The 5 playgroups that got me out of the house as a new parent 8 months ago

The 5 playgroups that got me out of the house as a new parent

When I first became a parent, I wasn't prepared for how lonely it can be.

Getting out and about and socialising seems harder than ever but it doesn't have to be that way.

A quick Google search will bring up an amazing variety of parent and child groups. While there are many out there, these five, in particular, are great.

From getting fit to getting creative, both parent and child can get something from these fantastic play groups.

Water Babies

Water Babies began in Ireland in 2009 and has been a huge success with classes in Dublin, Meath, Louth and Kildare. Baby swimming with Water Babies provides an enriching experience for both you and your little one.

My daughter loves swimming and I think she must secretly be a mermaid because she would live in the water if she could.

It's an ideal way to not only teach a vital life skill but also bond with your baby.

The Ark Dublin

Having opened its doors over twenty years ago, the Ark is still one of the most popular spots in Dublin for parents and children.

Based in Temple Bar, the Ark offers a range of classes and workshops for children aged two to twelve in music, animation, dance and acting. They also host free events during festivals like Culture Night and The Bram Stoker Festival.

Purpose built, it is a unique cultural experience for parents and children. Classes can be purchased on a one-off basis or you can sign up for membership.

Rugby Tots

Originally from the UK, Rugby Tots has taken Ireland by storm and it's easy to see why.

For boys and girls from ages two to seven, they can experience a taste of rugby with fun games and activities while kitted out in their own Rugby Tots uniforms.

Based in several locations around Dublin, Rugby Tots is a great way to get your child interested in sports and fitness while having fun at the same time.

Gaiety Parent & Toddler

Have you a budding star on the rise? The Gaiety School of Acting’s parent and toddler drama classes are just what you need.

In the walls that once housed Colin Farrell himself, you and your child can explore the magical world of acting every Saturday morning.

These fun interactive sessions are a great way for you and your child to build trust while dazzling people with your improv skills.

Alliance Francaise Dublin

A Petits Pas is a programme for toddlers and their parents. It's a great way to introduce your child to another language while sharing quality time together.

Alliance Francaise also run lots of events during the year for children and adults, including film screenings and food tastings.

You never know, the other parents in class could become your new wine buddies. Tres bien!