Playgroups

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 (FFC) 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 increase parenting skills and 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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Playgroups at 81st Avenue Library (FFN)

Location: 1801 Adeline St, Oakland, 94607
Series Dates: Every Tue, Oct 17 – Dec 5 | 11:30 am – 1 pm

Playgroups at Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library (FFN)

Location: 1901 Russell St, Berkeley, 94703
Series Dates: Every Wed, Sep 13 – Dec 6 | 10:30 am – 12 pm (No playgroup on Nov 22)

Playgroups at Melrose Library (FCC)

Location: 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland 94601
Series Dates: Every Thu, Oct 5 – Oct 26 | 10 am – 11:30 am

Playgroups at West Oakland Library (FFN)

Location: 1021 81st Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Series Dates: Every Fri, Sep 8 – Dec 8 | 12 pm – 1:30 pm (No playgroup on Nov 10 & 24)

december

18dec(dec 18)9:30 am20(dec 20)12:30 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS  open from 9:30am - 12:30pm only.

21dec(dec 21)12:00 am22(dec 22)11:59 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS will be closed.

25dec(dec 25)12:00 am26(dec 26)11:59 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS will be closed.

27dec(dec 27)9:30 am29(dec 29)12:30 pmAgency Half-Day (Holiday)BANANAS  open from 9:30am - 12:30pm only.

january

01jan9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of New Years.

02jan11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

04jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

05jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

09jan11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

11jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

12jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

15jan9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

16jan11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

18jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

19jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

23jan11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

25jan10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

26jan12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

30jan11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

february

01feb10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

02feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

06feb11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

08feb10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

09feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

12feb9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of Lincoln's Birthday.

13feb11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

15feb10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

16feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

19feb9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of President's Day.

20feb11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

22feb10:00 am12:00 pmPlaygroup at Melrose Branch Library

23feb12:00 pm1:30 pmPlaygroup at West Oakland Library

27feb11:30 am1:00 pmPlaygroup at 81st Avenue Branch Library

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