How You Can Find Your Perfect Playgroup

Read on to discover 5 types of organizations that run parent and baby/tot groups

The early years of parenting can be lonely ones. The endless cycle of feeding, diapers, soothing and so on, can make it feel like survival more than anything else. But there is one thing that is sure to make the trenches of parenting a little easier and that is good company.

For the most part, gone are the days of the neighbourhood coffee klatch, where moms on the street gather to gab over a cup of joe, while the kids keep themselves busy, playing together. (If you live in such a neighbourhood, please know how lucky you are!)

The reality is that many moms feel quite isolated during their mat leave and beyond, especially if their friends are not at home with kids at the same time. Knowing where to find others going through the same thing can make a huge difference.

Here are five types of organizations that often run playgroups or other regular events for moms to drop in, get a little social contact and maybe make some new friends!

Provincial or local health authorities

Your local health region may offer groups for expectant moms and parents of young children. Often there will be guest speakers on topics such as nutrition, breastfeeding, health and wellness, child development and more. (Bonus: sometimes these groups also provide things like milk vouchers and bus tickets to attend!)

Community centres

Big or small, many community centres offer some sort of programming for parents; sometimes run by other organizations who borrow space. Check the centre’s website or Facebook page for more info.


If you have one, check at your place of worship to see if they run any groups for families. Or check out groups at nearby churches to see whether one might be a fit.

Local schools

Elementary schools sometimes have family centres or other drop in-type programs for families of students, or local residents.

Doula or midwifery practices

Many bigger cities have doula collectives and midwifery practices or other maternity care organizations. Check with them to see what types of programs they might offer. Generally they are open to everyone, not just current clients.

The best source of information about parent and baby groups is other parents! Ask others you meet at a group what other groups people attend or have heard about. Another great source is your public health nurse. She may even have a handout that lists local options.

Just like relationships, you may not always click with each group. Don’t be afraid to try out new ones until you find one that’s a good fit. Good luck in finding your perfect playgroup!

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