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German, Wenn Du weitere Informationen auf Deutsch brauchst, wende Dich bitte an Dorothea, dorothea@homeinleiden.nl

Danish, For mere information paa Dansk kan De kontakte Heidi. ckb.hw@wxs.nl

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BABY/TODDLER GROUPS

English-speaking groups/Bilingual groups

Vogelenwijk Playgroup

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Where

Speeltuin Vogelenwijk, Nachtegaallaan 25, 2333 XT Leiden

When

Wednesdays 9.30-11.30

Cost

€ 1 per family suggested voluntary donation to cover costs of refreshments and crafts, and regular attendees are encouraged to join the playground (see www.vogelwijk.nl)

Website

Vogelwijk Playgroup

They say

The Vogelwijk Wednesday Morning Group, Vogelwijk Woensdagochtend Peutergroep as called in Dutch, is for international families to get together in Leiden. Our goal is to connect with other families and give our children a safe place to play under our own supervision. Parents, grandparents or carers are warmly welcomed with their babies, toddlers and young children. We speak predominantly English and Dutch, but have families from all over the world including Dutch families. Our venue has fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities.

Review

This is a lovely welcoming group in a fantastic setting, with lots for children of all ages both out and inside. It has become rather an institution, in fact! A great opportunity to meet people in a warm and friendly atmosphere, with snacks and craft activities for the children and a (multi-lingual!) singing session to round off the morning

Getting there

Bus 40 (Lijsterstraat stop, 5 mins walk) or about 15 mins walk from Leiden Centraal station

Bumps

Where

Buurtcentrum Pancrat, Middelstegracht 85, 2312 TT Leiden

When

Open 9.30 to 12.00 on Mondays - you don't have to be punctual, just drop by during this time when it suits you!

Cost

€ 0.75 per adult, to cover the room cost, plus €1 for tea/coffee

Website

 

They say

They say Any new mothers or mums-to-be are welcome to come and join this friendly group. Do bring a mat or blanket if you want to put your baby on the floor, otherwise just bring yourself / yourselves!

Review

 

Getting there

The Buurtcentrum is near the Albert Heijn on the Hooigracht, almost opposite the parking garage at the back. That garage is probably the best place to park your car unless you have a permit for inner Leiden. Buses 5 and 6 stop the closest, on the Hooigracht.

Oegstgeest Family Group

Where

Centrum Jeugd en Gezin, Lijtweg 7, Oegstgeest

When

First and third Fridays of the month, 9.30-11.30, likely summer break, email alice@homeinleiden.nl or check the website () for more info

Cost

€ 1 per family suggested voluntary donation to cover costs of refreshments

Website

Oegstgeest Family Life

They say

There is a new weekly group open to everyone which started in June 2013 - the Oegstgeest Family Group . It's a walk-in tea/coffee/chat/children's play session, held in a child-friendly space with plenty of room and toys for babies and young children. We were inspired by the Wednesday playgroups in the Vogelwijk in Leiden; we'd like to make our Friday group in Oegstgeest just as friendly and helpful a place, where internationals and Dutch people help each other put down roots in their area.

Review

None yet

Getting there

3mins walk from Lange Voort shopping centre (bus 186 Irislaan stop), also 5mins from Rhijngeesterstraatweg (bus 57 out of Leiden, stop Duinzichtweg). Loads of car parking at the Lange Voort a few metres away.

Bumps & Babies

The Bumps and Babies group is taking a short break. It will return in 2012 with a new venue and time.

First Friends International Parent & Toddler Group

Where

De Spelewey, Breughelhof 8, 2215 AB, Voorhout

When

Wednesdays 9.30-11.30 (during term time)

Cost

€ 4.00 per family

Website

www.firstfriendsvoorhout.blogspot.nl

They say

Parents of any nationality together with their babies/toddlers aged 0-4 are warmly welcome! We speak predominantly English and Dutch, but have families from all over the world. Come join us!

Review

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Getting there

Bus 57 (Schoutenlaan stop, 15 mins walk), or take the Haarlem stoptrein from Leiden Centraal station, it's 10 mins walk from Voorhout station

Wassenaar Mother and Toddler group

Where

Deylercentrum Hofcampweg 3, Wassenaar

When

Thursdays 9.30-11.30

Cost

€ 4 per family

Website

Wassenaar Mother and Toddler Group

They say

The Wassenaar Mothers and Toddlers Group invites you to join us. We are a friendly, international, English-speaking playgroup. We have a wide variety of toys, books and puzzles. Each session includes a simple craft activity, refreshments and singing. It's a great place for babies, young children and their mothers, fathers, and caregivers to get to know each other. So come along and join in the fun!

Review

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Getting there

Bus 43 (Stadhoudersplein stop)

Voorschoten Parent and Toddler Group

Where

Moeder Gods Church, Baron Schimmelpenninck v.d Oyelaan, Voorschoten

When

Tuesdays 10.00-11.30

Cost

€ 4 for one child, € 0.50 per additional child

Website
E-mail

www.voorschotentoddlers.webs.com

voorschotentoddlers@gmail.com

They say

Welcome to Voorschoten Toddler Group. We are an informal, English speaking group consisting of mothers, fathers, carers, grandparents, from all over the world, who meet together once a week in a lovely hall near the centre of Voorschoten. The children are encouraged to mix freely and play with a superb selection of toys. Each session includes a simple craft activity, fresh fruit and refreshments, and a lovely singing session at the end to round things off. We have regular child free evenings out to! We hope the group offers you the opportunity to meet and make new friends, especially helpful when you move to a new country. Feel free to pop along to one of our sessions. Hope to see you there soon.

Review

This is a very friendly group that has just been taken over and given a new lease of life by a great new mum, and they have lots of outings and activities.

Getting there

Bus 45 (Voorstraat stop)

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Where

Trinity International Church, Gruttolaan 23, Leidschendam

When

First and third Thursdays of the month, 9.15-11.30

Cost

€ 25 euro registration

Website

www.mopsinholland.org

They say

MOPS is a warm, caring, and dynamic group of women who all have one thing in common -- to be the very best mothers they can be! We come together to laugh, talk, and share together while our children are being cared for by others

Review

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Getting there

Bus 39 ( Sint Antoniushove stop)

NB.

This is a group for mums to meet each other without the children - there is separate professional childcare for children aged 0-4, called Moppets, which is divided into four age classes. Infants under 5 months can stay in the mums group if they are not 'distracting'. The organization is Christian, and they are also looking for people interested in setting up their own group

Other groups

There are also lots of groups of various kinds in The Hague of course..

 

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