AFK Playgroup is all about child-led nature play in community! Before the session, one of our Educators will select a safe and engaging play site at the location we have scheduled. They will lead an opening circle, a break for snack and story, and a closing circle. Educators are also happy to discuss ideas for effectively encouraging independent play, nature exploration, and social-emotional development at home.
We encourage caregivers at AFK Playgroup to get curious about their child’s interests and abilities from the position of a mindful observer. When children see and feel their loved ones watching with delight without trying to instruct, assess, or improve upon the child’s playful actions, it can deeply affirming and satisfying.
AFK Playgroup is offered with a spirit of inclusivity and accessibility. The Playgroup is for children age 2-7 and their caregivers. Siblings under age 2 may attend for free.
AFK Playgroup is held every Friday 9:30-11:30 from September-April.
AFK Playgroup is held at various locations in the Athens area. The locations are updated here and also added as a unique event on our Facebook page each week.
First Friday - Sandy Creek Nature Center
meet - covered pavillion to the right of main entrance
Second Friday - State Botanical Garden of Georgia
meet - between Visitor’s Center and Children’s Garden (by statues of children)
Third Friday - Trail Creek Park
meet- grassy area where Blue Trail comes out on Trail Creek Street (street parking)
Fourth Friday - special locations!
To make friends, explore new places, deepen your relationship with the natural world, give children the gift of being in charge of their own experience, learn new ways of encouraging your child's development, and become part of the AFK Community!
Pre-register online below using a credit card or just show up ready to pay with cash. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a snack!
What else should I know?
The drop-in cost is $10 for the first child. Siblings age 2 and up are $5 each. Babies under 2 are welcome to attend for free!
We may cancel due to severe weather. If we do need to cancel, we will announce the decision by 7:00 am on our IG and FB pages and with a banner at the top of our website. We’ll also individually contact those who pre-register!
If your child has a severe food allergy, or any other other special need please let us know how we can help on the enrollment forms or by direct message. We want to help ensure a safe and joyful experience for your child.