About Us

Porto Playgroup is an independent, not-for-profit playgroup in Porto, Portugal for babies and children. Porto Playgroup gives your baby or toddler an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop sensory, social and communication skills through informal play and simple, structured activities.  It allows parents to make new friends and share ideas and experiences, while spending quality time with your child. Porto Playgroup also offers a chance for children to test a new social setting with the security of parents or carers close by.

Porto Playgroup is an English-speaking environment open to all members of the community that speak any language.

Porto Playgroup was founded in September 2016 by a small group of new parents looking for a place to meet during the weekdays and spend quality time with their children in a social environment, both for themselves and their little ones.  A mostly international group, we could not find this popular UK/US “Playgroup” concept anywhere in Porto, so we decided to start one of our own! From a small group, we have quickly grown to over 100 members from the UK, US, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Venezuela, and of course, Portugal! We look forward to welcoming you.

A typical Porto Playgroup session runs like this:

10:30am – Arrival and check-in

10:45/11:00am – “Hello” song and introduction, followed by free-play and scheduled activities

11:45 – Children’s snack is laid out (usually: biscuits, fruit, raisins and breadsticks).  You are free to bring your own, but be prepared to share!

12:15 – Group tidy-up, followed by sing-along and “Goodbye” song

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided for the parents throughout the duration of the playgroup.

A changing table, small potty, refrigerator and tea kettle are available for all carers to use.