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Statewide Events

Monday Playgroup

Aug 22

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

Montgomery Little Explorers outdoor playgroup

Aug 23

Little Explorers outdoor playgroup meets at the Montgomery Recreation Center Tuesday from 10-11:30 am.

Bradford Playgroup

Aug 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information and directions call the Orange County Parent Child Center for more information or directions at (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264.

 

Head Start Playgroup

Aug 23

Playgroup at Head Start North Bennington
Tuesday’s 9 am to 10:30 am
Contact Beth 442-3686

Brookfield Playgroup

Aug 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please contact Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

 

Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 23

Early Head Start Play Group – St. Johnsbury
Tuesdays 9:30- 11 Thursdays 9:30-11
NEKCA: Parent Child Center
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040

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Montgomery Little Explorers outdoor playgroup

Aug 23

Little Explorers outdoor playgroup meets at the Montgomery Recreation Center Tuesday from 10-11:30 am.

Story Time at Fairfax Library

Aug 23

Co-Sponsored by the Fairfax Community Library

Story Time at Highgate Library

Aug 23

Highgate Public Library Story Time. Join Mrs. Liza and all her story time friends on: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Visit us at www.highgatelibrary.wordpress.com or call 868-3970 for more information.

St. Albans Playgroup

Aug 24

Playgroup
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 9-10:30am
Where: 130 Fisher Pond Rd, St. Albans, VT 05478
Registration: Sign up with Margaret Maley at 393-6591 or e-mail at Margaret.Maley@ncssinc.org
Age/Audience: Children w/ caregiver

Story Time at Highgate Library

Aug 24

Highgate Public Library Story Time. Join Mrs. Liza and all her story time friends on: Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am. Visit us at www.highgatelibrary.wordpress.com or call 868-3970 for more information.

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Attend Story Hour in Derby

Aug 23

Visit the Dailey Memorial Library for Story Hour on Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Story Hour in Newport

Aug 24

Visit the Goodrich Memorial Library for a Preschool Story Hour every Wednesday at 10:30

Story Hour at the Barton Public Library

Aug 24

Attend Story Hour at the Barton Library at 11:00 am or 4:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Story Hour at the Glover Library

Aug 26

Attend Story Hour at the Glover Library at 10:00 am on Fridays

Story Hour in Orleans

Aug 29

Visit the Jones Memorial Library for Story Hour on Monday at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm

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South Burlington Summer Playgroup

Aug 23

Playgroups move outside for the summer to Jaycee Park. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

 For more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

Burlington Summer Meet-Up

Aug 24

Join us for fun summer meet up at Ethan Allen Park in Burlington’s New North End for families and caregivers with children birth to age five. Siblings welcome.

For more information or directions, please contact Burlington BBF town coordinator Beth at 578-6471.

Shelburne Summer Playgroup

Aug 24

Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting. Children of all ages are welcome. Please bring a snack and water bottle.

Summer playgroups meet outside at the Shelburne Community School playground.

For more information, please contact Shelburne BBF town coordinator Colleen at bbfcharlotteplaygroup@gmail.com.

 

South Burlington Summer Playgroup

Aug 24

Playgroups move outside for the summer to Jaycee Park. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

 For more information, please contact South Burlington BBF town coordinator Colleen 489-0410 or SBurlFC@gmail.com.

Bolton, Richmond and Huntington Summer Activities

Aug 24

Summer Play Dates in Bolton, Richmond &  Huntington 
 
Join area families for play time with your kids! Wednesday Summer Play Dates are a great way for families to spend some time out and about in our communities.  No registration is needed and they are open  to all children birth through age 5 and their caregivers, plus any older  siblings and friends too!  Pack along a snack or picnic lunch and join us at  the following locations at 9:00 am:   

June 15 th  –  Richmond’s Volunteers Green Park playground 

July 22 nd  –  Brewster­Pierce School playground (Huntington)  

June 29 th  –  Hike on Beekman Riverside Trail (park at canoe      launch on Cochran Road, 1.5 mi. east of Round Church) 

July 6 th  –  Berry picking at Norris Berry Farm, Hinesburg 

July 13 th  –  Willison Community Park (behind Williston Central  School) 

July 20 th  –  Lake Iroquois, Hinesburg 

July 27 th  –  Owl’s Head Farm for blueberry picking 

August 3 rd  – Richmond Elementary School  playground 

August 10 th  – Hike at Audubon Vermont (Huntington)  

August 17 th   – Smilie School playground (Bolton) 

August 24 th   – Richmond’s Volunteers Green Park playground     

Play dates are open to all and free of charge; however the cost of  purchasing fruit and/or admission fees is the responsibility of the individual  families.   Caregivers are responsible for their children at all times .    For more information on any of the play dates, please contact Heather  Lebeis at 899-­4415 or underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com

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Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Sep 1

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Sep 10

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Oct 6

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat at the Family Center - free!

Oct 8

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

Baby Chat in Morrisville - free!

Nov 3

A playgroup for the youngest members of our community and their parents; come play, socialize and make new friends while learning about developmental expectations and needs for your child. A local specialist in child health will be available at the groups as a resource. The groups are free and no registration is required – just attend any or all of the groups listed:

  • 1st Thursday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Playroom, 30 Fairgrounds Plaza, in Lamoille Valley
  • 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 –11:30 am @ the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille Valley
  • 4th Tuesday of each month @ 10 – 11:30 am @ the Church of the Nazarene in Johnson

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Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 23

Early Head Start Play Group – St. Johnsbury
Tuesdays 9:30- 11 Thursdays 9:30-11
NEKCA: Parent Child Center
115 Lincoln Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-6040

Lyndonville Story Time

Aug 23

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

Danville Story Time

Aug 24

Danville Story Time
Pope Memorial Library
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.
121 Park Street, Danville, VT 05828
(802) 684-2256

Lyndonville Story time

Aug 24

Lyndonville Story Time
Cobleigh Public Library
Tuesdays 10:00 am (Birth- Age 5)
Wednesdays 10:30 am (Birth -Age 5)
14 Depot Street
Lyndonville, VT 05851
(802) 626-5475
Website: http://cobleighlibrary.org/main/

St. Johnsbury Storytime

Aug 24

St. Johnsbury Story Time
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum -Children’s Library
Wednesdays @ 10:30AM (Toddler time)
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291
Read Books Online: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

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Jaquith Library Playgroup

Sep 21

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Sep 28

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 5

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 12

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

Jaquith Library Playgroup

Oct 19

Join us for story time and playgroup! Story time with Sylvia begins at 10 and is followed by playgroup with Cassie at 10:30. Free and open to families with children under 6 years. Sponsored by Central Vermont Building Bright Futures Council. For more information, contact Susan Green at (802) 426-3581 or jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com

 

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Bradford Playgroup

Aug 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information and directions call the Orange County Parent Child Center for more information or directions at (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264.

 

Brookfield Playgroup

Aug 23

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please contact Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

 

South Royalton Playgroup

Aug 24

Join us for this Playgroup facilitated by The Family Place and Orange County Parent Child Center…Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center, 802-649-3268 Toll Free 1-800-639-0039 or Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264  Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Chelsea Playgroup

Aug 26

We facilitate free, weekly playgroups for families and caregivers with children birth to age five and provide large and small motor activities, crafts, stories, and manipulatives as well as a snack. Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Playgroups that are held in schools ARE NOT held when school is not in session.

For more information or directions, please call Orange County Parent Child Center (802) 685-2264 Toll Free: (888) 685-2264

Hartford Area Playgroup (Birth to 5yrs)

Aug 29

Playgroups are FREE and open to all parents and caregivers with children ages birth to five (unless otherwise noted). Playgroups are a great way for connect with other families, find out about other resources in the area, and begin conversations about child development and parenting.

Please be aware that Playgroups do not meet if the Hartford School District is closed due to inclement weather.

For questions about playgroup, contact The Family Place Parent Child Center ( 802)649-3268  or Toll Free 1-800-639-0039

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Mount Holly Playgroup

Aug 23

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

Castleton Playgroup

Aug 24

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

Pittsford Playgroup

Aug 25

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Rutland City Playgroup

Aug 26

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

Mount Holly Playgroup

Aug 30

Free playgroup for children accompanied by parent or caregiver.  It is sponsored by the Rutland County Parent Child Center. Children have the opportunity socialize and learn with other children while listening to songs, dancing, playing with educational toys and participating in creative projects.

Parents and other caregivers make new friends, reduce isolation, and share ideas ,experiences, and learn from other parents/caregivers.

Contact: Lynn Gould-lynn.gould@rcpcc.org

 

 

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Crafty Tuesday

Aug 23

For children in kindergarten through grade 6 to come and make a craft!

Mindful Parenting, Session Two

Aug 24

Wednesday evenings, August 10 – August 24th from           6-7:30pm at the SAPCC. This class will delve further into a more mindful approach to parenting. We will explore the concept creating space and place for children. We will also discuss using consequences as a way to build closer relationships with our children. There will be a time for self-reflection at each meeting.

 

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Aug 24

Come join us for story time with your friends!  Call (802) 674-2863 for more information

Preschool Story Time Windsor

Aug 24

Caregivers and their children are welcome as we share stories, songs, and crafts. For ages 0-5 with parent or caregiver.

Toddler and Preschool Story Time Fletcher Memorial Library

Aug 24

Come with your toddler and preschooler. Each week features a theme, stories, music and a craft.

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Monday Playgroup

Aug 22

Monday Playgroup at Bennington Free Library
Open to all children and families infants to age 6
Sponsored by SVMC, BBF and Early Intervention
10:30 to noon

Head Start Playgroup

Aug 23

Playgroup at Head Start North Bennington
Tuesday’s 9 am to 10:30 am
Contact Beth 442-3686

Sunrise CIS Playgroup

Aug 24

Happening on Wednesdays at the Applegate Community Room
9 am to 10:30
Michelle Weyers facilitator 442-1665
Support from Kelly Belville, Terry Yavaniski and others

Arlington Playgroup

Aug 25

Arlington Playgroup
Martha Canfield Library
Information Carol 375-6039

Readsboro Playgroup

Aug 26

A break from Cabin Fever
Friday’s 10am to 11:30 am
Call Frances 423-5100

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Townsend Playgroup

Aug 23

Playgroups for parents and their children up to five years of age are offered weekly for any family in Windham County. Currently groups are offered in Brattleboro, Whitingham, Wilmington and Townshend. This 1 and 1/2 hour group offers opportunities for children to play with other infants, toddlers and preschoolers and for parents to meet other parents as well. Each group is facilitated by a coordinator who provides a light snack and depending on the interests of the group, a small activity.

Playgroup Schedule for Townsend, Vermont

Tuesdays at the Townshend Library 9:30-11:00 AM

 

Guilford Storytime

Aug 23

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. TUESDAYS: GuilfordGuilford Free Library – 10:45 Join Cathi Wilken, librarian, for a program of stories, books and activities for toddlers and preschoolers. For information call: 802-254-6545  

 

Brattleboro New Moms Group

Aug 24

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. WEDNESDAYS: Brattleboro- New Moms group, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 9:30 AM, for ages 0-9months (approx.) Come hear speakers and/or talk about babies and our lives as Moms. For more infomation contact Dawn Kersula at 802-257-8278.    

Brattleboro Rhyme Time

Aug 24

Brattleboro– RHYME TIME Brooks Memorial Library Children’s Room 5 and under. Join the fun with a story and craft at 10:30. April- August and October – February. For information call: 802-254-5290 ext. 110. Please note RHYME TIME does not meet in September or March.    

East Dover Storytime

Aug 24

East Dover – Dover Free Library storytime 10:30 AM, Sept.-May. Call 802-348-7488 or doverfreelibrary1913@yahoo.com for more information. Please note this group does not meet during the months of June, July, and August.      

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