Best of Mom & Dad Meetups | Summer 2012
This has been an amazing summer for Mom & Dad Meetups! We’ve put together a little best-of with tips, inspiration and some sunshine.
- Insider Tips from fellow Parenting Meetup Organizers.
- Inspiration for your next Meetup: There’s still plenty of time for outdoor fun!
- Interview with the Organizer of The Babies and Mommies of Doylestown, on involving your members and building a leadership team.
- Leaderboard of Mom & Dad Meetups: Check out other big and small Parenting groups to see what fellow Meetup Mamas and Papas are up to.
If you want even more, peek at the most active Mom & Dad Meetups from around the world.
And let us know what you’re up to! We’d love to feature your photos and advice on the Meetup HQ blog to share with other Organizers.
Parenting Meetups: 1K Club
Summer is in full swing! Time to kick back, put your feet up, and take a break. Right? Not for Parenting Meetups! This month 36 awesome Meetups crossed 1,000 cumulative RSVPs, and The San Diego Single Parents Meetup Group blew right past 1,000 members!
The San Diego Single Parents Meetup is an awesome example of a large group that manages to stay incredibly active. While lots of Meetups—especially Mom & Dad Meetups—prefer to keep their groups small and intimate, if you are looking to go big, here are some tips:
- Have more than one upcoming Meetup scheduled at any one time
- Schedule your Meetups for different days of the week, at different times
This will increase the likelihood of busy moms and dads finding a Meetup that works for them!
- The San Diego Single Parents Meetup Group - San Diego - 1005
- Family Calendar - Green Bay - 1036
- East End Parents - Toronto - 1010
- Park City Moms - Park City - 1004
- San Jose First Time Moms of 2009/2010 - San Jose - 1006
- Harrisburg Family Fun Playgroup - Harrisburg - 1002
- Kennebunk Moms Group - Kennebunk - 1026
- Orlando Single Parents (FREE) - Orlando - 1088
- Niagara Falls Parents, Caregivers, and Kids! - Niagara Falls - 1022
- Alexandria Moms and Playgroup! - Alexandria - 1128
- Chico Moms Meetup Group - Chico - 1000
- Stroller Strides and LUNA Moms Club, Milton and Braintree - Quincy - 1040
- Mom’s Near Me - Clovis - 1143
- Mom’s & Tot’s Who Rock Dundee and Surrounding Areas! - Dundee - 1005
- MOMS Club of Belvidere Area - Belvidere - 1001
- College Station Moms & Tots - College Station - 1022
- Idaho Moms Network - Boise - 1053
- Triangle Interracial Families - Cary - 1030
- Annapolis Area M.O.M. (meeting other moms) Club! - Annapolis - 1001
- Sing and Sign Playdate with Baby & Moms Upper West Side, NYC - New York - 1026
- Hunter’s Creek Moms - Orlando - 1072
- MOMS Club of Seal Beach - Old Town - Seal Beach - 1045
- MOMS Club Valencia North - Valencia - 1022
- Gwinnett Moms and Tots - Lawrenceville - 1040
- West San Fernando Valley Mothers & More - Woodland Hills - 1120
- South Austin Stay At Home Moms - Austin - 1042
- Roc Mamas - Rochester - 1007
- MOMS Club of Orlando Conway, FL - Orlando - 1064
- Santa Susana Homeschool Community - Simi Valley - 1040
- Hot Mamas & Cool Kids - La Quinta - 1076
- ORANGE COUNTY ASIAN MOMS - Orange - 1070
- Children At Play! - Stroudsburg - 1158
- MomSense - Edmond - 1319
- Mommy & Me Play Dates of Ellis County/South DFW - Waxahachie - 1265
- Parents at home (PATH) - Catonsville - 1055
- North County 2011 Playgroup - Carlsbad - 1368
- Small Fries of Orlando - Altamonte Springs - 1247
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Parenting Meetups: Best Practices
Parenting Meetups are some of the most active Meetups out there. We reached out to the Organizers behind some of our most vibrant Parenting communities to find out…
What does it takes to keep members engaged and involved?
Here’s what they had to say.
1. Get personal
Kristin, the Organizer behind the bustling North Jersey Moms Meetup Group explains that her Leadership Team makes a point to individually invite members to Meetups. “Showing appreciation goes a long way and I think that has made a difference for our numbers and beautiful feeling of community. The members want to participate as we are friends and it’s a way to be with our friends, learning and trying something new.”
2. Offer variety
Christine, the Little Apple Mommies’ active Organizer believes that variety is the spice of Parenting Organizer life. “We offer LOTS of different playgroups for LOTS of different ages … We also often ask our members what they would like to do, and have planning meetings twice a year … which keeps everyone informed.”
Katie, from The Babies and Mommies of Doylestown agrees. “We add a wide variety of activities to the calendar, and we encourage our members to volunteer to host. Our Meetups take place on different days, different times, and with all types of themes to attract members (such as: specific age range playdates, working mom playdates at night, family Meetups, weekend Meetups, game nights, book clubs, Moms Night Out etc).”
3. Be strategic
Another awesome Katie, from The South Charlotte Playgroup, swears by capping attendance, “even if the event can handle every member.” By capping attendance, Katie explains, “there’s an incentive to RSVP. What if all the spots fill? There’s also an incentive to attend…You can always increase the attendance cap! It’s all about supply and demand!”
Thanks for the tips!
Katie is our superstar Parenting Meetup Specialist.
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There’s a new mob running Jersey City.
A group of 636 mothers…have banded together to reform the public-school system, influence local politicians, and even get a nasty nurse fired at a pediatrician’s office.
Interview: Katie, Organizer of The Babies and Mommies of Doylestown
When we took a look at the Parenting groups with the most RSVPs last week, we noticed a pretty undeniable trend: the vast majority of groups who made it into our top 10 boast powerful leadership teams.
Katie, the Organizer of The Babies and Mommies of Doylestown Meetup Group, helped shed some light on the situation.
Read on for all the insider info! Whether or not you organize a Parenting Meetup, and whether your Meetup is big or small, we’re sure you’ll find Katie’s answers as helpful as we did.
I hope that the group will provide many families in Greater Nashua a means to support and encourage each other.