Find a Playgroup in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter Playgroup Guide

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Are you new in town, a new parent or just looking for some new friends for your child or yourself? Join a local playgroup in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie or the Hunter. Playgroup is an informal session where mums, dads, grandparents, caregivers, children and babies meet up in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Here’s a list of Newcastle playgroups sorted by suburb as well as some special interest playgroups. Many are affiliated with Playgroup NSW and operate during school terms. Be sure to contact the playgroup beforehand to confirm date, time and vacancies. Due to COVID-19, some playgroups have closed or temporarily suspended operation.

If you’re involved in a playgroup that’s not on this list or have started a playgroup and are looking for new members, send us the details and we’ll add you to this list.

Adamstown Heights

Adamstown Heights Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Cnr Northcott Dr and Ellerslie Rd
Tuesday 9:30am

Adamstown Heights Playgroup meets at Adamstown Heights Preschool. This new playgroup started only this year. Come and make some new friends.

Arcadia Vale

Arcadia Vale Little Cherubs Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Arcadia Vale Public School, 31A Glade Street
Tuesday 9:30am

Playgroup doesn’t meet during school holidays. To organise a visit, call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882


Belmont Christian College Playgroup
Belmont Christian College, 65 John Fisher Road
Thursday 10am – 12pm

Come and enjoy a fun, safe space where your child can play and socialise with others. Spend quality time with your child whilst connecting with other parents and caregivers. The morning is lightly structured with indoor play, story and music time, morning tea and outdoor play. Playgroup runs during school term time and is $2 per family. Adults are provided with morning tea, please bring morning tea for your child. For more information please contact Anna Gray on 0422 167 156 or the College on 4922 8300.

Belmont Bugalugs Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Belmont Neighbourhood Centre, 359 Pacific Highway
Tuesday 9:45am

This small group of families, which includes children from babies to 5 years, meets on Tuesdays at 9:45pm. They have a good sized indoor play area with plenty of storage and toys and a good kitchen to make a cuppa. Entrance is on the side of the building. Playgroup does not meet in school holidays. Please give Coordinator Elly, a call for more information: 0466 254 048. All Welcome.

Belmont North

Mainly Music Belmont North Playgroup
Eastlakes Salvation Army,  360 Pacific Highway
Monday 9:30am – 10:45am

Mainly Music is a fun music group for parents or primary caregivers to enjoy together with their young children from 0 – 5 years old on Monday mornings during school terms. Morning tea is provided and costs $5 per family. For more information, contact Emily Screen on 0402 839 533. Currently full but with a waiting list.


Beresfield Samaritans CAPS Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Various locations in Beresfield
Tuesday 10am

Samaritans CAPS is an early intervention and prevention program which focuses on building the bonds of attachment to enhance family function and increase community participation. All activities the service undertakes are planned and facilitated by skilled and qualified practitioners who understand the importance of play-based learning and child development, as well challenges families sometimes face. These playgroups are free! Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.

Bonnells Bay

Bonnells Bay Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Bonnells Bay Public School, Morisset Park Road
Thursday 9:30am

This playgroup meets Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 11:30am in the school hall. Please join the Facebook page for weekly updates. Bonnells Bay Playgroup: Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Branxton Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Located between Branxton Preschool and Branxton Community Hall, John Street
Monday – Friday 9:30am

Branxton Playgroup meets Monday to Friday from 9.30am – 11.30am through school terms. We provide a relaxed and friendly place to meet for Parents, carers with their babies and children. Everyone welcome, first two visits are free. Email for more information or visit the Facebook page

Cameron Park

Cameron Park Mini Munchkins Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Cameron Park Community Centre
107 North Lakes Drive, Cameron Park
Monday 9:30am
Friday 10am

Cameron Park Mini Munchkins Playgroup offers two sessions. Mondays from 9:30am and Fridays from 10am. On both days, there is a combination of Mums, Dads and Grandparents who attend. The ages of the children who attend range from under 12 months to the year before they go to school. Cameron Park Community Centre is a great venue with a large room, lots of toys, outdoor play area for bike riding, craft and kitchen access. The room also comes with aircon for the very hot days and cold days. To organise a visit, call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 so they can get you in touch with the co-ordinator. All Welcome. Playgroup does not meet during School Holidays.


Macquarie Care My Time Playgroup
Macquarie Life Church, Corner of Macquarie & Wentworth Roads
Tuesday 10am

Check out the amazing child-friendly facilities with a fully fenced yard, child-sized toilets, safety gates and covers on all doors. There’s also have off street parking and parent facilities. The group meets every Tuesday morning in school term from 10am to 12pm and costs $2 per family per week. See Facebook page for more information


Charlie’s Angels Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Charlestown Public School
Wednesday 9:30am

Charlies Angels Playgroup was established in 2012 and meets in the hall at Charlestown Public School. Activities include indoor playtime, craft, singing, stories, morning tea, outdoor sandpit and bikes. New families are always welcome, Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30am during school terms. Check out the website: or email:

Charlestown Little Lights Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
C3 Church Victory, Level 1, 5 Hopetoun Street, Charlestown
Friday 9:30am

Little Lights Playgroup is a new playgroup for children aged 0-5 years old, and welcomes all parents, grandparents, and carers. We meet every Friday during school terms from 9:30-11:30am in a new area dedicated to children’s play. The morning is lightly structured with reading time, craft, food and free play. Bring morning tea for your children and enjoy a coffee on us when you arrive! Gold coin donation entry. For all enquiries please call 4922 6800 or email

Cooks Hill

St John’s Playgroup
St John’s Church, 107 Dawson Street
Wednesdays from 10am-12noon

St John’s Playgroup is a relaxed and informal Newcastle Playgroup where families can play, sing, do crafts and have fun together. Our playgroup meets in the beautiful leafy grounds of St John’s Church, Cooks Hill. Cooks Hill is close the centre of Newcastle NSW. We have use of the church hall, an outside patio, and the grass lawn, which means we can welcome your family whatever the weather! We have had mums, dads, grandmothers, grandfathers and even a great-grandfather join us, so come along and feel welcome. Parents and Carers often help out by bringing along some morning tea for the adults to share or organising a craft activity. For more information, please email

East Maitland

St Peter’s Church Playgroup
St Peter’s Church, Banks Street
Fridays from 10am – 12noon

Come and join us for our relaxed neighborhood playgroup for newborns, toddlers and pre-school aged children with parents, grandparents and carers. We meet on Friday mornings during school term time from 10am till 12noon in St. Peter’s Parish Hall, Banks Street, East Maitland. Gold coin donation.

Elermore Vale

Northlakes Salvos Playgroup
Northlakes Community Centre, 182 Lake Road
Every second Tuesday 9:30am

Northlakes Salvos mums group meet every second Tuesday at Northlakes community centre (room 4) from 9:30-11am. Kids from 0-5 and their mums/dads/cater etc welcome! We bring something to share for morning tea and enjoy some social time while the kids play! All are welcome. See their Facebook page for more details or to contact us for more info!

Play Strong Elermore Vale Birra-Li Playgroup
Elermore Vale Community Centre, 129 Croudace Road
Thursday 11am

This is an Aboriginal Playgroup welcoming all parents & carers with indigenous children. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Fletcher Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Fletcher Community Centre, 55 Kurraka Drive
Monday 9:30am

We recommend that you contact the Playgroup to organise to visit a session with your child(ren). The Playgroup coordinator can provide you with a general idea of how the playgroup works, the ages of children attending, session fees, etc. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.

Garden Suburb

Garden Suburb Jumping Jellybeans Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Garden Suburb Community Hall, 2A Prospect Rd
Tuesday 9:30am

Garden Suburb Jumping Jellybeans welcomes all parents and carers with children up to 6 years. The hall has a large play area indoors with a kitchen and a small grassed area used for outdoor play. The playgroup is a small playgroup with 10 families with children aged from 1 to 5 years old. Our older children will go off to school next year so we are encouraging new members. Come join us. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Georgetown Little Rascals Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
St Matthew’s Anglican Church-Georgetown, 7 Wentworth Street
Tuesday 9:30am

Georgetown Playgroup has a great indoor space. It is large with a lovely wooden floor and plenty of natural light. There is an outdoor play area and a wide variety of toys. Families are happy and relaxed, offering unstructured play to develop children’s imaginations. Babies, Dads & Grandparents, all welcome. Meeting at 10am till the end of 2017 then at 9:30am in 2018. Playgroup continues to meet during school holidays. Facebook page:


Glendale Garden Elves (NSW Playgroup member)
64 Reservoir Road
Thursday 9:30am

This Playgroup is currently full and is only accepting new members through the waitlist. To join the waitlist please go to The playgroup is based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner. They endeavour to engage the will of the young children in a positive way and be good examples for them to imitate. Morning activities follow a rhythm of breathing in – breadmaking, singing, story and breathing out – shared morning tea and free play.

Gillieston Heights

Gillieston Heights Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Gillieston Heights Community Centre
209 Cessnock Rd
Thursday 9:30am

We recommend that you contact our Playgroup to organise to visit a session with your child(ren). Our Playgroup coordinator can provide you with a general idea of how the playgroup works, the ages of children attending, session fees, etc. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Hamilton Wiggly Wombats Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Scots Kirk Presbyterian Church, Tudor Street
Thursday 9:30am

Hamilton Wiggly Wombats meets Thursdays from 9.30am – 11.30am and welcomes newcomers of all ages. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Islington Baptist Church Playgroup
Islington Baptist Church
180 Maitland Road
Thursday 9:45am

There is fun and adventure for you to share with your child at our Izzo Playtime. Exciting, fully enclosed play spaces engage young minds and hands, with weekly interest activities and regular music and story times. Find encouragement and friendship every Thursday during school terms, 9.45am to 11.45am at 180 Maitland Road, Islington. Contact Marion on 0429 411 704 or through the private Facebook group to get up-to-date details on the activities and cost, also so you can arrive connected with someone right from the start. They welcome all in the Islington and wider Newcastle community who care for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Kotara South

St James Kotara South Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
St James Primary School Hall, 30 Vista Parade
Friday 9am

St James Playgroup welcomes all parents and carers with children up to 6 years (whether you are continuing on to St James Primary school or not). The hall has a large indoor play area with lots of options for play! New members are welcome to come along to a session (they operate during term time only). For more information, call Playgroup NSW on NSW 1800 171.

Kurri Kurri

Kurri Kurri Samaritans CAPS Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Various locations in Kurri Kurri
Thursday 9:30am

Samaritans CAPS is an early intervention and prevention program which focuses on building the bonds of attachment to enhance family function and increase community participation. All activities the service undertakes are planned and facilitated by skilled and qualified practitioners who understand the importance of play-based learning and child development, as well challenges families sometimes face. These playgroups are free! Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Lakelands Puddleducks Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Lakelands Community Hall, 135 Ambleside Circuit
Tuesday 9:30am

This playgroup has children aged from 0 – 5. They are currently full and have a waitlist. Families interested in going on the waitlist can contact playgroup NSW on NSW 1800 171 or visit the Facebook page and send a private message. Playgroup does not meet during school holidays.


Largs/ Bolwarra Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
School of Arts Hall-Largs, Corner of High St & Largs Avenue
Wednesday 9:30am

This is a lovely active group with children of all ages from babies through to school age. They welcome all newcomers. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Maitland Library Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Maitland Library, 480 High Street
Wednesday 10:30am

The Maitland Library, together with Playgroup NSW is delighted to announce a NEW group has started. Registration is essential! Before you visit the group, please click on “Make an Enquiry” on the NSW Playgroup website to send an email to the Coordinator of the group. They will then respond with when to visit and what to expect.


Maryland Building Tots Early Childhood Development Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
207 Maryland Drive, Maryland
Wednesday 10:30am

This Disability / Development Delay playgroup is for children who are not currently accessing any early childhood education. They aim to support the child and family’s transition into a suitable EC placement. They are continuing to provide virtual playgroups and offer other transition to school services to families All playgroups run weekly during school terms. Funded by the Department of Education. Please call 8977 8341 for further information. All playgroups run weekly during school terms.


Medowie Tigers Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Medowie Community Centre, 44 Ferodale Road
Tuesday 9:30am

Medowie Tigers are welcoming new families. They have a large open indoor space with kitchen facilities to make tea and coffee. Outdoors there is a covered area and a sandpit. They have lots of toys for a range of ages of children including baby mats, a reading corner & dress ups. This is a relaxed playgroup that runs from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Community Centre with morning tea about 10:30am. Session Fee of $3 a week contributes towards the rent. Ask to join the closed Facebook group Or for more information about this playgroup email


Holy Family Parish Playgroup
Holy Family Primary School Merewether Beach, 19 Janet Street
Monday 9:30am

This recently formed playgroup meets every Monday for play, fun and friendship. It is a great way to introduce children and parents to a school environment. The playgroup is suitable for pre-school children between the ages of 0 and 5 years. It runs from Mondays from 9.30am – 11.30am (during school term only). For more information and enquiries contact the Holy Family Primary School on 4963 3009.

Merewether Beachbabes (NSW Playgroup member)
Uniting Church-Merewether, 178 Glebe Road
Thursday 9:30am

Come and play at Merewether Beachbabes Playgroup! The group is currently welcoming new families but please email them before visiting our group as numbers are restricted. The group meets every Thursday morning during school terms. There is a lovely outdoor area with play equipment as well as an indoor play space in the church hall (no affiliation with the church, they just rent the space). Mums, dads, grandparents and carers enjoy socialising over a cuppa while kids enjoy free play as well as a different craft/physical activity organised each week (Covid-safe depending). Please email: for more information on joining our group.


Metford Community Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Metford Community Hall, Corner Ingall & Lowe Street
Wednesday 10am

Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info and to organise a visit.


Heritage College Lake Macquarie Playgroup
Heritage College, 85 Ironbark Road
Every second Thursday in school term at 9:30am

Heritage Playgoup provides a wonderful opportunity for you and your child to become familiar with the school setting and community. This free playgroup is a time for friendships to develop and an ideal setting for children to learn through play.


Morpeth Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
School of Arts Hall-Morpeth, 110 High Street
Tuesday 10am

Morpeth playgroup commenced 30 years ago and remains a unique service to families in the local area. It is a friendly group of children and carers who meet every Tuesday at the School of Art’s Hall. It’s a place to relax, to explore, to check out our craziness and to socialise. They offer a wide range of activities, including: art workshops, story time and educational playtimes. Morpeth playgroup’s members are proud to encourage and promote our multicultural and diversity values which lie at the heart of the hard work of our volunteers. So please contact them through the NSW Playgroup webpage or drop in for a visit to experience the amazing community first hand.

New Lambton

New Lambton Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Uniting Church-New Lambton, 48 Regent Street
Wednesday 9:30am

The playgroup meets every Wednesday during school terms. They have lots of toys and space indoors and outdoors so can always welcome new families to our group. Please drop in and the friendly committee will show you around. Only $5 per session (first 2 free) or $40 for the whole school term. They organise craft or other activities e.g. bubbles, ball games, bathing the baby dolls every week and also have music time each week at 11:15 to close the session. Lots of fun for the kids and parents/carers alike! Please email


Redhead Rugrats (NSW Playgroup member)
Holy Name Anglican Church, 12 Hutchinson Street
Thursday 9:30am

Redhead Rugrats playgroup is welcoming new members. Running continuously for over 25 years this playgroup has an important history in the neighbourhood. They meet in the church hall, with beautifully polished wood floors, and a spotlessly clean kitchen for morning teas. Large windows offer lots of light in winter. There is a wooden deck with shade cloth above, a fenced outdoor area with grass and shade that offers space to run, and ride toddler bikes and a sandpit. Session Fees are $20 per 10 week term. Come by for a visit. All welcome. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Play Strong Maitland Neighbourhood Centre (NSW Playgroup member)
Rutherford Community Centre, Arthur Street
Wednesday 10am

Play Strong groups are supported playgroups that support parents to engage with early learning services. Please email to register your interest.


Swansea Playgroup
Behind Swansea Library
Wednesday & Friday 10am – 12:30pm

Swansea Playgroup welcomes new families to its twice-weekly playgroup. Price $2 per family.


Play Strong Tarro (NSW Playgroup member)
Tarro Public School, 5 Eastern Avenue
Thursday 9am

Play Strong groups are supported playgroups that support parents to engage with early learning services. For all enquiries please email

The Junction

St Joseph’s Parish Playgroup
St Josephs’s School Hall, Union Street
Thursday 9:30am

St Joseph’s Playgroup welcomes new families and serves as a venue for regular catch ups amongst friendship groups. The Playgroup caters for a range of ages, from babies through to preschoolers, offering opportunities for learning, interaction, different experiences, and fun through free play with a wide variety of toys and often a craft activity. Mums, dads, grandparents and other carers are all invited and well catered for with tea, coffee and morning tea provided. Email:


Thornton Little Rascals (NSW Playgroup member)
Thornton Pat Hughes Community Hall, Taylor Avenue
Wednesday 9:30am

Thornton Little Rascals Playgroup. They wonderful playgroup has been running in the community for over 10 years. They meet every Wednesday from 9.30am til 11.30am during the school terms (closed during school holidays). Over at the Pat Hughes Community Hall at Taylor Ave Thornton. They have a lovely large air conditioned indoor area as well as a lovely fenced, grassy outdoor area. With lots of toys, bikes, play equipment, craft activities and much more, there is plenty to keep your children happy. With a great group of parents and grandparents, they have a friendly atmosphere so please feel free to come by and say “hello”. Check out the Facebook group – (Due to COVID you will need to book in advance before you come. Please message the page to book in your spot)


Valentine Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Valentine Progress Hall, 20 Allambee Place
Wednesday 10am

Valentine Playgroup meets Wednesdays at 10 am to 12 pm at Valentine Community Hall. Children from 0 to 6 are welcome to come along with their parents, grandparents, caregiver etc. They aim to provide a fun, friendly and safe environment for children to build positive friendship’s, play, craft and other activities. Ask to join the closed facebook page if you want to connect with us. Search Valentine Playgroup or or email email


Saint Luke’s Anglican Church Playgroup
Saint Luke’s Anglican Church, 22 Metcalfe Street, Wallsend
Fortnightly Tuesday at 9:30am

Come have fun playing and bonding with your child. Meet other parents and grandparents, have morning tea and do some craft. This playgroup is for those with kids aged 0 – 5. Morning tea provided for adults. Please bring snacks and a water bottle for the children. You’ll need to book in via Eventbrite or call 4955 9544.

Wallsend Youngsters on the Summit (NSW Playgroup member) – CURRENTLY CLOSED
Summitcare, 7 Bent Street
Monday 10am

This is an Intergenerational Playgroup. All parents and carers of children 0-6 are welcome. Parents and children will share activities with a select group of residents each week. Attending playgroup has many benefits for a child’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development. It also offers a wonderful opportunity for parents to make new friends, learn from one another and develop a supportive local network. We have a core of 5 families with children ranging in age from babies to 3 years. Playgroup meets Mondays at 10am to 12pm. For more information contact Tai on 0423 382 889.

In light of the emergence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in NSW and as recommended by NSW Health, this playgroup has decided to minimise the risk of infection to the residents, children, families and staff. For the time being the playgroup will not be operating and they will continue to monitor the situation as we receive updated information.

Warners Bay

Warners Bay Baptist Church Playgroup
Warners Bay Baptist Church, 64 Queen Street
Wednesday 10am

This is a great morning for parents and children from 0-5 years to come along to. Playtime runs on Wednesday mornings from 10am – 12pm during school terms. They meet in the Ministry Centre which is next to the church. It is a great time for parents to get together and encourage each other in the joys and challenges of parenting. The morning is organised and activities can include story-time, singing, games, puzzles, craft, painting, play-dough and outdoor play in a safe, enclosed area. For further information contact the church office on 49474326, or via email at

Specific Playgroups


Elermore Vale Birra-Li
(NSW Playgroup member)
Thursday 10am
Elermore Vale Community Hall,
122 Cardiff Road, Elermore Vale

This is an Aboriginal Playgroup welcoming all parents & carers with indigenous children. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.


Japanese Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
Hunter Christian Church, 20A Hillcrest Parade, Highfields
Tuesday 10:30am

This is a Japanese Playgroup. Members speak Japanese and come from all over the Newcastle Area. Ask to join the Facebook closed group: for all inquiries please email playgroup.


Cardiff MyTime (NSW Playgroup member)
Macqaurie Life Church, cnr Macquarie & Wentworths Rds
Friday 10am

Maryland Building Tots Early Childhood Development Playgroup (NSW Playgroup member)
207 Maryland Drive, Maryland
Wednesday 10:30am

Raymond Terrace MyTime (NSW Playgroup member)
Irrawang Public School SACCs, 11 Roslyn Street
Thursday 9:30am

Woodberry MyTime (NSW Playgroup member)
Woodberry Public School, Lawson Avenue
Tuesday 10am

MyTime groups provide support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition 0-18 years. Call Playgroups NSW 1800 171 882 for more info.

Young Parents

Young Parents Group
The Place Charlestown, Charlestown Square
Friday 11:45am

Young Parents Group is for parents in their teens and early twenties. The group provides a comfortable space for parents to meet, socialise, share information and learn. The group is hosted by The Place in a collaborative partnership with the Family Action Centre, St Vincent De Paul Society – Early Links, young parents and skilled volunteers. Call 4032 5500 for more information.

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