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Looking for play dates / play groups

We are new to Zurich from Scotland, living near Sihlcity. Boy age 2 and girl age 3.5 and both missing friends. So looking for group or other family to go to park and meet up.

We will go to baby morgen at Kinderparadies but looking for other possibilities.

Any other suggestions?
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Re: Looking for play dates / play groups

For the younger one look for "Krabbelgruppe". This is with parents. For the older one look for "Spielgruppe" this is without parents. Go to your nearest playground (search for "Spielplatz" if you don't know where that is). Go there often. Go there always at the same time and you will meet the same kids again and again. This will help you to start talking to the parents and it will give your children an opportunity to get to know them and play with them. Check out the nearest "Mütter und Väter Beratung" or something along these lines. There you will run into other families as well. Have fun exploring and setteling!
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Re: Looking for play dates / play groups

Also join the yahoo group 'families in Zurich '. Introduce yourself and see if you can find like minded parents to meet up with. I made my two closest friends through this group!
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Re: Looking for play dates / play groups

Look for spielgruppe in your area. I am in the same situation ( 2 boys 1.5 y 3 years old).

My oldest son used to go to the Kindergarden 2 days and he will go to a spielgruppe other 2 days per week.

it is complicated to find activites for children <3/4 years. :-(..
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Re: Looking for play dates / play groups

Oh, if you're starting out with children in Zurich, I'd heartily recommend the so-called "Gemeinschaftszentrum", which means Community Centre. They are in several places around the city, and run by the City of Zurich in collaboration with "pro juventute" (the Organisation For the Youth).

http://www.gz-zh.ch/
(here you can have a look at the centre in each area of the City)
It is in German, but the gist can be figured out with google translate. Also, if you just go there and talk to people.

Most Gemeinschaftszentren (pl. of Gemeinschaftszentrum, also just known a GZ, pronounced in German ghe-tsed) have an indoor and an outdoor play area, space for having a picnic, and often a rather basic café of sorts. No-one frowning at you if your children run around here ... that's the point.

There are offers for all ages, a slightly different range at each centre: e.g. play-groups, baby massage, parent-and-child gym classes, painting, dancing and children's flea-markets, children's discos. Some have an integrated library, others have woodworking workshops. Also special week-long activities during school holidays, or events related to the traditions of the season, such as painting Easter Eggs or baking Grittibänz on 6th December.

Most of these activities require a low fee, some are even free. Certainly hanging around to play, and to meet others, is free.

These centres are well-maintained, clean, in good shape, well-organised. But there is nothing flashy there, no major electronics or big screens, in other words, they are basic, solid, good and child-oriented.

They also are a good place to hire a hall, for anyone wanting to hold a private event, also not just for children. It could be that for such an arrangement there are restrictions on alcohol on the premises... not sure about that.
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Re: Looking for play dates / play groups

Are there no moms and baby/tot groups here on the EF?

I did a quick search and found only oldish threads...
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