Where Do You Take a Young Child to Meet Other Kids & Moms?
If you've had another life as an adult – or if you're new to an area — where do you go to meet other parents and their children?
It's not always easy to meet other parents and young children when you've got a small child of your own.
Whether you're a full-time employee, a stay-at-home mom, or a part-time professional, the people you run into aren't always on the same page as far as parenthood — or the ages of their offspring.
While infants don't necessarily seek company, most people want their toddlers to socialize. (as do the kiddies themselves!) Plus, it's invaluable to compare notes with other parents in the same time and place.
I moved to Basking Ridge in the late 90s, when my younger son was a toddler. For me, the great place to bring him to meet other children (and their moms!) was the Moms & Tots program at St. James Church in Basking Ridge. (The program wasn't limited to Catholics.)
We also met other kids and moms at the playground at Southard Park, off Maple Avenue. Although we lived in Bernards, we belonged to the Bernardsville municipal pool for a few years, and met people there from both towns. (Moms & Tots had members from Bernardsville as well.)
Later, before and even after preschool, we spent some time at the local P.E.P. — Preschool Enrichment Program — club programs. Later, still, we met additional parents through his preschool program, Little Footprints, at Millington Baptist Church.
Along the way, both he and I picked up some longtime friends.
So, where do you go in the Basking Ridge area to meet other young children — and their parents? What opportunities are out there, either organized or informal?
What about parents of special needs children? Do you join these other groups and/or seek more specific groups for socializing?
Please give us your answers in the comments section below.
BTW (added) — since many of you may have been away in July, how did summer vacation with your children go? You're still welcome to add comments to What Advice Do You Have for Traveling with Children? or Traveling With Children. Thanks as always for your comments.