Get out of the house and make new friends at playgroup. Playgroups provide babies, toddlers and young children with a wide variety of early learning experiences including play time, music, stories, arts and crafts and excursions. For parents and caregivers, you’ll get to meet others and share parenting ideas and experience.

There are loads of playgroups in the Newcastle & Hunter region. For a complete list of Playgroup NSW affiliated playgroups, visit the Find a Playgroup page on the Playgroup NSW website.

There are even intergenerational playgroups which meet at nursing homes in Waratah and Toronto. This is an amazing experience for both the children & the residents. The joy that the children bring to the residents is magical. The residents love participating with the children and reminiscing about their own families. The children also like playing and talking with the older residents, as well as doing arts and crafts and outdoor free play, as well as other fun activities.

After a call out on Facebook, the following playgroups are currently looking for more members:

Macquarie Care Playgroup – While based and supported by the church we are a completely community based, our facilities are child friendly with a fully fenced yard and air conditioning and child sized toilets. Bring morning tea for your child and have a snack and coffee on us $2 per family per week.

Playgroup at New Lambton – is always looking for new members. Come along on Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am and meet our friendly bunch. First two sessions are free, so why not give it a go! Lots of toys, indoor + outdoor area + yummy morning tea for the parents/carers (bring something for your little one to eat).

Hamilton South Playgroup – has a dedicated playgroup hall with a fenced outdoor area including a sandpit! We run most days during the week and also have a Saturday Spanish group. We always welcome new members or groups wanting a venue.

Toronto Intergenerational Playgroup –  We run a Intergenerational playgroup at Figtree Nursing Home on Harris Street in Toronto on Thursdays 9.30am -11.30am. Feel free to PM me for further info or lookf or us on Facebook @PlaygroupTorontoIntergenerational . No need to book just come along and join in the fun,

St Johns Playgroup –  There’s a friendly community playgroup hosted by St. John’s in Cooks Hill. During school terms, it meets on Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm, in the hall or in the fenced yard, corner of Parry and Dawson. $5 per family, bring a piece of fruit to share.

 New Lambton South Sea Stars Playgroup – runs Wednesdays 9:30am -11:30am, in the blue OOSH building within New Lambton South Public School. We would love to welcome some new families to our friendly group! For more information, see