If you’ve been searching the terms “toddlers”, “playgroups” and “Düsseldorf”, you might have already stumbled upon Jackie Mitchell’s post offering you an introduction guide for expats with children in Düsseldorf. One of her toddler play group suggestions was Tales for Tots, an English reading/singing group for babies and toddlers at the International English Library in Düsseldorf.
So, Düsseldorf Expat Assistant, Elisa Stella decided to go all out and explore exactly what the International English Library offers not just for babies and toddlers, but children of all ages… and then her explorations led her to write an info-packed list of other children’s playgroups in Dusseldorf, so that you can save time on Google and spend more time enjoying the city.
Here is Elisa’s list of playgroups in Dusseldorf that are perfect for your family:
International English Library Playgroups
English is an international language, so it’s always nice to find children initiatives which promote the practice of English and – at the same time – welcome those who are not native German speakers.
In Düsseldorf, I experienced a pleasant and warm atmosphere at the International English Library (Kasernenstrasse 6 – metro station Heinrich Heine), which offers the following playgroups:
- Tales for Tots: Held on Monday mornings at 11:30 am and the 1st Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. It is a playgroup for children aged 12-36 months where they read stories and sign songs (in English). Of course, caregivers must be in attendance as well and the events are free. Call Mel if you need more information: 0173 8172146
- Preschool Storytime: On Tuesdays at 4:30 pm, the library offers storytime for kids aged around 3-5 years (a bit older is also fine).
You can check out all their events (including yoga classes and adult book clubs) on their website.
American Women’s Club Düsseldorf
The American Women’s Club Düsseldorf hosts a playgroup on Thursday afternoons in Duisburg. It’s for kids between the ages of 0-6 years, with their caregiver. While the caregiver does need to be a club member, they do not need to be from the US.
You can find more children and family events from the American Women’s Club on their website.
Consider German “Spielgruppen”
We know it’s not easy, but a little German integration might be a fun way to get your barings around Düsseldorf. There are plenty of courses and playgroups around every corner. Some of the common activities include baby-swimming, baby-massage, parents & child sports, PEKIP (focused on stimulating sensorial development and bonding techniques) and many others. They can be quite affordable, it’s just up to you to pick your favorite one.
- 9 sessions PEKIP for 65.90 Euro at EFA
- 8 sessions for 56,70 Euro at AWO
- 23 sessions for 105 Euro at DRK
Trial-sessions give you a grasp as to how these activities might be beneficial for you and your child. EFA, for instance, takes part in the program “Elternstart NRW”, which includes 5 sessions for free for parents with one child, younger than 1 year of age.
To top it all off, here are a couple more suggestions from Jackie Mitchell, expat and founder of the Facebook group Dusseldorf Toddler Play Group.
A baby cafe suitable for young babies through to toddlers.
- When? Open Monday to Sunday (opening times are dependent on location)
- Where? Pempelfort and Unterbilk locations
- Cost: 1,90 – when you purchase the 10-er card / 2,40 – for a single entrance card (per person, regardless of age & always subject to change)
Baby and Toddler soft play area.
- When? Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm & Sunday from 3 pm – 6 pm
- Where? Achenbachstr. 148, 40237 Düsseldorf
- Cost: 2,50 – for everyone under the age of 18 (always subject to change)
Hey, all you other parents in Düsseldorf! Are there any other playgroups that you’d add to the list? Do you have questions about living #LifeInDüsseldorf? Feel free to send us an email with your question at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have tips you’d like to share with others, we’re also accepting guest posts which include the author’s name, bio, and photo.