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 over five 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 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. Thank you!

Mom Guide Lake Country Family Fun Shop Small Guide Flabbergast Sussex Wisconsin Play Inflatables

Thank you to Flabbergast for sponsoring this guide. They are located near the intersection of Hwy K and Hwy 164 in Sussex, just a short drive from Milwaukee, Brookfield and Waukesha. Flabbergast is an indoor inflatable family playground full of adventure that offers a child electronic security system as well as daily sanitizing on ALL equipment!  Flabbergast is the ideal environment for parties of all sizes, and their doors open to walk-ins as well.  Open play, all day, every day! Read more below about their FUNdamentals Morning Club, a great way to meet moms.

Community Groups

Flabbergast FUNdamentals Morning Club

This club meets Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00am until 12:00pm. Flabbergast welcomes caregivers and young children to enjoy quality playtime! Cost is $6.95 per child (for children  18mos-4yrs).   Children over the age of 5yrs are welcome to play as well! REGULAR ADMISSION COSTS apply to children over the age of 5 years. Members of this Morning Club include MOPS, nannies, moms, dads and especially grandmas and grandpas! This Morning Club provides EXCLUSIVE use of their FUNdamentals Classroom which contains soft play, slides and other great toys!

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 twice monthly events/outings and weekly playgroups.¬†

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 next Friday, September 9th, 2106 @ 9:00 a.m. Play group will be held at Hartland North Elementary, 232 Church Street, Hartland. Held every Friday that school is in session.

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 being organized. 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 Pabst Farms YMCA

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 we will feature a guest speaker who will challenge us to live more courageously and more faithfully.¬†Friday mornings from 9:30 ‚Äź 11:00 am (drop-off child care available)¬†September 16 – December 2, 2016.¬†FEE ¬†FALL or WINTER¬†$25 Y Member ‚ÄĘ $35 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).

 

Church Groups

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 winter session dates are February 7, 14, 21, 28 March 7, 14, 28 and April 4. 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 9:30-11:30am/12:00pm 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 22nd, 2016,¬†they start their new season of Mom‚Äôs cafe, formerly known as MOCHA. ¬†Meetings take place in the media room/library from 9:00 – 11:00 am on Thursdays when school is in session. The mission is the same – 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 – according to HIS plans. ¬†This group is meant to give you encouragement and wisdom along the way. ¬†There is a fall¬†speaker series: parenting, marriage, teaching kids purity, women‚Äôs health concerns, creationism, and a ‚Äúmanel‚ÄĚ a men‚Äôs panel. ¬†A craft and a date night is lined up for fun, too!
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Time For Tots at Zion Lutheran in Hartland

Zion Lutheran School 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 visit our website or call 262-367- 3617.

 

Moms by Design at CrossPoint Church in Oconomowoc, WI

This group meets September to May Mornings: 9:00 Р11:15 am.
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.

Visitation Mornings at St. Jerome’s Church in Oconomowoc, WI

This group has its first meeting on Friday, October 7, 2016. There will be an 8:00 am Mass followed by fellowship for mothers of young children. Coffee and refreshments will be served. This group will meet on the first Fridays of the month: October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5, 2017.

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month September to May from 9:30-11:00am.
*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 Church imoms in Brookfield, WI

Each Inspiring Moms (iMoms) gathering starts with a shot of hot coffee and uninterrupted conversation. We add an eclectic mix of speakers ‚Äď experienced moms, parenting experts and helpful professionals. We stir in great discussion that offers the perfect blend of laughter and learning. For those needing childcare for children, it is provided!¬†Your children, ages 6 and under, will be engaged in loving, educational, active play¬†(LEAP)¬†in the care of trained teachers for the entire morning!¬†iMoms meets every other week, on Tuesday or Wednesday morning, 9:15-11:30 am in Fellowship Hall.

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. Listen to past MOPS keynote speeches. Contact Jessie Gabrielse.

Victory International Fellowship MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers in Brookfield, WI

MOPS is a safe place where moms can come, on their good days and their bad days, to encourage and be encouraged by other moms.  We discuss topics relevant to parenting and being a mom… and we have a lot of fun while making good friends!  We always have breakfast together, and free childcare is provided.  In addition to our weekly Tuesday morning meetings at 9:30 am, we schedule regular play dates and mom’s nights out.  Contact Wendy Dimmock or Sarah Renn for more information! You can also get more info HERE!

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

‚ÄúGod Loves Moms‚ÄĚ study will meet beginning September 21st from 9:30-11:00 am.¬† This study digs deep into the life stories of mothers in the Bible, everyday mothers with insecurities, fears and vulnerabilities.

Moms Group at St. Anthony’s 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.  We 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 Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11 am. The Tuesdays for the 2016-17 year: Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11 (FirstFruits), Oct. 25, Nov. 8, 22, Wed. Dec. 14-Women’s Advent Morning of Reflection, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, 31, Feb. 14, 28, March 14, 28, April 4 РMary’s Way of the Cross, April 25, May 9, 23. 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!

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. 

Mom to Mom at Brookfield Lutheran Church

Mom to Mom is ‚Äúseeker friendly,‚ÄĚ progressing from universally held ‚Äúfelt needs‚ÄĚ of moms to gradually deepening spiritual foundations. The program is designed to allow entrance into it at any part of the series, so new members are always invited. They meet on Wednesday mornings 9:15 – 11:15 a.m. The first semester begins September 14, 2016 and goes through early December.

 

 

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 9 ‚Äď December 16, 2016¬†(NO PLAYGROUP on October 28 & December 2).¬†Simply drop-in and you will find toys to play with and books to read.

Big and Little Play Group at Butler Library

This is a drop in program on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. There are new activities each week!

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.

 

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