Community Playgroup

Community Playgroup is open to children 0-5 and their caring adult. Toys, crafts, snacks are availab

Operating as usual

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 10/18/2022

Last week was our Counting week. We made our own counting books and Miss Hannah came for storytime on Friday!


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For the next 2 weeks we are doing a drawing for a 25.00 gift card to a place of your choosing here is how it works

Just come in and get a entry into the drawing bring a friend you get a bonus entry if you haven't been here in awhile come in and get 2 bonus entry

We will be drawing the winner on October 21st

Come one come all free Community meal

Friday October 14th 2022

Adopted by The Refuge

Menu: mostaccioli, garlic bread , salad and dessert.

Doors open 4:00pm
Dinner is served at 5:00

First Congregational Church fellowship hall (across from Alpine Tavern)

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This is a free meal (donations are accepted but not necessary) book your Friday now.
We are looking for help with cooking, clean up crew. Donations of supplies or monetary gifts.
Checks can be made out to Ga***rd Community Meal Program and mailed to 218 W 2nd st, Ga***rd mi 49735

Photos from White Birch Outfitters's post 10/11/2022

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Photos from Community Playgroup's post 10/10/2022

Such a fun (but chilly!) Field Trip to Fleming Farms this past Friday! Thanks to Otsego County Parks & Rec. & Great Start Parent Coalition for funding it! If you weren't able to make it, check them out on the weekend when they are open to the public.



We will do all the β€œinside the barn stuff” like snack, animals, and play areas from 10-11ish.

Then around 10:45-11am we will load the wagons for the patch. Then, the wagons will haul the families and pumpkins down to their cars where you can load up, pumpkins and kids. 😊

See you in the morning. πŸ˜ŠπŸŽƒ


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Check out the new books up at the Storywalks in Ga***rd at the Community Garden & in Vanderbilt at the park behind the library!

Photos from Fleming Farm's post 10/05/2022

Information on Fleming Farms Field Trip:

Meet AT THE FARM on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. It is about a 10 minute ride from the Community Center.
**I do have some bus tokens available if transportation is an issue. Please contact me by Thursday if you need some.

In the past we have gone on the wagon ride to the field around 10:30, once we are sure everyone who is planning to come gets there. We all go out together, then they let us unload our pumpkins by the cars. The rest of the time is free play & you are welcome to visit the animals, do the hay maze, & play in the barn.
*We might do snack before the wagon ride... we will find out Friday!

It is going to be one of the COLDEST days we've had so far this fall, so boots, winter coats, hats, mittens are strongly suggested! You can bring a blanket to snuggle with on the wagon ride if you'd like.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN EVERY PERSON IN YOUR GROUP OVER AGE 2, I will be running around with a sign in sheet. :-) EVERYONE gets to pick a pumpkin & cider & a donut, gets to feed the animals & play in the barn.

This event is FREE for all of our wonderful Playgroup Families, provided by the Otsego County Park & Rec Department and the Great Start Parent Coalition. Donations are welcome.

See you then! πŸŽƒ


Boots for Kids - October 13, 2022

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 10/02/2022

Fun with Fall leaves this past week! πŸƒ πŸ‚ 🍁 🌿 We had a gym day with the bikes, the Sensory table came out with beans to scoop & pour, there were blocks to build with and dolly's to push in strollers....we are BUSY at Playgroup! Add to the fact that we have lots of new friends this year (counted at least 30 kiddos on Friday!).... so much fun! We made "leafy owls" on Friday, cute decor for your fridge at home! πŸ¦‰
Don't forget this upcoming Friday is our Pumpkin Patch field trip, 10 a.m. - noon at Fleming Farm!


Mark your calendars, there is still a lot of time to RSVP to our first Community Baby Shower and Infant Safe Sleep event.

This event is open to everyone and we especially want to include expectant parents, parents of young children, grandparents or other caregivers, anyone who may babysit an infant under 12 months old, or who takes a special interest in issues affecting children. We will review the most up to date infant safe sleep recommendations!

We have 17 pack and plays and infant safe sleep sacks to give away to expectant parents and parents of young children. We have additional door prizes and will have light refreshments.

Also, you can come and learn a little more about OCCWA and the services that we provide in our community. We are always looking for motivated individuals who want to sit on our board and volunteer at our events.

Please join us on 10/26/22 at 5:00pm in the Otsego County Library, second floor meeting room!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 09/23/2022

We had a FUN week celebrating PIZZA!
We colored them and counted toppings too! We had 38 friends here today (maybe more!), WOW!
Next week our theme is Fall leaves (yep, no denying it, Fall is here!) Tuesday we will have a gym day with bikes & some sensory leaf activities & Friday we will make a "leafy owl".
Have a Great weekend!


SO true! :-)


T-Rex πŸ¦–

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 09/20/2022

Such a fun week!
Special thanks to the residents of Aspen Ridge Retirement Village for making us playdough in the colors of sunflowers!

Photos from The Farm at Legacy Acres's post 09/18/2022

Some place to check out on a beautiful Sunday!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 09/15/2022

Our first week of Playgroup was awesome, lots of new friends came to play!



Tonight's Otsego County Park's and Recreation Board Meeting that was scheduled for tonight, Monday September 12th, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Otsego Lake County Park has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. Thank you for your understanding.

Otsego County Park & Recreation Staff


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It's the 1st Tuesday of the School year!
That means Playgroup is today, 9:30-11:30 @ the Community Center!
See you there!


Join us this Saturday, September 3rd for National Cinema Day!

Tickets are just $3 each for all ages, for every movie, every showtime!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 08/24/2022

What a great day at the County Park yesterday! The water was warm, the sun was shining, the Popsicles were refreshing!
See you back at the Community Center on Tuesday, Sept 6th
from 9:30-11:30.
**My kindergarten/preschool buddies who have not started school yet for the year are welcome to come too!


Tuesday, August 23rd is the last Community Playgroup for the summer!
We will be meeting from 10 a.m.- noon at the County Park
(1816 County Park Rd.)
We will be painting rocks under the Pavillion as our craft, playing on the playground, eating Popsicles, having a wagon ride thru the campground, playing with friends....
Pack a lunch, go swimming, stay as long as you want!
Bring a friend!
*FREE day use for families coming to Playgroup*

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 08/12/2022

So nice to see so many kiddos on Tuesday at the Splashpad!
See you on 8/23 at the County Park for our last summer playdate. Craft, toys, snack, tractor ride in the park, & bring swimming gear if you'd like! Free day use for all Playgroup families!


Well, it might not be quite warm enough to play in the water at the splashpad in Waters, but they have a great playground & little hiking trail, I'll bring a craft and some toys and a snack! See you anytime between
10 a.m. -noon!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 07/29/2022

Tuesday, July 26th was a great park play day! Our project of the day was making ice cream in a bag, yum!

See you on Tuesday August 9th at the Splash Pad Park in Waters!

*Recipe we used: (enough to serve 2)

2 Tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
1/3 cup EACH whole milk, half & half, whipping cream (you can make it with just milk, but using the creams is what makes it creamy.) πŸ˜€

Put in a quart sized zip lock bag with the air out.
Put that bag in a gallon sized bag with lots of ice and 1/2 cup of salt (any kind will work but larger salt grains like coarse salt or canning salt are best.)
SHAKE until your arms want to fall off & your hands are cold!
Shake some more.
Wonder why you just didn't take your kids out for ice cream.
Continue shaking.
(About 10 minutes).
Stop at whatever consistency you like....some kids made milkshakes, some soft serve, we even had 1 get it to scoopable ice cream stage!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 07/18/2022

Fun was had at the Vanderbilt park
last week, thanks to all who came out!
Next Tuesday
we will be at Dumas Park from 10 a.m.- noon. Bring your arm game, we will be shaking & making ice cream in a bag!


It will be cooler today for Playgroup, so dress in layers! We will meet at the yellow playground in Vanderbilt (across the street from the post office) from 10 a.m. - noon. There will be time to play, a craft, snack, & don't forget the Storywalk!



Photos from Community Playgroup's post 06/29/2022

We had lots of *glittery* fun yesterday at the park in Elmira! Have a fun & safe 4th of July!

See you on Tuesday, July 12th @ the Splash Pad Park!


Today looks like it will be a great day to be outside at Playgroup! We will be meeting from 10 a.m.-noon at the park in Elmira.
Older siblings always welcome!


It will be a beautiful Saturday to be outside! Check out Art in the Garden, lots to see & do for all ages. Bug hike at 11, Storywalk, booths with hands on displays & demonstrations, live music... come visit the 4H Junior Master Gardener booth & make a butterfly with playdough!


Saturday is Art in the Garden at the Community Garden by the Health Department. There will be a bug/butterfly hike at 11 a.m. I will be there with playdough to make butterflies!


Sign up today at the Library for the Summer Reading Program! From ages 0-adult!
Lots of fun things from storytimes to live shows, chances to win cool prizes & neat bling!


The Summer Lunch program is being held Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays at the Intermediate School on 4th street from 11am-1pm. All area children can receive free Lunch. (There is a charge for adults if you want to eat.) Check it out!


Good Tuesday Morning!
Playgroup meets TODAY
at Freel Park
(behind 7-11)
from 10am-noon. Chalk art & the water table, puzzles, snacks & friends! Hope you can make it!


Fun time, check it out - for all ages!

FREE Second Saturdays are back for the warmer monthsβ€”May through October! Next up: Saturday, June 11th from noon to 4pm. Free admission for families only. NO groups, please. Limited time and numbers indoors, but lots to explore outdoors , both old and new! For more information, call 231.536.3369.

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