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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 June 2021, groups are held in-person for up to 5 households (the same two) for 4 weeks. Every 4 weeks, if the need exceeds 5 families, 5 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. Leaders will be taking time off over the summer, each group will pause for the stated dates. 

Tuesday 10:00- 11:00 am
in-person in Bridgeport
May 24 to July 26
Except for July 5
to be put on the list contact Alona at
Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am
in-person in Benton
From June 1 to July 20
to be put on the list contact Katie at:
Fridays 10:00-11:00 am
in-person in Lee Vining
From July 15 to September 2
to be put on the list contact Zoraya at:

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

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.

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.

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 the Mental Health Services Act, Innovation Funds, (Proposition 63), and administered by First 5 Mono County.

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