Places to Find Support in this Wild Ride Called Parenting

The parenting journey is tough and it’s inadvisable to go it alone.

Find your place among friends and gain support, fun and health!

This guide is a roundup of parenting groups in the West Michigan area and will help you find one in your community.

If you know of others that should be included, please leave us a comment.

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Parenting Groups Around Grand Rapids

AREA-WIDE

  • MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) | Groups meet around town at various locations, usually in churches. Caters to the needs of the mother with young children.
  • Bright Beginnings | Bright Beginnings program includes the following services: Personal home visits, playgroups/parent meetings, developmental screening, resource network, nutrition information resources. Bright Beginnings is available to ALL families in Kent County with children birth to Kindergarten entry. FREE.

FOR DADS

  • A Father’s Walk Single Dad Ministry“A Father’s Walk” is a ministry designed to help ALL single dads grow in their walk with Christ through discipleship, events, and various resources. For more information, please email [email protected], call (616) 581-4409 or visit their Facebook page.
  • Daddy Daughter Time | This group helps any Dad spend time with his daughter. Focuses on events that are free or heavily discounted and designed for the Dad/Daughter duo. Strives to get Dads with daughters talking to each other about their daughters. You can also join their Facebook page.
  • Just for Dads | Free ongoing support group where dads can get support and learn valuable parenting information! Meets first and third Thursday of every month at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland. (Note: Not a faith-based group.)

GRAND HAVEN

  • St Patrick’s MOM’s Group – 920 Fulton St | The MOMS (Mothers Of Many Seasons) is a group of women who are mothers of any age or stage of mothering.  We gather weekly for social, emotional, spiritual, and practical support in our busy ministries of motherhood. Meets every Thursday at 9:30 am. Childcare is available. [clear]
  • MOMS Club of Grand Haven | The MOMS Club of Grand Haven, a chapter of the International MOMS Club, is a non-profit support group for all women who have chosen to stay home (full-time or part-time) with their children. We offer frequent playdates, a monthly Mom’s Night Out, monthly member meetings, and much more.

GRAND RAPIDS

  • Moms of Grand Rapids | An organization that creates a place for mothers to feel a part of a larger community of women who are experiencing the challenges that all mothers face, not only in raising children but also in fulfilling their sense of self and self-worth. We are a volunteer-driven organization that connects mothers of all ages, with children of all ages. It includes those who have left the paid workplace and those who are working for pay part-time, full-time and everything in between. Local chapter meetings are held at Schuler Books in the Studio Room (2660 28t St, Grand Rapids, 49512) on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. 
  • Grand Rapids Mothers of Multiples Club This club is designed to aid families of multiples in the area. Meetings are monthly. Stay connected via their Facebook page.
  • Newcomers Club of Grand Rapids | The Newcomers Club of Greater Grand Rapids is an all-volunteer organization established to help individuals new to the Grand Rapids area or who have experienced a change in circumstances to make friends, find people who share common interests and hobbies, become acquainted with the area and to participate in various community projects.
  • Great Start Collaborative | The Great Start Collaborative is made up of committed parents from all over the county who want to ensure a GREAT START for their own children and all children in the community. Their mission is to increase parents’ skills, knowledge, and participation in early childhood planning and decision making in the community.
  • Mocha Moms | This group focuses on supporting stay-at-home-moms of color, but is open to everyone.
  • Community Family Partnership Family Center | A place for youth with behavioral, emotional, or mental health needs and/or their families to get involved, engaged and equipped. Here, they can connect with others through ongoing support groups, training, parenting classes, a resource library, social activities, and sometimes just a warm cup of coffee and a comfy, quiet couch near people who understand.
  • MOMS Club of Grand Rapids – North | We are a group of mainly stay-at-home moms. As a club, we offer lots of activities geared towards moms and children. Except for the occasional moms’ night out, our activities are during the day and children are always welcome. Our club includes women with varying interests, ages, and lifestyles, however we come together with the important goal of raising healthy, happy children.
  • Momtourage (4411 Plainfield NE) | We are a group of young moms, from different walks of life and different areas of town. We come together on Thursday mornings to be encouraged, uplifted and to strengthen our relationship with each other and with the Lord. On top of all that, we have FREE child care so we can know that it will be a break and a time to relax during our busy weeks.  Info: [email protected] or (616) 647-1111.
  • Seymour MOPS (840 Alger St SE) | For mothers with preschool aged kids (kindergarten and under). We meet at Seymour Church in Alger Heights on the 1st Friday of each month 9:15-11:30 am (childcare provided) and the 3rd Thursday of each month 7-9:30 pm (no childcare provided).
  • Moms Club South | MOMS Club is a non-profit support group, specifically aimed at meeting the needs of mothers who choose to stay at home with their children part or full time.
  • MOMS Club of  Kentwood, Cascade and Caledonia MOMS Club is available for stay-at-home moms with any age children. You don’t have to leave the club just because your kids go to school. Stay connected on their Facebook page.

GRANDVILLE

  • MomBreak | Mom Break, formerly a MOPS group, is a program designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy to kindergarten. Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month from 9:30 to 11:00 am at First Reformed Church in Grandville.

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HOLLAND

  • Ridge Point MOMS (340 104th Ave, Holland) | The MOMS ministry is a group of moms of young children who meet together to be encouraged and build relationships with others in the same season of life. We recognize that being a parent of young children can be exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time! MOMS meets moms where they are and is that extra voice of encouragement. We would love for you to join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month beginning each fall.
  • Holland Area Mothers of Multiples | Mothers of twins, triplets quads or more from the Holland, MI area, who meet on the second Friday of the month at 7pm, at Providence Church – Ottawa Ave.
  • Moms in Tow | Moms in Tow LLC provides moms and expecting moms a way to find great discounts, meet others for social events, and attend healthy and educational activities in West Michigan. Serving Holland and Zeeland area.

HUDSONVILLE

  • Mom’s Time Out (3617 Hillcrest) | Mom’s Time Out is an outreach to moms of all ages- new moms, stepmoms, moms with school aged or teenaged children, and grandmothers will all be welcome! There will be four key elements to our meetings: Friends, Food, Faith and Fun! Put all these together and you have a happy mom! Mom’s Time Out meets the first Friday night of the months of October through May, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We meet in The Hill at Hillcrest CRC.
  • Moms Unplugged (2900 Baldwin Street) | Moms Unplugged is a place for moms to be real, have fun and develop Christ-centered relationships. Meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 9:15 AM – 11:00 AM in The Rock and childcare and children’s program will be available for children age 5 and under in the 100 wing.

MUSKEGON

  • MOPs and MOMS Next (Moms of Muskegon) | Moms Of Muskegon is about supporting, encouraging and learning from each other in our journey of motherhood using Christian values as our base. All moms with a child from zero to high school are welcome to join us. Childcare is provided. 

ROCKFORD

  • Moms Club of Rockford, MI | A support group for all full or part-time at-home mothers. The MOMS Offering Moms Support® (MOMS) Club aims to provide support, friendship and a sense of community to moms and their families through opportunities such as monthly “Chapter Chat” meetings, playgroups, MOMS Night Out and more.

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  2. Sara Wesche July 28, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hike it Baby is open to any family in West Michigan (branches also located in Holland, Muskegon and Kalamazoo. Our goal is to make it easier for parents/caregivers and young children to get into nature. Any caregiver is welcome to attend…mom, dad, grandparents, nannies, aunts, and uncles… We do hikes, stroller walks, park and plays, and other outdoor meet-ups around the Grand Rapids area. For more information visit http://www.hikeitbaby.com and find the Hike it Baby Grand Rapids Group on Facebook.

  3. Mike December 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I’m a dad in Rockford, looking for a group here or in Grand Rapids to take my 4 y/o son to.

    • Mike December 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      (Prefer non-religious based group)

  4. Bandi Davin November 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Single mom of a 16 yr old boy, Jenison area. I work full time days and would like to get involved in a group. Any ideas?

    • Kristi Hertstein November 3, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Hi Bandi!
      I would be happy to ask our readers. I’ll email you. Thank you!

  5. Bobbie Jo Jones September 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Hi My name is Bobbie Jo and I am looking for a group of understanding people that homeschool there children. I have a beautiful little kindergardner that is shy and sencitive. We really need other children to have fun with and women that are understanding of the same choice I made to Homeschool. Thanks

  6. Stacy September 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Hello
    Any play groups for working moms preferably on the weekends? Always looking for new things to do with my 10 month old dd.

  7. Janna Smith September 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    GRAND RAPIDS MOTHERS OF TWINS CLUB is already in your list, but may I email an updated description to you? Thanks!

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B September 19, 2016 at 7:48 am - Reply

      Janna
      Please do! We’d love to update our description of your group if it needs updating! Please email [email protected]. Thanks!

      –Betsy

  8. Shannon August 28, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

    How about a group for stepmoms?

  9. Sherry August 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I am a recent widow with two beautiful children does anyone know of any affordable child helper ? Counseling for my children during this time? A mentor program?
    Sherry

  10. Amanda Andrew June 25, 2016 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Single mom, a year and a half living in west Michigan cedar springs area. I work full time during the day but want to be involved. Any words of advise or groups i can attend?

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  12. Tina Worrall April 12, 2016 at 8:37 am - Reply

    The Community Family Partnership Family Center is a place for youth with behavioral, emotional, or mental health needs and/or their families to get involved, engaged and equipped. Here, they can connect with others through ongoing support groups, training, parenting classes, a resource library, social activities, and sometimes just a warm cup of coffee and a comfy, quiet couch near people who understand. Check out our website to find current opportunities!

  13. Holly March 19, 2016 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I’m looking for a playgroup for my toddler that meets on the weekend. I live in Wyoming. Do you know of any?

  14. Terra March 8, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Any RIE parenting groups in the Grand Haven area?

  15. Rebecca September 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Moms and Music – Come join us Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m.! Each Thursday for 8 weeks (Sept. 24-Nov. 12), we will have a 30 minute music and motion time for you and your children (newborn to preschooler). Following that, babysitting will be provided for fellowship time as moms. We will meet for conversation, coffee, and prayer. Free – all are welcome. Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 700 Ethel Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, 616-451-8467.

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B September 8, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Rebecca,
      We’d love to have this on our events calendar! If you haven’t already submitted this, please do so here: http://grkids.com/submit-events/

      Betsy

  16. Leslie September 7, 2015 at 5:11 am - Reply

    Is there a parent group out there for parents of kids with ADHD?

  17. Kathy Low via Facebook September 6, 2015 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Babywearing International of Grand Rapids is a great place for caregivers too!

  18. Sarah McNee via Facebook September 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I love my mops group!

  19. Erika Nicole via Facebook September 4, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I can’t say enough amazing things about Bright Beginnings and their structured play groups. There were a lot of things on the list for moms, but we always see many dads, grandparents, nannies, and caregivers at bright beginnings groups! They really are for everyone.

  20. Jamie September 4, 2015 at 7:31 am - Reply

    You should add MOMS Club of Grand Haven to your list 🙂 It’s part of the same International Organization as the other MOMS Clubs listed, but serves Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Nunica, and Ferrysburg.

    • Betsy B
      Betsy B September 8, 2015 at 10:37 am - Reply

      Great idea! Let’s talk!

  21. Shelly Carlson via Facebook September 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm - Reply

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  22. grkids.com via Facebook October 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Danielle we did a series about SAHD’s last year but I am not sure there is a recent list of groups for these awesome guys! I would be happy to ask our readers if there are any groups they know of! Please look for it to post sometime tomorrow! 🙂

  23. Danielle Kangas via Facebook October 16, 2014 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Where are the stay at home dad groups? My huband is a sahd and this list doesn’t seem to have a place for him.

    • Jason hiscock September 6, 2015 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Danielle- i just messaged you some info!

    • Megan Sallese January 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Hello,
      I would also like information on sahd groups if you have some! My husband also stays home and it seems all the groups are for moms.
      Thanks!

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