Life in the city can be difficult at times for new or stay-at-home parents. When you’re just tired of talking tot, explore your city and meet with like-minded moms near you.
Big City Moms
In addition to awesome company, Big City Moms offers interesting and informative classes, hosts fun-filled events and provides members with access to the information essential for raising kids in the city. It even has its own Mommy Pass ($75), which members purchase to get discounts on dozens of NYC businesses.
Hudson River Park Mothers Group
Price: $55 for one year membership
If you are a mom living in lower Manhattan (including TriBeCa, Battery Park City, the Financial District, SoHo and the South Street seaport areas) then HRP offers you a way to connect. HRP provides a series of message boards that allow moms to exchange important information and support. Whether it’s playgroups or second-hand sales, this is the place to find the posting. In addition, the group hosts moms-only social events, providing members with an opportunity to meet other moms sans kids.
The Bronx New Mommies Group Inc.
Price: $24 for one year Membership
What sets this group apart from others is the wide range of groups and meetings it offers. While there is a focus on new moms, the group also offers support for moms of tweens, discussions for moms who have children of all ages, and even a grandma’s group. Its member services also include a parent library and support services for new and expectant mothers.
Children’s Center at 42nd Street
Take a walk in the Hundred Acre Wood. You may not meet Pooh, but you’re sure to meet other moms. The Children’s Center offers an endless list of classes for kids of all ages as well as frequent story hours. The convenient weekend hours make this a great destination for working moms to hang out together too.
Jefferson Market Library
Your children will feel like they are in fantasy land. This Victorian Gothic library sets the stage for the many kid-focused classes, crafts, story-times and festivals hosted by the library. While your kids are enchanted and enthralled with the activities, you’ll appreciate the company.
Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle
Price: $13 (babies are free)
Screening a stream of indie films, this weekly event offers moms an opportunity to go the movies without having to hire a sitter. The Sunshine is a great place to meet friends with infants or make new friends. Equipped with a stroller check and changing tables, this roomy downstairs theater keeps the volume down and the lights brighter. No need to worry if you run out of wipes, the mom next to you is bound to have some extras.
Dr. Jennifer Powell-Lunder is a freelance writer in New York. She is a clinical psychologist specializing in work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Her work can be found href=”http://www.examiner.com/parenting-in-new-york/jennifer-powell-lunder”