Once the shock of having a tiny (and often screaming) human living in your home after childbirth is over comes the realization that you need to find other parents like you – and you just plain need to get the heck out of the house! So where are the best spots to hang out with your littlest one while meeting other parents?
You’ll find that there are plenty of great resources for new parents, ranging from stimulating and educational exercises for your children to simply hanging out with other parents and babies.
One of your very first stops should be your local library. Most of the Philadelphia Free Library branches offer a weekly story hour for wee ones, and because these events are at the library, they’re free! This is a great way to meet folks right in your neighborhood.
There are also a handful of commercial spaces in Philadelphia that offer activities and playtimes for children under a year old. The Little Treehouse in Chestnut Hill is a beautiful space that offers safe indoor play, along with frequent concerts and plenty of activities if you also have older children. Gymboree, which is a national franchise, has a great location right in the Fairmount neighborhood and offers music classes that are perfect for babies.
You might check local daycares and childcare institutions in your neighborhood; many offer open playtimes for locals. The Parent Infant Center, for instance, in West Philadelphia also has a great bi-weekly playgroup for children under age six (with safe corners for infants) for a small fee.
Don’t forget your local park and playground! Even if your baby isn’t ready to hit the swings yet, it can still be a great way to get out of the house and get a bit of exercise, as well as get a chance to meet other parents.
There’s no shortage of great places to meet other parents. Get out there!
Philadelphia Free Library
Throughout the city
The Little Treehouse
10 W. Gravers Lane
Gymboree Play & Music Center
559 N 20th St
Parent Infant Center
4205 Spruce Street