Joining a playgroup can benefit the carer, not just the child. Giving you a network of mums, dads, and carers who understand the stage you’re going through and who can give support, advice, and a shoulder to lean on. Your child will find new friends, toys, and activities and enjoy spending time with you. What’s not to like? Find out more about all our Lake Macquarie playgroups.
*Last updated 23rd February 2021.
Arcadia Vale Public School, 31A Glade Street, Arcadia Vale, 2283. This is a Playgroup NSW that runs on a Thursday at 9:30am. Closed in school holidays.
Our “Bugalugs” Playgroup is on every Tuesday in the school terms. 9.45am – 11.30am at the Belmont Neighbourhood Centre. Please bring your own morning tea, dress for messy play, and bring a hat. Cost $3 per family. Sponsored by Belmont Neighbourhood Centre.
Community Centre, 6 Narla Road, Belmont, 2280. This playgroup meets on a Friday morning between 10am and 12 noon.
65 John Fisher Road, Belmont North. Playgroup is held in the Prep building of Belmont Christian College. The group runs from 9.30am-11.30am every Thursday during term time. What to bring? Hat, morning tea and a drink bottle for your child. A $2 donation is appreciated. You need to register your interest to attend via the website community hub. Contact Anna on 0422 167 156
A fun music group for parents or primary caregivers to enjoy together with their young children from 0-5 years old Monday mornings during school terms at Eastlakes Salvation Army, 360 Pacific Highway, Belmont North. Time: 9:30am – 10:45am (9:30am morning tea provided; 10:00am music). Cost: $5.00 per family. For more information: Please contact Emily Screen, our mm co-ordinator Ph: 0402 839 533.
An engaging activity time for children and their parents aged 0-5 years old. We provide a safe and happy environment for children to play and for parents to meet. Children are accompanied by their parent or guardian and meet Thursdays (during school term time) from 10:00-12:00 at Brightwaters Christian College 82 Bulgonia Rd, Brightwaters. Contact Katrina Mason 0402 104 761. BYO morning tea
Cameron Park Community Centre, 107 North Lake Drive, Cameron Park, 2285. This is a Playgroup NSW that is open on Mondays from 9:30am and Fridays from 10am. Closed in school holidays.
Macquarie Life Church, Corner of Macquarie and Wentworths Road, Cardiff, 2285. This playgroup is for anyone caring for a child aged 0 to 18 with a chronic medical condition or a disability. Open on a Friday at 10am-2pm. The facilitator is Kristie and play helper Jordan. This is a Playgroup NSW member. Find out more here: https://www.mytime.net.au/
The Place at Charlestown. This playgroup is for young parents in their teens and 20’s. They meet on a Friday between 12.15am and 1.30pm. They’re closed on public holidays.
Charlestown Public School, 15 Frederick Street, Charlestown, 2290. This is a playgroup NSW which meets in the hall at the school on a Wednesday between 9:30am and 11:30am during school terms.
C3 Church Victory, Level 1, 5 Hopetoun Street, Charlestown, 2290. This is a playgroup NSW and meets on a Friday between 10am to 11:30am during school terms.
Charlestown Presbyterian Church, 16 Smart St, Charlestown. Sparklers Playgroup meets on Thursday mornings during the school term from 9.30 to 11.30am in the hall. Parking is available to those attending playgroup in an adjacent lot owned by the church at 23 Smith St.
Dora Creek Public School, 25-29 Coorumbung Road, Dora Creek, 2264. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet on a Friday from 9:30am.
Elermore Vale Community Hall, 122 Cardiff Road, Elermore Vale, 2287. This is a playgroup NSW that meets on a Friday at 9:30am.
Elermore Vale Community Hall, 122 Cardiff Road, Elermore Vale, 2287. This is a playgroup NSW. This is an Aboriginal playgroup which welcomes carers with indigenous children. They meet on a Thursday at 11:00am.
Charlton Christian College, 43 Fassifern Rd Fassifern. Held 9am-11am on Wednesday’s during term and cost is $5 on the day. Play School is a program for families with children aged 0-5 years. It is a well-resourced program and provides a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your children and be involved in craft, play, dance and stories.
Fennel Bay Public School, 6 Bay Road, Fennel Bay. Monday’s all ages, Mon: 9.30am-11am, Wed: 9.30am-11am. 0-12months, Tue: 10am-11.30am. Come along and join the fun. Must book before attending as spaces are limited. Phone Jennifer on 49596140. Take your own fruit & water for morning tea.
Garden Suburb Community Hall, 2A Prospect Road, Garden Suburb, 2289. This is a playgroup NSW that meets on a Tuesday at 9:30am.
We won’t be back till mid to late April as our hall is being knocked down and rebuilt during term 1 this year. We’re having casual meetups at parks this term so if you’d like more info please get in touch.
Gecko playgroup meets every Wednesday morning during term time from 10-11.30 am at Grace evangelical church hall on Lake Rd, Glendale. Come along for a fun morning of free play, craft, and stories. Morning tea is provided for the kids and a cuppa for the parents/carers. The cost is $3 a week per family.
Please ask for our term planner identifying which park we’ll be at each week. The best contact number is Alice 0410776205 or Alex 0466 834 646.
St James Primary School Hall, 30 Vista Parade, Kotara South, 2289. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet during school terms on a Wednesday from 9am in the school hall.
St.Martin’s Church, Hexham Street, Kahibah. Kahibah Kids Play Group is a vibrant gathering for parents, carers, and children aged 0-5. Kahibah Kids meets each Monday (during school term) from 9.30am – 11.30am. The cost for attendance is $5 per family with registration on arrival.
Kilaben Bay Community Hall, 132A Kilaben Road, Kilaben Bay, 2283. This is a playgroup NSW. They are open Wednesday from 10:00am. They are an allergy aware playgroup and would like you to contact them before attending.
Lakelands Community Hall, 135 Ambleside Circuit, Lakelands, 2282. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet on a Tuesday from 9:30am-11.30am. You can join the waitlist. Check their Facebook page for registration before attending. During school terms.
83-85 Chelmsford Drive, Metford, 2323. They meet every Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am during school term time.
Southlake Playgroup runs every Friday of the school term between 10am-12noon from Morisset Multipurpose Centre (143 Dora St, Morisset). We have a large indoor and outdoor space where we run a mix of structured and free play activities each week, and have occasional external facilitators and activities as well. Our group has a small cost of $5 per week or an upfront payment of $40 for the term. For more information, Southlake Neighbourhood Centre can be contacted on 49737000 or email@example.com
Hunter Christian Church, 20A Hillcrest Parade, Highfields, 2289. This is a playgroup NSW. This is a Japanese speaking playgroup. You must speak Japanese to join. Please contact them before attending. Playgroup is open Tuesdays from 10:30am-1.30pm
Holy Name Anglican Church, 12 Hutchinson Street, Redhead, 2290. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet on a Thursday from 9:30am.
The Swansea Centre, 228 Pacific Highway, Swansea, 2281. This playgroup meets on a Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 12 noon.
St Patrick’s Primary School Hall – 213 Northcote Avenue Swansea (hall behind the church). This playgroup is for children 0-5 years old and is held on Friday’s from 9.15am-11am. It’s free to come along, just bring a piece of fruit for morning tea to share.
Valentine Progress Hall, 20 Allambee Place, Valentine, 2280. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet on a Wednesday 10am-12pm.
Wangi Wangi Public School, Dobell Drive, Wangi Wangi, 2267. This is a playgroup NSW. They meet on Mondays between 9:30am and 11:30am in the school hall.
Ministry Hall, 64 Queen Street, Warners Bay, 2282. They meet on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon in the school term.
The Willows Warners Bay, located on Hillsborough Road on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday 9.30-11.30am. Intergenerational play, networking parents/carer support and resourcing children’s activities. You’ll enjoy story-tell, singing, music, games and craft. Morning tea for parents/carers.
Windale Public School – Kilfera Street, Windale 2306.
Jarjums playgroup – 0-5 year old’s and is held every Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am. Gold coin donation required to cover craft supplies and morning tea.
Samaritans supported playgroup – craft, games, music and stories. Wednesday 9.30am-11.30am. FREE.
*Make sure you contact the playgroup before you visit. All details are correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.
If you have a playgroup that you would like included or information updated, please head to the contact page and fill out the form to let us know. If you attend one of the above playgroups and would like to advise us of any changes, please also let us know.