Playgroups for Toddlers

Playgroup and “Child in the Wild” (ages 0-3)

We know how fleeting, special, and challenging time with an infant or toddler can be. Connect with other caregivers in our beautiful and supportive Waldorf environment. Longtime teacher Erica Moriarty leads the group in song, simple activities, and parenting discussion. Urban Prairie has two programs:

Child in the Wild is a forest classroom experience with the Waldorf morning circle and snack. September to November and April to June. 

Indoor Playgroup offers a cozy in-school experience that mimics the Early Childhood preschool morning circle, cooking, and snack time with the comfort of a parent nearby. September to June.

Parent-Child Playgroup in the Wild

Parent Child in the Wild is for families with children ages 0-4.  They will discover new-found experiences by layering up in appropriate clothing (and coats and rain pants as needed) to play outside–no matter the weather!    Teacher Erica Moriarty will lead families in exploring local forests and parks, building stick houses, making crafts of natural materials, and gathering for snack and circle time in an outdoor Waldorf class experience.  The more we reconnect our children with nature, the more they will value the natural environment and develop their minds and bodies through play.  As parents, this program provides an opportunity to meet and share experiences with other parents in a fun and supportive environment.


    Playgroup in the Wild Spring Sessions

    Playgroup in the wild will resume in spring. Stay tuned for registration.

    Check out our classroom playgroups during the chilly months!

    Inspired by Scandinavian Forest School education, Parent Child in the Wild seeks to address the “Nature Deficit Disorder” phenomenon by exposing young children to movement, activities, and play, primarily in nature.  This program will inspire children’s imaginations through exploration of beautiful, wild environments.



      Parent Child in the Wild will feature unnoticed and tucked-away natural surroundings located right in our great city, such as:

      • North Park Village/Walking Stick Woods
      • LaBagh Woods
      • Palmisano Park
      • Humboldt Park Lagoon
      • Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
      • Garfield Park Conservatory


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