When kids play, they learn, and the world smiles!

Join us for free playgroups that teach children to laugh, explore, and create. Discover the many wonderful ways that play inspires learning. Playgroups offer grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nannies, neighbors, friends, and parents a space to connect with one another and build community. Join us weekly to pretend, play, celebrate music, create art, and dream up inventions while gaining new parenting tools and learning about child development. A light snack will be served.

Playgroups are designed to be ongoing series that build upon each other each week. When you RSVP for a Playgroup (below), you will be signed up for the entire series.

These events are created especially for two groups of caregivers: Family, Friend, and Neighbors (FFN) who care for young children, and licensed Family Child Care (FCC) providers. FFN caregivers are grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, neighbors, and friends. Young babies are welcome at FFN playgroups if with a sibling in the recommended age group (one to five years).

At each facilitated group, you will be introduced to new ideas to improve awareness of children’s needs, learn about healthy child development, and better understand how to effectively support early learning and kinder-readiness.

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FFN Caregivers (Ages 2-5)

Melrose Library 

       Location: 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601 

       Wed 10 – 11:30 am | Jan. 8 – March 25

Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

       Location: 1340 7th St, Oakland, CA 94607

       Thu 10 – 11:30am | Jan 9 – March 26

West Oakland Library 

        Location: 1801 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607

        Fri 12 – 1:30pm | Jan 10 – Mar 27

 

EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings

Location: 6865 Leona Creek Drive, Suite 102, Oakland, CA 94621

Nov 12 – Dec 19

Mon, 10 am – 11:30 am & 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Tue, 10 am – 11:30 am & 2 pm – 3:30 pm
Wed, 10 am – 11:30 am
Thu, 10 am – 11:30 am (No playgroup Nov 28) 

Berkeley South Library

Location: 1901 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94703
Every Thu, Sep 12 – Dec 5 | 2 pm – 3:30 pm

 

FCC Providers (Ages 2-5)

Melrose Library

Location: 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
Every Wed, Sep 11 – Oct 30 | 10 am – 11:30 am

december

11dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

12dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

16dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

16dec2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

17dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

17dec2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

18dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

19dec10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

23dec9:30 am1:00 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS open from 9:30 am – 1 pm only.

24dec9:30 am1:00 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS open from 9:30 am – 1 pm only.

25dec9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed for Christmas.

26dec(dec 26)9:30 am27(dec 27)4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed for winter holidays.

30dec9:30 am1:00 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS open from 9:30 am – 1 pm only.

31dec9:30 am1:00 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS open from 9:30 am – 1 pm only.

january

01jan9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

02jan(jan 2)9:30 am03(jan 3)4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed for winter holidays.

08jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

09jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

10jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

15jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

16jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

17jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

20jan9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

22jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

23jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

24jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

29jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

30jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

31jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

february

05feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

06feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

07feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

12feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

13feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

14feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

17feb9:30 am4:30 pmAgency ClosedBANANAS is closed in observance of President’s Day.

19feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

20feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

21feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

26feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

27feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

28feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library