Meetup Groups

Parents Unite! It sounds like I am rallying for a protest or something, I am not. When we moved here, Just after Katrina there were little to no services/groups for parents let alone anything really for kids. Hell there weren’t even schools yet, so anyway I was a little discouraged and after the baby came I was lonely. It happens to the best of us but NOLA is a big city I knew people were moving back (and still are) and I knew there had to be something out there. After much searching I have found a few playgroups that have been so helpful and fun for me. They have given me and the baby an opportunity to get out and meet new people. I have learned that the alone feeling is not just a depressed NOLA thing it is sort of a feeling you get after having a baby no matter what. There are new people joining our playgroup all the time. So if you are out there and you are a parent who is looking to get out and meet other parents and let the kids socialize and have fun then you should check out these area groups. I know there are a lot of other groups out there; you could even start your own group with friends or neighbors you just have to set the dates, get out of the house and actually do something. There are meet up groups for the three big areas of the city. The New Orleans group is geared more toward city dwellers most of the events are centered in the city, The Metairie group is a bigger group and that holds most of its events in the Metairie area, the Westbank group is centered on that bank and does most of it’s events in that area. There are more parent/child meetups close by too as well as other meet ups on the website for all kinds of other interests as well, check it out and get out and socialize.

2 Comments so far

  1. jockomo on April 30th, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    You and your kids might like the Big Top.

    Every other Friday evening or so, they have "music camp" for kids. Imagine a dive live music club/contemporary art gallery with a full bar, no smoke(!), and room and attitude for kids to run and play. The neghborhood is interesting enough (Clio at Carondelet) that we can’t convince some of our ‘burban friends to come down.

    They set up a casual crafty table (and offer kid drinks and snacks) for the punks, the musicians get the joke and welcome the kids’ "input", and it’s a great place to meet interesting grownups.

  2. Rayna (rayna) on April 30th, 2008 @ 12:46 pm

    Actually this is on our (the NOLA group) calendar in May. I am really looking forward to it it sounds fun and right up our alley. Both my husband and I play instuments and the little one already "practices"(strums) daddy’s guitar every morning.

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