Where to go to in Madrid to make friends with other parents while the kids play

Toddler playgroup

Staying at home with the kids can be fun, but sometimes you might yearn to mingle with other adults during the day. What better time to do this than while your kids are playing? Getting out of the house with them and keeping them active can be as important for the children as it for the parent’s wellbeing.

If you are new to Madrid or are just looking for activities to do with your little ones, don’t fret. There are plenty of options for keeping the little ones entertained while you make friends.

Playgroups take place during the morning and are recommended for kids from infant to age 3 – since that’s the age when most children start school in Madrid.

Good to know before you go:

  • Most playgroups charge a small fee
  • Snacks, juice, and coffee are usually provided, but if your child has food allergies you might want to bring your own snacks
  • Stroller parking can be tight, so keep that in mind if you’re bringing more than one baby
  • Playgroups usually shut down during the summer, but might open their doors if it’s a school festivity. Most accept older kids on those days.

Here is a list of a few of the English-speaking playgroups for mom and kids.

La Bolsa Mágica
Calle Menéndez Pelayo 25, Madrid
Every Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

St. George’s Play Group (Under the Fig Tree)
St. George’s Church
43 Nunez de Balboa, Madrid
Every Wednesday from 10.30am-12.30pm,

Sticky Fingers
Parroquia San Vicente Ferrer
C/ Ibiza 43
Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30 a.m.-12.30am

Cathy Hackl

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Cathy Hackl is an Emmy-nominated journalist turned public relations professional and mommy blogger. She lives in Barrio Salamanca with her husband and two children. Hackl has worked for ABC News, CNN, Fox and Discovery Channel and has represented companies in the architectural & design community, human resources, fine arts and sustainability industries. She currently writes about her adventures in parenting on her blog, The Mommysphere.

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  1. Barbara Smith

    September 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Playgroup was always a day to look forward to, for both the kids and me! Still keep in touch with some of the ladies, 20 years later! Good times.

  2. Tessa Bayrante

    October 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Hi – I´d just like to share our playgroup for anyone interested. We are in the Arganzuela district. Papis y Peques playgroup is for any family looking to have an activity for their little ones 0-4 years. We have a sing along, games and storytime in our 45 min workshop in English. Families are welcome to join in any of our two groups. Tuesdays (starting 13th November) in El Duende Travieso, Pº de las Acacias, 30 from 17.30 – 18.30 or on Wednesdays at Cuatropecas, Ronda de Segovia, 13 from 17.00 – 18.00. Each session costs 6 euros per family or 5 euros for a 10 playgroup coupon. For more information call Tessa on 649044588. New members welcome!

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