We all know how important it is for our kids to socialize with other little ones. But it’s just as important for us moms (and dads) to have play dates too. Mothers’ Clubs, local parenting organizations and moms groups are a great way to connect with other families in your area and establish a supportive community of like-minded folks. Check out our list below to find a group in your ‘hood. With everything from mothers of multiples to fitness groups to attachment parenting, there’s a group sure to fit your family.
Ballard is known for its “small town” feeling and Ballard Parents is a great resource for parents who want to bring that small town one step closer. Working, stay-at-home, single? Parents in every circumstance will find resources in this group. Topics include nanny sharing, babysitting, school recommendations, parenting classes and child development.
Capital Hill Parenting
This awesome group supports families living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Members are welcome to use the group to exchange news and information about kid-focused events and services, connect for play dates, swap baby gear, reach out for help and support on various parenting issues, and much more.
Madrona Moms is an informal, fun-loving group of Seattle mamas. The group was created back in 2000 by a couple of moms who met at Madrona playfield with their little ones in tow. Their aim was to “make Madrona feel like a small town” and that’s exactly what they’re still doing today.
Green Lake Moms
Green Lake Moms is a fave for many Seattle-area parents and was the winner of our 2013 Totally Awesome Awards for most awesome group for moms and dads. The group was founded as a community resource in Seattle to provide a place for local moms to share information and support one another. The group has became so popular and fulfilled local moms’ needs so well that today it has more than 2400 members. From Green Lake Mom Daily Deals to organized meet-ups and events, Green Lake Moms is a fantastic opportunity for Seattle moms to connect, bond, and grow.
North East Seattle Moms
North East Seattle Moms is open to families who live in the Laurelhurst, Bryant, View Ridge, Wedgwood, Windermere, Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna, Meadowbrook, Sand Point and Matthews Beach neighborhoods and want to connect with other parents in the neighborhood. Parents in this group are encouraged to ask and share resources with one another as well as wisdom and information on a variety of topics, neighborhood specific information and issues.
Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays – Seattle
Keeping families together is the mission of this Seattle parenting group. PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.
Queen Anne Moms and Dads
Moms and dads living on Queen Anne are invited to join this group to get to know one another as neighbors and support each other as parents. Group members coordinate playgroups, announce neighborhood activities, provide resources regarding childcare, schools, and classes, share information about suspicious or criminal activity in the neighborhood, provide tips for things to do or services to try, and discuss things of interest and of use to families living on Queen Anne.
Seattle Attachment Parenting (API)
API Seattle is a support group affiliated with Attachment Parenting International that provides encouragement, advice, education, and friendship for attachment-focused families. API encourages moms and dads to develop secure, peaceful, and enduring relationships with others through trust, empathy, and affection. The group provides the support parents need through monthly meetings, playgroups, potlucks, book club meetings, seminars, a lending library, and an online discussion group.
Seattle Babywearing Network (SABN)
With the goal of encouraging more parents and caregivers to carry their babies, the purpose of this group is to promote, educate and share information about babywearing and its benefits. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in Seattle and on the Eastside to share babywearing experiences, troubleshoot problems and assist with carrier usage.
Seattle Fremont Moms
Fremont moms (a.k.a Fremomsters) live in The Center of the Universe and share information related to child-rearing including everything from sharing a nanny to babysitting to school recommendations. The group acts as a support group for anyone seeking help with raising their children, maintaining their home, and balancing work and home and encourages its members to set up weekly and monthly playdates.
Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS)
PEPS is known for helping parents connect and grow as they begin their journey into parenthood. PEPS parent support programs educate, inform and create community among parents and have become a vital resource for new mothers and fathers. PEPS serves thousands of families annually all over the Seattle area including the Eastside.
This Seattle group is for expecting moms, new moms, and even moms with school-aged kiddos. It’s a great place to meet moms living in the city and stay fit and healthy while having fun. The group holds special events such as kids clothing swap parties and prenatal and mom and me yoga classes and is known for planning walks around the lake, play dates at the gym and participating in language classes, cooking classes, first aid classes, ladies lunches, spa days, and even moms night out.
Seattle Single Parents
With over 1300 members, this group is designed for single parents living in Seattle and the surrounding areas. The group has an awesome mix of both young and experienced parents and is designed for moms and dads who want to get active as well as find other single parents to connect and network with; to share ideas and support with; and to plan group events with. If you’re thinking the possibilities are endless in this group… you’re right!
WSMOT – Super Moms of West Seattle
WSMOT is a fun group of moms who like to get out and enjoy each other’s company. If you live in West Seattle or the White Center neighborhood and have a kiddo who is entering kindergarten through 3rd grade, you’ll definitely want to check this group out! Psst! Younger siblings are always welcome.
Eastside Aspergers Kids Social Group
If you have a kiddo age 12 and under with Aspergers Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS or similar diagnoses, this group is designed for you. The motto for this Eastside group is “Let’s get together and help the children make friends” and that’s exactly what the parents and caregivers in this group are doing. Low-key meetups at parks, playgrounds and other fun places are planned monthly.
Eastside Cool Mommies
This group of active and young (or young at heart) cool mamas is designed for moms who are ready to get out of the house and meet like-minded ladies. The group is designed for both stay-at-home and working moms who have kids of all ages—there is no limit in this group! Eastside Cool Mommies encourages its members to get their kiddos out of the house and make new friends as well as get some advice, give some advice and have fun!
Eastside Mothers Club
The Eastside Mothers Club knows that being a mom can be joyous, stressful, wonderful, frustrating, awesome, and trying all at the same time. They also know it can be a lonely and under-appreciated profession. EMC was formed by moms for moms living on the Eastside. The purpose of this club is to provide friendship, community, fun, education, and mutual support for mothers of tots ages birth through five years. Members in this group will meet other stay-at-home moms, enjoy fun events with kiddos in tow and learn about great family activities on the Eastside.
Eastside Mothers of Multiples
Are you a mom of multiples? Eastside Mothers of Multiples (EMOMs) is dedicated to fostering mutual support between families facing the unique joys and challenges of raising multiples. In this group, volunteers facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and clothing and equipment through their private website, semi-annual sale, and a wide range of other activities. Members in this group will get much-needed support and opportunities to form lasting friendships with other moms and families of multiples.
Eastside Parents: Wing it, Meet it, Bring it!
This group of laid back parents just want to hang out and have fun. Collectively they are made up of working parents and stay-at-home parents and have teens, toddlers, babies, and dogs. The group believes that being in your 30s and 40s is young (isn’t it?) and like to live at the beach in the summer and play in the snow in the winter, but above all – love their kids.
Kirkland Moms Network
Kirkland Moms Network is an online support group for stay-at-home moms (and dads). The group knows the importance of getting together with other parents for support and friendship and knows the importance of kids learning to socialize at an early age. The group shares tips on everything from getting kids to eat to finding great places to go with the family. Above all, they enjoy staying home and having fun with their kids.
Kirkland/Redmond/Bellevue Toddler Playgroup
This group offers free and cheap daytime activities for toddlers (walking, but under 3-years-old) in Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. The group is designed mostly for nannies and stay-at-home parents and caregivers as activities take place on weekdays, during the daytime. This group is a great social experience for young children.
MOMS Club of Bellevue
This club is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, the only organization designed especially for moms who choose to stay at home with their children. If you live in Bellevue and stay at home at least part-time to care for your kiddos, this chapter might be for you! The chapter strives to plan activities that are of interest to all of its members including park days, playgroups, coffee club, field trips, and the ever-popular mom’s night out!
MOMS Club of the Sammamish Plateau
MOMS Club of Sammamish Plateau is a chapter of an International organization aimed at providing support for mothers who stay at-home or work part-time to raise their children. Their goals include supporting one another, having fun with their kids and performing service projects in the community. MOMS Club is an awesome way for you to meet other moms who share your interests while providing a safe environment for your kiddos to socialize.
Didn’t find the club for you?
Check out these national organizations with clubs in multiple locations throughout the Puget Sound.
Fit4Mom started with Stroller Strides in 2001. With over 1,300 locations nationwide, it offers its members an opportunity to get in shape, meet other moms and have fun with their babies. Since it opened, it has released Fit4Baby (a prenatal fitness class) and Body Back (a workout for any stage of motherhood). All of their programs give moms the “strength for motherhood.”
Meetup.com helps moms find other moms who share their same interests or causes and helps form lasting and influential local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face.
This support group is designed for the stay-at-home mom. If you are interested in the world around you, want a variety of activities for you and your kiddos, and are proud of your choice of at-home mothering for your family, this could be the group for you!
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
MOPS connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry, and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups encourage moms to be honest, to feel more equipped, and to find their identity by journeying alongside one another.
See Mommy Run
Stay fit. Stay healthy. It’s one of the most important things we can do as a mom. If you would like to join other moms in your area to run or walk or to share health, fitness, and everyday living tips, this is the group for you. See Mommy Run invites moms to join existing groups in their area or start one of their own.
Did we miss your favorite mommy group? Let us know about it in a comment below.
— Angela Alanis
Photo credits: Stroller Strides, PEPS Program for Early Parent Support Facebook page & Erin Cranston