We are a welcoming and inclusive community of parents and caregivers from South Orange and Maplewood (and the bordering towns of East Orange, Irvington, Millburn, Newark, Orange, Short Hills, Union and West Orange). We embrace all types of families and value diversity. Whether you are a stay-at-home or working parent, SOMA Families offers social events and supportive groups for you, your family, and your caregiver. Most of our events occur in South Orange and Maplewood (aka SOMA!). We like to get together for playdates, outings of all types, adult-only events, social services, book clubs, family events and just about anything else.
We are excited to have you join our group. We are an *active* group and expect our members to be active participants. This is why we ask each member to attend at least two events and organize one Meetup per year. If members are not active, they may be removed from the group. Once you're a member, you can schedule a meetup by filling out the SOMA Families Event Request Form. You can find it under "Pages".
Before you join, please read through our guidelines and terms of service. We ask that you pay our annual membership dues of $20 before joining. You can pay directly here: https://payments.somafamilies.org/ . Dues help us to cover administrative costs and host fabulous events throughout the year.
Once you have paid and read through our guidelines, fill out the Meetup questionnaire completely. This is vital! Think of your Meetup profile as you would your Facebook profile. SOMA Families is a social network where we need to know and recognize each other. This is why we require a picture and a completed questionnaire from all of our members (NOTE: This is only visible to other members as we are a private group). It will take approximately 48 hours to be approved as a member of the group, not including weekends. We will try to approve you as soon as possible!
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!