You can help your child grow and learn by giving them chances to play with other children.

It’s great for your child to spend time with other kids at every age. They’ll have lots of chances to interact and make friends once they start school, but there are several ways you can help your child learn social skills right from birth.

You can bring your baby to free infant massage classes, baby and parent yoga sessions, and infant playgroups. Spending time with friends with babies can also help your infant learn to be social at a young age.

There are lots of free, drop-in playgroups and open gym times that you can join when it fits your schedule.

The Early Childhood Family Resource Centre of Westmorland-Albert in Dieppe runs lots of free programs for families, including a weekly Baby and Me group, a weekly Parent and Tot group, open family playtime sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and active kids on Friday mornings.

There are more than a dozen Family Resource Centres in New Brunswick, all with the mission of offering free, educational programming to families with children under the age of six. Check out the organization’s website for details on other locations in the province. The centre also coordinates outreach playgroups in Riverview, Hillsborough, Salisbury, Memramcook, and Shediac.

Visit the Tantramar Family Resource Centre for programs in Sackville.

And don’t forget your local library – a wonderful place to visit any time, with lots of programming for all ages.