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Elves’ Lane | Westfield Parramatta@ Westfield Parramatta
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Elves' Lane | Westfield Parramatta @ Westfield Parramatta | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to enjoy an elf inspired journey, capturing the magic of Christmas through music, photo moments, kids craft and much more! To celebrate the arrival of Santa’s Elves there will be complimentary face painting, snow and gifts all weekend.

Enjoy complimentary face painting

  • Friday November 29 – Sunday December 1
  • 12pm – 3pm

Elf inspired craft workshops for kids

  • Monday 9 – Sunday 15 December
  • 12pm – 3pm

Share Your Elf Photo

Snap a pic at Elves’ Lane for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $250*. Simply follow the below steps for your chance to win.

  1. Take a picture of yourself at our Elves Lane
  2. Uplaod via instagram with #WPelveslane and @westfieldparramatta
  3. Don’t forget to set your profile to public so we can see your pic

Elves’ Lane will be in centre from 29 November until December 24th, so make sure you stop by for the entire family to enjoy!

Dec
10
Tue
Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits North Parramatta@ Sherwin Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van is visiting 5 parks in the City of Parramatta each week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Sherwin Park in North Parramatta on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am.

Sherwin Park North Parramatta

This is your chance to come along and meet other local families and enjoy play time with your little one. Playgroup NSW is all for play so you can expect a wide range of activities including LEGO® DUPLO, Crayola colouring, sensory play, story and music time and lots more.

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule for term 4:

playgroup nsw play van parramatta

St Mary’s Parish Playgroup | Rydalmere@ St Mary's Parish
Dec 10 @ 9:15 am – 10:30 am

A new playgroup is starting on 24th July at St Mary’s Parish in Rydalmere.

St Mary's Parish playgroup rydalmere

 

Elves’ Lane | Westfield Parramatta@ Westfield Parramatta
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Elves' Lane | Westfield Parramatta @ Westfield Parramatta | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Santa’s elves are on their way from the North Pole to visit Westfield Parramatta and stay right through Christmas! Elves’ Lane will be an immersive zone for both the young and young at heart to enjoy an elf inspired journey, capturing the magic of Christmas through music, photo moments, kids craft and much more! To celebrate the arrival of Santa’s Elves there will be complimentary face painting, snow and gifts all weekend.

Enjoy complimentary face painting

  • Friday November 29 – Sunday December 1
  • 12pm – 3pm

Elf inspired craft workshops for kids

  • Monday 9 – Sunday 15 December
  • 12pm – 3pm

Share Your Elf Photo

Snap a pic at Elves’ Lane for your chance to win a prize pack valued at $250*. Simply follow the below steps for your chance to win.

  1. Take a picture of yourself at our Elves Lane
  2. Uplaod via instagram with #WPelveslane and @westfieldparramatta
  3. Don’t forget to set your profile to public so we can see your pic

Elves’ Lane will be in centre from 29 November until December 24th, so make sure you stop by for the entire family to enjoy!

South Granville Supported Playgroup | South Granville Community Centre@ South Granville Community Centre
Dec 10 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Come along and join the South Granville Supported Playgroup.

We meet weekly during school terms to learn about child development and learning through play for children aged 0-5.

  • Meet other parents in the area and exchange ideas and information.
  • We ask for a gold coin donation to cover costs.
  • For more information, contact Shirin on 9637-7600.

South Granville Supported Playgroup

Baby Bounce (0-18months) | Chatswood Library@ Chatswood Library
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Baby Bounce (0-18months) | Chatswood Library @ Chatswood Library | Chatswood | New South Wales | Australia

Baby Bounce is a program that introduces early literacy through the use of songs, rhymes, finger/toe plays and simple stories for babies and their parent/carer at Chatswood Library on The Concourse.

  • Tuesdays 10-10.30am and 11-11.30am (during school terms)
  • 25 tickets per session will be available 30 minutes before each session starts (9.30am for the 10am session, and 10.30am for the 11am session).

Please come along on a Tuesday morning during school terms and collect a ticket from our friendly staff.

Baby Rhyme Time (0-12months) | Auburn Library@ Auburn Library
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Baby Rhyme Time (0-12months) | Auburn Library @ Auburn Library | Auburn | New South Wales | Australia

Reading is important for every child and it’s never too early to start. Bring your baby to the Cumberland Council’s Baby Rhyme Time for songs, rhymes, reading and fun. Each session runs for 15 minutes.

Baby Rhyme Time – Cumberland Council Locations & Times for 2019

  • Auburn Library  – Tuesday at 10:00am
  • Greystanes Library – Monday at 10:00am
  • Lidcombe Library – Tuesday at 10:00am
  • Merrylands Library – Monday and Thursday at 10:00am
  • Regents Park Library – Friday at 10:00am
  • Wentworthville Library – Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am

There are no Baby Rhyme Time sessions during Public and School Holidays.

Baby Rhyme Time (0-12months) | Lidcombe Library@ Lidcombe Library
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:15 am
Baby Rhyme Time (0-12months) | Lidcombe Library @ Lidcombe Library | Lidcombe | New South Wales | Australia

Reading is important for every child and it’s never too early to start. Bring your baby to the Cumberland Council’s Baby Rhyme Time for songs, rhymes, reading and fun. Each session runs for 15 minutes.

Baby Rhyme Time – Cumberland Council Locations & Times for 2018

  • Auburn Library  – Tuesday at 10:00am
  • Greystanes Library – Monday at 10:00am
  • Lidcombe Library – Tuesday at 10:00am
  • Merrylands Library – Monday and Thursday at 10:00am
  • Regents Park Library – Friday at 10:00am
  • Wentworthville Library – Wednesday and Friday at 10:00am

There are no Baby Rhyme Time sessions during Public and School Holidays.

Greystanes Groovers Playgroup | Nemesia Park Hall, Greystanes@ Nemesia Park Hall
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Greystanes GrooversGreystanes Groovers runs Monday to Friday in the morning. Each playgroup session has a slightly different age group (see guide below) and only Monday and Friday groups currently have spots available.

  • Monday: Babies (Under 2), 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Thursday: All ages, 10am to 12pm
  • Friday: All ages – FULL

local playgroupsGreystanes Groovers are very well equipped, with numerous toys and activities to engage children from babies to school age. The hall at Nemesia Street Park is very well suited for playgroup as it has a large open area inside as well as a full fenced area outside.

When attending Greystanes Groovers you can expect your child to enjoy a variety of different toys, from slides, balance beams and mini trampolines to toy car garages and cars to toy prams and dolls. A variety of activities are also on offer, including musical instruments, dress ups, a toy kitchen and building blocks. Most weeks (working off a prearranged roster) one parent will arrange a craft activity, anything from simple colouring in to constructing items and decorating them with paint and glitter.

Greystanes GrooversWhile at Greystanes Groovers there is time for morning tea. We ask that everyone bring along a piece of fruit and this will be chopped up and shared on a platter by all the children. Morning tea for the adults is arranged by just one parent each week on a rostered basis.

To participate in Greystanes Groovers you must be a member of Playgroup NSW. In addition to this, $28 per family per term is payable to Greystanes Groovers to cover the costs of hiring the hall and running the playgroup (replacing toys, craft materials and cleaning items).

If you would like to know more, or come along and visit one of our sessions we would love to meet you. Please contact us and we can arrange a time with you!

Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills@ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Trinity Playgroup | Baulkham Hills @ Holy Trinity Baulkham Hills | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Tuesday & Thursday Holy Trinity Playgroups: 10 – 12noon, during school terms

Children from 0 to pre-kindergarten are welcome to bring a parent or carer along to playgroup for fun, toys, morning tea and friendship. Bring along a piece of fruit to be cut & shared.

This playgroup is said to be extremely warm and welcoming.

For more information contact

*Please note our Tuesday playgroup is currently full.

Koorana Playgroup | Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks@ Don Moore Reserve
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Koorana Playgroup meet at Don Moore Reserve community hall in North Rocks every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm. It’s a wonderful mix of mums and kiddies and we have a very relaxed schedule which suits us nicely. It’s a great spot to meet as it also has a small fenced playground and heaps of space for the kids to scoot or ride around on the attached netball courts.

North Rocks Koorana is a playgroup run via Playgroup NSW.

Don Moore Reserve

Mini Park Rangers | Sydney Olympic Park@ Newington Armory Visitor Centre, Sydney Olympic Park
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Explore the natural environment in a fun and interactive way with Ranger Judy and Joseph, reading stories, doing craft and wondering amongst the trees. The FREE Mini Park Rangers program runs each Tuesday morning during school term from 10am. And in term 4, it moves to Newington Armory Visitor Centre at Blaxland Riverside Park.

There’s a different theme each week, with an associated story and discovery activity. Here is the schedule for term 4, 2019.

  • Session 1 – 15 October Magpies
  • Session 2 – 22 October Trees and Plants
  • Session 3 – 29 October Bushfire Season
  • Session 4 – 5 November Nests
  • Session 5 – 12 November Frogs
  • Session 6 – 19 November Murama
  • Session 7 – 26 November Ponding
  • Session 8 – 3 December Tracks and Traces (train)
  • Session 9 – 10 December Christmas Beetles

When we first visited, the theme was bugs and insects. And the kids enjoyed holding cicadas and learning about other tiny creatures.

Since then, we’ve also enjoyed sessions on spiders, bugs, frogs and birds.

Before and after Mini Park Ragers, there’s the large Blaxland Riverside Park playground to enjoy, along with the Armory Wharf Cafe. And remember to bring swimmers (or change of clothes) as there is a water playground.

Key Details

  • The weekly Mini Park Ranger sessions are suitable for families with children up to 5 years of age.
  • The activity is pram-friendly.
  • Bring mozzie repellent (though the rangers also have some)!
  • Parental/carer supervision is essential for this activity.
  • Term 4 runs from Tuesday 15th October to Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 10am.
  • To reach the Newington Armory Visitor Centre, drive down Jamieson Street and park at the bottom of the carpark at Blaxland Riverside Park (near the water). It’s then a short walk to the visitor centre.

Northmead Playmorning | Northmead Anglican Church@ Northmead Anglican Church
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Northmead Playmorning | Northmead Anglican Church @ Northmead Anglican Church | Northmead | New South Wales | Australia

Northmead Playmorning is an informal, church-run, community Playmorning catering for 0-5 year olds and their carers.

  • Where: Northmead Anglican Church – 6 Thomas St, Northmead
  • Cost: The cost each week is $2 per family.

This money can be put in the money tin on the table near the entrance. This money is used for resources, toys, tea/coffee, milk, etc. 

What does a typical Tuesday morning look like?

  • 10 am – Welcome: Doors open and some toys will be available in the hall as we get tea or coffee and say hello to each other. If you are late, don’t panic! We know that life with small children is unpredictable and challenging. Come when you can, we still want to see you.
  • 10.15 – Circle Time: During Circle Time, we sing songs, dance and listen to stories. Circle Time is a great opportunity for children to learn from one another, so we ask that carers encourage and model good listening and participation. Circle Time is led by a member of the Playmorning team. This time will also include some songs about God and often a story from the Bible.
  • 10.35 – Free Play: Each Tuesday, play areas are set up inside and outside. Carers are encouraged to play with their children and are responsible for their supervision at all times. This playtime also provides opportunities to chat with other carers and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. While light snacks are provided, you will need to bring food for your child (no nut products please).
  • 11.50 – Pack Away Time: While the adults are packing away, the children can enjoy a parachute game in the backyard. The games will be run by a team member and we ask that a couple of carers help out with playing them. The games will end by 12.00. If you need to leave early, we understand.

How do you communicate with us?

Each term we hand out a newsletter with key dates and information. We also make announcements during Circle Time. If you wish, you can provide your email address for updates and information. You can also find Northmead Playmorning on Facebook.

We value your comments and feedback. Please grab one of the team after Playmorning or e-mail us at [email protected]

Who is Northmead Anglican Playmorning?

Northmead Playmorning is run by volunteers from Northmead Anglican Church. We are all committed and passionate Christians. We volunteer because our love for Jesus calls us to share the good new about Jesus Christ, love our community and care for those in it. In Circle Time, we sometimes have a Bible story or song that reflects our beliefs as Christians, and at Easter and Christmas time we love to talk about Jesus and the amazing things he has done. Anybody, regardless of religious belief, is welcome at Playmorning.

Redsee’s Bibs ‘n’ Books (rhyme time for under 2s) | Parramatta Library@ Parramatta Library
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Redsee's Bibs 'n' Books (rhyme time for under 2s) | Parramatta Library @ Parramatta Library | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

A fun and exciting session to develop early literacy skills through rhymes, fingerplays and stories. Share and bond over a story with your baby and learn new literacy skills to improve brain development.