Peapod Playgroups

“We’re all in this together”

Join a Peapod Playgroup! Connect with parents and children in your area. All Mono County expecting parents and families with children birth to six are invited to participate.

Bridgeport: Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
March 21 – May 30 (except April 4)
Bridgeport Memorial Hall, 73 North School St.
Teiya 775-721-1665 download flyer

Benton: Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
June 14 – August 9, 2017
Benton Community Center, 58869 Highway 120
Eileen 760-920-4198 download flyer

Crowley Lake: Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
February 3 – April 7 (except March 3)
Crowley Lake Community Center, 458 South Landing Rd
Annaliesa 760-937-6238 download flyer

Lee Vining: Please call First 5 if interested.

Mammoth English: Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
March 30 – June 15 (except April 13, 20, 27)
Mammoth Community Center, 1000 Forest Trail
Annaliesa 760-937-6238 download flyer

Walker: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
April 26 – June 28
Walker Wellness Center, 107655 Hwy. 395
Chanden 530-208-6472 download flyer

A chance for young children—and their parents—to play and socialize. Play mats, tunnels and tents give children a stimulating atmosphere to play with their peers, while parents get a much welcomed chance to chat with other parents about the joys and challenges of parenting.

Parent/child playgroups are offered to provide parents an opportunity to enhance their child’s social and emotional development through play. Just as importantly, social opportunities for parents are provided. When parents have an opportunity to talk with each other on a regular basis it can help them feel more connected, supported, and better able to cope with the challenges of parenting. Typical activities include arts and crafts, free play, and guest speakers on topics of interest to new parents. The playgroups meet weekly at the same time and place, enabling families to form a healthy habit of having fun together.

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How often and where do the playgroups meet?

Once a week for about an hour, in a comfortable and welcoming environment, such as a community center, library, or other location. Families are welcome to attend as often as they are able.

How much does it cost? The playgroups are free of charge for all families.

Who can attend?  The groups are geared toward parents with newborns. However, all families with children ages prenatal to six are welcome. There are no qualifications for attending.

What else do the playgroups offer?

Parent Leaders are able to assist with other parenting-related needs, such as:

  • Breastfeeding assistance (most Parent Leaders are trained lactation educators),
  • Links to family friendly events and services,
  • Links to others in your area who share similar interests,
  • Funds to support the mental health needs of families, as requested.

Who leads the playgroups?

Specially trained Parent Leaders who work to help parents in their communities address challenges specific to parenting, and are interested in organizing fun, family-centered playgroups.

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The Peapod Program is funded by a grant from the Mental Health Services Act, Innovation Funds, (Proposition 63), and administered by First 5 Mono County.