It's not always easy to commit to a regular playgroup, but Perth has a heap of free and casual playgroups you can take your little ones too.
Meeting fellow parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is not an easy task. One of the best places, however, to start is at a playgroup. PlaygroupWA has branches all over the state, plus there are community-run playgroups happening all over Perth. But what if you can’t commit to going every week? Or aren’t sure if it’s going to be the right place for you and your children? You might even find you have to go to several different playgroups before you find other parents you gel with. You could try a free playgroup, or a casual playgroup that don’t ask for up-front fees or allows you to drop in for a small fee, usually a gold coin donation. Here’s where to find free and casual playgroups in WA.
Note – if you know of any free or casual playgroups that haven’t made our list, don’t keep it a secret! Leave a comment on the article and we’ll add it on.
Playgroup WA is a good place to start when looking for a playgroup – while you do have to pay the initial $35 annual fee, some playgroups may offer a free, initial session or casual session to see what you think. Simply contact the playgroup you are interested in joining and check what the fee structure is.
South of Perth
The Waiting Room, North Fremantle
Meets at 1 Johannah Street, North Fremantle every Friday from 10am to 12pm during school term.
$6 per casual session and bring a piece of fruit to share.
A free drop-in playgroup held outdoors from Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am during school terms at Memorial Park, Armadale Community Family Centre and Gosnells Oval – see the website for full details.