Busy moms unite: Whether it’s to get back into shape, let the kids run wild and free or to escape motherly responsibilities for a little while, check out one of these best bets to meet other moms in and around the DC area.
Price: Single classes start at $15; options available
Hours: Tue and Fri – 10 a.m.
Get in shape, meet other moms and spend some quality time with your newborn too. Stroller Strides is a fitness group that incorporates your baby or young child into a power walking, strength training or body toning workout routine. Taught by certified fitness instructors, Stroller Strides offers several different class formats, such as Fit4Baby and L.E.A.N. Mommy, that are taught either indoors or outdoors, weather permitting, and are appropriate for moms of all fitness levels. Most workouts last about an hour however the friendships made with other moms may last a lifetime.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Grab the kids and head on over to Dulles Town Center where the kids can run wild and free in a safe environment while moms can sit back, relax a little and make new friends. Resembling an airport, Kidtopia features half a dozen kid-friendly structures, like airplanes and an air traffic control tower, that the kids can climb up, slide down and play on. The play area is also known to frequently feature Rocknoceros, a musical group that’s wildly popular among kids and parents alike.
DC New Moms Group
Price: $10 one-time membership fee
Join the DC New Moms Group, a Meetup.com group devoted to fostering new friendships among new or expecting moms in and around the DC area. The group provides an opportunity for moms to meet other moms as well as participate in a wide variety of activities — everything from playgroups to open houses to mommy nights outs. Group events occur within the DC and Alexandria, VA region, with most events occurring within close distance to a Metro stop. There is a one-time membership fee that helps cover the expenses of running the group’s website as well as to help fund the annual picnic. More than 220 parents have participated in over 540 meetup events.
YMCA National Capital
Hours: Mon to Fri – 5:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Sun – 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Just like the Village People say, there are many ways to have a good time at the YMCA. The National Capital location features a fitness center, group exercise studios, an indoor swimming pool, a rock climbing wall, gymnasium, massage services and much more. Sign up for Mommy and Me Gymnastics, join a walking or running club or learn new ways to manage your health. The YMCA has tons of programs for children and teenagers too, including cooking classes, leadership programs, a Friday night kids club, various camps and much more. Drop the kids off at the Y and enjoy a morning out with other moms or drop them off at night and enjoy an evening with your partner. Either scenario promises tons of fun and activities for the kids while you take a little time off to enjoy some grown-up time.
DC Metro Area
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Formerly known as Onesies DC, Mamas Link provides educational and social opportunities for moms and moms-to-be. Special events include free prenatal yoga, monthly luncheons, infant massage therapy classes and more. Sign up for the Six Week Hook Up, which provides an introductory look into a wide variety of mommy and me classes over the span of six weeks. Previous events and activities included a family photo shoot, a holiday giving bash and working mommy and me nights out into town. Learn how to organize your home, introduce nutritious foods to your picky toddler or simply meet other moms in the area.
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