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.
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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.
NOTE: Like many events of the past year, many parenting groups have been paused or moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with the group to confirm its current status and location.
Facebook groups are typically large, informal groups that are discussion-focused and do not have participation requirements.
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.
Portage MI Mom Squad: For Moms by Moms looking for local conversation, selling, events, and meetups in the area.
Zoo Mama: Kalamazoo area moms group focused on parenting advice, local recommendations, and other parenting-related discussions.
Meetup.com hosts a large variety of groups: moms groups, playdate-focused groups, caregiver resource forums and other varied interests. Each group has its own membership rules and attendance requirements. Contact the group’s organizer before applying if you have membership questions.
New Moms Group- Kalamazoo (Virtual): 6 week- group designed for mothers-to-be and new moms
New Moms Group- Otsego (Virtual): 6 week- group designed for mothers-to-be and new moms
Portage Moms of Munchkins: Playdate group for moms of infants through preschoolers
MOPS Groups (Mothers of Preschoolers)
MOPS is an international, Christian organization that is 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.
Centerpoint Church | 2345 N 10th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 | 269-375-4815
Centerpoint City Church | 326 W Cork St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 | 269-375-4815
Chapman Memorial Church of the Nazarene | 7520 E U Avenue, Vicksburg, MI 49097 | 269-649-2392
First Reformed Church of Portage | 7905 S Westnedge, Portage, MI 49002 | 269-327-3694
Oakwood Bible Church | 4100 Oakland Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 | 269-349-2835
Gracespring Bible Church | 8643 Gull Rd, Richland, MI 49083 | 269-629-9622
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church | 1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024 | 269-327-5175
Westwood Christian Reformed Church | 620 Northampton Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006 | 269-381-8691
Other Local Parenting Groups
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 of Battle Creek | Non-profit group supporting at-home moms with activities and community service projects.
Otsego Preschool Playgroup | First Baptist Church | 247 E Allegan St, Otsego, MI 49078
- 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 (Moms on a Mission) | Pathfinder Church | 8740 S Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
- Group for moms of children of all ages to promote faith, love, and friendship. This group meets twice monthly.
Tiny Treasures | Haven Church | 5350 N Sprinkle Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49004
- Faith-based play group that meets weekly on Monday mornings.
Toddler Talk | Virtual Class offered through Bronson.