KW Moms Club
Being a mother can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not always easy! Thankfully for mothers in Kitchener-Waterloo, there’s a large network of mothers, parents, and community members who are committed to making the journey of motherhood a smooth and enjoyable one. We’ve looked at quite a few local activities, destinations, and groups that cater to parents and children recently, and today we’re adding another wonderful club to this list: KW Moms Club. Let’s find out what they’re all about!
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What Is KW Moms Club?
KW Moms Club is a membership-based organization that’s designed primarily for moms with children between the ages of 0 and 5 (click here to see the various membership levels and their corresponding prices). Though Kitchener-Waterloo is in its name (well, the acronym for Kitchener-Waterloo), they serve the broader Waterloo Region (particularly the Tri-Cities of Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge). Every month, KW Moms Club has a wide range of recurring events, as well as special occasions and seasonal activities. But we’ll get into the events in more detail shortly. KW Moms Club is, at its heart, a network of women with shared experiences and a desire to help each other out. Through social outings, educational opportunities, and fun events, KW Moms Club endeavours to ensure both mother and child are doing well. According to the KW Moms Club website, it is the largest organization of its kind in Kitchener-Waterloo. And with its adept use of social media to spread their message, the club is only getting larger. If the proverb of it taking a village to raise a child is true, then you won’t find many villages better-suited to the task than KW Moms Club!
KW Moms Club really shines when it comes to events and activities. Most months, just about every weekday has something going on – and the variety is quite impressive. As noted, KW Moms Club is not just for Kitchener-Waterluvians; there are plenty of events taking place in Cambridge locations, in addition to those in Kitchener and Waterloo. Mondays in the summer are typically Splash and Play sessions in Uptown Waterloo, which take place in Waterloo Park’s Lions Lagoon Splash Pad (it’s a great park; it even made our Top 5 Kids’ Activities in Waterloo list!). This summer will feature Riverside Park Fridays in Preston, Cambridge, at Riverside Park (a very fine park indeed – just check out the Top 5 Parks in Cambridge). This event, like many, is a great time for toddlers and youngsters to play and socialize, but equally importantly, it’s a time for moms to meet up and chat. Knowing their children are safe, mothers can make sure they have time to take a breather and get to know their fellow mothers better. May, 2018, for example, had an ongoing series of Meet Ups including one at Huron Natural Area – an area that’s fun at any time, but particularly fun with a group of fellow mothers (if you’re wondering whether Huron Natural Area made our Top 5 Parks in Kitchener list – yes, it did).
Some of KW Moms Club’s events are geared towards specific age groups. Wednesdays, for example, are Kitchener Toddler Time, which is designed for mothers with toddlers (particularly moms with more than 1 child); it typically meets in Highview Community Church at 295 Highview Dr., in western Kitchener. Thursdays, on the other hand, are Kitchener Baby Basics, which are for moms with babies aged 0 to 15 months (this also meets at Highview Community Church). Unlike the more general, play and social-oriented gatherings like those mentioned in the last paragraph, these days often centre on a specific idea, goal, or educational opportunity. The programming varies from week to week: in May, 2018, Kitchener Toddler time had a Mother’s Day Jewellery craft session, a Flower Planting day, ‘Tales for Tots’ (toddlers gathered around a reader, and mothers able to listen or chat with one another), and a day that consisted of both a Birthday Bash and PJ Day (what child doesn’t love PJ Day? What adult doesn’t love PJ Day, for that matter?). Fridays used to be Cambridge Toddler Time (and likely will be again in the future), but for the time being it will be play time at Riverside Park on Fridays.
Kitchener Baby Basics offers great opportunities for mothers: typically, weeks alternate between Keepsake Baby Picasso craft sessions, and an ongoing series of guest speakers. Looking at May, 2018 again, the crafts included Mother’s Day crafts, Flower Pot Decorating, and Rockin’ Baby Robins; the guest speakers were Stephanie from Dream Again Sleep, who discussed natural sleep with the mothers, and Kim Van Veen of the Waterloo Babywearers Facebook group, who discussed babywearing wraps and carriages, as well as techniques. The KW Moms Club website notes that “Although this is a baby playgroup, it’s really designed for mommy. It gives you the chance to bond with the other moms while your babies are rolling around, snuggling, or sleeping” (KW Moms Club). It’s also worth noting that it’s an incredible opportunity to learn new skills that will make your life, and your children’s/child’s life, better. Tuesdays are Cambridge Baby Basics, and they feature their own slew of crafts projects and guest speakers (for example, they had Bridget from Better Bedtime in May). Cambridge Baby Basics typically meets in Church of the Nazarene at 1332 Hamilton St. in Preston (northwest Cambridge). So not only is it great for mothers in Cambridge, but it can also be perfect for mothers in other parts of the Waterloo Region, too. Check out their events page here.
Something worth noting is that not only is the KW Moms Club an active, welcoming community in its own right: it also collaborates with different groups throughout the Waterloo Region, and shares information about upcoming opportunities. What this means is that by paying attention to the KW Moms Club website, and by joining their community, you’ll also be able to find out about many events, clubs, and activities that you may not have discovered otherwise. KW Moms Club makes great use of social media, and their Facebook group is always sharing photos of past events, and a variety of upcoming opportunities (like the camps run by Little Medical School – Region of Waterloo). Make sure to check out their Facebook page (click here) and their primary website (click here); if you’re a mom, they’d love to help you out, and to have you as part of their ever-growing community.
Kitchener-Waterloo is a great place for families, and KW Moms Club is a great organization for mothers. By focussing on both the mom’s mental health and wellbeing, and that of the children, they truly provide a vital service to our community.
Written by Will Kummer
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