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I found my playgroup through my local library’s storytime; turns out it got close-knit enough and large enough that they formed their own sub-group, set up an email list and now, that playgroup has also formed a community playschool. Cool, huh? So don’t overlook your local library and be sure to find out when the storytimes are. Somebody there is likely to know when and where the local playgroup meets, too.
Meet-ups may seem a little old-school now, but you can find some great playgroups through wwww.meetup.com. A quick search on the Philadelphia area for “mommy” yields 17 results ranging from Mommy & Me Bootcamp (http://www.meetup.com/BootCampFitnessforMoms/) to Philly GothParents Group (http://www.meetup.com/gothparents-13/) to Mocha Moms (http://www.meetup.com/NortheastMochas/) and more! MeetUp has a little something for everyone in all parts of the city and surrounding areas. Be aware that some groups don’t allow you to view content until you join and are approved (to weed out any weirdos). So if you find one you like and it’s closed, just apply to join and you’ll be able to read all the past posts and calendar events, too.
The Google version of MeetUp.com, you can find groups of parents in your particular part of the city or ‘burbs by checking out GoogleGroups. A search of “playgroups Philadelphia” yielded a Passyunk Square-South Philly Moms group (http://groups.google.com/group/passyunk-square-south-philly-moms?lnk=srg) and a search on “Clark Park” gets you to the Clark Park Tot Lot group (http://groups.google.com/group/clarkparktotlot?lnk=srg). So try a few searches based on your neighborhood and/or interests and see what you can find. Again, be aware that some groups don’t allow you to view content until you join and are approved (again, trust me–you want to weed out any potential weirdos). If you find one you like that’s closed, just apply to join and you’ll be able to read all the past posts.
You can find other like-minded moms and dads at different support groups all around town — and then ask them where the playgroups meet!! Look into everything, from breastfeeding support groups (via La Leche League or the University City Breast Feeding Support Group) to new parent support groups (and what new parent couldn’t use a little support once in a while anyway?), such as those offered on sleep at Birth Mark in Media, PA.
Breastfeeding and New Parent Support Groups
La Leche League
(Philly chapter meets at Essene Natural Foods Market at 719 S. 4th St. on the first Tuesday of the month at 10am)
West Philly Breastfeeding Support Group
(meets at Studio 34 at 4522 Baltimore Ave. every other Wednesday from 10am-12Noon)
Ali’s Wagon Parenting Center Classes
2017 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Birth Mark Support Groups
107 S. Monroe Street
Media, PA 19063