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Peapod Playgroups

Join a Peapod Playgroup! Connect with parents and children in your area. All Mono County parents and families with children 0-5 are invited to participate.


“We’re all in this together”

A free opportunity for families with kids ages 0-5 to socialize and encourage development through play. Songs, stretching, and stay-at-home activity ideas. By joining Zoom groups you are agreeing to share some of your personal information—name or phone number.

In September 2022, groups are held in-person for up to 10 households for 10 weeks. Every 10 weeks, if the need exceeds 10 families, 10 new households will be selected from the list in first-come-first-serve order.  Please contact the playgroup leader to be added to the list. In-person groups will be held either outdoors or in a building with doors and windows open. Leaders will share COVID protocols with families coming to in-person groups.

Mammoth Lakes:

Mondays, 10-11 am: 11/28/2022-2/13/2023 except 12/19 & 26, click here for the flyer  

Tuesdays, 10-11 am, 1/3-3/7/2023, click here for the flyer  

Thursdays, 6-7 pm, 9/22-12/15, click here for the flyer

Bridgeport: Mondays, 6-7 pm, 11/28/2022-1/30/2023, click here for the flyer

Chalfant: Wednesdays, 1-2 pm, 11/23/2022-2/1/2023, click here for the flyer

If you’d like to join a group, but your community is not listed, please email Molly at mdesbaillets@monocoe.org


About Peapod Playgroups

A chance for young children—and their parents—to play and socialize. Play mats, tunnels, and tents give children a stimulating atmosphere to play with their peers, while parents get a much welcomed chance to chat with other parents about the joys and challenges of parenting.

Parent/child playgroups are offered to provide parents an opportunity to enhance their child’s social and emotional development through play. Just as importantly, social opportunities for parents are provided. When parents have an opportunity to talk with each other on a regular basis it can help them feel more connected, supported, and better able to cope with the challenges of parenting. Typical activities include free play, singing, arts and crafts, and guest speakers on topics of interest to parents. The playgroups meet weekly at the same time and place, enabling families to form a healthy habit of having fun together.

Common Questions

How often and where do the playgroups meet?

Once a week for an hour, in a comfortable and welcoming environment such as a community center, library, or park. Families are welcome to attend as often as they are able. In Mammoth Lakes, enrollment is required to ensure the group size doesn’t exceed capacity.

How much does it cost?

The playgroups are free of charge for all families.

Who can attend?  

Parents with children ages zero to five are welcome. There are no qualifications for attending, but due to COVID precautions, registration is required, see directions on the group flyer.

What else do the playgroups offer?

Playgroups can assist with other parenting-related needs, such as:

  • Breastfeeding assistance
  • Connections to community events and services
  • Connections to other families in your area who share similar interests
  • Funds to support the mental health needs of families, as requested.

Who leads the playgroups?

Specially trained Parent Leaders work to help parents address challenges specific to parenting, and lead fun, family-centered playgroups.

The Peapod Program is funded by a grant from Mono County Behavioral Health, and administered by First 5 Mono County.

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