Looking to meet other moms? Local mom Shawnee Colabella has put together this great list of places to meet other moms around the Upstate. If you’re looking for a group of moms to meet at a local park with or a group of moms to exercise with we’ve got the information you want!
If you’re new to the Upstate, you might be searching for a good way to meet other moms in your new town. Or if you’ve been here your whole life but are new to being a mommy you might want some new friends who also have children. No matter what your situation is, making new friends can be challenging and requires some effort. But luckily for all of us moms, there are some great resources that can help you connect with other moms in our area.
Out and About Moms of Greenville
Out and About Moms of Greenville (OAMG) is a local group of over 2,800 Upstate moms from all walks of life with children of all ages. In order to ensure that all moms are welcome joining OAMG is completely free! OAMG was spearheaded by one of KAG’s contributors Desiree Hempe. Out and About Moms of Greenville currently runs through Facebook. Due to the limitations, as well as, for safety reasons members are required to maintain active participation. Active participation is defined within the guidelines you agree to upon joining.
The OAMG administrators hold weekly playdates, as well as encourage each mom to create events that suit her needs and schedule. The administrators for this group consistently offer an up-to-date calendar of private events, local happenings, and deals. This forum allows moms in the Upstate the opportunity to get to know one another, plan and attend playdates, provide emotional support, as well as offer and receive much-needed advice. Join for FREE by searching Out and About Moms of Greenville on Facebook.
Out and About Moms of Spartanburg
Another option for making mom friends and getting out of the house is this Out and About Moms of Spartanburg, the sister chapter to Out and About Moms of Greenville. Moms can join this group by simply asking to be added to the closed Facebook group as long as they live close enough to the Spartanburg area to attend events. In this group, anyone can make play dates. If a mom knows of a cool event around town or has an idea for a playdate, she can create the event. They can host something as simple as meeting at the park to play. Also, there are no limits to what types of activities they do (it even includes things like walking and hiking play dates). There is no fee to join, but they do ask that moms who join the group try to attend at least some of the play dates. To join the closed Facebook group, search “Out and About Moms of Spartanburg.”
Moms of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Another great resource for moms is the International MOPS group which is short for Moms of Pre-Schoolers. There are several local chapters in the Upstate which are run separately. This group for mothers of children birth to kindergarten hosts in-person meetings, as well as online Mama Meetup video chats. Read about the local MOPS group in Greenville from mom Rachel here.
Here are a few local MOPS Groups:
Buncombe Street United Methodist Church, Greenville
Seacoast Church, Greenville
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Easley
North Greenville MOPS
Community Bible Church, Easley
Find your nearest MOPS chapter HERE.
MOPS does require yearly dues; the amounts, as well as further information on this annual fee, can be found on their website. The Administrators of each local chapter will offer regularly scheduled meetings, monthly play dates, and a monthly mom’s night/day out. Each chapter provides free pre-school modeled child care through the Moppets program for their meetings. Although MOPS is church-affiliated, you do not have to be a member of the church to join.
A great resource for moms to find a variety of groups directed at parents and mothers is Meetup. Each group is run separately and has its own rules regarding membership, as well as if any dues are required. You can search for local parenting, playdate groups, mommy and me groups, exercise groups, support groups, etc. on Meetup.
Kidding Around Greenville Community
It goes without saying that Kidding Around Greenville is an amazing resource for all things family related within the Upstate. However, you might not have known that Kidding Around Greenville has its own community on Facebook for its members to connect. Kidding Around Greenville Community is a wonderful forum open to all readers of Kidding Around Greenville!
Boiling Springs First Baptist Church MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
This MOPS group meets at 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Boiling Springs First Baptist Church in Spartanburg on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday every month during the school year. There is a meeting fee. For more information, please check out their Facebook page.
MOMS Club is an international nonprofit group of “Moms Offering Moms Support” that meets for a variety of group outings and activities. Joining a local moms club group means meeting local moms and their children regularly for playgroups, outings around town, and monthly moms’ nights out. MOMS Club offers a packed calendar that helps get moms out of their homes and into relationships with other moms by creating opportunities to get together with their children in various ways. Their calendar includes everything from zoo outings, baby playdates, park visits, craft get-togethers, community service activities, library events to moms-only trivia nights. Moms get to pick and choose which events they would like to attend – there are no mandatory events.
North Spartanburg MOMS Club
The chapter includes moms living in the following zip codes: 29316, 29349, 29322, 29323, 29330, and 29356. In order to be an active member of the group, there is a $20 yearly fee. For more information about joining this group, please see their Facebook page or contact [email protected].
Spartanburg MOMS Club
This chapter includes all Spartanburg area moms who do not live within the North Spartanburg county zip codes. This group has a $20 yearly fee for members. While the group has a large calendar of activities, they also offer a variety of interest groups. For more information about joining this group, please see their Facebook page or contact [email protected].
Spartanburg Stroller Rollers
This group meets to work out together at the Upward Star Center on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. for a one-hour class. The website states, “Being a mom and staying fit is a constant challenge. We strive to bring moms together to encourage one another, get fit, and form lifelong relationships.” There is a cost associated, but your first class is free and there are no contracts (you can cancel your membership at any time). If you have a stroller, check out all the fun these moms are having while exercising with their babies. Note: Spartanburg Stroller Rollers is temporarily closed.
With multiple options, moms can find the groups where they feel most comfortable. Many local moms are active in more than one of these groups! If you are trying to find out where the moms are hanging out in Spartanburg, start with these groups.
Do you have a resource for meeting other moms to add to our list?
Hello, I’m very shy and I’m not sure what group to sign because looks like they are very interesting. I live in Simpsonville, SC. Is anyone around this area? Thanks!
Hi Cristina! It can be hard to find a new group. I’m pretty shy myself. Would you like me to connect you to one of the leaders of these groups? They would probably be happy to introduce you to someone from your area.
Hello, I’m very shy but looking for a group to sign into. I am a single mom of 2 girls and I live in Greenville, SC. Is anyone around this area? thank you!
Hi, my name is Mayda Soto
I recently moved to SC. I. Very shy and I have three beautiful children. I’m not sure what group to sign on. Is anyone in the Simpsonville area??
I am in the Simpsonville area, too. I have three little girls and am also looking for a group close to home.
Hi my name is Tori,and I am a full time stay at home mom of a 1 year old little girl, and a 4 year old little boy, and currently 7months pregnant. My husband and I just recently moved to Simpsonville, Sc from Arizona. I am currently looking to joing the Upstate Mommies of Sc group… Can someone please refer me on how to join.
I live in Easley. I have a boy who is 2 and a 6 month old girl. Anyone or any play groups in Easley/Pickens area?
I’m a new stay at home mommy of a beautiful 4 month old baby girl! I would love to join a group that would be the right fit for us. I live in Greenville and I would be interested in meeting other new mommies in the area!
Are there any stay at home DAD groups? My husband currently stays at home with our 14 month old little guy. He’s looking for an inexpensive option to get our son some socialization.
We haven’t heard of any but we are sure it would be a wonderful asset. Hopefully one will get started soon!
My son Patrick is a single dad that has a 3 year old daughter. He is finding it difficult to get playgroups as a guy , as well. Would you be interested in play group and time? If so please let me know and I will give him your contact info.
Hello, I’m a work outside of the home mom. Also I’m 51 with almost 2 year old…Surely, I’m not the only one in the Greenville & surrounding areas…where would I look , is there a group for older moms?
Just moved to Greenville this week with my 3 1/2 month daughter and fiance and really looking to join a new mom’s group. Any recommendations?
I just tried the link above for Upstate SC Mommies but it’s no longer active..
We recommend Out and About Moms of Greenville! We have removed the Upstate SC Mommies because it looks like the group is no longer active.
My family and I have been in Grenville for a little over a year now but since I’m a stay at home mom I still don’t know very many people. I would love to change that. My baby boy is six months old. Any suggestions on what group I should join?
If you live in Greenville, there is a MOPS group there. If you live near Travelers Rest, one just started there as well (links to both in the story).
Hello my name is Theresa. I have a son who has a 3 year old daughter. She is smart as a whip and he is very respectful of women. We are homeschooling and looking for a preschool play group for his daughter so she can socialize.
We are wondering if it would be okay for him to go to the mommy groups… So that she might have the opportunity to socialize with other children her age.
We would recommend that he check out Dads of Greenville on Facebook. That would be a great place to find out what local groups allow dads to join too. Since we only curate the list, we are not sure which if any of these groups are open to dads in addition to moms: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1885258301785097/. We agree though that dads need opportunities to join playgroups as well!
Hi, you had a link to email someone about the Simpsonville MOPS but it keeps redirecting to this page. I’d like more info or a contact for Simpsonville MOPS if that’s possible, ty!
Sorry about that! It’s [email protected]
The Greenville Stay-at-Home Moms Playgroup on Meetup has been great for me and my family! The group has a long history. It was founded in 2003 by a group of local Upstate moms and has hosted more than 4.000 Meetups. It is purely member-driven with members hosting and attending meetups all over the Greenville area. You can learn more about it here: https://www.meetup.com/GreenvilleSAHM/