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Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 25

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

Richford Story Hour at Avrin A. Brown Library

Aug 25

Story hour at
Avrin A. Brown Library in Richford
Wednesday 9:30-10:30

I am the contact person, Elyse Perambo, richfordbbf@gmail.com

Tiny Tots Windsor

Aug 25

Come and enjoy an open gym, balls games and a bounce house when 5 or 6 children come. No need to RSVP just show up! Sometimes the bounce house is set up for extra fun!

Montgomery Story Time & Playgroup

Aug 25

Story Time & Playgroup meets at the Montgomery Library Thursday from 10:00-11:30 am.

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

Arlington Playgroup

Aug 25

Arlington Playgroup
Martha Canfield Library
Information Carol 375-6039

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Richford Story Hour at Avrin A. Brown Library

Aug 25

Story hour at
Avrin A. Brown Library in Richford
Wednesday 9:30-10:30

I am the contact person, Elyse Perambo, richfordbbf@gmail.com

Montgomery Story Time & Playgroup

Aug 25

Story Time & Playgroup meets at the Montgomery Library Thursday from 10:00-11:30 am.

Montgomery Tumble Time

Aug 26

Friday at 10:00-11:00 am during the school year.

Georgia Tumble Time

Aug 26

Tumble Time
2nd and 4th Fridays at GEMS in the Little Gym from 10:45 – 11:35am. Saturday’s
Oct 17th, Nov. 7th, and the 21st. From 10 – 11 am at GEMS in the little gym.
Will resume in March, dates and times TBA. Contact: Cara Beyor ptdancer16@yahoo.com
And Katie Warner kpvolks96@yahoo.com
Saturday Tumble times I can be contacted at Georgiabbf1@gmail.com. My name is Diana Cribby.

Fairfax Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime

Aug 27

Open Tot Gym/ Infant and Parent Playtime
9:00-10:30 Saturday Mornings beginning on November 7
In the BFA-Fairfax Elementary Gym

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Orleans & Northern Essex – Playgroups & Events

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

Attend Story Hour in Derby

Aug 30

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

Story Hour in Newport

Aug 31

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

Story Hour at the Barton Public Library

Aug 31

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

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Jericho and Underhill Summer Activities

Aug 26

Join area families for Friday morning adventures and play time with your kids! 

Summer Play Dates are a great way for families to spend some time out  and about in our communities.  Play dates have no registration needed andopen to all children birth through age 5 and their caregivers, plus any older siblings and friends are welcome.

Schedule of activities and locations are listed below. All meeting times are 10am. Pack along a snack or picnic lunch and join us

June 17 th  –  Underhill Central School Playground 

June 24 th   ­ Travelling Backpack Theater show at Underhill ID Elementary School

July 1 st  –  Strawberry picking at Chamberlin’s Farm, River Road in Underhill

July 8 th  –  Underhill ID School Playground/Deborah Rawson   Library music performance (starts at  10:30am) 

July 15 th  –  Jericho Elementary School playground 

July 22 nd  –  Underhill Town Pond 

July 29 th  –  Blueberry Picking at Covered Bridge Berry Farm, River Road, Underhill

August 5 th  –  Willison Community Park (behind Williston Central  School) 

August 12 th  –  Richmond’s Volunteers Green playground  

August 19 th   –  Mills Riverside Park (river play by dog park area) 

August 26 th   –  Underhill Central School Playground   

Play dates are open to all and free of charge; however the cost of purchasing fruit 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 899­4415 or  underhillplaygroup@yahoo.com 

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Lamoille Valley – Playgroups & Events

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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Caledonia & Southern Essex – Playgroups & Events

Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 25

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

Peacham Story Time

Aug 26

Peacham – Peacham Library
2nd & 4th Friday of each month 9:00-10:00 AM
656 Bayley Hazen Road
Peacham, VT 05862
(802) 592-3216

St. Johnsbury Story Time

Aug 26

St. Johnsbury Story Time
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum -Children’s Library
Fridays @ 10:30AM ( Birth to age 4)
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8291
Read Books Online: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

Barnet Story Time

Aug 27

Barnet Public Library
Saturdays 10:30-11:30 am (stories and craft)
147 Church Street, Barnet, VT
Phone: (802) 633-4436
Website: http://barnetpubliclibrary.com/

Early Head Start Playgroup

Aug 30

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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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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Northern Windsor & Orange – Playgroups & Events

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

West Fairlee Playgroup

Aug 29

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

Bradford Playgroup

Aug 30

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 30

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

 

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Rutland – Playgroups & Events

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

 

 

Castleton Playgroup

Aug 31

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

Sep 1

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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Springfield Area – Playgroups & Events

Tiny Tots Windsor

Aug 25

Come and enjoy an open gym, balls games and a bounce house when 5 or 6 children come. No need to RSVP just show up! Sometimes the bounce house is set up for extra fun!

Springfield Play Group

Aug 26

Come to playgroup with your children at the Parks and Recreation Department.

Story Time- Whiting Library Chester

Aug 26

Come and listen to a story ever Friday with your children.  Call 802-875-2277 for more information.

Story Time Weathersfield Proctor Library

Aug 27

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

North Springfield Play Group

Aug 29

Come to play and meet new friends.  Children love playing with others.  All parents with young children are welcomed.  Contact Nichole at 886-5242 or email at nichole@vermontel.net.

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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

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center

Aug 26

Playgroup at Bennington Early Childhood Center
Harwood Hill Bennington
Contact Alyson at 447-1093

Monday Playgroup

Aug 29

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

Playgroup SVMC-EI at Bennington Library

Aug 29

Bennington Free Library Playgroup
Hosted by SVMC- EI
Contact Jennie at 447-2768

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Brattleboro Playgroup

Aug 26

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 Brattleboro

Fridays at EES in Brattleboro 9:30-11:00 AM

 

Whitingham Playgroup

Aug 26

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 Whitingham

Tuesdays at the Whitingham Free Public Library at the Jacksonville Municipal Center 10:00-11:30 AM

Fridays at the Whitingham Pettee Memorial Library 10:00-11:30 AM

Jacksonville StoryTime

Aug 29

*Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info.  MONDAYS: Jacksonville Whitingham Free Library,Toddler and Preschool Rhyme & Story Time,10:30, 802-368-7506    

Westminster Playgroup

Aug 29

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Westminster- Westminster Center School, Early Childhood Playgroup and Open Gym, (ages 0-5), 9-10:00 AM, for more information. contact  Annie Briccetti at 802-387-6689 or abricce@wnesu.net        

Wilmington Storytime (Free)

Aug 29

Events may change without notice, please call the phone number listed to get current info. MONDAYS: Wilmington- Pettee Memorial Library, Storyhour, 10:30am, contact Helena Queenie at 802-464-8557.

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