Playgroups and Other Activities

Playgroups offer an opportunity for children aged 0-5 years to meet, play and learn with other children. They also offer a chance for parents and carers to mix with others. Playgroup gives children an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop new skills through informal play. All playgroups are different, but the emphasis is on fun and friendship.

Playgroups welcome parents, grandparents, carers, families with additional needs and multicultural families within the Horsham Rural City Council shire. Find out more, below, about the different types of playgroups (and other early years activities) that are available to you in the Horsham region.

Join a free Council playgroup

A supported playgroup has a professional facilitator and sessions include play for children as well as parenting strategies for families from the smalltalk program. Information and support is provided to families in settings that allow their children to play and interact with other children. Morning tea is also provided. These playgroups are facilitated by Horsham Rural City Council at no cost to families, however eligibility* criteria applies.

*Eligibility criteria: Health Care Card holders (or similar—follow the booking link for a list)

More information or book now

If you have any questions, contact 0427 532 856 or supported.playgroup@hrcc.vic.gov.au.

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CURRENT LOCATIONS

Kalkee Road Children's and Community Hub
28 Kalkee Rd, Horsham

Laharum Primary School
1574 Northern Grampians Rd

Bennett Road Infant Centre
(Old MCH Building)
Opposite the corner of Pearl St, on Bennett Rd, Horsham

 

Join a community playgroup

A community playgroup is usually run by parents, carers or organisations within the community. They are held in various venues around the municipality and often a small cost applies.

Playgroups are fantastic because they give children the chance to connect with others and develop their skills, while providing a great way for parents or carers to make friends themselves.

Community Playgroups-listings.pdf(PDF, 469KB)

Join Horsham’s free new-to-town playgroup

Have you recently moved to the Horsham area? Then join us 10am Fridays at the Kalkee Road Children’s and Community Hub to meet other new families, and to play, laugh and learn. Find out about local services, facilities and events for families and children. Relax over morning tea with new friends. Enjoy craft and play-based activities with your kids.

BOOK NOW

New-To-Horsham-Playgroup-2021.pdf(PDF, 796KB)

Start your own playgroup

If the available groups aren’t suitable for your family and time table, why not consider starting your own?

For information about setting up a new playgroup, contact Playgroup Victoria regarding membership/insurance, and contact supported.playgroup@hrcc.vic.gov.au (0427 532 856) regarding venues. (We can support you in your efforts to book a council venue or community space.)

By joining Playgroup Victoria you get:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • professional support for activities and play ideas
  • a monthly theme and booklet for activity planning
  • access to online resources

Join our free music and movement program: Hubbub at the Hub

Come down to the Kalkee Road Hub during school terms for this lively free program, where adults and their preschool children can rock, roll and rhyme together. Enjoy all the brain and body benefits, including fitness, fine and gross motor skills, rhythm and tonality, and language/literacy.

Find out more, and make a booking, here: https://hrcc-hubbub.eventbrite.com.au

Hubbub-at-the-Hub-poster-2021.pdf(PDF, 839KB)

Other things to do with small children in Horsham

  • Parks and playgrounds in Horsham
  • Walking trails in Horsham

    Download this comprehensive 6-page guide of things to do in Horsham with small children. It includes free and low cost activities, as well as paid activities and classes. We recommend that you follow all of these places and services on Facebook. (Links to their newsfeeds are included in the guide.) That way, you can keep up to date with their latest news and events:

Things-to-do-in-Horsham-with-small-children.pdf(PDF, 469KB)