How to organize a playgroup
A playgroup can be a fun way to socialize with other moms and kids in your area.
A playgroup can be a great way for your child to make new friends and for you to keep your sanity. They play and you get some adult conversation, it' a win win situation. Organizing a playgroup can seem like a daunting task but follow these tips and you and your little one will soon be playing! Soon you and your child will be making new friends.
Size and Location
You will first have to decide on the overall size and general location of the playgroup. Do you just want kids from your child's school or your neighborhood or would you prefer to open it up to everyone in your city?
Day and Frequency
Do you want to meet up once a week or once a month? Do you want to rotate the day or keep it the same day every meeting? If the group is smaller it would be easy to see if one day worked for everyone, if you are going to inviting large groups of people then several different days and times is good to ensure that one of those fits into everyones schedule at some point.
Get the word out
After you have decided on who you want to invite to join the group it's time to get the word out. There are tons of options, you can depend on word of mouth or start a group on facebook. These are particularly good options if you are planning on keeping the group small and looking to build a group from school or neighborhood. If you are looking to go big than flyers at local coffee shops and websites like Meetup.com are good tools to reach a large number of people in your area who may be interested in joining a playgroup.
The last step is to decide how you will communicate with the other moms. For smaller groups phone or text are easy and with the smart phones email is another quick way to get in touch. If you are dealing with a large group email and the use of a website like Facebook or Meetup.com are good tools to get a feel for how many people will be attending.
Getting a Final Count
Try to get a rough number of who will attend each meeting to help with planning. The number will not be set in stone but it will at least give you a general idea so you can plan accordingly.
Where to Play
Do you want to host at a house? Would you rather meet at a local park? Another option would be to keep a running list of kid friendly events in your area and appoint a mom as the group leader for each of the events. You could also go to local attractions and museums and after getting a head count try to get a discounted rate.