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 mommy & me class, a monthly Kidz Night Out, & open-play sessions. http://www.bricks4kidz.com/california-chico. 1141 Forest Ave. Ste. 40. (530) 332-9172.
Butte Homeschoolers’ Park Day Playgroups; Chico & Paradise. Inclusive weekly playgroup & support network for homeschooling & unschooling children & parents. All homeschoolers are welcome. Meets at 11am year-round at two locations: Thursdays at Wildwood Park in Chico & Wednesdays at Aquatic Park in Paradise. Free. Find information at http://www.facebook.com/groups/ButteHomeSchoolers.
Chico Mothers’ Club. Offers weekly playgroups (grouped by age), monthly craft project, & play date outings & activities for kids & parents. Low annual membership fee. http://www.chicomothersclub.org.
Circle Time; Chico. Creative parent-child activities for infants & preschoolers (siblings welcome too). Includes songs, flannel boards, stories, music, dancing & parachute play. 2 free sessions on Tuesdays: 10:15am & 11:15am. Art sessions for ages 2 & up on Thursdays; free, drop in between 10-11:45am. http://www.facebook.com/AppleBlossomBabyChico. 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 Fridays, 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: M-F, 10am-3pm; late afternoon hours by appointment. Call or check website & facebook for seasonal info. http://www.facebook.com/sunnyg.play; http://www.sunnygardenmontessori.com. 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, abilities 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. Thursdays, 10am. Free with admission to Turtle Bay. Turtle Bay Exploration Park, 844 Sundial Bridge Dr. (530) 243-8850.
PAL – Play & Learn; Mt. Shasta. Join early childhood facilitator Julie Eckert 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.
Playtime Pals Playgroup; Red Bluff. Parent-organized group for ages 0-5 includes play, crafts, snacks & field trips. Children & parents socialize with peers. Mondays, 10-11:30am. Free. Inclusive program, held at First Church of the Nazarene, 900 Johnson St. (530) 300-4997.
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 Sept-May. Info: Los Molinos, (530) 384-7833; Red Bluff, (530) 527-7214; Corning, (530) 824-4111, Cottonwood, (530) 528-7348.