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Playhouses, playgroups and toy library

If you are looking for something fun to do with your children, why not take a look at the Playhouses and Playgroups that are on offer in Bayside. Or, bring the fun home by borrowing toys from the Bayside Toy Library. Read on for more information. 

Playhouses are membership based play spaces where parents stay with their children to meet and play in purpose-built safe environments with other families. Bayside Council has two Playhouses that you can join, the Beaumaris Children's Playhouse and the Hampton Children's Playhouse

Playgroups provide great opportunities for parents, babies and young children to meet and play but differ from Playhouses in that the session is usually for a couple of hours once a week. Playgroups are often organised around a particular common interest such as baby, non-english speaking, special needs, Montessori, father, grandparent, and intergenerational interests, as examples.

To search by suburb for a local playgroup or to find out about starting a playgroup, visit Playgroup Victoria

Below are some of the Playgroups currently available in Bayside:


Highett Neighbourhood Community House Playgroup – Highett

Highett Neighbourhood Community House offers a Dads Playgroup on Wednesdays during Term Time which provides an opportunity to mix with other fathers, grandfathers, uncles or male carers living in the area. There are also two Thursday morning sessions, one is a Hungarian speaking playgroup and a Chinese speaking playgroup. Highett Neighbourhood Community House is a supportive environment for families and children to network. Please contact us for further details. $2 donation at the start of each session.


Castlefield Community Centre Playgroup – Hampton

Castlefield Playgroup is for Toddlers (& baby siblings) to 3 yrs. Indoor/outdoor activities with a paid playgroup coordinator. Lovely environment. Small, friendly group.


Playconnect Brighton – Brighton 

Playconnect is a playgroup for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Bayside Japanese Intergenerational Playgroup- Brighton                            

An Intergenerational Japanese speaking playgroup

Contact familyservices@bayside.vic.gov.au for more information.

Bayside Toy Library is a toy lending service (for children aged between 6 months and 10 years), which provides families with access to a variety of educational toys to assist with childhood development. Borrowing, not buying, is the sustainable choice to prevent unnecessary landfill.