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Hong Kong Playgroups For Babies And Toddlers

Best playgroups in Hong Kong for babies and toddlers
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Playgroups are where you create those special bonds, meet new mum friends and help your little ones learn to socialise and have fun. Thankfully, there are loads of options for Hong Kong playgroups, including ESF playgroup, Pebbles playgroup, Tutor Time playgroup and many more options all over the city.

It’s playgroup time! If your kids are not old enough for preschool yet and you feel like you’re all going a little stir-crazy these days, why not get out and spend some time with other parents while also allowing your toddlers to play and socialise or explore and learn? There are plenty of playgroups in Hong Kong for babies and toddlers. From casual coffee gatherings to more formal centres with big play areas and learning activities. Many preschools also offer playgroup programmes for younger children. To help narrow down the options here are some of the best playgroups in Hong Kong, suitable for every babe under three and their family.

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Featured Hong Kong Playgroups
Children’s Playgroups With Centres Across Hong Kong
Playgroups For Babies And Toddlers On Hong Kong Island
Kids Playgroups In Kowloon
Playgroups In The New Territories

Editor’s note: With the current COVID-19 situation, some of these playgroups may be closed or operating with reduced capacity. Please reach out and contact the playgroup that you’re interested in to confirm availability.

Read more: Your Guide To Preschools, Nurseries And Kindergartens In Hong Kong


Playgroups Hong Kong Play Learn Casita

Casita – Combining Zumbini by Zumba with Play Oriented Discovery Session (PODS)

A well-known playgroup amongst Mamas, Casita is the only playgroup that combines Zumbini with sensory play, thoughtfully designed to introduce children and their families to early literacy, numeracy and school readiness skills in a holistic experience (suited for babies and young children aged up to 3 years). For October, Casita is hosting Halloween Spooktacular Events on Sunday, 30 October. Highlights include Spooky Sensory Activity, Trick or Treat surprise, Zumbini dancing plus you kids get to decorate their own Halloween treats! Find out more about the various events here.

Sassy Mama Tip: Use code CASITATRIAL for a free trial and receive a loot activity bag that contain healthy snacks and activities for the little ones (valid from Monday, 24 to Friday, 28 October)

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; 10am to 12pm on Saturdays
How much: $300 per class; $280 per Zumbini class

Sassy Mama PerkEnter code SASSYMAMA to get 10% off full term classes, valid until Saturday, 30 September, 2023.

Casita, 2nd Floor, Workington Tower, 78 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 6291 0128, info@casita.com.hk, Instagram: @casitahk, Facebook: Casita Hong Kong, www.casita.com.hk


Playgroups Hong Kong Play Learn Tutor Time

Tutor Time – Pushing the boundaries of early education

Originating in the US, Tutor Time is a bilingual early education provider with four convenient locations across Hong Kong. Taking inspiration from Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the programmes prioritise the development of the whole child and support your child throughout their education at their own pace, whether they are 6 months old or 6 years old. Tutor Time prides itself on its attention to detail which is evident through their facilities, curricula, and staff. Plus, you can expect smaller group classes that give your child plenty of attention and room to learn and grow.

Sassy Mama Tip: Book a tour for its Mid Levels location (on Caine Road) and redeem one free children’s book!

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Prices vary by programme

Tutor Time, various locations across Hong Kong, 2529 2288, WhatsApp: 9123 6889, info@tutortime.com.hk, Instagram: @tutortimehk, Facebook: Tutor Time International Nursery & Kindergarten, www.tutortime.com.hk


Playgroups Hong Kong Play Learn My Gym

My Gym WCH – Gymnastics-based development classes

With 19 years in Hong Kong and counting, My Gym WCH offers gymnastics-based development classes for young children, combining sports, dance, early childhood development, kinesiology and gymnastics. Build your child’s confidence through meaningful play in a safe and child-friendly play-gym environment. As it’s important for babies and toddlers to get moving to develop their bones and muscles, each program at My Gym caters to different age groups, from 6 to 12 months to 3.5 to 5 years old. WhatsApp My Gym to know more about the Term Timetable.

Playgroup opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
How much: $360 per class

My Gym WCH, 6/F, Marina 8, 8 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 2577 3322, WhatsApp: 9279 8968, admin@mygym.com.hk, Instagram: @mygymhk, Facebook: My Gym Children’s Fitness Center (Hong Kong), www.mygym.com.hk


Playgroups Hong Kong Play BabySteps

BabySteps – Premium international playgroup and early education centre

As the name suggests, BabySteps believes in slow and steady wins the race – that is, letting children grow and learn at their own pace whilst leaving plenty of room for curiosity and movement. Every child will feel loved through its nurturing environment with friendly staff and its holistic programmes. Classes include Funky Zumba, arts, drama, storytelling, baby gym and more, so there’s plenty of room for socialising, developing cognitive skills and just having fun. And here’s the catch, BabySteps offers multiple programmes under one membership and unlimited access to its indoor play area!

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Varies per programme

Sassy Mama PerkUse code SassyMama for a free demo session (30 mins) and receive an extra credit when signing up for membership on the same day. Valid until Saturday, 31 December, 2023.

BabySteps, 2501-02, Universal Trade Centre, 17-19 Caine Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2887 7585, enquiries@babysteps.com.hk, Instagram: @babysteps_hk, Facebook: BabySteps, www.babysteps.com.hk


International Montessori School (IMS) First Steps – Bilingual Montessori playgroup for 12 to 24 months

As your baby starts to walk the walk and talk the talk, IMS’ Montessori First Steps supports you and your child on a journey of self-discovery and joyful development in a nurturing environment. Two teachers work alongside a maximum of eight children and parent/caregiver pairs, providing attention to your child in English and Putonghua, in a small-group setting. Parents can expect their child to grow through practical tips and deep learning via sensory play and problem solving, whilst learning to be independent and confident. Montessori First Steps is best suited for toddlers aged 12 to 24 months.

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Friday, 8:15 to 9:45am or 10:45am to 12:15pm

How much: $3,300 for two-day programmes; $4,950 for three-day programmes

IMS South Horizons Campus, G/F, Blocks 23 to 23A, South Horizons, Phase III, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, 2772 2468, info@ims.edu.hk, Facebook: IMS, Instagram: @imshongkong, www.ims.edu.hk


Woodland Pre School Playgroup

Woodland Pre-Schools – A playgroup to build your child’s confidence and self-esteem

Raising an independent child might be tricky, but it helps build their confidence and self-worth for years to come. With this in mind, Woodland Pre-schools offer playgroups for children from 18 months to 2 years old that shape their character and self-esteem while teaching them to make independent choices. With a learn-through-play curriculum, it teaches classroom routines and rituals to prepare children to transition smoothly from accompanied to unaccompanied classes in preschool.

Playgroup opening times: Weekdays, 8am to 5pm
How much: 
Varies by days and locations

Woodland Pre-Schoolsvarious locations around Hong Kong, 2526 9478, admissions@woodlandschools.com, www.woodlandschools.com


kindermusik playgroups hong kong

Children’s playgroups With Centres Across Hong Kong

Kindermusik – Music playgroup in Hong Kong for babies

This is an internationally renowned music and play programme for kids of all ages. The Foundation stage is meant for babies starting from birth to the age of 18 months with Levels 1 and 2 taking the kids up to the ages of three. There are a variety of locations and venues offering Kindermusik programmes.

Playgroup opening times: Varies depending on location
How much: Varies depending on location

Kindermusik, various locations across Hong Kong, www.kindermusik.com


Malvern Playgroup – Accompanied Reggio Emilia-inspired playgroup in Hong Kong

Malvern offers adult-accompanied playgroup sessions for children from 6 to 24 months. These are held in the premises of Malvern College Pre-School (at both campuses – Island West and Coronation Circle). The Malvern Playgroup is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach which believes that the “environment is the third teacher”.

Playgroup opening times: Various times during the week, with one to three sessions (1.5 hours each)/week according to the age group
How much: Starting at $2,300/month

Malvern Playgroup, various locations across Hong Kong, 3898 4699, info@babyloneducation.com, www.malvernplaygroup.hk

Read More: Montessori, Waldorf And Reggio Emilia, Which Is Right For My Child?


Other playgroups across Hong Kong

  • Kidznjoy – English kids playgroup in Hong Kong with early years education from birth to 4 years old. www.kidznjoy.com.
  • Victoria Playpark – Early years childhood development centre with a playgroup in Wan Chai and TST. www.victoriaplaypark.com.
  • Guidepost Montessori — Montessori playgroups across Hong Kong. www.guidepostmontessori.com

Read More: The Best Indoor Play Centres And Playgrounds In Hong Kong


Playgroups for babies and toddlers on Hong Kong Island

hong kong playgroups baumhaus kindermusik

Baumhaus – Kindermusik programmes and playgroup in Hong Kong for children and parents

A familiar name with parents in Hong Kong, Baumhaus has a lot to offer Hong Kong kids (and their parents). It has a great location, a nice playroom area as well as a great Kindermusik programme for toddlers and kids. What parents enjoy is its coffee lounge. It’s a space where parents, kids and families can come together and hang out and play with the kids. Baumhaus offers an affordable daily rate for its playrooms in Wan Chai.

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Coffee lounge and play area rates – $120/child and $60 for each additional child, Kindermusik classes available at $300/class

Baumhaus, 1/F Kar Yau Building, 36-44 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2321 5898, www.baumhaus.com.hk

Read More: Indoor Playrooms With Restaurants And And Coffee For Parents 


ESF Playgroup Hong Kong

ESF Playgroup – EYFS playgroup from 6 months to 2.5 years

The Language & Learning Centre at ESF follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework for its Playgroup classes for kids from 6 months to 2.5 years. The curriculum is split into three levels, each tailored to the needs of your child’s age with English as the medium of instruction.

Playgroup opening times: 8:45am to 4:15pm, classes for different levels available at various times and days through the week
How much: Prices vary, starting around $1,200/month

ESF Language & Learning Centre, 2/F Prime Mansion, 183-187 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2838 2276, languagecentre@esf.org.hk​, www.esflearningcentre.org.hk


St John’s Cathedral – Volunteer-run well-known playgroup within the Hong Kong community

This long-standing weekly playgroup in Hong Kong runs every Thursday. The group was organised to bring parents and families together and offer an opportunity for both parents and kids to socialise and interact (at a very reasonable cost!). It welcomes families who have children up to the age of two with a play area and toys provided. Due to COVID, the playgroup had been suspended until further notice. However, there are whispers that it could be reopening in early November 2022.

Playgroup opening times: Thursdays, 2:30pm to 4:30pm
How much: $20 for entry

St John’s Cathedral Playgroup, Fanny Li Hall, St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2855 7074, www.stjohnscathedral.org.hk

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St Stephen’s Chapel – Playgroup for children and parents to meet together

Supporting families and kids under three, this playgroup offers great indoor and outdoor play areas for kids, as well as snack and song time. The playgroup offers an enriched environment for the kids and a great time for parents to socialise.

Playgroup opening times: Mondays and Thursdays, 9:15am to 11:15am
How much:
$65 for entry

St Stephen’s College, 22 Tung Tau Wan Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2813 1047, ststephensplaygroup@gmail.com, www.ststephen.org.hk


Other playgroups on Hong Kong Island

City Kids Little Stars – Playgroup in Mid Levels for children age 10 months to 3 years. www.citykidshk.org/little-stars.

Mulberry House Academy (Mandarin Playgroup) – Parent-accompanied multi-sensory playgroup in Hong Kong. www.mulberryhouseasia.com.

Parent Infant Program (PIP) – Child development classes and playgroup for for infants in Hong Kong. www.intparentinfantprogram.asia.

Spring Learning – Neurosense, Neurosteps, Discoverer, Discoverer Plus and Kindermusik early years development playgroup. www.spring-learning.com.hk.

Pods Kindergarten & Preschool – Pre-nursery playgroup in Tin Hau. www.pods.com.hk.

Read More: Mandarin Lessons For Kids In Hong Kong: Chinese Classes, Playgroups And Tutors


Playgroup Hong Kong, Baby Brain

Kid’s playgroups in Kowloon

Baby Brain – Reggio Emilia inspired playgroup in Hong Kong

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, Baby Brain offers pre-nursery playgroups that incorporate play, arts and crafts, music, food sciences, cookery, movement and more.

Playgroup opening times: 9am to 6pm 
How much:
Prices vary by programme, free trials are available

Baby Brain, Shop D, G/F, Block 5, Cronin Garden, 20 Shun Ning Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2940 6066, babybrain.adm@gmail.com, www.babybrainhk.com


Lifehouse Church Kids – Online children’s playgroup and in-person Church playgroup

The playgroup at Lifehouse Church has managed to keep up with all the craziness of the pandemic by offering online Bible-based Zoom playgroup gatherings every Sunday for parents and kids aged 1 to 3 years. The programme has restarted in-person get-togethers too now that restrictions have eased. Prior registration and a vaccination pass is required for in-person but it’s a great opportunity for kids to play and parents socialise.

Playgroup opening timesEvery Sunday at 10:30am (online), 11:30am (in-person, prior registration required)
How much: Free

Lifehouse Church Kid’s Programme, Lifehouse Church, 11/F, Hub 8, 239 Temple Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, www.mylifehouse.com/hongkong

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Pebbles Playgroup Hong Kong

Pebbles Playgroup – Baby and toddler playgroup in Kowloon

At the Pebbles Playgroup, you’ll find the Pitter Patter programme specifically for kids aged 15 to 22 months. This all-encompassing play class hopes to stimulate all areas of a child’s development.

Playgroup opening times: 8:50am to 5pm (times vary), Tuesday to Saturday
How much: $500/class, packages available

Pebbles Playgroup, Shop 1A, G/F Commercial Block, Harbour Place, 8 Oi King Street Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2769 1308, www.pebbles-hk.com


YMCA Playgroups – Three different playgroups for babies, toddlers and parents

The Toddler’s World programme at the YMCA runs a few times a week at two locations in Kowloon, as well as a YMCA Parent’s and Toddlers group, and Saturday playgroups. Activities include a relaxed and safe environment for the kids to play in with plenty of different activities for kids to enjoy while the parents supervise and mingle.

Playgroup opening times: Times and dates vary by age and programme
How much: Prices vary by programme and session length

YMCA (for Toddler’s World Playgroups), 373 Po On Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

YMCA, 3/F, 41 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2268 7755, pes@ymcahk.org.hk, www.ymcahk.org.hk


Playgroups Hong Kong, USRC Playgroup

USRC Playgroup – Casual baby playgroup in Kowloon for tots and parents alike

Run and organised by fellow parent Nicola Barguss, the USRC playgroup is a chance to meet other parents in the area in a very casual and fun environment. The play area for kids includes a kids playground, as well as an area for colouring, play dough, puzzles, reading, dress up/role play, etc. It’s a great opportunity for kids to socialise and play with those their age.

Playgroup opening Times: Tuesday mornings only (previously Fridays as well); 9:30am to 11:30am
How much: Entry $88 for one child and one parent; additional $35 per extra child/parent

USRC Playgroup, United Services Recreation Club, 1 Gascoigne Road, King’s Park, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/pages/USRC-Playgroup


Other playgroups for babies and toddlers in Kowloon

The Little Gym – Bugs, Birds and Beasts playgroup classes for parents and children. www.thelittlegym.com

Read More: 101 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong

kangaroo Babycare Playgroup Hong Kong

Children’s playgroups in the New Territories

Kangaroo Babycare – Cantonese playgroup in Hong Kong

If you’re looking to expose your young one to Cantonese, Kangaroo Babycare has a variety of playgroup options. From Little Koala to Little Explorers, Kangamusic (created by former Kindermusik teachers) and Storyland, there is something for kids eight months and up and their parents. They accept babies from 8 to 36 months.

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Prices vary by programme

Kangaroo Babycare, Room E, 10/F, Phase I, Kings Wing Plaza, 3 On Kwan Street, Shek Mun, Sha Tin, Hong Kong, 5406 2640, www.kangaroobabycare.com


Kids Corner – Baby and toddler playgroup in New Territories

For a variety of programmes for kids of all ages, Kids Corner has two specifically for babies and toddlers. One is the Baby & Me playgroup for parents and children (0 to 1 year) and the other is Little Tots for parents and toddlers aged 1 to 2 years. Baby & Me focuses on children having their first musical experiences while Little Tots is aimed at kids who are learning to walk and move around while getting to interact and socialise with others.

Playgroup opening times: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am to 6:30pm
How much:
Prices vary by programme

Kids Corner, Shop B, Sun Shun Fuk Centre, 12-18 Wang Yip Street South, Yuen Long, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2646 0628, info@kids-corner.com.hk, www.kids-corner.com.hk


hong kong playgroup sai kung teddy bear club

Teddy Bear Club — Baby and toddler playgroup in Sai Kung

This baby playgroup has become a fast favourite among Sai Kung mamas! Babies and toddlers are split between three groups – Crawlers (from 6 months), Walkers (around 1 to 2 years)  and Jumpers (from 2 years). The affordable sessions include singing and nursery rhymes, messy play and sensory experiences. We love that you can book the full term, but also have the option of walk-in classes if there’s space available.

Teddy Bear Club (by Stage Right Drama Studio), 1/F, 14 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 9225 8924, info@stagerighthk.comwww.stagerighthk.com/teddy-bear-tea-club

Read More: Sai Kung Neighbourhood Guide For Families 


Best baby playgroup Hong Kong

Other playgroups in the New Territories:

Read More: Sensory Play: Getting Your Hands Dirty


Editor’s note: “Playgroups In Hong Kong For Babies And Toddlers” was originally written in March 2016 by LTThomas, updated by Danielle Roberts in May 2021, and again in September 2022 by Sassy Mama. 

Main image courtesy of Getty Images, image 1 courtesy of Casita, image 2 courtesy of Tutor Time, image 3 courtesy of MyGym, image  1 courtesy of Kindermusik, image 4 courtesy of Baby Steps, image 5 courtesy of Jess Mizzi, image 6 courtesy of Woodland Pre-Schools, ESF Playgroup, image 7 courtesy of Baby Brain, image 8 courtesy of Pebbles Playgroup via Facebook, image 9 courtesy of USRC Playgroup via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Kangaroo Babycare Playgroup, image 11 courtesy of Teddy Bear Club, image 9 courtesy of Getty Images.

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