Play with your child or watch friendships blossom among little ones. Playgroups help children develop critical social skills. Also contact your local community/family resource centers for information about local playgroups; see Family & Community Resource Centers in this section.


Bricks 4 Kidz; Chico. Check calendar for a monthly Kidz Night Out, open-play sessions. Fri night Bot wars. 1141 Forest Ave., Ste. 40. (530) 332-9172.

Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day Playgroups; Chico & Paradise. Inclusive weekly playgroup & support network for homeschool children & parents. All home-schoolers are welcome. Meets year-round at two locations: Thurs 11am at Upper Wildwood Park in Chico & Wed 10am at Aquatic Park in Paradise. Free. Find information at

Chico Mothers’ Club. Offers weekly playgroups (grouped by age), monthly craft project & play date outings & activities for kids & parents. Low annual membership fee.

Circle Time; Chico. Creative parent-child activities for infants & preschoolers (siblings welcome too). Includes songs, flannel boards, stories, music, dancing & parachute play. Free sessions on Tue at  9:15am & Thurs at 9:15am. Apple Blossom Baby. 1372 Longfellow Ave. (530) 345-1617.

Fantastic Friday Playgroup; Chico. The entire gym at Athletic Horizons is open for preschool play. For ages walking–5yrs with an adult (maximum 2 kids per adult). 1st & 3rd Fri, 10am-12pm. $15 (members $5 ), siblings +$1. 415 Otterson Dr. (530) 893-4967.

Sunny Garden Montessori Indoor Play; Chico. Offers drop-in family play time for caregivers & children ages 0-5. Fun, self-directed, learning-focused setting. Children enjoy hands-on activities & meet new friends & caregivers socialize too. Drop-in play times: Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm; 2801 Godman Ave. (530) 343-3101.


GAPS (Gateway Students Achieving with Parental Support); Redding & Shasta Lake City. For children ages 3-5 & their parents. Activities, support & two-week kindergarten readiness orientation program to help build skills for a child’s overall preparedness when transitioning from home to kindergarten. (530) 245-7900.

Little Explorers; Redding. Weekly activities for ages 2-5 & their caregivers. Thurs at 10am. Free with admission to Turtle Bay. 844 Sundial Bridge Dr (Turtle Bay Exploration Park). (530) 243-8850.


PAL – Play & Learn; Mt. Shasta. Join our early childhood facilitator to learn through exploration, creativity & sensory play. This weekly, informal playgroup provides the opportunity for parents & children to interact with other parents & peers through open-ended child-centered play. Mt. Shasta Community Resource Center. 109 E. Lake St. (530) 926-1400.


School Readiness Playgroup; Corning, Los Molinos, Cottonwood & Red Bluff. Fun playgroup for ages 0-5, held during the school year. Children explore with crafts, rhymes, songs & reading. Offers age-related developmental information about your child. Held weekly Sep-May.

  • Los Molinos. (530) 384-7833.
  • Red Bluff. (530) 527-7214.
  • Corning. (530) 528-7382.
  • Cottonwood. (530) 528-7348.
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North State Parent is a free monthly publication that circulates within five California counties: Butte, Glenn, Shasta, Southern Siskiyou and Tehama. Our pages are filled with family-oriented places to go, services and products geared for women and things to do; a focus on parenting, community, health, education, teens, youth, and much more.

Updated: Jul 14, 2017 @ 11:45 am