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 

january

17jan1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

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

20jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

20jan2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

21jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

21jan2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

22jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

22jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

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

24jan1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

27jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

27jan2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

28jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

29jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

29jan10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

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

31jan1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

february

03feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

03feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

04feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

04feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

05feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

05feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

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

07feb1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

10feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

10feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

11feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

11feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

12feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

12feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

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

14feb1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

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

17feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

17feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

18feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

18feb2:00 pm3:30 pmPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

19feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

19feb10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

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

21feb1:00 pm2:30 pmPlaygroups at West Oakland Library

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

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 Melrose Library

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

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

06mar1:00 pm2:30 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 Melrose Library

11mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups 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

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

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 EBALDC’s Lion Creek Crossings Family Resource Center, Havenscourt

25mar10:00 am11:30 amPlaygroups at Melrose Library

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

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

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