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May
11
Tue
Heart of Play Draft Masterplan Community Consultation | North Parramatta @ Doyle Ground, PH Jeffery Reserve and Online
May 11 all-day

Have your say on the important Heart of Play masterplan for 7 parks in North Park! This masterplan provides the blueprint for an outdoor sporting and recreation network across seven open spaces in North Parramatta. One of the spaces, Dan Mahoney Reserve, will be remediated and upgraded as a priority due to asbestos contamination.

Heart of Play North Parramatta

In July 2020, Council consulted with the community and key stakeholders and the information gathered has informed the draft master plan – an overarching plan that will guide upgrades across this area over the next 20 years. You can read the full community consultation outcomes report or download a summary in the resources section.

Heart of Play North Parramatta

Now you can provide feedback on the draft master plan and the proposed actions Council has identified. The proposed actions align with four principles that were developed based on community input:

  1. A connected and accessible network of parks
  2. A welcoming place for all to play, day and night
  3. Improved spaces for active sport and recreation
  4. A healthy and sustainable environment.

HAVE YOUR SAY!

You’re invited to have your say on the Heart of Play draft master plan by participating in any of the following activities:

  • Take a short online survey.
  • Come along to one of the drop-in sessions:
    • Saturday 15th May between 9am and 12pm at Doyle Ground (near playground)
    • Saturday 15th May between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at Doyle Ground (near playground)
    • Tuesday 18th May between 2pm and 5pm at Doyle Ground (near kiosk)
    • Saturday 22nd May between 9am and 12pm at PH Jeffery Reserve
  • Hear from the designers and ask a question at our online Q&A webinar on Tuesday 11 May 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Register your interest.

Submissions about the Heart of Play draft master plan can also be made:

  • By email to [email protected]
  • By phone to 02 9806 5050
  • By mail to:
    Reply Paid 32 (no stamp required)
    Property & Place
    City of Parramatta
    PO Box 32Parramatta NSW 2124

The submission period will close at 4pm on Monday 24th May 2021.

May
12
Wed
Parramatta St Pat’s Playgroup | Parramatta @ St Patrick's Cathedral Hall
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Parramatta St Pat's Playgroup | Parramatta @ St Patrick's Cathedral Hall | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Playgroup for parents and carers with children 0-6. Meeting Wednesday mornings 9.30am – 11.30pm, during school term weeks.

All families welcome, no fees required except for membership with Playgroup NSW.

Read and Rhyme Storytime (0-2yrs) | Ryde Library @ Ryde Library
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Read and Rhyme Storytime (0-2yrs) | Ryde Library @ Ryde Library | Ryde | New South Wales | Australia

City of Ryde Libraries are proud to present Read and Rhyme Storytime at Ryde and West Ryde Libraries. Come along and join us in the library for sensational stories and remarkable rhymes!

  • All participants, including both parent and all children, are required to book in.
  • Bookings are made available 24 hours prior to each session.
  • Doors open at 9.15am for 9.30am start.
  • No entry after 9.40am

Session Times

RYDE LIBRARY

  • Tuesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Thursday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +

WEST RYDE LIBRARY

  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +
  • Friday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
Read and Rhyme Storytime (2+yrs) | West Ryde Library @ West Ryde Library
May 12 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Read and Rhyme Storytime (2+yrs) | West Ryde Library @ West Ryde Library | West Ryde | New South Wales | Australia

City of Ryde Libraries are proud to present Read and Rhyme Storytime at Ryde and West Ryde Libraries. Come along and join us in the library for sensational stories and remarkable rhymes!

  • All participants, including both parent and all children, are required to book in.
  • Bookings are made available 24 hours prior to each session.
  • Doors open at 9.15am for 9.30am start.
  • No entry after 9.40am

Session Times

RYDE LIBRARY

  • Tuesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Thursday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +

WEST RYDE LIBRARY

  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +
  • Friday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
Greystanes Groovers Playgroup | Nemesia Park Hall, Greystanes @ Nemesia Park Hall
May 12 @ 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!

Magic of Storytelling Playgroup | Anzac Park, West Ryde @ Anzac Park, West Ryde
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

The Magic of Storytelling playgroup is now held weekly from 10am to 11:30am at Anzac Park, West Ryde.

Magic of storytelling

It is free to attend and you don’t need to register in advance – just go down to the playground at ANZAC Park. During the playgroup, there is:

  • Reading, music, sports, other stations for free play
  • Craft activities
  • Staff-led reading and rhyme time from around 11.00am

This playgroup is a collaboration of local community organisations working together including The Northern Centre (formerly Ryde Family Services), CCA, Integricare, Ryde Council and United Way. It is available to all families in the area, including families who are enrolled to receive the monthly Imagination Library book program, through United Way Australia.

Parramatta Baptist Church Playtime | Northmead @ Parramatta Baptist Church
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Parramatta Baptist Church Playtime | Northmead @ Parramatta Baptist Church | Northmead | New South Wales | Australia

Playtime is for children from birth to school-age and their parent or carer.

Our Playtimes are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm in the church auditorium.

The aim of playtime is to provide support for parents and fun socialising skills for kids within a caring environment. Activities for children include craft, games, singing, story times and interactive play. For adults there is time to connect and talk together over morning tea.

Contact our children’s pastor Lynn via the church office to enquire about availability or to go on our waiting list.

Playgroup NSW Play Van Visits Harris Park @ Rosella Park
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The NEW Playgroup NSW Play Van visits 5 parks in the City of Parramatta a week during school term – returning to the same park on the same day each week. The play van will be at Rosella Park in Harris Park on Wednesdays from 10am to 12pm.

Rosella Park
Rosella Park

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.

Due to covid19, there are restrictions on how many families can attend. All adults and children require a ticket each, which you can get by emailing [email protected].

Here is the Playgroup NSW Play Van weekly schedule

Play Van Playgroup NSW

Storytime at FC Social | Rydalmere @ FC Social
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Storytime at FC Social | Rydalmere @ FC Social | Rydalmere | New South Wales | Australia

The FC Social in Rydalmere has partnered with Rise and Shine Kindergarten to put on a FREE weekly storytime for families with kids 0-5yrs.

Enjoy a morning on the Bowling Greens as a Rise & Shine Kindergarten Educator takes you through storytime, songs and rhymes. Bring a picnic blanket. There’s also the cafe, play equipment and plenty of backyard for a run around!

Runs each week on Wednesdays from 10am

Baby Bounce | Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, Rouse Hill @ Vinegar Hill Memorial Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Baby Bounce | Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, Rouse Hill @ Vinegar Hill Memorial Library | Rouse Hill | New South Wales | Australia

Baby Bounce is a program for parents and babies aged 0-24 months by Hills Shire Council Library Service. It consists of 20-30mins of songs and rhymes. The sessions are interactive, fun and beneficial to both parent and child.

Singing and rhymes are a part of early literacy. Early literacy is the foundation of learning to read. Singing develops your child’s communication, voice development and helps with their emotional well-being.

Session Times

Story Time (0-5yrs) | Parramatta Library @ Parramatta Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Story Time (0-5yrs) | Parramatta Library @ Parramatta Library | Parramatta | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Parramatta Library Story Time for children 0 to 5 years will take place every Wednesday during school term. It’s an interactive program of rhyming and story reading with a fun educational activity at the end of the program

  • When: Wednesdays, commencing 21st April
  • Time: 10.30am – 11:00am
  • Bookings: Book online (Bookings will open 24 hours prior to start of the session on Eventbrite.)
Storytime (2-5 years) | Wentworth Point Library @ Wentworth Point Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Storytime (2-5 years) | Wentworth Point Library @ Wentworth Point Library | Wentworth Point | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Wentworth Point Library Storytime for children 2-5 years will take place every Wednesday during school term.

  • When: Wednesdays, commencing 21 April
  • Time: 10.30am – 11am
  • Bookings: Booking online (Bookings will open 24 hours prior to start of the session on Eventbrite.)
Toddler Time | Dural Library @ Dural Library
May 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
Toddler Time | Dural Library @ Dural Library | Dural | New South Wales | Australia

Toddler Time is an interactive 30 minute session for those tiny tots who are beyond Baby Bounce but not quite ready for storytime.

It consists of short stories, songs and rhymes suitable for children aged 18 months to 3 years old.

Session Times

Story Time (2-5yrs) | Constitution Hill Library @ Constitution Hill Library
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Story Time (2-5yrs) | Constitution Hill Library @ Constitution Hill Library | Constitution Hill | New South Wales | Australia

Story Time in the library is back! Come along and join in for rhymes, reading and fun! Bookings are essential, as places are limited.

Constitution Hill Library Story Time for 2 to 5 years will take place every Tuesday and Wednesday during school term. There’ll be stories, songs, rhymes and take-home craft,

  • Tuesdays commencing 20 April
  • Wednesdays commencing 21 April
  • Time: 11am – 11:30am
  • Bookings: Bookings essential. Numbers are limited – contact Constitution Hill Library 9806 5500
Tiny Tales | Granville Library @ Granville Library
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tiny Tales | Granville Library @ Granville Library | Granville | New South Wales | Australia

Join us as we read books and sing songs. A take-home craft pack will be available.

When booking, please include the names of all adults and children attending.

May
13
Thu
Northern Stars Playgroup | Baulkham Hills North Public School @ Baulkham Hills North Public School
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Northern Stars Playgroup | Baulkham Hills North Public School @ Baulkham Hills North Public School | Baulkham Hills | New South Wales | Australia

Northern Stars Playgroup runs from 9am to 11.00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Baulkham Hills North Public School in the after school care room. Children from 0-5yrs, not yet at school, are welcome to attend with their parents. The fee is $20 per term.

Each group has a roster to help with set-up, morning tea, fruit, craft and pack-up.

CCA Play in the Park | Rydalmere and West Ryde @ Alternates between Upjohn Park and Lions Park
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Come and join us for our Play in the Park play sessions. There are lots of activities and toys to play with to help your children discover and learn new gross motor, fine motor, communication and literacy skills. You can stay and play for as little or as long as you like.

CCA Play in the Park

There’s no need to book, everyone is welcome to join us. The play sessions alternate between Lions Park in West Ryde (1st week of school term – 22nd April) and Upjohn Park in Rydalmere (2nd week of school term – 29th April).

For more information, please call the Family Day Care office, on 98740066 or email: [email protected]

Read and Rhyme Storytime (2+yrs) | Ryde Library @ Ryde Library
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Read and Rhyme Storytime (2+yrs) | Ryde Library @ Ryde Library | Ryde | New South Wales | Australia

City of Ryde Libraries are proud to present Read and Rhyme Storytime at Ryde and West Ryde Libraries. Come along and join us in the library for sensational stories and remarkable rhymes!

  • All participants, including both parent and all children, are required to book in.
  • Bookings are made available 24 hours prior to each session.
  • Doors open at 9.15am for 9.30am start.
  • No entry after 9.40am

Session Times

RYDE LIBRARY

  • Tuesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
  • Thursday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +

WEST RYDE LIBRARY

  • Wednesday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 2 years +
  • Friday (9.30am – 10am), Ages: 0-2 years
West Epping Uniting Church Playgroup | Epping @ West Epping Uniting Church
May 13 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
West Epping Uniting Church Playgroup | Epping @ West Epping Uniting Church | Epping | New South Wales | Australia

From birth to preschool

The West Epping Unity Church holds a playgroup every Thursday during school term from 9.30am to 11.30am. It is an opportunity to play and chat. The cost is $5 per session and you need to bring a drink and snacks for your child/children.

For information or questions contact church office 9868 3574 or email [email protected]

Breastfeeding Drop-In Clinic | Merrylands @ Merrylands Community Health Centre
May 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Merrylands Community Health Centre offers a breastfeeding drop-in clinic every Thursday from 10am to 12pm for new mums who would like some help with breastfeeding and have any concerns or questions. The clinic is run by qualified Child and Family Health Nurses.

New Parent Meet and Greet Sessions (aka Mother’s Group)

Every Tuesday (1pm-2:30pm) at Telopea and Wednesday (10:30am to 12pm) at Merrylands, during school term, there is a Meet and Greet for new families with children aged from birth to 12 weeks old. It is an information sharing session facilitated by a Community Nurse.

New Parent Meet and Greet

The sessions are parent centred, and provide a support network, as well as professional advice, which is offered in an open and inclusive environment. The program is offered as a drop in service, with no appointment required. It provides a great opportunity to get to know other parents, avoid isolation, and find out about child health care.