Safari Multicultural Playgroups

We run four Safari Multicultural Playgroups in Lynfield (Central), Henderson (West), Papatoetoe (South) and Panmure (East).

Our playgroups provide a supportive, inclusive and multicultural environment for mothers and their children (0 – 5 years old) from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Depending on capacity of the venue, these playgroups are also open to local/ non-migrant families as well which supports community integration.

The Safari Playgroups are free for families, they provide a fun learning environment where families can play and learn together. Mums can make new friends while their children gain independence and social skills, helping prepare them for pre-school education and school. During the playgroup the mothers can attend beginner English language classes. We also work with other service providers to run sessions to support the mother’s parenting skills and knowledge of community services.

A key focus is to help mothers become more connected with their local community and more able to help their children to become school-ready.

Transport can be arranged if required from nearby suburbs.

Safari Playgroup Central:

Where: Lynfield Recreation & Youth Centre, 16 Griffen Park Road, Lynfield.
When: Wednesday / Thursday / Friday
Time: 9: 00 am -12:30pm

Safari Playgroup West:

Where: Henderson Baptist Church, 321 Great North Rd, Henderson, Auckland
When: Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Safari Playgroup South:

Where: PACT Building, 311 Great South Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland
When: Wednesday/Thursday
Time: 9.00am- 12.30pm

Safari Playgroup East:

Where: Panmure Community Centre, 7-13 Pilkington Road, Panmure
When: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time: 9.00am- 12.30pm


Daranne Theobold – Safari Programme Manager 

  • Email:
  • Phone: 09 625 2440

Swati Walimbe – Safari Project Coordinator

  • Email:
  • Phone: 022 069 9050

The Safari Multicultural Playgroups are operated by the Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) in partnership with the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition (ARCC).

Thank you to Hugh Green Foundation, Foundation North, Auckland Airport Community Trust, TM Hosking Trust, and The Trusts Community Foundation, Ministry of Education, and Auckland Council for their continued support.


To apply to volunteer with Safari contact Daranne Theobold on (09) 625 2440 or email