Playgroups for Toddlers

Playgroup in the Wild – ages 0 to 4


Playgroup Waitlist – Sign-up Here

Families on the waitlist will be contacted after current families are given the chance to re-enroll and before the summer and                                                                                                                          fall sessions are opened up to the public.

Spring Session – FULL

Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 am – March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2 (11) – No class on April 14

Fridays from 9:30-11:00 am – March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, & June 3 (10) – No classes on April 15 & May 27

*Please note* Younger siblings who are non-walkers and can be worn in a carrier are free to join. 

Questions?  Contact Jenn at or 312.858.4562.

Two toddlers in the Child in the Wild Playgroup standing outdoors arm in arm on a set of stone steps surrounded by prairie grass.

Playgroup 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
A mother and child in the foreground and a mother and child in the background hike down a woodland trail as part of nature exploration in our Child in the Wild Playgroup.

Inspired by Scandinavian Forest School education, Playgroup 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 the exploration of beautiful, wild environments.

Playgroup in the Wild is a forest classroom experience with the Waldorf morning circle and snack.

  • Classes run from September to June, with selective Summer sessions.
  • Classes meet on Thursdays and Fridays between 9:30-11:00 am.
  • If you need a discount, please contact

For more class registration information, contact Jenn Zielinski at

A group of toddlers and parents sit in a circle outdoors and look on as a teacher engages the toddlers through their imagination by telling a story using a puppet.

Lead 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. By layering up into appropriate clothing (including coats, rain, and snow pants, when needed) to play outside–no matter the weather – children will really get to explore nature. 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/guardians/caretakers, this program provides an opportunity to meet and share experiences with others in a fun and supportive environment.


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