Moms Groups and Play Groups Guide

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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 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. ūüėČ 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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Moms Groups and Play Groups Guide

Fall 2017 Sponsor:

Zion Lutheran Church and School in Hartland Time for Tots

 

Thank you to Zion Lutheran Church and School in Hartland for sponsoring the fall 2017 edition of this guide. Zion Lutheran School (1023 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland) offers a special program Thursday’s 9:00-10:30 a.m. during the school year, for children before they are school aged (Birth through 5) called Time for Tots. This Christ-based program is intended for the child to experience WITH their parent, grandparent or caregiver. We begin with free play in our beautiful classroom where the children explore playing with other children their age and the adults enjoy sharing conversation and coffee with each other. Circle time is all about Jesus! We sing songs, share a Bible lesson, and the snack and art project match the theme of the day. We finish the morning by strengthening our large motor skills in our full sized gym or outdoor playground. To register, please contact our school office at adaniels@zionhartland.org or at 262-367- 3617.   For more information about Zion Lutheran School, please visit our website.

Community Groups

 

Oconomowoc Newcomers and Neighbors – Moms and Tots

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. Check out their kick-off mingle here, which will be on September 12, 2017.

Watertown Family Center

They meet every Monday and Friday from 9:00 am ‚Äď 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.

Hartland Community Play Group

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. The Playgroup will start back up the first week of October 2017 (October 6, 2017). 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.

Mukwonago Moms

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.

Holistic Moms Network – Lake Country

The Holistic Moms Network‚ĄĘ strives to connect parents who are interested in holistic health and green living. This local network is still active. It will hold regular meetings for the moms that join. Contact is co-organizer¬†Anne Karpfinger-Lewis, ¬†akarpfinger@gmail.com.

Moms Mental Health Initiative – Mom to Mom Support Group

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.

East Troy Wednesday Play Group

They¬†run a drop in play group every Wednesday 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.

Pewaukee Parents Closed Facebook Group

This is closed Facebook group on Facebook for moms (and some dads) that live in Pewaukee. Susan Trotier is the contact person. Members plan outings and get-togethers in the community through the group.

Moms of Oconomowoc Closed Facebook Group

This is closed Facebook group on Facebook for moms that live in Oconomowoc. Kelly Whitehead is the contact person who plans outings in the community for these moms.

Mom to Mom at the YMCA at Pabst Farms

Each week is a mixture of large group teaching time and small group, heart-to-heart discussions on various topics relating to parenting. Some Fridays they will feature a guest speaker who will challenge everyone to live more courageously and more faithfully.¬†Friday mornings from 9:30 ‚Äź 11:00 am (drop-off child care available)¬†September 15 – December 1, 2017.¬†FEE ¬†FALL or WINTER¬†$20 Y Member ‚ÄĘ $30 CP (per season).

Waukesha County Stay at Home Moms – meetup

They are a group of very active stay-at-home moms living in Waukesha County, WI. They offer a wonderful opportunity to develop a great support system and lasting friendships for themselves and their children!! They are the longest operating, most successful moms/kids group in Southern Wisconsin. They pride themselves in maintaining a quality group, establishing life long relationships, and boast highly attended events all year long.  *Currently at maximum capacity. Apply for waitlist.

Mothers and more Milwaukee West – meetup

The Milwaukee West Chapter consists of mothers from mainly the Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. The Milwaukee West Chapter celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2013. Today, Milwaukee West is an active group of over 80 members that offers a wide variety of special interest groups, and a full slate of daytime & evening activities. Meetings are held the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are open to visitors! They meet at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 4600 N. Pilgrim Road, Brookfield, WI. (Note: They are not affiliated with the church).

Waukesha County Stay at Home Moms

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.¬†

University Lake School Laker Playgroup

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. They meet on Wednesdays from September 27th through November 15th from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Register here.

Church Groups

Time For Tots at Zion Lutheran in Hartland

Zion Lutheran School (1023 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland) offers a special program Thursday’s 9:00-10:30 a.m. during the school year, for children before they are school aged (Birth through 5) called Time for Tots. This Christ-based program is intended for the child to experience WITH their parent, grandparent or caregiver. We begin with free play in our beautiful classroom where the children explore playing with other children their age and the adults enjoy sharing conversation and coffee with each other. Circle time is all about Jesus! We sing songs, share a Bible lesson, and the snack and art project match the theme of the day. We finish the morning by strengthening our large motor skills in our full sized gym or outdoor playground. To register, please contact our school office at adaniels@zionhartland.org or at 262-367- 3617.   For more information about Zion Lutheran School, please visit our website at www.zionhartland.org.

Preschool Power Hour at St. Matthews in Oconomowoc, WI

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 Tuesdays from 9 to 10 AM. The fall 2017 session begins on September 19. Please see the schedule for a list of exact dates and times. Call St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church or School to register: (262) 912-6060.

Friday Morning Mom Group at St. Charles in Hartland, WI

They meet around 10:00-11:30am Friday mornings in the main entrance to St. Charles Church. If it‚Äôs nice outside, they usually go for a walk and/or head to a nearby park. If it‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúLake Country Catholic Moms‚ÄĚ although, moms of any denomination can attend.

M.O.M Cafe (Ministry of Mothers) at Divine Redeemer in Hartland

On¬†September 14th, 2017,¬†they start their new season of M.O.M. cafe (Ministry of Mothers).¬† Meetings take place in the media room/library from¬†8:30 ‚Äď 10:30 am¬†on Thursdays when school is in session. The mission is the same ‚Äď to minister to moms in different stages of their journey, to offer an opportunity for moms to connect with other women, to feed you and offer childcare so you can get a much deserved break, and to fill you spiritually with God‚Äôs love.¬† Being a mom is an incredibly hard job!¬† God blessed us with our children; we are their mom‚Äôs on purpose ‚Äď according to HIS plans.¬† This group is meant to give you encouragement and wisdom along the way.¬† This fall we are doing LOVE & LOGIC (back by popular demand).¬† You can find more information including how to register and pay at their¬†website.
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Moms by Design at CrossPoint Church in Oconomowoc, WI

This group meets September to May Mornings: 9:00 Р11:15 am, beginning September 12th, 2017.
Hot breakfast, engaging speakers, fun activities and authentic friendships all wrapped into one. Moms with children of any age are invited. Bring your friends and enjoy topics that will help you grow as a mom who desires to know and follow Christ. Childcare is available for a nominal fee. The $5 Registration Fee will be collected the first day.

This group also meets 6:30-8:30 pm for working moms looking to get connected as well. They serve snacks, but childcare is not available at this time.

 

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month September to May from 9:15-11:30 am.
*Starting on September 19, 2017.
*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!
*Cost is $40 for the year and childcare is provided
*Questions?  Please email us at umom@riverglen.cc

Elmbrook Moms in Brookfield, WI

Every other Tuesday, from September 12, 2017 to December 12, 2017, 9:15 AM Р11:30 am.
If you’re a mom of a kiddo from birth through elementary, then Elmbrook Moms is for you!¬†Our mornings begin at¬†9:15am¬†with a shot of hot coffee and uninterrupted conversation. Then we 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, we stir in some great discussions where we 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!

Brookfield CRC MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

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 Jessie Gabrielse.

Wednesday Morning Mom Group at Shepherd of the Hills in Pewaukee, WI

Connect with the growing group of women at Shepherd who are experiencing the transforming power of God’s Love and Grace. Starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Click the link above to register.

Moms Group at St. Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee, WI

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 9:30-11:00am.¬†2017-2018 Dates:¬†Sept. 12, 26 ; Oct. 10, 24; Nov. 7, 21; Dec. 12 ; Jan. 16, 30; Feb. 13, 27; March 13 (Mary‚Äôs Way of the Cross), 27; April 10, 24 ; May 8, 22. Also, on¬†Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm (except Tuesday in March for Mary’s Way of the Cross). 2017-2018 Dates:¬†Sept. 21; Oct. 26; Nov 16; Dec 21; Jan 25; Feb 22; Mar 20 (Tuesday AM – Mary’s Way of the Cross in church) 4/19, and 5/24

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 parok@stanthony.cc to register for childcare. Walk-ins welcome!
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 us as we explore God in our world.
2017-2018 Dates: Sept. 6, 20; Oct. 4, 18; Nov. 1, 15; Dec. 6; Jan. 10, 24; Feb. 7, 21; March 7, 21; April 18; May 2, 16-picnic

Playgroup at St. Dominic’s in Brookfield, WI

An informal group for Moms and their children that meets every Wednesday morning from 9:30-11:30. 

Mothers & Others at Living Waters Ministry Center in Waukesha

An organizational meeting is scheduled on Tues. Nov.14 at 9:30 AM for “Mothers & Others” who care for one or more preschoolers. “Living Waters Ministry Center” 1425 Summit Ave. (Ste 202) Waukesha, seeks to serve the neighborhood in meaningful ways. If you and your preschooler would enjoy a play group, please attend to help decide day, time, content and frequency of such meetings. They will have toys, books and water available. A ramp is available in the back. Questions? Call Emily Goodenough¬†262-408-9182.

 

Library Play Groups

Friday Playgroup at Waukesha Library

Babies and preschoolers with an accompanying adult meet informally on¬†Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-noon from¬†September 8 ‚Äď December 22, 2017¬†(NO PLAYGROUP on October 27 & December 1).¬†Simply drop-in and you will find toys to play with and books to read.

 

Toddler Play Group at Elm Grove Library

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.

Little Readers Play Group at Sussex Library

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 ‚Äď November 23, 2106 at¬†10:30am.

Play Group at New Berlin Library

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.

Tuesday Morning Playgroup at Brookfield Library

For infants to 24 months. Stop by to play with toys and make new friends. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Starts September 19, 2017. Goes through December 12, 2017.

 

 

Want to be included in this Guide?

If you are hosting or run a moms group or play group and want to be included in our guide, please email us at erin@lakecountryfamilyfun(dot)com with your moms group/play group information. You can also email us via the contact form.