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PLEASE NOTE: If you have requested to join our group, you will be contacted through Meetup Messages. Please be sure to check your messages regularly. We strive to respond to membership requests within 48 hours. If you do not respond to our initial welcome Meetup message within two weeks, your membership will be declined. You can always request to re-join us whenever you are ready! This helps to keep our records current and helps us focus on reaching out to members truly interested in joining our active group of moms! You can always email us any time at scrantonmomsofmunchkins@gmail.com if you have been trying to respond to us via meetup and have been unsuccessful. :)

Welcome to the Scranton Moms of Munchkins (MOMS) meetup website! If you are looking to make friends for you and your child, you're at the right place!! We are an active, in-person meetup group of over 160 Moms, and we are eager to meet you!

This group is mainly geared for Moms with kids newborn through age 5, and most of our events are held during the week. All events are held within 10/15 miles of Scranton. We welcome all types of moms of little ones - stay at home, work form home, work full or part time, etc!

We hold lots of activities throughout the month and there are playgroups for all ages. We also offer Moms Night Outs/Ins, movie nights, and family fun dates. Meet other moms for friendship, advice, laughs, and most of all, support.

We would have to have you join us! What are you waiting for? Click the "join us" button to get started!

If you need further information or assistance, please contact Scranton MOMS president, Lara Byerly, at scrantonmomsofmunchkins@gmail.com.

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Who can join Scranton Area Moms of Munchkins? We welcome any mother who has the time and desire to attend an active playgroup. The group is geared for SAHM, WAHM and PT working moms with kids ages 5 and under. Currently the group is comprised of primarily infants, toddlers and preschoolers and the majority of activities take place during school hours. Currently, we do not accept fathers or caregivers to the group as the primary member. We are for moms of little ones ONLY! We do have family events periodically where family members are invited to attend. At this time, Dads, Nannys, Grandparents, etc. can not bring little ones to play dates in place of moms and are not to attend events unless the event is designated a "family event". The group was formed to allow moms an opportunity to develop a support network while providing social interaction for their child(ren).

How old are the children in your group? Typically, the littles in our group range from newborn through 5 years old. We do not require you to leave the group when your children are older; however it usually becomes harder for moms to attend meetups when their kids are busy in school and school-related events! Due to this, we ask that NEW members to the group have children aged 5 or under (mixed ages in a family are jfine! As long as one of your children is 5 or under). If your child(ren) are ONLY over age 5, your membership request will be declined. Some of our events are understandably geared to a certain age group (infant playgroup, early walker playdates, etc). The event description on our calendar will designate if their is an intended audience or age range for that specific event.

How do I join you group? When you request to join our group, please make sure that you have a complete meetup profile, following the instructions provided to you. We require a clear picture of you in the profile, your first and last name, and the names of your little ones/ages. This helps us to identify you at meetups and also ensures the safety of our members and their little ones, so that we know who we are meeting! After you request to join us on meetup, we will contact you via MEETUP MESSAGES. This is a function within meetup. A notification may come to your email, but please check you spam folder. You will then be directed to email us to exchange information and review our policies. After that, we arrange to meet you and your little one(s) at a playdate at a public place. If you wish to join our group, we will then approve you on Meetup and you will have full access to the group website to RSVP for events!You will have a 14-day free trial to try out the group. At the end of your free trial, you will need to pay the annual dues to remain in the group.

Is there a fee to join this group? Membership Dues are $25 a year flat fee, which includes a mom and her children. Dues are required to be paid during the two week trial period if you wish to remain in the group. If you do not pay your dues within this two week time frame, you are moved back to "pending" and then have one week to pay them on Meetup or you will be removed from the group. Dues are renewable every year on your original joining date. Some outings require a fee for attendance, in order to purchase a ticket, food, etc. for yourself and your child. Any events involving a fee for attendance will have the amount clearly listed on the event calendar.

What types of events does your group schedule?
The group schedules playgroups at local parks and member’s homes, craft days, holiday parties, mom’s nights in/out, family play dates, and more. Organizers are always looking for new ideas and suggestions for future events so feel free to make suggestions!

Where/when do the events take place? The group meets in Scranton and surrounding areas, typically within a 10/15 mile radius of Scranton. Please be aware of this if you live outside of the greater Scranton area. If you live more then 30 miles outside of Scranton, we will decline your membership. We are an in-person playgroup and it is not feasible to attend events from a distance. If you live in the Poconos or Central PA, please locate a Moms group closer to you! We have members from Wilkes Barre, The Back Mountain, Tunkhannock and The North Pocono area; just be aware that events are held local to Scranton if driving will affect your attendance. The organizers try to vary the locations, and choose centrally located venues, to allow for greater attendance. The majority of our events occur during the week. We do try and offer a variety of times (both morning and afternoon) to allow for greater flexibility for working moms and those with school age children. Moms nights in/moms nights out typically begin after 7pm.

What if I want to host an event at my home?
Fantastic!! We're happy to have playgroups, home parties, and mom’s nights at member's homes! Please contact an organizer to set up an event on our calendar.

What is the group’s attendance policy? We want members who are excited about meeting others, who are active in the group and who want to attend various events. Great consideration is taken to schedule events on varying days of the week at varying times of the day to accommodate many different schedules. Continued attendance is important because we are looking for members who are interested in being active participants in the group. Due to this reason, we ask that members attend one event every two months and also host an event at least once per year. Again, this is suggested to help members meet eachother. We are an in-person playgroup; if you have no intention of making it to a Meetup, please do not request to join us!

What do I do to confirm attendance at an event?
After you have been approved, you will have access to our full calendar of events, within Meetup (please note all event information is housed in Meetup; please visit our website on Meetup or use the Meetup app to attend our events There is no formal event attendance through Facebook). In order to confirm attendance at an event, you can RSVP “YES” under the specific event you would like to attend. The RSVP includes yourself and one child; please RSVP +1 if you have two children, +3 if you have two, etc.). Please feel free to attend as many events as you’d like, but be sure to only RSVP “YES” for events if you are committed to attending. If you aren’t able to attend the event you must change your RSVP to “NO” within 24 hours of the event time We understand that with children and families, things come up, but in order for the group to be successful we need committed participants. If you must change your RSVP close to the event, you may post on the event page on meetup to let the hosts know you are unable to attend.

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