Community Playgroups

Children learn through play. Through play, children learn to follow directions, take turns, solve problems, and learn about the world. Engaging your child in the routines and activities that make up a normal day are terrific ways to help your child learn. Children also need lots of different people to play with them.

Below are parent-led and facilitated playgroups in the community. Click on any topic to see more information. Times, locations and age ranges vary but all are open to anyone in the area. If you have a playgroup you would like listed on this page please email parents@collab4kids.org.

Parent-led Playgroup – Southwest corner of Oak Park bordering with Forest Park

Fees: No fee / No RSVP
Day/time: Every other Thursday (July 13, 27 and August 24) at 9:30 AM
Location: Location will vary, but we will try to take advantage of the summer weather and play outside at Maple Park 1105 S. Maple Ave. 
Age range: 2 to 4 years old
Description: If you live in the southwest corner of Oak Park and border with Forest Park, meet up with this group every other Thursday at 9:30 AM. This is meant to be a fun way to get to know your neighbors and meet people in the area with young children.
More info: Contact Thanh – email donandthanh@gmail.com

Parent-led Newborn Playgroup

Fees: No fee / No RSVP
Day/time: Date Vary; Some playgroup events will coincide with events going on in Oak Park! Email the parent leaders (listed below) to receive emails at the start of each month with dates and times.
Location: Location will vary, but we will try to take advantage of the summer weather and play outside, as well as have some activities for parents and kids
Age range: Newborn – – 12 Months; older siblings are always welcome!
Description: Get to know other parents in the area with young babies. Some playgroup events will coincide with events going on around Oak Park.
More info: Contact Samantha (SSchoville@gmail.com) and/or Lisa (Lisam.Kemper@gmail.com) to be added to their email list.  Emails are sent out at the start of each month with dates and times.

Hump Day Hurrah! – Parent-led Playgroup

Fees: No fee / No RSVP
Day/time: Wednesdays at 6:30 PM 
Location: Priory Park 7354 Division St, River Forest, IL 60305 
Age range: Newborn – – 4 years old; older siblings are always welcome!
Description: For working moms and moms who stay at home, this was designed with you in mind! Come shake off the midweek blues with a little fun with other moms and their littles! This is a great chance to meet other moms in the area with children the same age. Siblings are welcome!
More info: Contact Danyale – email info.humpdayhurrah@gmail.com or text six three zero three six zero nine four nine four

Oak Leyden Drop-In Playgroup – Facilitated by a Professional

Fees: No fee / No RSVP
Day/time: Wednesdays, from 9:15 – 10:30 AM
Location: 411 Chicago Ave., Oak Park
Age range: Children 3 years and under
Description: Developmental and speech therapists lead engaging, all-abilities activities perfect for toddlers.
More info: 708.524.1050
Link: www.oak-leyden.org

Newcomers Playgroup – Membership Group

Fees: Membership-based club but people are welcome to try it out before they decide to join!
Day/time: Every Monday at 9:30 AM
Location: Location varies based on time of year
Age range: All ages welcome
Description: This is a membership-based club but people are welcome to try it out before they decide to join! The Newcomers Club of Oak Park Playgroup is a small, family-oriented social club with a long history of helping new families get oriented and settled into their new community. The playgroup is very popular with younger children. School-aged children are welcome to return during their days off from school. During cooler weather, the playgroup meets inside United Lutheran Church. During the warmer months, they meet at different parks in Oak Park.
More info: To join the playgroup mailing list, please contact: oprfnewcomersplaygroup@gmail.com
Link: http://www.oprfnewcomers.com/what-we-do/

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