Play choices

Kapi-Mana News - - FAMILY/NEWS -

We are very lucky to have so many fan­tas­tic play groups in Porirua. They are a great place to meet other par­ents and let the tots so­cialise in a re­laxed at­mos­phere.

Most of the lo­cal groups meet weekly dur­ing school term time.

They have toys for the chil­dren to play with and morn­ing tea is usu­ally pro­vided for a small cost, if not free.

Some groups are a bit more struc­tured and have a mu­si­cal ses­sion first or art/craft ac­tiv­ity.

But what they all have in com­mon is like-minded par­ents want­ing to so­cialise with their chil­dren.

Noah’s Ark at St An­drew’s Angli­can Church Par­ish Cen­tre in Plim­mer­ton is held on Tues­day morn­ings from 9.30am.

Clare, who runs the group, plans a theme each week to base the ses­sions around.

There is al­ways a fun ac­tiv­ity for the pre-school­ers to join in with and of­ten re­lated songs and books.

A toy box is pro­vided for the younger chil­dren and those big­ger kids who just want some free play.

Morn­ing tea is avail­able with tea and cof­fee for the adults.

A do­na­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated to cover costs of craft sup­plies and morn­ing tea.

Bub­ba­cino is a mu­si­cal play­group held at the Ti­tahi Bay Bap­tist Church, cor­ner of Kura and Waiuta St, on Tues­day morn­ings.

There are two ses­sions. The first starts at 9.30am and the sec­ond at 10.10am.

Each ses­sion in­cludes ac­tion songs and morn­ing tea, with fluffies for the kids. Bub­ba­cino costs $5 each fam­ily. Mana/ Porirua Plun­ket Cof­fee Group for mums of new ba­bies meets at 9.30am ei­ther up­stairs at the An­chor Church in Whitby or at the Plim­mer­ton Plun­ket Rooms, al­ter­nat­ing week about.

The Pare­mata Plun­ket Play­group meets down­stairs at the same time.

They have toys, crafts and a huge area to play in. Morn­ing tea is pro­vided for chil­dren and hot drinks for adults.

The cost is $3 each child/$5 each fam­ily.

Tawa and Lin­den Plun­ket have re­cently started a buggy walk group, meet­ing ev­ery sec­ond Tues­day at the Lin­den Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for a walk. Check out their Face­book page for more in­for­ma­tion.

Creek Tots is a group run at The Sal­va­tion Army in Can­nons Creek be­tween 10am and 11.30am. I be­lieve this a free group.

There are many more play­groups through­out Porirua, most of which I have listed on the web­site.

Have a look and try a cou­ple out to find which suits you and your lit­tle one(s) best. If you know of a group that is not listed please let me know.

See www.tod­dler­in­

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