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/Havenscourt Cub House

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

Jan 6 –  Mar 26 

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 

february

24feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

24feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

25feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

26feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

26feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

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

28feb1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

28feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

march

02mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

02mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

03mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

03mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

04mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

04mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

05mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

06mar1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

06mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

09mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

09mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

10mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

10mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

11mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

11mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

12mar10:00 am11:30 amRicky Roo Puppet Show at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

12mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

13mar1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

13mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

16mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

16mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

17mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

17mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

18mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

18mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

19mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

20mar1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

20mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

23mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

23mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

25mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

25mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

26mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Lincoln Mandela Family Resource Center

27mar1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

27mar2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

31mar9:30 am4:30 pmAgency Closed (Holiday)BANANAS is closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day.

april

06apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

07apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

07apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Frances Albrier Center

08apr9:30 am11:00 amFCC Playgroup at Melrose Branch Library (8-Week Series)

08apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

09apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

09apr1:30 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt – Soccer Shots

13apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

14apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Frances Albrier Center

14apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

15apr9:30 am11:00 amFCC Playgroup at Melrose Branch Library (8-Week Series)

15apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

16apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

16apr1:30 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt – Soccer Shots

20apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

21apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

21apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Frances Albrier Center

22apr9:30 am11:00 amFCC Playgroup at Melrose Branch Library (8-Week Series)

22apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

23apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

23apr1:30 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt – Soccer Shots

27apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

28apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Frances Albrier Center

28apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

29apr9:30 am11:00 amFCC Playgroup at Melrose Branch Library (8-Week Series)

29apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

30apr10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

30apr1:30 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt – Soccer Shots