PLEASE NOTE: most playgroups do not meet during the school holidays.
Arco Iris: A community language group for Spanish speaking parents and children from 0 to 5 years old. Meets every Thursday morning during the school term from 9:30am to 11:30am. Phone Mercedes on 04 9775742 or email email@example.com. Website: Arco Iris.
Berhampore playgroup: Meets every Friday during school terms from 9am -11.30 at Mornington Golf Club, corner of Duppa & Stanley Streets. A low key playgroup for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, casuals welcome, gold coin koha if you can. Contact Rosa on 021395190 or check out our Facebook page for more info (https://www.facebook.com/
Brooklyn Playgroup: at Wellington Korean Church every Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am – 11.30am: Brooklyn.
Cannons Creek Pacific Playgroup: 10am-12noon Monday and Thursday, contact Nikki for more information on 022 1646 908 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Wednesday and Friday 10am-12 noon contact Moana on 0272773512 email@example.com.
Coffeetots, Thorndon: at Capital Vineyard church on Thorndon Quay. Playgroup is on a Wednesday 9:30am-11:30 am. Great café style coffee, home baking, toys and crafts for kids and ending with a music session. Contact andrea.neale@capitalvineyard.
ESOL “develop language skills” class and playgroup for parents. Fridays 11.30am-12.30pm at Newlands Community Centre. Registrations essential. Please call Raph or Fei on 4773724. Gold coin koha.
BestStart Montessori Playgroup is a not-for-profit organisation, sessions times are 9.30am to 11.30am every Monday during term time and are held at the Poneke Rugby Club. The BestStart Montessori Playgroup is designed to help parents learn more about Montessori principles and how to create an optimum home environment to assist in their child’s natural growth and development. Classes are designed for children ranging in age from 0 to 3 years. For more information, please contact Jacqui Gee on 04 387 1195 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit BestStart Playgroup.
Brooklyn/Kingston – Rata Playgroup at Capital Montessori: A calm and nurturing environment for infants and toddlers from 0-3 years to explore, learn and socialise accompanied by a parent or family member. They run several morning and lunchtime sessions each week. To find out more visit www.montessori.school.nz/
Dutch Playgroup: meets every Tuesday morning: Dutchplaygroup.
The Family Space playgroup, Miramar Meet every Monday and Tuesday from 10am – 12noon during term time. Ministry of Education endorsed and designed for parents, caregivers and their children. It’s a Koha donation and advised that you bring a piece of fruit for your child’s morning tea. For more information, visit The Family Space.
Mondays and Tuesdays: general playgroups 10-12
Thursdays: music playgroup 9.30-11.30
Saturday: fortnightly Dads’ playgroup 10-12
German Playgroup Wellington: Meets every Friday (including during the holidays) 9.30am – 11.30am, Khandallah Presbyterian Church, 33 Ganges Road, Khandallah: German Playgroup.
Rappelkiste: Meets every Thursday (including during the holidays) Miramar Uniting Church, 56 Hobart St, Miramar, Rappelkiste.
Grenada Village Playgroup: Grenada Village Community Hall, 4 Mandeville Crescent, Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am. For further information please telephone Dawn Patterson – (04)478 4221 or email@example.com
Hutt Valley Multiple Birth Club: Behind Knox Church in Lower Hutt: MBC.
Italian Playgroup at Ngaio Playcentre Saturdays 9:30am-12:30p at 50 Silverstream Rd, Crofton Downs, Wellington Our PLAYGROUP ITALIANO provides a fun place for parents and young children from around the Wellington area with some kind of Italian connection to meet on a regular basis. This is also a chance for parents to get to know each other.
Join our Playgroup and you will take part in many super FUN, typical Italian parties and celebrations! We organize a theme party each month where our kids are the role players and learn more of our Italian culture. Call us: Beatrice 02102908253 Rosanna 0212707370 Rita 0211392626 We also have a Facebook “closed group” for members only
Johnsonville Playgroup: Broderick Road Chapel, 9.30am – 11.45am. Broderick Rd.
Johnsonville Community Centre Playgroups: 1pm – 2.30pm: JvilleCommCent.
Karori: at St Mary’s Church (172 Karori Rd) 9.30am to 11.30am on Mondays and Karori Baptist Church (161-163 Karori Road) Wednesdays 9.45am – 11.30am.
Khandallah Playgroup: 11 Ganges Road (behind the Khandallah Town Hall), Monday to Friday 9am – 12noon: Khandallah.
Makara Playgroup: Wednesdays & Thursdays from 9:30am to 12noon. Fantastic spacious facilities, incl sandpit, ride-on toys, outdoor playground. Inside you’ll find playdough, arts & crafts, music, dress-ups and more. Located at 29 South Makara Road. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Montessori at Otari Playgroup: The Montessori-at-Otari playgroup is a not-for-profit cooperative run by parents. We offer a friendly and fun playgroup environment for children aged 0-3 years. A Montessori-trained supervisor runs the sessions. We have Ministry of Education certification and meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in St Luke’s Hall, Wadestown. We have close links with the Preschool and our equipment is especially chosen for a 0-3 Montessori environment. Attending playgroup makes the transition to Preschool very easy. To find out more, or to organise a visit, contact Nicola in the preschool office on 475 9688 or email@example.com.
Montessori Playgroup at Wa Ora Montessori School, 278 Waddington Drive, Naenae, Lower Hutt for babies/toddlers younger than 3 years old. Play alongside your child whilst learning about the Montessori philosophy. Sessions on Mondays and Thursdays are for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years and on Tuesdays for babies and toddlers aged 0 to 3 years. Session times are 9am-11.30am during term time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 567 2377.
Newlands: Monday 9.30 – 11.30am, St Oswald’s Church, Oswald Cres. Email email@example.com.
Newlands Community Centre: Thursday mornings, 9.30 – 11.30. The Playgroup is a relaxed drop-in group for parents and their pre-schoolers. It’s a good opportunity for parents to chat and children to play together. The cost is a gold coin for each family.
Newlands, Young Mums: Monday 10.30 – 12.30am, at the Newlands Community Centre. Contact Nina Ness on 04 4770338 or call or text 022 0699 039 for more information.
Ngaio Community Playgroup: Located at 48 Silverstream Road, Crofton Downs (The Girl Guide Hall). Suitable for children of all ages up to 5 years. Runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30 – 11.30am.. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see their Facebook page: Ngaio Playgroup.
Paramata Plunket Playgroup: 9.15am to 11.15am at The Anchor Church, cnr Cook Drive & Joseph Banks Drive, Whitby.
Pipitea Playgroup Thorndon: Meets every Monday from 9.30am – 11.30am at the Brian Davis room in the Wellington Cathedral (corner Hill and Molesworth Streets). Casual attendees welcome. Facebook page (with information on how to join: Pipitea).
Plum Garden Playgroups (Rudolf Steiner School): Plum Garden.
Porirua Playgroup: Rangikura School Hall, Conclusion Street, Ascot Park, Porirua, 8.30–10.30am (term time). Free. Phone Stacey – 021 0227 2597.
PORSE Activity PlaySchool:
- Monday, 9am – 11.30am at Newlands Tamariki Playcentre 134 Newlands Road, Newlands
- Wednesday, 9.30am – 11am, Brooklyn Community Centre 18 Harrison Street, Brooklyn
- Thursday, 9am – 11.30am, Freedom Church, 174 Bedford Street, Cannons Creek
- Thursday, 9.30am – 11.30am, Knox Church, Fellowship Hall 574 High Street, Boulcott, Lower Hutt
- Friday, 9.30am – 11.30am, The Family Space, behind Gateway Baptist Church 33 Park Road, Miramar
- Friday, 9.30am – 11.30am, Upper Hutt Baptist Church cnr Milton & Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
PORSE Movement PlaySchool:
- Tuesday, 9.30am – 11am, Kilbirnie Recreation Centre 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie
- Last Thursday of each month, 10am – 11am, Lower Hutt Gym, 6 Rishworth Street (right at end of car park)
PORSE Music PlaySchool:
- Tuesday, 9.30am – 10.30am, Khandallah Presbyterian Church 33 Ganges Road, Khandallah
- Tuesday, 10am – 11am, Rita King Cottage, Raumati Beach
- Thursday, 9.30am – 10.30am, Karori Community Centre, Beauchamp Street, Karori
PORSE Nature PlaySchool:
- Monday, 10am – 11am, Otaihanga Reserve, Makora Road, Otaihanga
- Tuesday, 9.30am (term time only), Spicers Reserve, Broken Hill Road, Porirua
- First Wednesday of each month, 9.30am – 11am, Barton’s Bush, Trentham Memorial Park, Upper Hutt
- Third Wednesday of each month, 10am – 11.30am, Percy’s Reserve, off Dowse Drive, Lower Hutt
PORSE Active Music and Movement:
- Monday, 10am – 10.45am, Petone Baptist Church, 38 Buick Street, Lower Hutt
- Friday, 10am – 11am, Churton Park Community Centre 75 Lakewood Avenue, Churton Park
Portuguese Playgroup: Fridays from 3 pm at Broderick Rd Chapel, Johnsonville.
Brooklyn/Kingston – Rata Playgroup at Capital Montessori
At Rata your child can explore a wide range of quality materials and resources for developing skills in hand-eye and gross motor coordination, music, art, language and practical life activities. Sessions run several mornings a week with a lunchtime session for babies on Friday. Families pay just $35 per term to attend one or more sessions a week. For more information visit www.montessori.school.nz or email email@example.com
Salvation Army Playgroups:
- Newtown Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 11.30am
- Kilbirnie, 175 Onepu Road
- Wellington City, 92-94 Vivian Street
- Lower Hutt, phone 570 0276
- Petone, Wednesdays (Petone)
Space for you and your baby At Space you and your baby will connect with other new parents and their babies as you explore parenting and children’s development in a safe, facilitated environment. Your Space group will meet weekly, giving you and your baby the chance to make real connections during your baby’s first year. You and your baby will explore music and movement, rhymes, books and a variety of play experiences. You will discover ways to support and extend your baby’s learning and development, including ideas and opportunities for play experiences at home. You will get to consider different parenting perspectives, perhaps find out some new information, and have some great, facilitated discussions as you discover ways that work for you and your baby. For more information about Space in your area visit: Space.
Strathmore Plunket: at the Strathmore Plunket rooms, 2 Kinghorne Street, Strathmore. Ministry of Education certified. Runs on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am-12:00pm during term time only. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Johns – Music and Movement: Thursdays during term time from 10.00-11.15 am(ish) and is for babies, pre-schoolers and their parents/caregivers. We sing, dance, play percussion instruments etc. Parking is available on the church grounds. Gold coin donation. To find out more, email Church Office or 385 1546.
St Pauls Community Playgroup: at 76 Waiwhetu Rd, Lower Hutt, cnr Waiwhetu Rd and Guthrie St Thursdays from 9.30am-11.30am. All children 0-5 years and whanau welcome, $2 per family. For more information, call Caro on 04 972 2307.
Tawa/Linden Pop-in: Tuesdays at Linden (St Peter’s Church), Thursdays at Tawa (St Christopher’s Church), both 9am – 11.30am.
Thorndon: Coffeetots at Capital Vineyard church on Thorndon Quay. Playgroup is on a Wednesday 9:30am-11:30 am. Great café style coffee, home baking, toys and crafts for kids and ending with a music session. Contact andrea.neale@capitalvineyard.
Wadestown: Wadestown Playgroup has a wide range of toys and equipment (both indoor and outdoor) and activities including painting, craft, play dough and sandpit. We also arrange for regular educational visits by children’s entertainers such as the travelling farm or fire engine. We operate a roster system for duties on sessions and we also have a Management Committee of volunteers.We normally have space available to enrol on each session day, and you are welcome to attend casually. Age: From birth to age 5. Sessions: 9.30 – 11.30am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Wellington North Parents Centre: run monthly at Huntleigh Girl guide rooms, 48 Silverstream Road, Crofton Downs on Fridays, 9.15-11 am. Sessions include fun for children as well as information/pampering or support sessions for parents. Parents Centre members: $2 Non-members: $3. For more information email email@example.com
Wellington Wild Things: A nature-based playgroup that usually meets at Prince of Wales park on Thursdays. Join the Facebook group and find out about planned playgroups.