Organizing a Playgroup
Of course, there are lots of different kinds of playgroups and some are a lot more formal than others. Playgroups may be geared to facilitating socialization such as play through one or more of art, music, nature or reading; they may emphasize a particular parenting technique and provide education and support for parents who share those goals. Playgroups are also available for a multitude of ages from infancy through preschool as well as more specialized playgroups for homeschoolers and children with developmental challenges.
Usually, playgroups are organized into parent-involved and free-play sessions that meet once per week. During the parent-involvement segment of the gathering, a group leader (which could be you!) will lead parents and kids in cooperative activities such as singing or games. Following the parent-involved activities, parents may separate from their kids (hooray! Time to get errands done), leaving them in the care of a group leader, and gather to discuss a specified topic while the children engage in free play with their peers. Other playgroups are more casual and may not involve organized activities at all.
Many a playgroup has been formed through casual meetings at the park. You can also find playgroups through parenting associations, internet playgroup directors, or bulletins at churches or community centers.