Coffee & Chat (CNC)
These play dates are low-key and informal. We meet at a park, mall play area, or member’s home to let the kids play and moms enjoy some adult conversation. When the weather is warm and pleasant, we meet outside as much as we can. Locations are shared with members each month in the newsletter and in our private Facebook group.
Sometimes referred to as “Walk & Talk,” Fit MOMS involves members getting the blood pumping together, whether it’s a stroller walk, Pilates, or yoga. During the cold weather months (October through mid-May), we meet in the Kirkwood or Gateway malls to walk. You can use a stroller or let the kids walk on their own. Afterwards, we usually stop at the mall play areas to let the kids stretch their legs. When it’s warm outside, we explore different walking paths in the Bismarck/Mandan area.
Our Monthly Mingle takes place the second Tuesday of each month. It’s our “business” meeting where club decisions and service projects are discussed and approved. (All members can provide input and vote.) The mingle also gives children time to play and mothers the chance to socialize. In the warmer months, the Monthly Mingle is held at different parks around the area. When the weather turns colder, we host the mingle at a local church.
This event is hosted at a member’s home or a local church, and everyone brings a dish to share. The volunteer hostess provides plates and utensils.
Bring your crochet, knitting, or other projects to work on while the kids play. It’s typically hosted at a local church by the Moms’ Craft Coordinator. Sometimes another member will volunteer to lead a demonstration for the group.
The Kid’s Craft Coordinator plans projects each month that are quick and easy for little hands. They are often accompanied by a story (Kids’ Book Club & Create). This event takes place outdoors during the summer months and at a local church when it’s cold.
Designed for our avid readers, Book Club gives members a chance to read a chosen book on their own time, and then discuss it together while the kids play.
JUMP stands for “Just Us Moms Playing.” It’s a great opportunity for our members who have older children in school to socialize without the kids in tow.
MOMS Night Out (MNO) or MOMS Night In (MNI)
MOMS Night Out/In is a kids-free event each month so moms can have some adults-only time together. Examples include drinks and appetizers at a restaurant, karaoke, bowling, hitting a few balls at the SuperSlide Park batting cages, Art & Wine, a scavenger hunt, an annual cookie exchange, or game/movie night at someone’s house.
We love to arrange special events for our members! Examples include tours of the fire or police station, pumpkin patch, a local farm, the state archives at the Heritage Center, Halloween or Christmas parties, pool visits, a summer potluck, sledding, ice skating, or cross country skiing. Although special events normally take place on weekdays, we may occasionally schedule a special event on the weekend so that older school kids can join us too.
Covid-19 has been extremely disruptive and stressful for everyone. For the moms who aren’t comfortable yet meeting in-person, we’re happy to schedule events online, to help you stay connected.