Community Playgroup

Community Playgroup is open to children 0-5 and their caring adult. Toys, crafts, snacks are available. If Ga***rd Schools are closed or cancelled for any reason, playgroup does not meet.

Operating as usual

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 03/07/2022

Last week we talked about birds!

We made birdfeeders to take home, chalk art peacocks, and playdough birds.

(Big *THANK YOU* to the residents of Aspen Ridge who made enough playdough so we had enough for everyone!)

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 03/07/2022

Unfortunately Benagain is still recouping from surgery on his ear, so he won't be able to make it for storytime this month.

Come join us for DINOSAUR WEEK!
(Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday)

Remember, Friday we will have special visitors! Miss Hannah will be reading a story at 10:00 and Miss Gail will be bringing our friend Benagain to come listen to the story as well!

(Here's a sneak peek of what we'll be doing at the craft table.)


(The boiler is being replaced.)

See you Friday, we'll have bikes & trikes, playdough & a craft!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/28/2022

🎢 A....B...C...D....E....F....G..... 🎢
Alphabet week was fun-for-you-and-me....

This week will be all about birds! 🐦 🦜 🦚 πŸͺΆ
Come make a bird feeder on Tuesday, a chalk art peacock on Thursday, and a bright tropical bird out of playdough on Friday!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/26/2022

3 important announcements.... please check these out!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/23/2022

Last week was all about teeth at Playgroup...
This week we'll be doing activities with letters in the alphabet.
Come out & play!


No School, ice day.
No Playgroup today.


No school = No Playgroup Today

See you Friday!


Check your recycling please! If you have any empty paper towel roll, tinfoil, or saran wrap rolls, as well as clean coffee or infant formula cans with lids we'd LOVE to have them at Playgroup for some upcoming projects!
Thank you!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/13/2022

Just some ideas/options....check out the pictures....

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/13/2022

A few Community happenings...

*Word is the South End Burger King playscape is open until 6pm daily.

*There is a free Ice fishing derby on Saturday, 2/19 at the State park - everything provided! Prizes for different age groups & free snacks & lunch. Check out the FB page for the Northland Sportsmans Club for more info.

*The Sportsplex has free ice skating on most Wednesday evenings, skate rental is usually discounted as well. Call or check out their FB page for details.

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/13/2022

Our Valentines week festivities got cut short due to the snow day Friday, but we had fun Tuesday & Thursday!


Dawdle on. ❀️


No Playgroup today.
See you next week on

It is expected to be warm this afternoon, get out & play in the snow before the negative temps return tomorrow!

Community Playgroup updated their business hours. 02/10/2022

Community Playgroup updated their business hours.

Community Playgroup updated their business hours.

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 02/08/2022

This week we're celebrating Valentines!

Last week was "More Snow Week!"
(Let's face it, we're stuck with it for awhile, might as well make the best of it!) We played games with mittens & hung mitten on our clothes line, we painted a picture using the "tape resist" method, & we rode trikes & played with sparkly new white playdough (that smelled like lavender!), thanks to our friends at Aspen Ridge Retirement Village. :-)


It almost always works!




Photos from Community Playgroup's post 01/31/2022

Last week was
"Winter Animals Week"
and we learned about
snowy owls, penguins, & polar bears!

Timeline photos 01/28/2022

Please test your home yearly for Radon!
Otsego county has several "pockets" of areas that test high. I have had to deal with it at my house several different times. The tests are currently free - a canned good donation is requested if you are able.

Protect your family from radon. Test your home.

January is National Radon Action Month. Get a free test kit at any Health Department of Northwest Michigan office through Jan. 31!

Timeline photos 01/28/2022

Timeline photos

FREE virtual breastfeeding classes for all expectant parents in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet or Otsego counties! Live class via Zoom with our Certified Lactation Counselors. Call 1-800-432-4121 to register.

Timeline photos 01/28/2022

Your child may qualify for WIC.
Take the time to look at the yearly income guidelines.

Don’t forget! WIC participants will see an increase in fruits and veggies benefits in January, February, and March of this year. You can expect to see $24/month for children (1 year and older), $43/month if you are pregnant or just had your baby, and $43 or $47/month if you are breastfeeding.

See what foods are available when participating in WIC:

For more information, call the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 800-432-4121.


If you've not stopped in, here is the perfect incentive - a big sale!

Oh, and while I was there I got the cutest little toy weber grill....I just know the kiddos will be grilling EVERYTHING tomorrow, lol!


Thank you to Jennifer from the New Life Pregnancy Resource Center who stopped by Playgroup on Friday. She explained some of the services they offer to families (ultrasounds, parenting classes on site & online, formula, diapers, baby equipment, etc.) as well as ways our families can help their organization (donating gently used baby clothes/equipment as our kids out grow it, formula coupons or samples we won't be using, etc)

If you have other questions, here is their contact information. :-)

Working together, we make our 🌎 better!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 01/22/2022

Photos from Community Playgroup's post


The babies are being born!
If you haven't signed up to Fleming Farms page, I recommend it! Exciting times at the barn where we visited this fall!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 01/16/2022

This week will be "Winnie the Pooh" week!
See you Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday
(or all 3!)

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 01/16/2022

Winter Wonderland was a fun week!


For ages 4 1/2 & up.

ONE DAY ONLY! Need help registering? Let us help. Come and join us for a special event at the Otsego County Sportsplex. For every child that is registered, you will get a FREE Swim Pass!

Online Registration will be open from Feb 4-March 4th.


Fun Family Event for all ages, check it out!

Check out this fun event sponsored by the Northland Sportsmens Club and the Bruce Fasel Memorial Fund of the Otsego Community Foundation. The Bruce Fasel Memorial Fund was created to ensure Bruce's legacy lived on by granting to causes that support hunting, fishing and the love of the outdoors.

Want to support the Bruce Fasel Memorial Fund? Click the link below:!/donation/checkout


Tomorrow is our last day of our "Winter Wonderland Week", but I mixed up the crafts - just be prepared to paint tomorrow!
Storytime will be at 10 a.m., I hope you can make it!
In February we will have a *special visitor* for our storytime, you won't want to miss it!

Photos from Community Playgroup's post 01/08/2022

What a fun, "Rubber Ducky" week at Playgroup!

The Yeti Cup 01/06/2022

The Yeti Cup


The Otsego Lake County Park will be hosting the 1st annual Yeti Cup Hockey Tournament on January 22nd and 23rd. If you would like to sign up, just click on the link below and follow the instructions. Spectators are more then welcome as well! See you then!

Thank you,
Otsego County Parks & Recreation Department

The Yeti Cup Join us for the YETI CUP!January 22-23, 2022Otsego Lake County Park, Ga***rd Michigan Free Agent's Click Here to Register Β  Tournament InformationCheck out the event! We want to make this the best Pond Hockey Tournament in the Midwest! We are building a completive fun friendly environment, where we...


Ga***rd Schools are closed due to weather, so Playgroup will NOT meet today.
(But check us out on Friday!!)

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