GGMG Playgroups

One of the top reasons mothers join Golden Gate Mothers Group is to join a playgroup. A playgroup is a small group of moms and their children who get together on a regular basis for play and interaction. It gives you a chance to meet, share experiences and learn from other women-adding up to newfound friendships and a healthy, nurturing environment.

 
Age-based Playgroups
GGMG hosts monthly playgroup formation events for members who would like to meet other moms who have similar age kids. At the events, GGMG volunteers will help members naturally subdivide into small playgroups based on commonalities such as neighborhoods in San Francisco, working or stay-at-home, etc. Ice breakers will help everyone get to know each other. Each group will leave with contact information; a set date for their next meeting, and tips on how to organize for long-term success. Moms tell us they felt unsure and nervous about meeting a new group of women, and then walked away from the event thrilled that they have a new group of friends who are in the exact same boat! It's like a blind date with a guaranteed match!

Join a Playgroup!


PARTICIPATION IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT FOR SUCCESS
Once formed, GGMG Playgroups run themselves. Moms meet at each other's homes or in parks, cafes, typically for 1-2 hours. During this time, moms talk, feed babies, older children play together and learn invaluable social skills as they grow.

One thing successful playgroups all have in common is that they don't wait for someone else to engage. We recommend setting up a consistent way to communicate and organize gatherings, such as a subgroup on Circle of Moms, a Yahoo Group, Facebook group or an email distribution list. Some playgroups have a natural leader that takes charge to organize and other playgroups take a more egalitarian approach, rotating hosting responsibility each week.

GGMG New mommy playgroups committee is here to help you
If you have questions about joining a New Mommy Playgroup, need advice on how to handle challenges in your playgroup, or cannot make it to a playgroup formation event for one reason or another, please email please email playgroups@ggmg.org.

We'll do our best to help you.


Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups are groups based on moms' shared interests - sports, languages, cooking, etc. - and are like playgroups for moms! Typically these groups include mixed age children. Once the groups are formed, the members can decide when, where, and how often the group will meet. Some groups may choose to include children and families in their meetings, while others will want to keep it just for moms - it is up to each group to decide.

How do I join a Special Interest Group?
All GGMG members now have the ability to join a group online. Just go to groups.html, find the group you would like to join and click on the group's name. You will then be taken to BigTent to complete the registration process.

Neighborhood Meetups

Neighborhood Meetups are designed to be a gateway for moms to meet up every week with other moms through neighborhood events such as book club, wine night, movie night, special play dates and more. Each neighborhood is represented by at least one GGMG Director, and at least two Ambassadors who organize and communicate with the playgroup participants.

WEEKLY PLAYDATES
These playgroups have recurring weekly playdates that meet on the same day and time at a designated neighborhood playground.

These recurring playdates are a great way to meet friends... and fuse friendships that go beyond the playground and take care of your needs as not only a mom, but as a girlfriend!

HOLIDAY / THEMED PLAYDATES
The playgroups also have quarterly holiday-themed playdates with snacks, crafts, and fun the activities for the children!

JUST FOR MOM EVENTS
In addition, the neighborhood meetups also have monthly mommy-only wine nights, book club meetings, game night, and movie nights! These events take care of some of our needs to engage in adult conversations that are not child-focused.

JOIN A MEETUP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

You can join a Neighborhood Meetup online. Just click on the link to find the Neighborhood Meetups in YOUR neighborhood: http://www.bigtent.com/group/subgroup


We have neighborhood meetups in the following neighborhoods:

  • Castro/Mission
  • Noe Valley
  • Glen Park/Bernal/Excelsior/Outer Mission
  • NOPA/Alamo Square/Hayes Valley
  • The Haights/Cole Valley
  • Richmond
  • The Heights
  • Sunset/West Portal
  • Marina/Cow Hollow
  • SOMA
  • Nob Hill/Russian Hill/North Beach

THE GGMG NEIGHBORHOOD MEETUPS COMMITTEE IS HERE TO HELP YOU
If you are interested in volunteering as a neighborhood director of ambassador, coordinating a mommy-only event or playdate, or starting a playgroup in your neighborhood, please email the playgroups committee at neighborhoodmeetups@ggmg.org.