Early Childhood Playgroups

The following free activities are offered in the Lower/Outer Cape towns for children aged birth-3, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. These are drop-in groups, no pre-registration is required. These playgroups do not meet on Nauset School vacation days. If Nauset schools are closed due to weather, then the playgroup is also cancelled. Call 508-240-3310 for more information; or email Lucy Gilmore at mkgilmor@comcast.net. For Baby’s First Year, contact Monica Keefe-Hess at 508-240-3310 or email at mkeefe@capecodchildrensplace.com. Funding support for most of these programs are provided by a grants from the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education & Care & Children’s Trust, administered by Cape Cod Children’s Place.

Check our latest newsletter for more opportunities and fun activities for you and your child.


Toddler Story Hour: Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am. At Brewster Ladies Library beginning Sept. 18 (not on 10/16 or 10/30). Stories, songs, and games circle time, followed by free play with toddler friendly toys in the meeting room Call CCCP at 508-240-3310 for more information; or contact Lucy Gilmore (phone) 508-255-8357 (email) mkgilmor@comcast.net.

Meet-up at Drummer Boy Playground (if weather permits), Thursdays October 16 and October 30, 10-11:30 am.


“Raising A Reader” Mondays, October 6, 20, 27 and November 3, 10, 17, 24, 1-2 pm. At the Chatham Community Center. Pre-registration required; limited to 8 families. Call CCCP at 508-240-3310. Funded by a Race To The Top federal Learning Challenge Grant through the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care, administered by Cape Cod Children’s Place.


Story time & Parent Chat(begins October 8): Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 noon. Meets at Eastham Town Hall small meeting room, followed by free play in the Library Trailer in the Town Hall Parking Lot.


Tuesday Playgroup 9:30-11 am. Brooks Park Playground (weather permitting).

Educational Playgroup with Katie Fitz Nickerson. Thursdays, 10-11:30 am at Harwich Community Center Playroom – provided by Cape Cod Children’s Place and the Harwich Early Childhood Council. Creative Movement, Arts and Crafts, Story-telling, Free play with age appropriate toys, STEM based activities, Snacks.

Family Science at the Harwich Community Center Playroom (pre-registration required). October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4 (5 sessions total limited to 10 families per session).


Playground Meet-up at the Orleans Eldredge Parkway Playground – Mondays 9:30 – 11 am (weather permitting, no group on 10/13).

Baby’s First Year – Tuesdays, 11 am – 12:30 pm at Snow Library, Orleans with Monica Keefe-Hess. 8-week sessions beginning October 7. Pre-register for this group by calling CCCP at 508-240-3310. We meet to share stories, ask questions, and get familiar with resources that support you such as: nutrition, parenting, breast feeding, etc. Weekly discussion topics will include the various developental stages during baby’s first year.


No groups happening at this time.


Saturday Science October 11 at Truro Library 10:30 – noon.


Aternoon Tyke Hikes at the Wellfleet Audubon – Thursdays, September 18 – October 30, 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Rain or shine, no pre-registration required. Additional funding support provided by Wellfleet Audubon.


Check out the CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing) website at www.clamsnet.org

Funding support for most of the above programs is provided by grants from the Children’s Trust and
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, administered by Cape Cod Children’s Place.
Call 508-240-3310 for more information.





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