*Updated January 2024

Welcome to our comprehensive guide of playgroups for children on the Lower North Shore. If you know of any other local playgroups, or have any amendments to the following information, please email northsydney@thelivingcollective.com.au

Please make contact with a playgroup prior to turning up – some have waitlists or require you to bring something along on the day. There are several ‘drop-in’ playgroups locally which you do not need to make contact with prior and these are listed below. Most playgroups run only during term time. Please check with your individual playgroup if they continue during holidays.

 

Drop-in Playgroups – no booking required, just turn up on the day.

Explorer’s Playgroup
Where: Inside Civic Park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney
(behind Stanton Library, between McLaren & Ridge Streets)
When: Monday – Thursday
Time: 10am-12.30pm.
Contact: ph: 02 9922 2299  https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/kids/playgroup https://www.facebook.com/NorthSydneyCommunityCentre
Description: “Provides creative play sessions for under 5s, spread across three light-filled rooms and a beautiful playground. Experienced play leaders set up a wide range of activities to suit the needs of children, with an emphasis on child-initiated play supervised by a parent or carer in a relaxed and friendly environment.”

Kirribilli Play Area
Where: Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre16 -18 Fitzroy St Kirribilli
When: Monday-Friday
Time: 9am-5pm.
Contact: http://www.thekirribillicentre.org/kids/2015/2/12/knc-playgroup
Description: “Children under the supervision of parents are welcome. We have a beautiful courtyard, as well as a toy shed and a turfed / covered fenced-in area for your children to utilize. This is a beautiful environment for children to safely play and socialize, while parents get to know one another. We ask that you make a donation of a gold coin to use this space.”

St Leonards Tafe Play Sessions
Where: Ground Floor, B Block, 213 Pacific Hwy, St Leonards
When: (days vary, see the NSL Calendar, or check in at the Tafe)
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: ChildhoodEdSTL@tafensw.edu.au
Phone: 02 7920 5606
Description: Age: under 5 years. “Play Session for children and parents. Primary focus on enabling Childhood Education students to practice skills with children and their families, while offering an interesting program for children. Students are involved in the planning and organisation of each session, supervised by teachers who are early childhood professionals. Please email to check operating hours and days. Bookings recommended.”

Local Playgroups (please enquire).


Forsyth Park Playgroup
Where: Forsyth Centre, 2B Montpelier St, Neutral Bay 2089
When: Thursdays
Time: 9:30am-11.30am
Contact: forsythparkplaygroup@gmail.com
Description: Forsyth Park Playgroup is a committee-run playgroup, providing a fun environment for children aged 0-5 years old and their parents/carers to meet together regularly. The playgroup has a unique garden setting with a beautiful fully-enclosed playground and a huge range of quality toys and play equipment. The program includes a mix of structured and unstructured play, craft sessions, celebrations (e.g. Easter, Christmas), periodic music events, and social events. Relax and chat with a cup of tea. Please email before attending a session to arrange a visit.

Playtime by the Bridge
Where: Cnr Broughton & Bligh Streets, Kirribilli
When: Thursdays
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: https://thebridgechurch.org.au/ministries/kids/
Description: Playtime by the Bridge is a playgroup for children aged 0-5 years and their parents or carers. It’s a place for you and your child to have fun and play! It’s also a chance to get out of the house, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with other parents and carers. Activities at Playtime include toys, craft, singing, Bible stories and morning tea. During Playtime, each child’s parent or carer’s supervision is required at all times. Playtime costs $5 per family. Our children’s and youth volunteers have working with children’s checks and our ministries comply with Sydney Anglican Dioceses policies and Safe Ministry standards.

Playtime, The Bridge Church Neutral Bay
Where: 75 Shellcove Rd, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
When: Mondays
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: https://thebridgechurch.org.au/ministries/kids/
Description: Playtime is a playgroup for children aged 0-5 years and their parents or carers. It’s a place for you and your child to have fun and play! It’s also a chance to get out of the house, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with other parents and carers. Activities at Playtime include toys, craft, singing, Bible stories and morning tea. During Playtime, each child’s parent or carer’s supervision is required at all times. Playtime costs $5 per family. Our children’s and youth volunteers have working with children’s checks and our ministries comply with Sydney Anglican Dioceses policies and Safe Ministry standards.

Naremburn Community Playgroup
Where: 7 – 9 Central St, Naremburn 2065
When: Wednesday
Time: 9:30am
Contact: naremburnplaygroup@gmail.com
Description: Community-run playgroup sessions for 0-5 year olds and their carers.

Baby & Beyond Perinatal Support Group
Where: Level 5, 26 Ridge St, North Sydney 2060
When: Various groups and sessions across the week
Phone: 0417411110
Email: melissa@babyandbeyond.net.au
Other contacts: contact@ridge26.com.au
Description: Professionally facilitated sessions for parents experiencing difficulty with parenting and those with perinatal mood disorders. Couples counselling for families adjusting to parenting.

Little Pigeons Playgroup
Where: Church Hall, 49-59 Holtermann St, Crows Nest 2065
When: Wednesdays
Time: 10am-12noon
Contact: Father John 0418 233 378
Phone: 02 9516 2188
Description: Playgroup run by the Greek Welfare Centre for all children ages 0-5 years.

Cameragal Montessori Under 3s Program
Where: 45 Ridge St, North Sydney
When: Morning and Afternoon Sessions (Monday-Friday)
Time: various
Contact: http://cameragal.nsw.edu.au/
Description:  Specifically for children under 36 months. It is a neat, orderly and intimate space that focuses on the development of movement and the refinement of language. It lays the foundation for life, as the first three years of life are the most fundamental for children and their potential. A parent/carer must attend with the child. It is recommended for the parents to observe, so the child can independently work through the activities.

Tom’s Playtime
Where: Parkview Building, St Thomas’ Anglican Church Cnr Church & McLaren Streets North Sydney
When: Fridays during term time
Time: 10am-11.30am
Contact: Ph: 8908 4800 or email reception@st-thomas.org.au https://st-thomas.org.au/tomsplaytime/
Description: Tom’s Playtime is a stay and play group for 0-5 year olds with their parents and carers.

Mainly Music Playgroup, St Mark’s Anglican Church
Where: St Mark’s Church, cnr Tunks St and Malacoota Rd, Northbridge 2063
When: Fridays
Time: 9:30am-11am
Contact: office@northbridgeanglican.org.au and https://www.northbridgeanglican.org.au/kids
Phone: 0412 802 275
Description: Mainly Music is a playgroup for children up to school age, with lots of music and singing.

Connections Playgroup
Where: The Drill Hall, 1A Cross Street, Mosman
When Tuesdays and Fridays (except School Holidays)
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: 9978 4161 – Children’s Services Office
Website: http://mosman.nsw.gov.au/community/children-community/connections-playgroup
Description: Mosman Council’s Connections Playgroup encourages social connections amongst parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years in the community. We particularly encourage new residents and parents to attend.

Mosman Village Church Playgroup
Where: Mosman Village Church, Cnr Raglan & Canrobert Sts, Mosman,
When: Wednesdays during term time
Time: 9.30-11.30am
Contact: https://www.mosmanvillage.church/kids
Description: Village Kids Playgroup runs on Wednesday mornings during school term for children aged 0 – 5 years. Each morning is spent interacting with each other through play, music, craft and stories.

MiniPlay Playgroup
Where: Harbourside Church, Melrose Street Mosman
When: Mondays and Thursdays
Time: 9.30-11.00am
Contact: https://www.harbourside.org/kids
Description: MiniPlay is a playgroup in Mosman, for children 0 to 5 years. Running on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am-11.00am, each session includes play time, music, story time and morning tea.

Little Footsteps, Balgowlah
Where: 122 Condamine Street BALGOWLAH
When: Mondays during term time
Time: 9.30am-11.30am
Website: http://balgowlah.unitingchurch.org.au/youth/little-footsteps-playgroup/
Description: Our Playgroup is for babies to preschool (0–4 years) and their parents and carers. It is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other young families in our local community.

Little Creators, Willoughby Uniting Church
Where: 10 Clanwilliam St, Willoughby 2068
When: Tuesdays during term time
Time: 9.30-11.30am
Contact: office@willoughbyuniting.org.au or https://www.willoughbyuniting.org.au/kids/playgroup/
Phone: 02 9415 2100
Description: A safe and warm place for kids, parents and carers to join us for arts and craft, story time, song and play. At playgroup, we sing, dance, create mess, make craft, listen to stories and much more.

PlayTime Salvation Army – Northside Chatswood Corps
Where: Salvation Army Citadel, Cnr Archer and Johnston Sts, Chatswood 2057
When: Friday
Time: 10am
Phone: 02 9419 8695
Contact: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/locations/new-south-wales/ecwc/northside-chatswood-corps/
Description: Playtime is a fun place for parents, grandparents, carers and children, newborn to five years. 10.00 am – 12 noon during school term.

Chatswood Baptist Church Playtime
Where: Cnr Albert Av and Orchard Rd, Chatswood 2067
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays (coming soon) during term time
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: office@chatswoodbaptist.com.au and https://www.chatswoodbaptist.com.au/playtime/
Phone: 02 9419 3179
Description: Playtime for Preschool children and their parents.

St Stephens Playtime
Where: St Stephen’s Church Hall, 211 Mowbray Rd, cnr Sydney St, Willoughby 2068
When: Tuesday
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Contact: office@st-stephens.com.au
Phone: 02 9415 1727
Description: Playgroup for carers of children 0-5 yrs. Children have the opportunity to engage in a number of activities like craft, singing, playing indoors and outdoors.

LCM Churches Playgroup
Where: 19 Rosenthal Ave, Lane Cove 2066
When: Tuesdays
Time: 9:30am-11am
Contact: playgroup@lcmchurches.org.au
Phone: 02 9427 1163
Description: Meets on Tuesday 9:30am-11am during school terms. The morning starts with a half hour program that includes singing well known songs, nursery rhymes and Christian songs, playing instruments, movement, dancing and stories, including simple bible stories. This is followed by morning tea, simple craft and free play. Each term has a different theme for example colours, animals or transport.

St Aidan’s Junior Jivers
Where: St Aidan’s Anglican Church, cnr Christina St and Arabella St, Longueville 2066
When: Monday
Time: 9:15am-11am during term time
Contact: office@staidans.com.au or https://staidans.com.au/
Phone: 02 9427 2666
Description: Junior Jivers is a Christian play time group, open to all, for kids 0-5 years old. We play, sing, do craft and story time and have tea and coffee for the adults. Mondays 9:15am-11am during term time. Free, no booking required – we hope this is a service to our community. All carers (grandparents, mums, dads, nannies) welcome.

Les Petits Loups
Where: St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 1 Christina St, Longueville 2066
When: Thursdays
Time: 10am-12pm
Contact: lespetitsloupslongueville@gmail.com
Description: French speaking playgroup provides the opportunity for French speaking children and their carers to come together in a fun, safe and supportive way. Children interact and learn through play, while maintaining and enhancing their level of spoken French as well as an understanding of francophone cultures. Run entirely the members. A 2-hour session each week (during school term) on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm. Playgroup sessions are conducted in French and are structured around: play, art and craft, story-telling and singing. We also offer a French library. The accompanying parent/carer must be able / make a genuine effort to communicate in French.

Sydney Community Services – Meeting House
Where: 23A Stokes St, Lane Cove North 2066
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Contact: jvenn@sydneycs.org and https://www.sydneycs.org/playgroups/
Phone: 02 9003 1399
Description: Children’s playgroups all inclusive playgroups including support and information for families with additional needs (supported by Early Ed North Sydney early intervention service and run by qualified and experienced staff)

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