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Free playdate sessions for Canberra

ACT Playgroups Association, a non-profit organisation that provides support and information about current playgroups in the ACT and nearby NSW communities, has announced upcoming playdate schedules for Canberra residents and their children.

ACT Playgroups Association playdates are twenty to forty-minute sessions for parents and children aged 0–5 years where both groups can learn information which they can share with their own playgroup.

The playdate happening in Canberra will be a week-long event which will commence on Monday, 22 April until Friday, 26 April at Cook Castle Playroom, Cook Community Hub, corner Templeton and Ellis Streets, Cook. Playdate rates are $5 each per session for each family, while ACT members get to participate with their pre-school aged children for free.

There are two main categories for the playdates: the baby session for children who are up to 2 years of age, and the general session for children that are 2 – 5 years old.

There are three playdates available each for both baby and general categories: messy play, physical play, story play, and music play.

The messy play entails parents and children to touch and associate various food textures to its proper names and to enable learning of new words for babies.

According to ACT, those who want to focus on their child’s physical development may want to try the physical play, which allows children to play with covered boxes, balancing boards, bats and balls.

Music play, on the other hand, aims to improve concentration, confidence, turn taking and language skills.

Finally, story play is about interacting and engaging children in storytelling using puppet play, performance, and props.

Information about the playdate schedules and booking information can be found at the ACT Playgroups Association website.




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