Ways to Connect: Mom Groups and Playgroups

Parenthood is an incredible roller coaster full of ups and downs and twists and turns. One day you’re basking in the magic of one Facebook-worthy moment after another, and the next you’re ready to run for the hills! No matter how experienced or capable we think we are when it comes to parenting, we can all use some support. Parent groups and playgroups are so helpful!

When my oldest was just a few months old, I joined a new moms group to give me a reason to get dressed and out of the house. Eight years later, I count those weekly “play” groups with other newbies among my most special mom memories, and I credit that amazing group of women with helping me carve out my new identity as a parent (and stay sane in the process!).

The western suburbs of Chicago are home to thousands of sociable moms and dads looking to connect over their kids. Read on for a variety of ways to meet them!

Parent Groups and Playgroups in the Western Suburbs

Mom/Family Groups

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Local Woman’s Clubs

Newcomer Groups

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Groups

MOPS programming is available at churches throughout the Western suburbs. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are welcome and these groups often form playgroups. You may also find MOMSNext groups for families with school-aged children.

Breastfeeding Support Groups

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Mom Fitness Groups

In Rachel’s article on local gyms with childcare, she also found lots of mom-centric fitness classes nearby. Here are a few to get you started:

Facebook Mom Groups

Other Ways to Connect

  • Sign up for classes through your local park district, especially “Parent and Me” classes.
  • Many Indoor Playgrounds have baby and toddler times where you can meet other parents and start a playgroup.
  • Volunteer in the nursery or children’s program at your place of worship.
  • Attend story time and lap-sit classes at your local library.
  • Search Meetup.com for groups that reflect your own interests. Don’t limit yourself to mom groups!
  • Check out Bible Study Fellowship classes in our area. Most offer both daytime and evening studies with free childcare, so you’ll meet lots of moms!
  • There are great music and swimming class options in our guide to Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old that you can sign up for with your little ones.
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Get out there and start making new mom (and dad) friends now! Check out our Best Places to Go for Each Age Group.

About the Author

Sara Heiserman
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating.

6 Comments on "Ways to Connect: Mom Groups and Playgroups"

  1. Hi Annie! Downes Grove Area Newcomers is a social group with tons of family, kids, women only, and playgroup options. Elmhurst Newcomers and Neighbors does as well.

  2. Elena Parlatore | September 26, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Reply

    Do you know of any groups for Stay-at-home dads?

    • We always keep our eyes open for them, but don’t know of any unfortunately. I asked on the Kidlist Facebook page and people commented on wanting a dads group in general, even for working dads, but no one commented with the name of an existing group. Maybe try Meetup? Or searching on Facebook? There needs to be one!

  3. I’m a grandma who nannies my two toddlers in Brookfield; are there playgroups geared towards the “older moms”?

    • Hi Lori,
      I have been keeping an eye out for any specialty mom groups such as the one you are looking for, but haven’t run across any yet. We will be sure to update this article if any pop up!

  4. Hi Lori, Moms of Brookfield on Meetup has a wide variety of Mom’s not geared towards anyone specifically. Majority of the group are mom’s of toddlers those with older kids are welcome to join but it seems like once the kids hit school age the participation in the group stops. The group is very casual and does lots of just drop in type playdates.

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