It’s never been harder to ‘find your village’ and many parents are on the hunt for the support they need. Playgroups offer a neutral environment to connect with like-minded families and gain fulfilling friendships for both you and your child.
What are the benefits of these groups, and where can you find a playgroup here in Brisbane?
Why are playgroups important?
Being a parent of young children can often feel isolating and sometimes overwhelming. Community groups give you and your child the chance to get social and interact with families in similar situations. There’s a range of benefits that come with getting out of the house and socialising with other families.
According to the Raising Children Network, playgroups give you the chance to:
- meet new people and make new friends
- share tips, concerns, ideas and experiences
- learn from other parents and caregivers
- learn more about your community
- connect with local services like child care centers, kindergartens, schools and more.
They provide informative advice, meaningful socialisation and, best of all, are a great way to get your little one out of the house.
Heading to your first playgroup session can be daunting, but you can rest easy knowing most parents feel the same. There are lots of options on offer around Brisbane, so you don’t have to make a commitment straight away. Have a look at these resources to find your local groups, and get some of that adult interaction we know you’re craving!
Where can you find a playgroup in Brisbane?
This national organisation has an extensive database of fun, playful experiences in every Brisbane area. Simply enter your postcode on the Play Matters website to see a list of playgroups including dates, locations and cost. You can also call their hotline on 1800 00 PLAY (1800 007 529) for advice on local activities.
Search the Brisbane Council events database for all the local, council-run activities happening in your area. You can refine the search results by age group, location, and more. These free events are both occasional and regularly run, so have a look to see what’s on offer nearby.
This community directory has a list of playgroups and childcare in the Brisbane area. Check out the Community website to search for active playgroups in your area. Listings include a brief overview of activities, times, locations and contact details.
Your Local Hospital
Many hospitals provide a parents group service for new parents after the arrival of their babies. It’s a great way to engage with local families in the same stage of parenthood, while also receiving informative advice from registered health workers. Contact your hospital for more information.
Your Local Library
Brisbane libraries run a range of play activities for children of all ages. These regular groups are often free and give you and your little one the opportunity to socialise. Contact your library, or check out their website, for specific times and events.
Online ‘Mums & Bubs’ groups are a great way to reach out to your local community. Search for ‘Brisbane Mums’ or local mums groups on Facebook to join active online groups. Many of these groups provide advice and often meet up for in-person catch ups.
The app Peanut is another platform to find local mums. Simply download the app and make an account to start interacting with local mothers. There are also online advice and local meet-up groups to reach out to.