What are Playdates?

Playdates are interactive workshop sessions for you and your child/ren to participate in. You will learn play ideas and gather suggestions that you can further explore and expand on with your children, either at home or Playgroup.

There are four main Playdate session types, along with some others aimed at older children:

Sensory/Messy play / Baby sensory/messy play

At the sensory/messy play playdates you and your child will be able to explore the different textures and consistencies of several different substances. For the babies we use only food based substances. This is a fantastic medium for introducing or reinforcing new words and extending others. You will get messy in this fun session!




Physical Development

Children under five are starting to learn how to use their bodies. Regular physical activity through play not only improves motor skills, muscle and bone strength, it also develops a sense of self confidence and independence. Join us and explore how simple it is to bring more activity and movement into your family life and create positive attitudes towards being active.
Our Birth-Prewalker session focusses on engaging with your baby through movement and using resources easily sourced from home.
Our Walker-5 years session focusses on activities for gross motor skills and demonstrating loose parts play – all with home made resources.

Music & Movement / Baby Music & Movement

Both you and your child will have a great time moving to music, singing action songs, exploring instruments, scarves and more. Music is a fantastic way to develop concentration and confidence, as well as turn taking, language and social skills.  Find out what you can use from your home environment, to make music.






There are many ways to develop literacy skills.  Tell a story with participation, dramatisation, puppet play and lots of interaction. This session demonstrates several ways of using books, paper, puppets, props and more! We’ll show you how to encourage children to sit and listen, join in, etc.

Maths and Numeracy

(Session for 2-5’s only)
If the very thought of early years maths and numeracy makes you want to run for the hills then fear not, it’s not what you think! We promise there will be no worksheets filled with calculations to complete as we explore some of the many fun ways you can support and extend your child’s interest and develop an understanding of maths and numeracy through play… both at home and at playgroup. Maths and numeracy really are all around us every day. Come along and find out just how much fun it can be!



5 Little ducks


Science and Exploration

(Session for 2-5’s only)
Science is all around. Answer those questions children ask with fun interactive activities. See if you can guess if things will float or sink. Nothing too complicated but certainly exciting, come and take part in some discovery activities as well as a couple of experiments.

School/Preschool Readiness – Change and Transition

(Session for 2-5’s only)
Put your mind at ease knowing that your child is prepared to go to childcare, school or preschool in February. Can they open their own lunch box, hold a pencil, dress themselves, etc? We will explore ideas to help your child with the required fine and gross motor skills, building self-confidence, keeping track of belongings and other self-care skills.






Playing Together – Contact Session

How do you make your playgroup the best, most welcoming and inclusive it can be??  ACT Playgroups have developed a program to support your playgroup with this and would love to share some findings with you at this hands on, interactive session.  Bring children and other members of your group and get ready to have some fun, playing together.



From time to time we may also offer different sessions not included above.

Playdate sessions are held three times per year during the school holiday breaks in April, July and September. Booking forms for the next lot of Playdates will become available here before each set of sessions, so keep a watch on this page!

The next Playdates sessions will be held in the week of April 23rd – 27th 2018 at the Cook Community Hub,41 Templeton Street Cook, as below.

Date/Time Monday
23rd April
24th April
25th April
26th April
27th April
    9:30 am Physical Development (Birth – 2 yrs) Playing Together Contacts Session Public Holiday Baby Music
(Birth – 2 yrs)
Baby Sensory
(Birth – 2 yrs)
10:45 am Physical Development (Walker – 5yrs) Physical Development (Birth – 2 yrs) Public Holiday Baby Sensory
(Birth – 2 yrs)
Baby Music (Birth – 2 yrs)
   12.00 pm Baby Sensory (Birth – 2 yrs) Baby Music (Birth – 2 yrs) Public Holiday Baby Literacy
(Birth – 2 yrs)
Numeracy     (2-5 yrs)
1.15pm     Sensory             (2 – 5 yrs) Music
(2 – 5 yrs)
Public Holiday Literacy
(2 -5 yrs)
(2 – 5 yrs)


Note that PlayDates are for ACT Playgroups members only (membership is currently FREE) and bookings cost $5.00 per family per session. Bookings must indicate a first and second preference and are taken on a first come, first served basis and may fill up before the closing date, Playdates are now closed.  If you wish to attend more than one session, please use a new form for each booking or day.

Next PlayDates will be held in the July school holidays.