugby (Rugby Tots)

9 – 9.30am
(Age 2 – 3.5)
9.30 – 10.15am (Age 3.5 – 5)
10.15 – 11am (Age 5 – 7)
Heworth Grange School, High Lanes, Gateshead, NE10 0PT

9 – 9.30am
(Age 2 – 3.5)
9.35 – 10.20am (Age 3.5 – 5)
10.25 – 11.10am (Age 5 – 7)
Blaydon Youth & Community Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5LT
All term time only, Nov 19 – 15th Feb 2020

Tel: 0345 313 3257

Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

£7.25 per session (plus £29.99 welcome pack with kit).
Booking required. May be waiting list.

Shotokan Karate (Kaizen Karate Club)

Saturdays 9.15 – 9.45am

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road. Gateshead. NE8 4JA
Tel: 07800 992 119

Kaizen Kids is a fun class with an emphasis on self-defence, control, respect and discipline. Incorporating karate techniques with games and excercise to promote physical and mental skills in a safe secure environment.

3 – 6 years.