What we're about
Are you a mom who is looking to meet mom friends and playmates for your little ones? We are soon MERGING our group with a local chapter of Moms International. Look for news here in early December. Due to job switches and careers blossoming, Lynn Hardwicke and Susan Holt are stepping away from this special group. We wish all of you the very best in finding ways to still be with girlfriends while you raise adults-in-training! It IS worth all of your hearts, minds, souls, and strength.
Do you need regular activities for your kids (AND yourself!) to get out of the house more and get longer naps? Do you need adult conversation and lasting friendships? If yes, this is the group for you!
We really believe that life is better when we’re in it together. We meet regularly for support, playdates, friendship, and fun!
Who do we hope will join Moms Together- West End?
We welcome any mom/caregiver/grandmom who has the time and desire to attend an active playgroup. Every other month or so, we’ll offer meeting options that feature speakers with relevant messages. Our membership consists of moms with infants to pre-school age children (older siblings are welcome to attend events as well!). Please understand that this group is primarily for moms that reside in the Far West End of Richmond.
Where are the playgroups held?
Our intent is for playgroups to meet mostly in the West End, with an occasional trip into Richmond. The events typically include park play dates, children’s museum visits, library story times, lunch dates and occasional mom’s nights in or out. The goal is for the calendar to be filled with affordable events at various days and times to suit any schedule.
What are the attendance requirements?
In order to build a close group of friends, we ask that you attend a minimum of one event every 60 days. Once you have been added to the group, please attend your first meetup within 60 days. We understand that you have other commitments as well, but members who do not attend on any sort of regular basis are subject to removal. Emergencies aside, if you RSVP "Yes" please attend (no one likes a "no show") or change your RSVP to "No" with enough time for the others to see (24 hours or more in advance). Be considerate that hosts often purchase food/ drinks ahead of time based on the number of RSVPs.
Staying active in the group
In addition to our attendance requirements, please feel free to start a post on the message board at any time or join in an ongoing discussion. This group thrives on the input of its members so keep your discussion ideas coming. We require that all member host at least twice a year. This does not necessarily have to be a formal play date in your home. You can host at any public space (pool, park, library, Chidren's Museum, etc). Hosting simply means that you initiate the event and commit to be there as the hostess.
What if I want to host an event at my home?
We're happy to have play dates, parties, and girls nights at member's homes! Please contact your organizers to set up the event or "suggest a meetup" on meetup.com.
Is there a fee to join this group?
Membership Dues--we ask that you contribute $10 through the end of 2018 to cover the costs associated with sustaining our group on meetup.com and snacks at a several gatherings.
If your child is sick or has recently been sick, please wait an appropriate amount of time before attending play dates. As a general rule, if you child has vomited or is running a fever, please wait at least 72 hours before returning to a meetup event (at least a week if your child has norovirus/rotavirus, the flu, RSV, hand foot mouth, croup or other highly-contagious illnesses). If your child has a runny nose or mild cold symptoms, use your best judgment to determine when it's safe to resume activities. Please do not host an event in your home if your child or another person in your family is sick or has recently been sick as germs can linger on surfaces/toys. We want to keep all of our kiddos (as well as newborns and pregnant mamas) healthy and happy, so please be considerate of others!
We’re excited to be in this journey of motherhood together!