Playgroups & Toy Library

While playgroups are all different, all aim to build social connections for parents and children. Parents and caregivers have an opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas. Babies, toddlers and preschool children thrive as they play and learn together.

Research provides evidence about the benefits for children and families participating in playgroup. A recent study by RMIT found improved social connection and enhanced transition to kindergarten and school.

A study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows supported playgroups benefit both children and families through social support, socialisation and learning.

Join a playgroup

Find a playgroup in Moonee Valley or learn about the latest playgroup events through Playgroup Victoria or contact our Playgroup Resource Officer on 9243 8888.

There are also a number of community based playgroups in Moonee Valley and some that also cater to specific needs:

Playgroup  Type and location  Contact  
Able Hearts Playgroups (children with additional needs)
Keilor East Lisa Leehane: 9337 2551 or
Grandparent Playgroups 129 Lincoln Road, Essendon
54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights
Playgroup Resource Officer on 9243 8888
Vietnamese Playgroup Wingate Community Centre Ascot Vale
Aqua Playgroup East Keilor Leisure Centre Effy: 9336 3711
Intergenerational Playgroup
Gregory Lodge Nursing Home, Flemington Imogen: 0421 319 512
Essendon Playgroup Essendon Ravina:
Overland and Milleara Gardens Playgroup East Keilor Belinda:
Japanese Playgroup Moonee Ponds Hanae Iwamoto
Beaver Street Playgroup Essendon Playgroup Resource Officer: 9243 8888
Moonee Ponds Baptist Playgroup Moonee Ponds or
Canterbury Street Stables Playgroup Flemington Vanessa:
Walkie Talkies drop in program for families - parents with questions or concerns about child development (18 months-preschool age)

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm-2.30pm

54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights

Karin 8378 1661 or Chris 8378 3525
No bookings required.
Creepy Crawlies drop in program for families - parents with questions or concerns about child development (birth – 18 months)

First Wednesday of the month, 10am-11.30am

Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, 69 Military Road Avondale Heights

Karin: 8378 1661
My Time Avondale Heights and Essendon 8387 0649 or
Christ Church Essendon Playgroup
Corner Marco Polo Street and Mt Alexander Road, Essendon Tanya: 0408 912412 or
Montgomery Park Playgroup

Thursdays 9.30am-11.30am
Rhonda Davis Early Years Centre, 54 Lakes Street, Avondale Heights
Facilitator – Marianne Perta
0407 400 450 or
Bowes Avenue Playgroup
Monday 9.30 – 11.30a.m.
Bowes Ave Community Centre
31 Bowes Avenue, 
Airport West

Start a playgroup

Playgroups begin with wanting to meet other parents/ carers and looking for a place to meet. Find more information on how to start a playgroup.

For further details, contact the Playgroup Development Consultant at Playgroup Victoria on 1800 1701 882 or visit the Playgroup Victoria website.

Moonee Valley Toy Library

The Moonee Valley Toy Library has more than 2,500 quality educational and fun toys to borrow that are 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 have yearly access to a large range of toys to keep children engaged. There is a huge selection of puzzles, games, coordination toys, imaginative play, train sets, musical instruments, sand and water play, ride-on, slides, dress-ups and more.

Essendon: 129 Lincoln Road, Essendon

Avondale Heights: 54 Lake Street, Avondale Heights

Visit Moonee Valley Toy Library website for opening hours and to become a member.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 9:13 PM