Playgroups can save lives, really! If you need company and somewhere safe and fun to let the tiny humans get used to other tiny humans, you need a playgroup. By playgroup we mean generally a place where toddlers can play in a safe environment with a parent – who can have a normal adult chat if he/she so wishes. However, in an environment generally geared towards learning than fun, our list of free and paid options in KL evidently includes a few that are more structured and require a registration but they still fall in the “fun” category. The details may change so do check the organisers’ pages before heading out!
Ibu is a unique space dedicated for parents and children with a variety of playgroups or just free play with dress up, train tracks, extensive kitchen, outdoor play equipment and water play. Playgroup costs RM10 per child for members, RM20 per child for non-members.
Playgroups are open to children aged 0-5 years and are held most weekday morning, plus occasional weekends and afternoons. They are mostly held at the Ibu house or at member’s condos or at play gyms. Parent volunteers coordinate playgroups and children can attend with a parent. Playgroup representatives are always needed – please email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply – Reps get free attendance plus other perks.
At the moment the timings at ibu House are as follows, but do double check from the website:
• Monday 9.30 – 11.30am: New Walkers Playgroup
• Tuesday 9.30 – 11.30am: General Playgroup
• Wednesday 10.00 – 12.00pm: Crawlers Playgroup
• Friday 9.30 – 11.30am: Arts and Crafts Playgroup
• Saturday 10.00 – 12.00pm: General Playgroup
The Little Gym’s Bugs class (for babies 4-10 months) is designed to help babies in their discovery, sensory learning and bonding/ trust while they build the skills needed as they become mobile. Free Bugs classes are available at all 3 branches, yearly membership fee is required.
KLCC & Ampang
Contact : 03-21818580
Contact : 03-62119233
EPS Sports Playgroups:
Mondays and Wednesday 10am to 11am @ One Utama
Tuesdays and Fridays 10am to 11am @ Desa Park City
Mondays and Wed 9:30am at VIP court Tropicana Club
Whatsapp to book a trial class +60123316372
The Early Years Centre at the International School @ Parkcity runs a weekly Toddler Group for children aged 2-3 years old, led by Early Years Specialists at the Early Years Centre. The groups are run each Monday afternoon from 1.10pm until 2.10pm and all children must be accompanied by a parent or carer.
To book your place, call +603 6263 8899 or use this link.
The GIS Mother Toddler Playgroup is a fun, free community playgroup for children from birth to 3 years old. Facilitated by GIS, but led by parents for parents, the playgroups meet 4 days a week at locations around our neighbourhood, including two sessions at GIS EYC.
A weekly toddler playgroup for 2-3 year olds, led by Early Years specialists. All must be accompanied by their parent/carer. Limited to 25 places each week. The toddler playgroups are held every Friday between 12.30pm to 1.40pm at the Primary Campus. Do invite your friends along.
Malaysian, Australian and New Zealand Association’s youngest get together at Mini Manza playgroup every week. You can join their Facebook group for more info.
BSKL Little Lions
BSKL’s Little Lions toddler group is free with specialist primary teachers running a variety of physical development, music, story and craft based activities. Currently full, but you can check the status here.
The ABWM has a young families group that meets at their house in Bangsar on Thursdays.
Meant for children aged 2+ to 6 years. The children are free to choose their own activities according to their own capacities and natural interest, and most importantly they work at their own speed.
To book your spot, please call or WA Eva on 012-2326264 or Joanna on 016-260 8895. RM50/child, RM180/month. Classes are limited to 12 children and suitable for ages 9 months-5 years old.
Playgroup on Wheels
A brand new service by a local mother, this playgroup comes to your house and provides all the materials. Sessions start with sensory bin exploration followed by music and movement, a learning activity and mini science experiment/craft/open ended play. Sessions end with interactive story telling session. Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 children, for children between 18 months to 5 years. Mini messy play sessions for up to 6 children can also be conducted, if parents are up for the mess. Price is rm60/child/hour. Instagram: curiousdragon. Phone: Shamini/0123963790.
M.O.VE. stands for Moving Off Virtual Entertainment, and is a service dedicated to the mission of getting kids to play. A team of people will organize good ol’ fashioned games in a team setting where the young ones and parents can play together and interact every fortnight. More info in their Facebook group.
Every first Saturday of the month, 10-12 AM, for children up to 4 years old. Playgroup registration is open to Children’s Library members only. The Playgroup dates and registration information are available on their Facebook page.
If you know of a great playgroup not listed, leave a comment and help a fellow parent to get a moment of sanity =)