Meeting other like-minded moms and dads isn’t always the easiest task. We’ve searched San Diego for clubs and meetings that will help you connect with other parents while your little one might make a friend or two. Whether you like working out, hiking, exploring the city, or just grabbing a coffee, no matter your child’s age, we’ve got a treasure trove of groups for you. So scroll down and find that perfect match for you and your crew.
Work it out! Whether it's during pregnancy or with a wee one in tow, meet a group of moms who shape it up (with you). From Stroller Stride® and Fit4Baby to Stroller Barre and Body Back, this group offers classes for all stages of motherhood. So, find a group of friendly moms and get your workout on. Meet-ups all over San Diego. Also, if you're unsure, the first class is free.
The purpose of the local newcomer's clubs is to help its members to meet new people, learn about the community and discover how to get involved in the things that make their local area unique. These clubs are very active and open to receiving new members.
Family Adventures in Nature
Nature and nurture go hand-in-hand and this local group helps families connect to nature. The group has two to three outdoor adventures per month both during the week and the weekend. Mini-groups meet for hikes, campfires, tide-pooling, and other cool stuff!
Online: Family Adventures in Nature
La Leche League
Getting a little one to latch on can be trickier than it looks. This moms group offers support from other moms on breastfeeding and weaning your little one. Their free meetings provide a nurturing environment, especially to new moms just learning the ropes. Also, there are groups for moms with toddlers too.
Online: La Leche League of San Diego
The MOMS Club is a national non-profit organization whose initials stand for "Moms Offering Moms Support." This club is a support group for the stay-at-home mother of today who's seeking activities for herself and her kids and is proud of her choice of at-home mothering. MOMS Club has two chapters in the San Diego area serving the Poway Unified School District, Escondido, and San Marcos.
San Diego Twins Club
Let the kiddos run free while you talk to other mamas about tips for bringing up your brood. If you have twins, triplets, quadruplets (or more), then this is the group for you. Receive "big-sister" mentoring from moms who have older multiples, join the age-based playgroups, buy/sell events, or new parent get-togethers. Further, find out what to do when your kiddos run in more than one direction all at the same time!
Online: San Diego Twins Club
San Diego Dads Group
Calling all dads! Whether you're married, single, working, or a stay-at-home dad, this group is for you. You'll find several meet-ups per month at parks, museums, and sporting events. In addition, this group hosts a Dad's Night Out to socialize, relax and talk about everything. Meet-ups occur during the week and on weekends to make room for everyone.
Online: San Diego Dads Group
San Diego New Moms Network
Word of mouth! This local network grows quickly. Many moms in this group have wee ones age three and younger. Also, regular play dates are hosted by the same mamas for consistency; however, they are open to new members who want to host. Even more, if you like to swap clothes or nab a mom's night out, this is your group too. Lastly, there's no cost to attend.
Online: San Diego New Moms Network
Hike It Baby
San Diego has some of the best weather in the country and Hike It Baby encourages families to get outside and enjoy it! Groups meet several times a week, are geared for ages 0-6, and include toddler waddles and stroller walks.
Online: Hike It Baby
Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) is an international organization with many local chapters in the San Diego area. The group's goal is to provide connection and support for all moms believing that amazing things happen when moms come together. The group organizes playdates, guest speakers, and "moms night out," among many other things.
––Kimberly Stahl, Jacqui Boland & Nikki Walsh