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About Us



Do you want your kids to have FUN? Do you want to have fun and make friends while doing so? Well then this is the group for you.

Playtime Pals is a Columbia area children's playgroup. Here you will find an active group of parents and children who always welcome new faces and embrace new friendships.

We have been an active group since October 2007. We call ourselves a playgroup because most of our activities are planned as outings for us AND our children. We also try to have at least one "Just For Moms" activity each month, and sometimes more. Our group is about being active and building lasting friendships for our children AND ourselves!




Our Events

We offer many types of events on our calendar. Some involve play activities, some are just getting together for lunch or coffee, and some are gatherings at members' homes. Here's a list of some of our outings:

Park Playdates
Stroller Walking for exercise
McD's lunch & play meets
ChicFila lunch & play meets
Various home playdates; some are just to hang out and some are themed or centered around a craft project
Museum excursions
Zoo outings
Lake Playdates
Mom's night out
Family potluck gatherings; Family restaurant gatherings
Holiday parties and Seasonal parties

This list is just a sampling of what we offer! We try our best to accommodate most requests, so if there is something you'd like to see on our calendar, please let us know.

All approved members are welcome at all events with one exception. New members must come to an event and meet one of the organizers before being allowed to attend a home play date. In other words, we need to confirm that you are who you say you are prior to being given access to the home address of any of our members. This is for the safety of our group members and our children; and we do hope that you understand the necessity for this rule.




Membership

WHO SHOULD JOIN THE GROUP?

Stay-At-Home Parents: Are you new to the area? Are all your friends working during weekdays? Do you not have many friends who have children yet? Whatever the reason is that you searched out a playgroup, Playtime Pals are here for you and your little ones. We provide friendship, support and opportunities for having lots of fun!

Working Moms: Our group is not only for stay-at-home moms and their kiddos. We welcome all mothers who are seeking friendship and support for themselves and their children as long as you can commit to attending at least one event per month (more info in our attendance requirements section). Remember, we are building a friend network for us and our children. If we don't get to see you regularly, it just won't happen. Please keep in mind that most of our events are weekday mornings with some mid-afternoon's so if you work a 9-5 type of job you will not likely be able to maintain attendance requirements. But you are welcome to check us out if to see if our calendar will work for you!

Really, we welcome any mom who has the time and desire to participate in an active playgroup. There is not a specific age restriction for the little ones in our playgroup. Our activities are geared toward infant, toddler and pre-school aged children. However older kids are always welcome at our events unless otherwise noted in the meetup.

You must be a resident of the midlands area of South Carolina. We are very sorry, but if we will not be able to verify you within a short time we cannot allow access to our group. This is why we reserve membership to those who are already living in the midlands area.

* NOTE * We are an internet based group and rely heavily on email and online organization of our events. You must have reliable internet access and the ability to access, read, and respond in a timely fashion to announcements, questions, and inquiries regarding the group and our events. Members who only check in to the site every once in awhile miss out on last minute add on meetups as well as cancellations. Please plan to check in regularly if you wish to become an active participating member of our group.

WHO SHOULD NOT JOIN THE GROUP?
Those who do not have a serious desire to cultivate lasting friendships. Also, those who do not want to have fun! If you like to gossip or enjoy drama, please go elsewhere. We have a zero tolerance policy for drama! We reserve the right to remove or deny any members who we feel are disruptive to the group.

WHAT ARE THE ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS?
We are looking to build a close group of friends, so it is required that you attend at LEAST twice a month. If you are a working mom, you are required to attend at least once a month. We understand that you may have other commitments as well, but members who do not attend on a regular basis are subject to removal as are members who do not visit the site in over 1 month. This indicates that you are not truly interested in the group and we want to ensure that the members we do have are truly involved. For the safety of all of our members, lurking is not tolerated. If you have a personal matter, you or your children are sick, or on vacation, or whatever personal reason, and need a month off, please let an organizer know. This way your absence will be acknowledged and we can avoid removing you from the group. PLEASE don't take your removal from the group personal. We take all accounts into consideration and follow policy. You are always welcome to re-join at a later date, when you are more capable and available in following our policies. We try very hard to be fair.





Photo Requirements

PROFILE PICTURES
We require that all members have a photo of themselves with their child(ren) in their profile. The photo will need to be close enough and clear enough to enable other members to recognize you when meeting. Extremely small photos, those which are taken from too far away, are blurry, or were taken while wearing sunglasses defeat the purpose of the picture rule. We have this requirement for safety reasons - we want to make sure you are who you say you are in your profile! In addition, having a recent picture of yourself will help us locate and recognize each other at events. Your photo will need to remain in your photos section for as long as you are a member of Playtime Pals. Once you have uploaded your photo, please check it to make sure they can be properly viewed and are oriented correctly. ie: not showing up sideways!

This photos must remain in your profile photo section in order to remain in the group.

*** If you apply to the group before you have posted the required photo or without answering the profile questions, you will be declined.***




Once your membership is approved, you will be given full access to our membership requirements. Please review them before deciding to become a confirmed member. You will be a confirmed member once you've decided to follow our policies and have paid your $5 in dues to our Organizer. Your feedback on our rules and guidelines is always appreciated.

For members - here is the link to a more complete information page:
"What Every Member Needs To Know"
http://www.meetup.com...

And if you are interested in hosting a playdate at your home, check out this page:
"How do I host a home playdate?"
http://www.meetup.com...


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Irmo, SC

Founded Feb 3, 2009

Organizers:

Elle Willis, Erica Bellonio
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