Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 at 2:22 pm in Miss School Manners.
Dear Miss School Manners:We moved to the Bay Area recently and I’m looking for, well, friends for my toddler… and me. I belonged to a wonderful moms group in SoCal – our Lamaze class kind of morphed into a moms-of-newborns group. But I’m not sure where to find one here and I don’t want to ask some random parent at the park, “Will you be my friend?” Too pathetic. Signed, Lonely Mom
Dear Lonely: Actually, the park is a great place to meet other parents, although you might want to find a better icebreaker. But don’t fret, the Bay Area has some wonderful and very active moms groups…
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You didn’t mention where you’re living, but this list of San Francisco Bay Area mothers clubs is a good place to start. It includes groups like the East Bay Moms, Iron Horse Mothers Club, Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek Mothers and Lamorinda Moms – large, busy clubs that combine babysitting swaps and kiddie playdates with philanthropic activities, book clubs, wine tastings and other grown-up social events. There are special interest clubs for mothers of multiples, holistic moms and single parents too. Fathers? Try the East Bay Dads, a group for stay-at-home dads, and the Grateful Dads, outdoors enthusiasts who spend their weekends hiking Marin and East Bay trails with babies and tots in tow.
Some groups meet monthly, others weekly. The East Bay Moms meet every Friday, for example, alternating outoor events with indoor adventures at Berkeley’s Habitot, etc. And they’re inviting families to join them Dec. 8 for the Polar Express train ride at Sacramento’s California State Railroad Museum.
If you’re new to the area with a toddler in tow, you’re also going to be looking for a preschool, yes? The Lamorinda Moms Club is holding its annual Preschool Fair at Lafayette’s Oakwood Athletic Club on Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The lineup features reps from more than 30 East Bay preschools. And the East Bay Moms Preschool & Childhood Resource Fair is January 26th at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland.
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