Bond with your little ones as they learn to socialise and have fun at these playgroups in Hong Kong. With the ESF playgroup, Pebbles playgroup, Tutor Time playgroup and many more options all over the city, here are some of the best playgroups for babies and toddlers in the 852.
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? Hong Kong has plenty of playgroups 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.
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.
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
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
Tutor Time – Bilingual Reggio Emilia style baby and toddler playgroup in Hong Kong
This playgroup is a fully bilingual preschool with a WOW activity group specifically for kids 6 months to 2 years of age. The Tutor Time programme is available in the Yuen Long, Kowloon Tong (Suffolk Road), North Point and Caine Road campuses. Its approach is inspired by Reggio Emilia while integrating both English and Mandarin.
Playgroup opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Contact your preferred centre to schedule a visit and get admission and fee details
My Gym – Soft play with early years curriculum baby and toddler playgroup in Hong Kong
With two locations in Hong Kong, one in Wong Chuk Hang* and the other in Tsim Sha Tsui, My Gym has spacious play areas for kids. My Gym is based on an award-winning playgroups programme that originated in the US in 1983 with its main focus on physical engagement and fun. Its Tiny Tykes classes start at six months going up to 12 months, while the Waddlers one extends until 19 months.
Playgroup opening times: Monday to Saturday, 9:15am to 5:30pm
How much: $360/class per term (trial class $380)
*Editor’s note: The Wong Chuk Hang centre opened in October 2021. Both centres are run independently and schedules may vary.
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.
Playgroups for babies and toddlers on Hong Kong Island
Baby Steps – Multilingual baby and toddler playgroup
Here you’ll find a wide variety of programmes for babies and toddlers, starting as young as six months of age. Some of Baby Steps play programmes include Baby FUNdamentals, Enrichment Play and Music Prodigy. Baby Steps also offers baby and toddler classes for English, Spanish, Chinese, storytelling and interviews.
Playgroup opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm
How much: Prices vary by programme, free trials available
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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 times: Every 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
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
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
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
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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
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
Other playgroups in the New Territories:
Hong Kong Academy – Early years education playgroup for 2 to 3 year olds. www.hkacademy.edu.hk.
Mulberry House International Kindergarten – Reggio Emilia United Kingdom’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum playgroups. www.mulberryhousekg.com.
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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.