Drop in for songs, rhythm, story-time, baby socialization and moms getting together. If you are new in town (or have been here several years) and want to meet other expat moms with babies, come on by and meet a mom or two. Light refreshments served. Location in Cipete Utara (near Kemang and Dharmawangsa). Rp30,000 per drop in.
Craving some interaction in a setting where full sentences — not just baby babble — are spoken? Or feeling the need for some like-minded friends (read: women with babies)? Your ticket to mommy-ville is sitting right in your stroller: your baby! If you're ready to expand your social horizons (and your baby's as well) now's the time to join a playgroup. Benefits abound for you both.
For your little one: Getting out and about will allow him the chance for meaningful interaction with his baby peers (and, if he's your only child, perhaps his first chance to play regularly with children of any age). At this stage, he's more likely to parallel (side by side) play, a stepping stone to more socially complex play, or he might simply be entertained by watching other babies' fun and games (who knew looking at another kid's belly button could be so spellbinding?). Plus, he'll get to try out different toys.
For you: Committing or simply just dropping in to a playgroup gets you out and about regularly, gives you a chance to play and learn with your baby in different ways than you do at home, and, sometimes most importantly, gives you the chance to connect with other moms (and dads) who speak your language. That means you can discuss current events and the contents of your baby's diapers without feeling dull or crazy. Chances are at least one of these new friendships will become a lasting one.