There are SO many reasons to join a local playgroup. It can help you to meet new mama friends, help your kids stay active and socialised, and just give you a bit of a break from the endless task of keeping them entertained! I was wondering how to find the best local playgroup near me in and around Ipswich and Springfield. As a Family and Newborn photographer, I very frequently hear from my families (especially new mamas) that they don’t have enough social mama connections. This can often lead to feelings of isolation. So I thought I would take the hard work out of it and provide you with some options.
I need to preface this post by saying that all information was correct at the time of writing and will do my best to maintain it. However, please make sure you check out the links provided in each group before showing up to ensure it is still running at that date/time/location and there’s nothing additional you need to know before showing up. It could save some awkwardness!
It is also worth saying that sometimes it can take a few go’s to find a group which suits you. They are not a one-size-fits-all. It is worth giving it a go, even for a few weeks before deciding if it is for you. I have not personally attended all of these playgroups however they have been recommended by other mums in the community.
Fun tip – if you are nervous to attend a group by yourself it may be worth either phoning ahead to let them know you are attending for the first time, or bring a friend with you.
One of the first stops I recommend you checking out is Everyday Mums. It is a new take on Mother’s groups and a safe space for Mums in Ipswich to connect, build friendships, gain support and knowledge. There is a number of curated programs, casual sessions and workshops on offer. The Everyday Mums Hub is located in the centre of town and is available to hire for special events and courses. You can check them out HERE, see what they are currently offering.
I thought a good way to organise this would be by day of the week, so that you can find something that fits in well with your routine.
YMCA Mums and Bubs playgroup (Springfield Lakes) – YMCA Mums and Bubs playgroup is a gathering place for expecting mums and mums with babies 0-12 months old. They meet at the YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre 9.30am-11am every Monday morning over a cup of tea and come together and connect. It is a great opportunity to share experiences, advice and just talk to other mums who understand what you are going through while your little ones play. Running 9.30-11am Monday mornings and includes tea/coffee and morning tea for $50 per term. A free trial is also available. Find out more HERE.
Karalee Playgroup – A fantastic place to meet amazing people and build solid friendships. The group meets on Tuesdays and also Thursdays 9:30AM-11:30AM during school term time. They also arrange play dates in the school holidays and have afternoons/evenings out just for parents to catch up without the kids. More information HERE.
Greater Springfield Mums and Bubs Group – Hosted by a local church and based in Springfield, this group is FREE and aimed for 0-5 year olds. It meets on the second floor of Orion Shopping Centre, so super central to Springfield. You are usually asked to bring a snack to share. You can join the group and be invited to events HERE.
Amaze Education at Silkstone – Amaze Education hosts a FREE fortnightly playgroup (during school term) on a Thursday 930-11. It is fenced and includes a fruit morning tea. The program is a 90 minute of free play with a break for storytime and fruit. It is facilitated by the owner The owner of Amaze and additional staff help to coordinate. It has been running for 7 years. facilitates it and has another staff member too (and myself- I am parent coordinator and attend with my 3 year old). You can find out more on the facebook group HERE. Be sure to check out the events section of the group to see what is coming up.
Possum Club Playgroup, Brassall – This is a friendly and relaxed playgroup with an emphasis on free play. It is an established, not-for-profit playgroup which has been running 20+ years. Suitable for families with children between the ages of 0-5. It runs every Thursday and the occasional Saturday. First visit is free and following attendances is $5 per family visit. More information available on the facebook group HERE
Ipswich Uniting Church – This Ipswich Playgroup facilitates a FREE playgroup on Friday 930-1130am. It includes indoor fun play for the kids 0-5 years old with activities, sing a long and then bikes/cars/scooters.. morning tea for the adults but BYO for the kids. More information is available HERE.
Camira State School Playgroup – Playgroup runs each Friday morning from 9-10.30am during the school term. Lots of fun activities and craft are provided your child to participate in. It is also a great place for you to meet new people and make friends. Please contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Basic run of the session
9-10am free play inside and outside
10-10.15 morning tea
10.15-10.30 singing, dancing and head home
You can check out the PlayMatters https://playmatters.org.au/about/queensland or the School Website www.camirass.eq.edu.au
Montessori Raptors Playgroup – This playgroup runs Friday, fortnightly during the school term. It was created by the Redbank State School and Montessori Pathways, it is a group where mums can bring along their little ones for some Montessori inspired activities. The activities are set out in the environment where the children can take the lead in their learning. Throughout the sessions there will also be opportunities for story time, singing, art, movement and so much more. Find out the details HERE.
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