Find your Village through Mom Groups, Parenting Organizations + Online Groups
Not long after we moved to Kalamazoo, we had our first child. And while I loved being a mom, I quickly discovered how isolating it can be in a new city: the majority of my days were spent with a tiny companion who only drooled and smiled.
I needed to connect with other people who were in the same stage of life who could provide support and friendship; I needed mom friends.
But where to start? How do I find someone to ask for advice, grab a coffee, or share a morning at the park with our kids? Where could I find a mom group near me?
Parenting friendships provide an invaluable support system for parents and caregivers. From baby groups to kids’ open-play gatherings, check out these fun and casual playgroups for making new friends around Kalamazoo and growing that village.
Note: “Mom groups” is a common term for these organizations, but many welcome moms, dads, and other caregivers.
If you know of other mom groups or parenting organizations in Kalamazoo that should be included, please leave us a comment.
Kalamazoo Public Schools
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Kalamazoo Area Mom Groups and Community Groups
Whether you’re a first-time parent, a mom of multiples, a father looking to connect with other dads, or simply in search of local families to spend time with – there’s a group for you in Southwest Michigan.
Our list also includes online-only forums to provide virtual support and advice.
Battle Creek Moms Club: Battle Creek area group for moms to provide support and local recommendations.
Greater Kalamazoo Mothers of Multiples: Group for local moms of multiples.
Kalamazoo Babywearing Love: Local group for caregivers to connect with other babywearers.
Kalamazoo Dads Group: Dads-only group for discussions and playdates.
Kalamazoo Heart: Homeschooling-focused support group for Christian families.
Kalamazoo La Leche League: Local chapter to virtually support breastfeeding moms.
Kalamazoo Mom Friends: Local group for parenting discussions, meetups and advice.
Little Adventurers’ Club- Kalamazoo Area: This group organizes hikes, playdates, storytimes and library visits.
So NOT Together Moms: Provides a support network for moms of all backgrounds. They offer meetups and moms’ nights out.
Zoo Mama: Kalamazoo area moms group focused on parenting advice, local recommendations, and other parenting-related discussions.
Facebook groups are typically large, informal discussion-focused groups that do not have participation requirements.
MOPS Groups (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Centerpoint Church 2345 N 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Covenant Hope Church 1021 Wagner Dr, Battle Creek, MI 49017
First Reformed Church of Portage 7905 S Westnedge, Portage, MI 49002
Oakwood Bible Church 4100 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Gracespring Bible Church 8643 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church 1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
Westwood Christian Reformed Church 620 Northampton Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
MOPS is an international, Christian organization focused on mothers of young children. MOPS sessions meet twice a month, providing free childcare while the moms meet separately.
All moms are welcome to join MOPS; you do not need to be a member of the sponsoring church.
Other Local Parenting Groups
4DAD Local community group providing support for dads in Kalamazoo and surrounding cities.
Baby Talk Virtual class offered through Bronson.
Kalamazoo County Early Childhood Families Supports children aged 0-8 by sharing information and events for families.
Kalamazoo County Talking is Teaching KRESA initiative supporting literacy for families with local events, resources and virtual playgroups.
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) Community Playgroups Virtual groups with KRESA
MOMS Club Non-profit group supporting moms with activities and community service projects.
Otsego Preschool Playgroup (First Baptist Church) 247 E Allegan St, Otsego, MI 49078
- An informal group of caregivers of small children who meet weekly. Meetings take place in the church’s gym or local playgrounds.
Pathfinder M.O.M.s (Pathfinder Church) 8740 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
- Group for moms of children of all ages to promote faith, love, and friendship.
The Chat Factory: language-based playgroups for children 6 months – 3 years and their caregivers, led by speech pathologists.
Tiny Treasures (Haven Church) 5350 N Sprinkle Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49004
- Faith-based playgroup at Haven Church.
Toddler Talk Virtual class offered through Bronson.
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