“Mom” friends: every mom needs at least one.
That friend who needs no explanation when you arrive 25 minutes late for a simple play date because you just. couldn’t. get. out. of. the. house. That friend whom you’re not even embarrassed a little bit to have ride in your disaster zone car. That friend who is roughly on the same plane of parenting perspectives with you, so you can honestly share without feeling judged.
These friendship jewels can be hard to find, and the usual spots you’d think of – like birthday parties, daycare/school, sports – can be a bust, because there’s too much going on, no time to chat, or you just want to focus on your own kid.
Here are three tried-and-true spots around Reno where moms and kids tend to linger, making them a simpler and more relaxed place to make some new connections.
- Yogurt Beach, multiple locations. This is easily number one on the list – think of it as the BuBinga Lounge in its heyday (you know you went there, too!), but for moms and kids. Anyone and everyone in your kids’ life is here just about every night of the week: if you stop off after gymnastics/dance/swim/soccer/Scouts/church, you’re bound to see someone your child knows, which makes for an easy introduction. Don’t see anyone you know? The seating is limited and cozy enough to just sit right next to another mom and start a conversation without feeling too awkward.
- Discovery Museum, 490 S. Center St. This one may seem obvious, but it’s a good spot to pick up mom friends for a different reason than you might think. Sure, it’s popular with the kids, and there’s lots to enjoy here for parents, too. But the real secret of the Discovery Museum for those seeking mom friends is in the frequent fliers. Many local moms invest in the annual pass and take their littles on a regular, even weekly basis. Before long, those faces become familiar and it’s less intimidating to strike up a conversation.
- Saint Mary’s/The Nurturing Nest new mom groups. Open to all, these groups can prove essential for your sanity, and also happen to be the perfect place to make mom friends. Whether you’ve showered or not, whether your child is calm or not – wheel your stroller right in for an hour of community and connection with other moms who have kids roughly your age. No question is too weird and no postpartum feeling is off-limits. Bonus: no one cares if you whip out a boob OR a bottle. Score! I haven’t checked out the The Nurturing Nest, but I personally loved the group at Saint Mary’s; I met a fellow new mom there who is still a pal today. Four years on, our kids still enjoy play dates while we catch up on gossip!
Tell us: where did you meet your “mom” friends? What are the best places to meet moms in Sparks, Dayton/Carson and Tahoe?