Free Child/Parent Playgroups

Playgroups provide age-appropriate activities to promote healthy development and exploration. They give parents and caregivers opportunities to interact and build skills with their children through play.  Playgroups are designed to support families in understanding their child’s social-emotional, motor skills, and cognitive development, and prepare children for future experiences in and out of a school setting.

FRN follows the Natick Public Schools calendar and snow day closures.  No programs on: 1/1, 1/20, 2/17, 2/18, 2/19, 2/20, 2/21.

PLEASE READ BEFORE REGISTERING:

  1. Families residing in Natick will be given priority for all playgroups.
  2. Completing registration does not guarantee a space to the program.
  3. Registration is done through a lottery.
  4. Family Resources of Natick will notify you by phone of your registration status once lottery is complete.
  5. Please complete one form per child. The registration form is universal for all available programs.
  6. Children participating must fall in the age range for the age-specific playgroups at the start of the program.
  7. Non-participating children are only permitted to attend if they are 0-6 months and a sibling of a participant.
  8. Registration forms are not required for non-participating sibling children (0-6 months only).

If you miss more than 3 playgroups in a row without notice, you will lose your spot and risk your chance of attending a future registered playgroup. Please let us know if you can’t make it! There are two ways to get an excused absence:

  1. Preferred: Fill out an absentee form. This can be filled out in advance for known absences.
  2. Call our office at 508-655-2557.

If you need assistance completing this form, please contact Family Resources of Natick at 508-655-2557 or email at admin@natickfamilies.org.

REGISTRATION TIMELINE:

December 5 @ 9:00AM – Registration Open
December 12 @ 9:00AM – Registration Closed
December 19 – By this date, you will be notified about the status of your child’s registration.  All confirmation calls of participation in programs will have been made. Expect a phone call on the number used on the registration form.
January 6 – Programs begin

MONDAYS

Multi-Age Drop-In Play & Storytime
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Monday, January 6, 2020 to Monday, March 30, 2020
9:00 – 10:30 AM
Drop-in play will be from 9-10:15am and storytime at 10:15am will feature a different children’s book each week and include songs and finger plays. Facilitated by Miss Linsey. 
No registration required.  Add to Calendar.

Mandarin Language Play-to-Learn Group
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Monday, January 27, 2020 to Monday, March 16, 2020
11:00am – 12:30pm
For families with children ages birth through 5 with an adult caregiver
A play-to-learn group for ages birth-PreK, facilitated in Mandarin Chinese; is not a language-learning class. Each session includes circle time, play, activities and lunch time. Please bring a peanut/tree nut free lunch from home.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.

TUESDAYS

Open Gym for Natick Families
No Open Gym on 3/3 due to election.Cole Center Gym, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:15am – 10:15am
For sturdy walkers through 5 with adult caregiver
Indoor gym that helps facilitate gross motor play with mats, climbers, slides and other toddler-appropriate gym equipment.  Natick Families Only.
No registration required. Add to Calendar.

Baby and Me…and More!
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 to Tuesday, March 31, 2020
10:00am – 12:00pm
For infants and their parents/primary caregivers, and welcoming an older sibling (1s, 2s and 3s) as needed in order to participate with baby! Come meet other families with infants and chat about the joys and challenges of life with baby while enjoying our toy-filled playroom and learning about other resources in Natick. We’ll have a baby scale available for parents to use, and as always the Ages & Stages developmental tool!
No registration required. Add to Calendar.

WEDNESDAYS

Winter Fun Play-to-Learn Group
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 to Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:30 – 11:00 AM
For ages 18-36 months with an adult caregiver
Winter-themed playgroup will engage children in stories and activities based on cold weather fun: freezing and melting, snow, animals in winter and more! Snack time is included; please bring a peanut/tree-nut free snack from home. Facilitated by Miss Kissy, Natick parent and Early Childhood educator.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.

STEM Family Exploration Workshops
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
The following Wednesdays: March 4 / March 11 / March 18 / March 25
9:30 – 10:30 AM
For ages 3, 4 and 5 with an adult caregiver
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math and take-home ideas and activities to continue the learning and fun. Register for one or all of the sessions. Facilitated by Molly Leito, Natick parent and Early Childhood Educator.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.

THURSDAYS

Integrated Playgroup
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
Thursday, January 9, 2020 to Thursday, March 26, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 AM
For ages 18-30 months with an adult caregiver
FRN enrolls typically-developing children from the community for an integrated play setting in collaboration with Criterion-Middlesex Early Intervention. This 2-hour group includes free play, snack provided, gross motor, fine motor and story/song circle time. Facilitated by Amanda Martin, Developmental Specialist.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.

FRIDAYS

Open Gym @ Boston Ability Center
Boston Ability Center, 10 Tech Circle, Natick MA
Friday, January 17 / February 14 / March 13
9:00 – 10:00am
For children aged 0-5 and their caregivers.
Enjoy a morning of play time in the Boston Ability Center gym! A physical therapist and occupational therapist will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips on your child’s development. Register for one or all of the sessions.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.

SATURDAYS

STEM Family Exploration Workshops
Family Resources of Natick, 179 Boden Lane, Natick
The following Saturdays*: January 11 / January 25 / February 1 / February 8
*If any dates are cancelled due to weather, the makeup date (save this date) is February 29
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
For ages 3, 4 and 5 with an adult caregiver
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math and take-home ideas and activities to continue the learning and fun. Register for one or all of the sessions. Facilitated by Molly Leito, Natick parent and Early Childhood Educator.
Registration is closed. Please call 508-655-2557 if you have any questions.