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Are you new to the Lake Country/Waukesha County/Metro-Milwaukee area? Are you a new mom? Are you at a new stage in life? Are you looking for moms groups or other moms to meet up with and playgroups to join with children the same age as your children? Trust me, moms need a village. Just a few years ago, I gave birth to my first born. It was then that my husband and I decided that I would be a stay-at-home mom. I loved spending all that time with my new baby, but after awhile, I missed adults, my old co-workers. Taking my baby to lunch dates with my former co-workers was not cutting it. 😉 I enjoyed them, but we were not in the same stage of life. When my oldest was six months old, I joined a local mom group, and it was the best decision ever for my mom-sanity. I found my mom tribe, a village to help me in the trenches. Moms need a village. Have you found your mom tribe? Check out our list of local mom groups and play groups below.
Lake Country Family Fun has compiled a list of moms groups and play groups in the area. Are you a member of a local moms group or play group? We would love to hear feedback from you on your experience with your mom group. Tell us below in the comments!
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MBD – Mom’s by Design
Come enjoy breakfast, small group time and keynote speakers who present topics relative to becoming the mom and woman Christ intends for each of us to be. MBD is for mothers of all ages with children of all ages. Join us anytime throughout the year. Childcare available for a nominal fee.
MBD meets at Crosspoint Community Church – Oconomowoc
Every other Tuesday from 9:00 – 11:15 am September through May
For registration and additional information go HERE.
We have divided this list of moms groups and play groups into three categories: community groups, church affiliated groups, and library groups. Please click on each tab to find the group that best suits your family and needs
Oconomowoc Newcomers & Neighbors is a social women’s club in the Lake Country area of southeast Wisconsin, and they would love to have you join them. Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years and enjoy meeting new people, they have something to offer everyone. Their primary goal is to enrich the lives of all members by providing varied social activities throughout the year where their members can meet new people and socialize with new friends. The moms and tots group includes monthly events/outings and weekly playgroups. Follow their Facebook page here.
The Laker Playgroup is a fun, educational playgroup facilitated by the same master educators who teach at ULS. Activities include art, music, Spanish and nature exploration. Each class meets in our specially designed preprimary spaces, where parents and toddlers can explore, create and discover together. The playgroup is aimed at children 18 months through 3 years old. They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 18th through December 18th and January 29th through May 13th from 8:15 to 10:15 am. Register here.
The early years of a child’s life are full of wonder and joy while also being the most critical years of development. Parent-Child Playgroup at Prairie Hill not only provides children a rich environment for exploration and play, but also offers parents support in creating a healthy home life.
Deepen your relationship with your child as you enter their world of imagination, initiative, and wonder. Enjoy this opportunity to increase awareness of your amazing role as parent, and learn creative and simple ways to support your child’s developing capacities.
Classes are offered FALL 2019, Spring & Winter 2020. Fees apply. Please view the schedule to register.
Baby Steps is a weekly meet up hosted by Dr. Jen Glamann and Nurse Joey from Lake Country Pediatrics, S.C. It is a place for learning and supporting new moms with babies 0-9 months old in the community. They meet every Wednesday from 10 am to 11 am at the American Legion Post 91: 130 West Wisconsin Avenue, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
Lake Country Circle Round Playgroup meets at the UU church on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. This playgroup is for the whole community and is not associated with the church. The location is subject to change. No rsvps needed, no worries if you are late or leave early – just pop in whenever you can and enjoy chatting with other adult humans while playing with your kids! There is a nice toy room and outdoor space for if the weather is nice. Come, be comfortable, and socialize your little ones! If interested, it is best for people to join the Facebook page for the weekly details (link above). It is 100% Free and also free coffee!
They meet every Monday and Friday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am in a bright friendly room at the Watertown Family Center. Kids birth to five and an adult are welcome to enjoy free play, a special activity and snack. Many social and educational opportunities present themselves during your time together. Free and no registration required. They also have an open gym every Thursday from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Children five and under are encouraged to run, jump, slide and have fun with an adult. We provide balls, slides, scooters, and more. Free and no registration required. Please bring gym shoes or wear socks. Lastly, they offer a building blocks playgroup on Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for 3 and 4 year olds. More information can be found on their website.
Come meet your neighbors at this free weekly community playgroup. This family playgroup is geared towards children 2-4 years old, but younger siblings are welcome to attend. Play group will be held at Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Held every Friday that school is in session from 9:30 to 10:30 am.
They are about 80 members from the North Prairie, Eagle, East Troy and Mukwonago area. They do special kid events, moms nights out, book club, playdates, meeting at park days, and currently have 2 playgroups that meet every other week. Everything is completely voluntary so members can participate as much or as little as they wish. New members are always welcome. It is a free support group of moms. Contact Krista Galbraith for more information.
The Holistic Moms Network is a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate national awareness, education, and support for holistic parenting and green living by providing nurturing, open-minded, and respectful local community networks that encourage families to share these ideals and learn from each other. They hold monthly meetings at Good Harvest Market 1/month. Contact info firstname.lastname@example.org
This is an online support group that has occasional gatherings for moms who have a child less than one year old who may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety.
They run a drop in play group every Friday morning during the school year from 9:30-10:30 a.m. They also offer an Alphabet Adventures program on Tuesday’s from 9:30-10:00 am. Moms are invited to stay with their kiddos and participate. All programs are free.
This group is for stay at home moms in Waukesha and Waukesha County. There will be play dates, mom’s night outs, and events will be posted on this page along with discussions. Contact Katie S. or Ashley F. C. for more information.
A group for moms in the Lake Country area who are looking for general support or just things to do with other parents! Meets at the Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital every 2nd Saturday of the month. More details here.
This new, modern mom/baby group meets in spots around Milwaukee. Some-pre-baby frequented locations (Journeyman Hotel and The Goddess and the Baker) and some baby/kid focused (Little Sprouts and Neighbor Art). The aim of the group is to help new and new again moms get back out into society, together with their babies, so they don’t feel alone.
MBD – Mom’s by DesignMeet with other moms of all ages, with children of all ages. Hot breakfast is served while you listen to engaging, professional speakers. Childcare available for a nominal fee.
Meets every other Tuesday from 9 – 11:15 AM beginning September 10, 2019. Contact Liz@crosspointwi.com with any questions.
Time for Tots is a program at Zion Lutheran Church and School in Hartland designed for the caregiver and child that teaches the basic truths of God’s Word to the youngest of God’s children. Every family will receive a “Read with Me Bible” so that you will have opportunity to conduct a wonderful devotion at home with your entire family.
Time for Tots includes social play, Bible story, music, snack, art and gym/outdoor time. It is open to all children 5 and under, and involves BOTH the grown-up and the child. This class meets once a week from 9:00-10:30 am and you can choose to attend on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from September – April. We kindly request a $30 donation per family/per semester which includes the materials for the program as well as the children’s “Read with Me Bible”.
Please register for either Tuesday or Thursday mornings by calling Zion’s office at 262-367-3617 or emailing email@example.com. If you would like more details, a copy of our monthly newsletter the Tots Tattler, and to view photos of past sessions, click here to visit the website.
They offer a unique learning experience for both parent and child. Activities are age-appropriate for children 18 months to 4 years, but infant siblings are welcome to attend. A parent, grandparent, or caregiver attends with the child. Power Hour classes are held in 2 eight-week sessions, fall and winter, on select Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and select Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Register here.
When: Thursdays 830 – 1030 starting 9/12
Where: Divine Redeemer Hartland Library
What: MOMS Group – Bible Study, Speakers, Love & Logic
Who: All are welcome. Moms with kids of all ages!
Why: Besides free coffee and breakfast every morning and in-house daycare available for $5 for the two hours, we use this time for Christian fellowship and growing and deepening our faith through studies, speakers and prayer.
How: Register at drlc.org/momcafe today! Fees cover all materials for the year, including speakers and the Love & Logic curriculum and instructor.
They meet around 10:00-11:30am Friday mornings in the main entrance to St. Charles Church. If it’s nice outside, they usually go for a walk and/or head to a nearby park. If it’s cold or rainy, they hang out at the parish in the Borromeo Room. They have a casual atmosphere with a “come and go as you please” feel. Bring the kids and come for some fun & fellowship! Many moms bring toys to share and if inside, the room is big enough for kids to move and run, while the moms enjoy conversation and fellowship. More details and weekly updates can be found on the Facebook Page “Lake Country Catholic Moms” although, moms of any denomination can attend.
Moms Group is an opportunity for women to connect with other moms while we laugh with, learn from, and support one another. They will discuss family, relationships, priorities, friendship, and the presence of God hidden in the everyday. Through a variety of experiences, discussion and prayer, we will grow together in faith and our relationship with God. Come nurture your spirit!
Join us on Tuesday Mornings from 9:30-11:00 am.
- 2019-2020 Dates: Sept. 3, 17 / Oct. 1, 15 / Nov. 5, 19 / Dec. 3, 17 / Jan. 7, 21 / Feb. 4, 18 / March 3, 17 / April 7, 21 / May 5, 19
Childcare is provided, and infants are welcome to stay with moms. Free-will offerings for child-care are appreciated. Please contact Kathy Paro at 691-9170 ext. 137 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for childcare. Walk-ins welcome!
Join St. Joan of Arc Parish School for coffee and meet the parents, faculty, and other community members. Toddlers are encouraged to attend and channel their energy playing in the beautiful gym.
Depending on the Brookfield or Lake Country campus, the group starts on September 17 or 18, 2019.
If you’re a mom of a kiddo from birth through elementary, then Elmbrook Moms is for you! Their mornings begin at 9:15 am with a shot of hot coffee and uninterrupted conversation. Then they add an eclectic mix of speakers: experienced moms, parenting experts and helpful professionals who will help us explore our homes, marriages, relationships and emotions. Finally, they stir in some great discussions where they have the opportunity to walk together and inspire one another! There is no fee for this program. Register online, but walk-ins are always welcome, so invite a fellow mom!
Mom Time is a weekly gathering for moms to take a break, grow together and feel renewed. It’s a time for working moms, stay-at-home moms, single moms and all the moms in between to connect and develop friendships. This ministry is FREE and they do have paid childcare available. They meet Tuesday mornings or Wednesday nights.
This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month September 17 through May from 9:15-11:00 am.
*Starting on September 17, 2019.
*Support and encouragement for moms in every stage of motherhood
*Grow as individuals and in faith through friendships, service projects, guest speakers, Mom’s Night Out, playdates and much more!
*Questions? Please email us at email@example.com
MOPS is an outreach ministry serving women in the church and surrounding community, and meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (9:15 to 11:00 a.m.) from September through May. The primary focus is fellowship, support, and encouragement among mothers of small children. Contact Melissa Jongetjes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A preschool playgroup that includes music, stories, and crafts, as well as time for free play and a snack. Children are welcome to participate at their own level with a parent or guardian. They gather in the child-care space of St. Anthony’s, from 9:30 -11:00 am on scheduled Wednesdays. Join in as they explore God in the world.
2019-2020 Dates: Sept. 11, 25 / Oct. 9, 23 / Nov. 13 / Dec. 11 / Jan 15, 29 / Feb. 12, 26 / March 11, 25 / April 29 / May 13 / May 27-picnic
JAM meets at Oakwood Church in Hartland on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. They will be starting a new semester (January 9, 2020) and new moms are welcome anytime.
Mornings with Mommy is a fun interactive program for children ages birth to 5 years old and their caregivers. October’s session begins on the 7th. Each session costs $10.00 for each family (NOT per child). The registration fees are used to cover crafts, supplies, and snacks.
They welcome you to come and enjoy a hot breakfast, receive encouragement from weekly topical speakers, and small group time with seasoned mothers. Contact Jaime Meissner (email@example.com) with any questions. Moms of all ages are welcome anytime! Child care is available for an additional fee.
Select Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am, beginning September 25, 2019
Stop by the Library for a drop-in play time where children and caregivers have the opportunity to play, read together, and interact with other families.
Babies and preschoolers with an accompanying adult meet informally on Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-noon from September 7 – December 21, 2018 (NO PLAYGROUP on October 26 & November 30). Simply drop-in and you will find toys to play with and books to read.
Children up to three years old enjoy playtime with special toys, including age-appropriate early literacy toys, and interaction with other toddlers and their caregivers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meets in the story room on Tuesdays, from 10-11:00 am. No registration needed.
Stay a little longer for some together-time play following storytime each day. Discover our cheerful and engaging early literacy learning areas. No registration. Just drop in! Daily Tuesday through Friday, September 6 – November 23, 26 at 10:30am.
This is a social opportunity for young children and their adults to meet others at the library to play together and read together. Friday Playgroup is every Friday, year-round. Though pre-registration is not required, participants must check in at the Youth Services Desk before entering the room. When the room is filled to capacity (25 people: children and adults), we will no longer to be able to let others in.
For infants to 24 months. Stop by to play with toys and make new friends. Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 am, starting September 17, 2019. Program is held in the Harnischfeger Room.
Find more information about individual Waukesha County library programs here.