If you are new to the area or would just like to meet other families with kids the same age as yours, there are many ways to do this including: joining playgroups, heading to your local libraries, visting storyime sessions, becoming a member of your local toy library, enrolling your children into group music or sports lessons, joining Facebook groups which support local families.
Playgroups: Costs may vary from free or a gold coin donation to a more significant fee when paying for a term or year, for example.
New Gisborne Playgroup: New Gisborne Playgroup runs out of Ross Wass Hall in New Gisborne and has a variety of toys, crafts and play equipment which can be used. There are three 2.5 hour sessions available each day, morning, lunchtime and afternoon. New members are welcome to join an existing group or there are vacant sessions for mothers groups or friends to create their own group. Memberships are currently $145 for the year.
Woodend Playgroup: The Woodend Playgroup meets at 45 Forest Street in Woodend and operates seven days a week. There are four sessions per day on weekdays and two on the weekend. You can join an existing group or create your own with your friends or your parent group. There is a fee to join but you can attend two trial sessions before joining to see if it is for you.
Kyneton Playgroup: Sessions are held on Wednesday and Thursday between 10 am and 12 noon at the Kyneton Uniting Church Hall (54 Ebden Street Kyneton). The cost is $5 per session or $30 for the term.
Bullengarook Playgroup: Currently a ‘Baby Playgroup’ with members between 3 and 6 months old. Yearly membership is $10 per family. Playgroups are held on Thursdays between 9.30 am and 11.30 am at the Bullengarook Hall (633 Bachhus Marsh Road in Bullendgarook).
Romsey Library Playdate: Held at the library on the second Tuesday of the month from 1 to 4 pm, this special playdate allows parents to connect while their children play with toys from the Romsey Toy Library. Sessions are free with no bookings required and refreshments provided. Upcoming dates are 11 October, 8 November and 13 December. The Romsey library is at 96 – 100 Main Street in Romsey. Phone 5429 3086 for more details.
Romsey Playgroup: Romsey Playgroup is located at the back of Romsey Library. They have sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. You can have 2 FREE come and try sessions before you join up. There is no need to book, just visit during open times.
Lancefield Playgroup: Lessons are on Mondays from 9 am to 11 am. The first session is free, then register with Playgroups Victoria for a family membership.
St Paul’s (Lorna’s) Playgroup in Gisborne: St. Paul’s Playgroup is run by Lorna and operates on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10am to 12pm in the hall next to the opshop on the corner of Fisher Street and Brantome Sreet. A gold coin donation is requested and in return fruit, milk and biscuits are supplied for the kids and tea/coffee for the parents.
Kyneton Dad’s Playgroup: Follow their Facebook page for updates on weekly scheduled events for playdates, dad dates, pub and park hangs for new and seasoned dads to meet and connect other with other dads in town.
St Brigid’s Playgroup: This playgroup is open to all families (you don’t need to be a parishioner), with a goal to socialise the kids and their families with others through play. Playgroup runs every Friday during school terms, babies to kinder-aged children welcome at our school hall from 9 am until 11 am. Arrive at any time and stay as long as you like, there’ll be many friendly faces. Follow the link to St Brigid’s Primary School’s Facebook page (link in title) for updates.
Macedon Playgroup: Details coming soon.
Parklands Farm Toddler Mornings (paused currently due to weather and threat of Foot and Mouth disease): Usually held on the final Thursday morning of the month from 10 am to 12.30 pm at Parklands Animal Farm (in between Gisborne and Riddells Creek), children can feed and pat a range of cute farm animals. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child, or a $10 flat fee for an adult and children if you have a Macedon Ranges Mumma keyring.
Goldfields Libraries: Our local libraries have set storytimes for different age groups but are also available at any time for families to meet up and use the many facilities available (kitchen, wifi, outdoor area, tables and so on).
White Goose Book exchange: This Storytime session is for preschool children and is on each Wednesday at morning 10.30am at White Goose Book Exchange, 3 Sutherlands Road Riddells Creek. There are stories, songs, bubbles(!), and coffee for parents and carers. the cost is a $2 donation.
Toy libraries: Borrowing toys is sustainable, saves you money, keeps your home clutter free and your children engaged. Most toy libraries require you to pay an annual fee and perhaps to volunteer a small portion of your time.
Lessons and activities (please note that all of these incur a cost)
Alternatively, check out what family friendly events are on via our What’s On page. You may meet some other local families at those.
Do you have a playgroup, family friendly activity or Facebook group you would like listed on this page? Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Listings are free for everyone but to have links with more information for businesses incurs an annual fee.