Whether you’re the first of your friends to have kids or you just want to grow your mom squad, moms (and dads) groups are a great way to meet other LA parents and their kids and get some support during the wild ride called parenthood. We’ve rounded up a few of the best in the city to get you started on building that village.
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With chapters all across LA from the Westside to the Bay Cities and throughout the Valley, MOMS Club handily dominates the moms group scene. Starting with the very youngest babies and up this is an all-inclusive club for moms at various stages. The emphasis is on “moms” so it is first and foremost a place to meet other moms to build friendships and support systems, but of course the added bonus is having plenty of other similarly aged kids to play with. Most chapters are divided into meeting groups by age, as well as hosting chapter-wide events.
What They Do: Each Chapter has it’s own meeting schedules and activities, including things like playgroups, moms night out, craft and cooking activities, online support, and even participating in charitable events. Visit the national MOMS Club website to find the nearest local chapter in your area. There are dozens and dozens in the LA area; you’re sure to find the perfect one for you!
What Does It Cost: MOMS Club charges members an annual membership fee of $30. Events and activities are generally free.
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West LA Parents Of Multiples
It’s no secret that moms (and dads) of multiples need all the extra help they can get. This group offers an extensive support system for LA parents of twins, triplets and quadruplets or more. With events and resources both on and offline, there are a variety of different ways to get involved, meet other parents of multiples and get some extra help both before birth and after.
What They Do: West LA Parents of Multiples offers seminars and informational meetings on parenting topics, playgroups with similar aged kids, an online forum, and even a collection of preemie clothes members can borrow from. Support systems are also in place to provide meals for families with newborns and a helping hand to moms on bedrest or families in the NICU. Beyond supporting its own members, the group is also focused on giving a lending hand to needy parents of multiples through the Multiple Helpings program.
What Does It Cost: Families are charged an annual membership fee of $55.
La Leche League
Breastfeeding can be a struggle, but you don’t have to go through it alone. A local chapter of La Leche League, a national organization dedicated to supporting women who are breastfeeding, is the perfect place to meet other nursing moms, ask questions, and get support. There are several local chapters of this international organization in the LA area, but the largest and most active is La Leche League Los Angeles Westside.
What They Do: Local groups meet monthly and any mom is welcome to join. Meetings are generally a casual get together that offers a safe space to talk about any problems and ask questions. The meetings are led by League Leaders, breastfeeding moms who have been trained and accredited by La Leche League. Leaders are also available to contact by phone for support outside of the meetings.
What Does It Cost: There is no fee to join.
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Can’t go anywhere without your beloved Tula? Then this is the group for you. Whether you’re new to babywearing or you’ve just mastered wearing two kids at once, you’ll find support in this group. In addition to monthly meetings, Babywearing LA also offers an online community via Facebook where you can ask questions and meet other moms.
What They Do: Monthly events all across the LA area include play dates and meetings with other babywearing parents, workouts while babywearing, and classes on the basics of babywearing. Meeting hosts will bring along carriers for new parents to try out.
What Does It Cost: There is no fee to join the group and general meetings and playdates are free. Certain ticketed events, like classes and group workouts, have various prices.
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A Magic Penny
This philanthropic parent group flips the support system to others in need, by giving families the opportunity to volunteer with kids. At monthly events you’ll not only have the opportunity to give back, but you can teach your kids about the importance of volunteer work and meet like-minded parents and kids all at once. Having started out as a simple Meetup group in 2015 it has evolved to a full-fledged nonprofit organization, but still focused on family-friendly volunteering activities.
What They Do: Events, like packing backpacks full of school supplies for kids in need and arts and crafts with seniors, are organized monthly. Members can RSVP in advance to each specific activity.
What Does It Cost: There is no fee to join.
photo: LA Dads Group Facebook page
LA Dads Group
Moms aren’t only ones in need of a village, and that’s exactly why the LA Dads Group was formed. For guys tired of being that lone, awkward dad at the playground, this group offers play dates, social events, and a support system with other local dads.
What They Do: The group hosts playdates, parenting workshops, social events like movie screenings, and even dads-night-out. They also organize volunteer activities to give back to the community.
What Does It Cost: The group is free to join.
If you don’t have time for meet-ups or you’re just looking for a safe place to vent in the wee hours of the night, then online mom groups are the place to be. Before Facebook groups were even a thing, the original forum for all things parenting in Los Angeles was Peachhead. Founded in 1997 by Venice mom Linda Perry, the group now has over 10,000 members and continues to be a go-to place to gab, swap baby gear, and ask every parenting question imaginable.
There are hundreds of Facebook groups dedicated to moms, parents, and parents to be. One of the biggest networks is LA Mommies. It’s a private group, so no one outside of it will see you post about having a mommy meltdown at 2 a.m., but be prepared to (virtually) run into other mom friends. Members can post anything and everything mom-related from pregnancy and parenting advice, to the best spots for birthday parties or date nights.
What They Do: While these groups are online-based forums for chatting and seeking advice, subset groups and friendships have formed, taking them offline for occasional meet-ups.
What Does It Cost: There are no fees to join.
What moms groups are you a member of? Share any we missed in the comments.