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How to Organize a Playgroup
When I first became a stay-at-home mom, I didn’t know many other moms who I could get together with during the day. Most of my friends either don’t have children, or they work away from home. I took my girls out and about, to the library, the nature center, the park, etc., but it was always just me and them. We didn’t really have any friends to meet up with.
A few months ago, I decided that enough was enough. For my sanity’s sake, I needed to have some mom friends. I needed to be able to talk to some adult humans during my week. I needed a playgroup! It would be good for me, and it would be good for my girls. So, I took some initiative and started one on my own. Here’s how I went about it…
First, I contacted a few moms I knew (some of them, I had never even met in real life. We only knew each other through other friends or online) and asked them if they were interested in being a part of a playgroup and if they knew of anyone else who might like to join.
I used Google Forms to find out what day of the week and what time worked best for each of the moms who were interested. I also asked each mom if they preferred to meet every week, or every other week.
After getting some feedback, we decided that we would meet every other Thursday morning at 9:30. A different mom would be in charge of “hosting” each playgroup. As a host, you simply were the one to decide where the group would meet. (Your house, the park, the library, etc.)
We also decided that the group would be no-fuss. Meaning, you didn’t have to plan activities or provide snacks. If you couldn’t make it, it wouldn’t be a big deal, etc.
We used a Google Doc to keep track of dates and locations, which made it easy because everyone could edit or view the document and we avoided a million “reply all” emails.
The playgroup has been great. We have 8 different moms and kids ranging in age from newborn to 4 years old. Last week, we decided we’d carry over into the fall season. A couple members dropped because of preschool schedules, etc. and a couple of new moms are going to join in.
If you are a lonely, stay-at-home mom, consider organizing a playgroup for you and your littles! I promise it’ll be good for ALL of you!
Have you been a part of organizing a playgroup? What worked best for you?