As we were closing in on our move to Indianapolis, I started to worry. I had been living in the Detroit area for close to ten years and my support system – my momma tribe – was all around me. What was I going to do in a new city with two small kids and not one friend to my name?
Fast forward four years later and I’m blessed to be surrounded by the greatest group of mom friends possible. And while I know I’m a little biased, I also know that Indy comes chock full of resources for any mom in search of support. (Please note that one qualification I put on this list is that they had to be active groups – not just online forums. Having that face-to-face interaction is a powerful support tool!)
So if you are needing some extra love, here is a resourceful list of local mom groups worth their supportive salt. Get over that hump of “will I fit in?” and take the plunge to say hello. Your momma tribe is out there.
As the largest social and support network for moms in the Indianapolis area, theCityMoms is just two years old but offers a calendar full of fun activities in every corner of the city including playdates, MNOs (moms night out), workshops, regional PLAYgroups, exclusive events and more. There are no limitations on the age of children or moms (stay-at-home, work full-time, babysitters, etc.) in this group – all are welcome. Member discounts at local businesses, a drama-free online forum and more round out the perks.
MOPS, or “Mothers Of PreSchoolers”, is a national organization generally run through local churches but does not require their members to be parishioners. Groups typically meet 2-3 times/monthly throughout the school year, offering guest speakers and meals during meetings. Childcare is usually offered by the location as well. Many different MOPS groups dot the Indianapolis area. Membership is generally limited to moms with children preschool age or younger.
More info: mops.org/, select ‘Find A Group’ at top and type in your zip code.
Another national organization with multiple local chapters, MOMS Club, promotes support for “the at-home mother of today.” Finding a chapter is easy – just fill out their online form and someone will be in contact to connect you.
More info: momsclub.org, select ‘Find A Chapter’ under ‘Chapters.’
Zionsville Moms Group
Welcoming families with young children (newborn to kindergarten), the Zionsville Moms Group is a great way to find fun in the northwest corridor of the greater Indianapolis area.
More info: zionsvillemoms.wix.com/zionsvillemomsgroup.
West Side Indy Playgroup
This group, found on Meetup.com, is small but mighty, and focuses on events in the Avon, Brownsburg and Plainfield areas. Children range primarily from ages 0-5 but moms with kids of all ages are welcome. With playgroups, MNOs and book club, this group is definitely “in the know” on all things westside.
More info: meetup.com/WestSideIndyPlaygroup/
Noblesville Stay at Home Moms Group
Don’t let the name dissuade you: If you live on the far northside of the Indy area and are a SAHM, working mom, part-time working mom, etc., this group based in Noblesville may be a good fit for you.
Baby Boot Camp
Led by local mom Kara Babcock, Baby Boot Camp meets on a regular basis at various spots around town for workouts that involve your baby, a stroller and other unique workout options.
More info: facebook.com/babybootcampcarmel?fref=ts
As a Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Gigi’s Playhouse of Indianapolis offers a huge number of programs, including parent groups, open play, family nights and more. It’s a wonderful way to connect with other parents and build a supportive network.
More info: gigisplayhouse.org/indianapolis/
Indy Dads Group
Let’s not forget that dads need support too! This local group of dads is just in their start-up phase but as part of a larger, national organization, won’t take long to get moving. They meet for social time, family outings and more.
More info: meetup.com/IndyDadsGroup/
If none of these groups strike your fancy, that’s okay too. Meetup.com is a great place to search for other groups in your area. Check out your local school PTO or consider starting a group of your own in your neighborhood! Whatever you decide, your tribe is out there.
Photo used courtesy of theCityMoms.