Lane Cove Activities for Babies and Toddlers (0 – 5)

If you have kids under 5 you know how important it is to have a variety of activities and outings arranged in your calendar to keep the parental sanity. It’s all about learning, socialising, having fun and burning enough energy to give mum and dad a good sleep. Look no further Lane Cove mummies, daddies, grandparents and nannies, we have found an abundance of activities, classes and outings and all local!!

We are updating this article soon – this article was published in 2019 (and things have changed since COVID19).  Please note the dates and times may have changed – so we suggest that if you are looking for a class – click the link and go to the business website to check dates and times.



Carlile Swimming provides swimming programs for all ages, from babies to Olympians. We have been pioneering new teaching and training methods for more than half a century and are recognised worldwide as a leader in all aspects of aquatic education. Carlile has built a state of the art purpose built swimming centre in Lane Cove West that features warm, clean 32C water, custom pool depths and child-friendly platforms. Call Carlile for more information or drop in and meet the team.

Discounts are available for families of three or more children, and for children swimming two or more times per week. Please ask at Carlile reception for more details.  Free parking on site.

Water Confidence
Age: 3 months old – 2.5 years
Weekdays: Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm
Weekends: Saturday 8am – 4pm,
Sunday 8am – 12pm

Learn to Swim – Preschool
Age: 2.5 – 5 years
Weekdays: Mon to Fri from 9am to 12pm
Weekends: Saturday 8am – 4pm,
Sunday 8am – 12pm

Address: Carlile Swimming, 4 Sirius Road, Lane Cove West NSW 2066
Book Here:
Cost:  Monthly Fee – $91
Active Kids Voucher : Redeem Here (for 4.5 years and older)
Phone:  9188 1027

GymbaRoo Lane Cove and Greenwich

GymbaROO is the ideal activity to do with your child. It’s a great way to bond with your child as they enjoy stimulating activities which will enhance their development. Christine Staniforth is the owner of Lane Cove & Greenwich GymbaROO and BabyROO.  She is well known to Lane Cove mums and dads as so many of them have enrolled their children in a GymbaROO classes.  Read more here.

Age: 2 months to 5 years 
Date: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays -Term 2 starts 29th April
Time: Classes start from 9:15am,  see website for full timetable
Cost: $245 
Address: Monday & Tuesday – 19 Rosenthal Ave Lane Cove NSW (behind Post Office)
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 6 Greendale St Greenwich NSW

Book Here: Enrol Here
Email: [email protected]



A fun way to learn skills for 2.5 – 5 years.  Each 45 min class incorporates many different activities which cover a  variety of movements. Kinder Sports is a introductory level multidisciplinary sports, exercise and literacy program. The program is designed to increase each child’s understanding and involvement in physical activity by concentrating on the development of fundamental gross motor-skills. The program incorporates an educational component to develop each child’s understanding of shapes, colours, numbers and the alphabet through participation in our fun skills and games.


Tuesday & Thursday
Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Ave, Willoughby.
Longueville Sports Club, Cnr Kenneth Street and River Road, Longueville.
Lane Cove Bowling Club, 151 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove.

Class Times

9:15am to 10:00am
10:15am to 11:00am
11:15am to 12:00pm*
*When numbers allow, contact us if you’re interested.


FREE Trial classClick here to arrange.

Age: 2.5 – 5 years
Date: Tuesday – Friday. Term 2 start the week of Tuesday 30th April
Time: As Above. 45min classes
Cost: $220
Address: Lane Cove and Willoughby
Book here:
Email: [email protected]
Special ITC offer: 25% OFF term fee’s – Introduce a new family to Kinder Sports, both families receive 25% OFF one participant. *Conditions apply, see website for details.


WK uses the physical activity of Martial Arts to build self confidence in children based around seven core themes: Balance, Focus, Control, Discipline, Fitness, Coordination and Awareness. Through Martial Arts we want to encourage healthy life choices and build an intolerance to bullying. We do NOT teach children to fight, but we do teach them how to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations and use their voice as the key means to defend themselves.  They will also have a lot of fun and get a great workout. 

Age: 4 years +
Cost: Book here.
Date and Time for Term 2:  Please see website for timetable
Address: Lane Cove Bowling Club – 151 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove
Book Here: Email us to book now
Email: [email protected]


River Road Tennis offers the Hot Shot Programme from kids starting from 3 years old.  They also have squads, elite squads, and private coaching sessions. Hot Shots Tennis is a national Tennis Australia program that utilises modified courts and tennis balls to allow kids of all ages and skill level to play the game. Children are separated into appropriate level groups and receive coaching from our team of professionals as well as an introduction to match play!

Hot Shots Launch includes a fun packed half hour lesson each week with professionally trained Coaches. Lesson plans are based on a progressive format with new skills and strokes introduced each week according to their class level, with easy to use techniques.

River Road Tennis offer private lessons between 6:30am – 9pm during the week and 6:30am – 6pm on the weekends. Not sure what you need? We offer FREE TENNIS, this is for new players and involves a 15 minute interview hit with a coach. It enables you to come and have a look at the club, and for one of our coaches to assess your ability in an informal and relaxed environment, and then suggest which program would be most suitable for you. They will also give you a few tips along the way!

Age: 3-4 year olds
Time:  Classes from 9 am to 3 pm
Address: River Road Tennis Centre River Road
Lane Cove NSW 2066
Book Here: Bookings
Phone: (02) 9428 3336
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @riverroadtenniscentre


The club is an Active Kids Provider and together with the club coach there are a number of Active Kids programs (Active Kids Voucher : Redeem Here (for 4.5 years and older). Lane Cove Tennis has designed 4 programs for kids of any age and any standard led by our Tennis Australia accredited coach, Andrew Scanlan.

Hot Shots
Fun way for kids to learn tennis. Stroke technique and shot production. Modified equipment: smaller court, lower net lighter racquets and balls

Age: 4 years and older
Cost: $250 for 10 weeks (includes junior membership)
Address: Central Park Kenneth Street (behind Longueville Sporting Club)
Book Here: Enrol Here
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @lanecovetennis


Bear Cubs is part of Norths Basketball, its the newest program they have for under 5’s

Age: 1.5 – 5 Years
Cost: $25 per class/ First class FREE
Dates: During School terms, Mondays from 9/9 and Fridays from 18/10. From 9:30am
Address: 5/36 Hume Street, Crows Nest 2065
Book Here: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]



Keen to get your baby used to water in a safe and controlled environment?

Postnatal Classes – In the first few months of motherhood, extra energy and patience are required to cope with the onset of any difficulties that may arise. Increased stress can interfere the establishment of a healthy mother-infant attachment.

The aim of the Postnatal Hydrotherapy Class is to promote exercise that is beneficial and safe for both parent and baby.

Our heated hydrotherapy pool affords you and your baby the comfort of experiencing water in a safe, relaxed and fun group environment. The class will be offered twice weekly with parent (either Mum or Dad) and baby. All exercise classes are conducted by qualified physiotherapists who target the strengthening and toning of the important muscle groups (e.g. abdominals, pelvic floor, upper and lower limb postural muscles) while improving cardiovascular fitness post-pregnancy. Monique our Physio is also a qualified Learn-to-swim teacher with experience in teaching parent/baby classes.

The low impact exercise program is designed to improve your general fitness and the strength of your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. But it’s not all about exercise. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that babies exposed to time in the hydrotherapy pool with their mum settle better. Postnatal hydrotherapy classes are the perfect chance to start familiarizing your new baby to being in the water.

Age: From 6 weeks old
Date: Monday 1pm and Fridays 11am
Address: 237 Longueville Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066
Phone: 9428 5772
Email[email protected]


Dance Classes are so popular in Lane Cove they have their own activity guide here.  Lane Cove Dance classes fill up quickly so book now to ensure you obtain the time and lessons you want.  Local dance supplier Balletstuff (located on Birdwood Lane not far from Birdwood Cafe) has a ballet dance starter pack which is a cost effective way to buy everything your little dancer needs to start dancing.


The big news is that popular local dance studio Dance Sensation (which has a purpose built dance studio) has launched READY SET DANCE classes.

READY SET DANCE is a one hour combo class including Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Singing, Music and a whole lot of fun! Preschoolers love busting out their coolest Hip Hop moves, learning rhythm through song and movement.

READY SET BALLET is a 30 minute Ballet class with the same magical formula as READY SET DANCE for 2-5yr olds. Twirl will lead our little ballerinas through each step of the class as they learn the fundamentals of ballet.

The music is entirely original and written by music producers who also work on shows like ‘Playschool’, ‘Giggle & Hoot’ and ‘Play Along With Sam’. The whole program has been specially designed to appeal to both girls and boys.  Enrol here

Pre-school Acrodance
Age: 3-5yrs
Date & Time: Tuesdays 9:20-10am
Cost: $160/term

Ready Set Ballet
Age: 2-5yrs
Date & Time: Wed 9:30-10am, Sat 8:30-9am
Cost:  $150

Ready Set Dance
Age: 2-5yrs
Date & Time: Wed 10-11am, Sat 9-10am & 11-12pm
Cost: $170/term



Address: 2/706 Mowbray Rd W, Lane Cove North NSW 2066
Mobile: (02) 8591 2269
Facebook PageDance Sensation
InstagramDance Sensation


At Burns Bay Dance Studios, their teaching team consists of many talented and professional teachers. These teachers aim to pass on their knowledge and talent and provide a fun, learning and creative environment through the art form of dance.

Burns Bay Dance Studios provides a professional, fun filled atmosphere for students who may wish to learn the creative skills of dance or merely for the purpose of fitness. Here at Burns Bay we also provide classes for students who want to take dance a little more seriously and maybe one day, aspire to dance or teach professionally. Whatever your dance requirements may be, you’re in safe hands!

BBDS offers classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Boys Only – Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Solo and Group Eisteddfods, RAD Ballet Exams for ages 2 years to Adults. Private coaching available on request.

Sparkle Ballet
Age: 3-4yrs
Date & Time: Mondays 3:30pm- 4:00pm
Cost: $110/term

Pixie Ballet
Age: 2-3yrs
Date & Time: Saturdays 9:00am-9:30am
Cost:  $110


Fairy Ballet
Age: 3-4yrs
Date & Time: Saturday 9:30am-10:15am
Cost: $135/term

Princess Ballet
Age: 4-5yrs
Date & Time: Saturday 10:15am-11:00am
Cost: $135/term

Ages: 2 years +
Days: Mondays and Saturdays
Address: Suite 6/47a Penrose St, Lane Cove West 2066 (the old inflow yoga premises).  Easy parking behind the studio.
Mobile: 0402 779 330


At Red Shoes Dance our aim is to excite, encourage and enrich each child – nurturing their individual qualities while fostering confidence and developing a sense of community. For over 30 years we have had the privilege of helping to extend the creativity of countless young dancers at our Lane Cove studio.

We are proud to be an Angelina Ballerina Academy Partner Studio and are pleased to be offering these very special ballet classes to pre-schoolers once again in 2019! Designed by internationally recognised teachers and child development experts, the Angelina Ballerina Academy curriculum will inspire and nurture your little dancer.

Following the adventures of the “little star with big dreams”, these delightful classes incorporate dancing, singing, pretend play and creative movement.

Let the Angelina Ballerina classes take your child on an enchanting journey – leaping and twirling into the wonderful world of dance, with eyes sparkling, confidence blossoming and toes twinkling!

Contact us to find out more about our exciting dance programs. Enrolments are open now for our term 2 classes!

Ages: 3 and above
Dates:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays, full timetable here 
Address: 2 Osborne Place, Lane Cove
Online Bookings: Enrolment Form – click here
Facebook Page: RedShoesDanceSydney
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0408 486 818


Suzuki Early Childhood Music Classes at The Musical Playroom

  • Fun lessons for children aged 0-5 years
  • All children have several opportunities to play various instruments including xylophone, glockenspiel, drum, tambourine, triangle, and two-tone woodblock
  • 50-60 minutes per lesson
  • Small mixed age group classes of 0-3 and 3-5 year olds
  • Learning basic musical principles through play
  • Skills are developed through nursery rhymes, speech patterns, action songs, finger play, circle songs, story telling and other musical activities
  • Great bonding experience between Mum/Dad/Grandparent and Baby
  • Good exercise for parents/carers
  • Develop your child’s confidence and social skills

Age: 0-3 and 3-5 

Date: Monday and Fridays
Time: 10am (0-3), 11:15 (3-5)

Cost: $200 per term, and $150 for a second child
Address: Lane Cove Music and Cultural Centre – LG Level, 1/1-5 Little Street, Lane Cove
Email: [email protected]


Facebook: The-Musical-Playroom

Phone: 0401135673


Letterland is a proven, child-friendly phonics program for teaching children valuable pre-reading skills. Our interactive classes in Lane Cove are 45 mins and run for 9 weeks during the school term. Parental participation is not required.

Age: 3.5 year or older

Date: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday
Time: 9.45am – 10.30am

Cost: Introduction classes $220/term
Address: 565 Mowbray Rd (cnr Felton Ave), Lane Cove
Email: [email protected]
Special ITC offer: Free trial class (subject to availability) 



Bonjour Babies is a fun and stimulating French language learning program for little ones aged from 6 months to 10 years.

Our programs give children the opportunity to be exposed to a second language in their early formative years, whilst simultaneously enabling caregivers to learn along with them. So it’s French for fun for you and your little one!

Older children learn independently from their parents in a fun, musical and interactive learning environment. Give your child the best possible start in life by exposing them to a second language as early as possible and reap the cognitive rewards.

Suitable for beginners and native speakers alike.

Babies classes 6 months-2 years
Dates: Fridays
Time: 9:40am – 10:20am
Cost: $273 11 weeks

Toddlers classes 2 – 3 years
Dates: Fridays
Time: 10:35am – 11:20am
Cost: $273 for 11 weeks

Big Kids 3-5 years
Dates: Fridays
Time: 11:35am – 12:20am
Cost: $273 for 11 weeks

Address: Lane Cove Library
Book Here
Email: [email protected]


Have you thought about giving your child a gift for life? Language is in hot demand by parents. Parents think that speaking a foreign language is the most crucial skill for their child to develop for the future. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. In Spanish is a unique and fun way for kids to learn Spanish. We teach Spanish for Kids from babies to 12 years old.  Read here why learning a language is important for kids. InSpanish is a Creative Kids Registered Provider so you can redeem your Creative Kids voucher. (for kids over 4)

Preschool classes
Age: 2.5 – 5 years
Dates: Fridays
Time: 9:45am – 10:25am
Cost: $240 for 10 classes (includes the material)

Address: Lane Cove Library (for other locations and times please check our website)
Email: [email protected]



Lane Cove Bush Kids is a joint initiative between Council and the Lane Cove Bushland & Conservation Society

Lane Cove Bush Kids aims to engage young children with nature and to encourage a life-long love and care of our environment.It´s also about building community, encouraging connections between local families and increasing knowledge and engagement with the place we live in.

Outdoor nature-centred activities are offered during school terms for 2 to 5 year olds and during school holidays for 2 to 10 year olds. Activities are open to all families residing in the Lane Cove Council and surrounding areas. Programs are produced each term and for school holidays.  

Age: 2 – 5 years (during school holidays its up to age 10)
Date:  Tuesday-Friday (dates vary). Click here for schedule
Time: 9:45-11am
Cost: $5 per class
Address: Various locations around Lane Cove
Online Bookings: book online for each class
Facebook Page: lanecovebushkids
Instagram: lanecovebushkids
Website: Lane Cove Bush Kids
Email: [email protected]



Lane Cove and the surrounding suburbs have plenty of playgroups to suit all different ages and interests. For a full list of playgroups, costs, dates and type click here to read our full guide to playgroups.

Playgroup Guide



Nothing on? Maybe its school holidays, or you just couldn’t find a class or activity that suited your little one. When all else fails, you can always go to a playground! Lane Cove has several playgrounds and parks to choose from. We have ones with water views, fully fenced, great for scooters, great for a picnic and even some that welcome the 4 leggeded siblings Check out our detail list of local Parks & Playgrounds



If you are new to Lane Cove or a new parent we have got a list of childcare options available. We have compiled the important information for you so its much easier to decide on which centres are on your short list. Click here to read our Childcare Guide.

If you are already attending an amazing centre in Lane Cove, we would love you to leave a review for your centre under their business directory listing here



If you are happy to pack your 3+ year old a lunch and school hours are doable, preschool is an amazing option. Did you know, if your childcare subsidy runs out too quickly or perhaps your are not eligible for the subsidy, preschool can be a very cost effective choice. We are lucky to have 3 dedicated preschools in Lane Cove (and one in Greenwich).

Meeting House
KU Osborne Park
KU Greenwich


Has your little one had their first check up at the Dentist? You may be surprised that its recommended your little one has their first dental visit when their first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old – whichever comes first! Apple Dental is great with little ones and will help make their first appointment a positive experience.

dental practice in Lane Cove


People are often surprised when they learn that speech pathologists work with a wide range of communication and swallowing issues that people may experience across the whole life-span.  To help assist your little ones, speech pathologists work with babies with breastfeeding/swallowing difficulties the toddler who is not talking yet, the pre-schooler with a stutter and the primary school age child struggling with social interaction, language or literacy skills (did you know that speech pathologists are specialists in written language skills, i.e. reading, spelling and writing?).  Read how to encourage early language development here.


Do you have a team of little ones of all ages? We have you covered, check out our Back to School Guide

Cover Photo credit Gymbaroo

Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at [email protected]