Playgroups & Toy Library


Playgroups provide parents and caregivers with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas.

They allow babies, toddlers and preschoolers to socialise as they play and learn together.

All playgroups are different but the emphasis is on fun and friendship.

Find out about all the latest playgroup events.

Visit Playgroup Victoria for more information.

Join a playgroup

Find a playgroup in Moonee Valley.

Start a playgroup

All you need is a couple of friends and a place to meet.  Find more information on how to start a playgroup.

For more information contact Playgroup Victoria on 1800 1701 882 or email

Able Hearts Playgroup

A small group for families with children who have special needs meets weekly to provide support for parents. The group meets at the Maternal and Child Health Family Support Centre at 6 Devon Avenue, Keilor East on Thursdays at 9.30am.

For more information about this group please contact Lisa Leehane 9337 2551 or email

Sunday Dad's Playgroup

There is currently a Dad's playgroup in Moonee Valley. The group meets Sunday mornings at 10am - 12pm at the Lincoln Road Early Years Facility, Essendon. 129 Lincoln Road (cnr. Market Street Essendon), look for the Toy Library sign.

No bookings required, just come along. You will be welcomed by others dads where you can enjoy a coffee, a chat and a play with the kids.

For further information, please contact Amanda on 9243 1042 or email

Grandparents Playgroup

There is currently one playgroup of grandparents and their grandchildren in Moonee Valley. The group meets in a relaxed environment and provides a safe place for children to play. Grandparents in the group enjoy the opportunity to share and support each other while caring for their grandchildren.

Council and Playgroup Victoria would now like to hear from grandparents interested in establishing a new grandparents playgroup at Lincoln Road Early Years Facility, Essendon.

Playgroups are a great way to meet other grandparents in your area to share your experiences and ensure your grandchildren learn and develop through play.

To express your interest, please contact Playgroup Victoria on 1800 1701 882 or email

Creepy Crawlies and Walkie Talkies

Drop in information and assessment sessions for families with questions and concerns about their children from birth to preschool ages. Sessions are provided by Allied Health professionals from Cohealth in partnership with Maternal and Child Health.

Creepy Crawlies

1st Thursday of the month (excluding January)
10am - 12pm
Avondale Heights Library & Learning Centre
69 Military Road Avondale Heights

Walkie Talkies

3rd Wednesday of the month (excluding January)
1pm - 3pm
Rhonda Davis Early Years Centre
69 Military Road Avondale Heights 

Moonee Valley Toy Library

Encouraging children to laugh and learn through play!

Essendon branch: 129 Lincoln Rd, Essendon

Avondale Heights branch: 54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights

The Moonee Valley Toy Library has over 2,500 quality educational and fun toys to borrow, suitable for children from birth to six years old. The toys are multi-functional, durable, stimulating and require kids to use and develop their own skills. And of course, they are lots of fun!

For the cost of one or two new toys you can have access to a large range of toys so your children will not get bored. 

There is a huge selection of puzzles, games, co-ordination toys, imaginative play, train sets, musical instruments, sand and water play, ride-ons, slides, dress-ups and more.

Visit Moonee Valley Toy Library website for opening hours and to become a member - parents, grandparents, carers, everyone is welcome to join.

Last updated: Wednesday, 21 June 2017, 2:38 PM