Original blog over at Haven Hub Magazine!
This motherhood thing can be tough, but it helps to have some comrades in the trenches with you that you can rely on – whether it’s for a laugh, a coffee or simply some human interaction. Mums groups, gatherings and get-togethers first burst onto the scene a few years ago, and since then, we’ve seen a major surge of them – both in person, and online. Here are the hottest mums groups around town and on the internet.
Founded in May 2017 by two lonely mums who had no nearby family or friends, Mama Tribe is on a mission to make sure no mum is left behind. Helping you meet local, like-minded mums – whether it’s a gym buddy, someone to grab a coffee with and talk about sleep regression or you want someone to pass you the tissues as you cry into your wine glass – Mama Tribe will help you find new mama friends near you. Through their meet-ups and special events, including monthly Mama Mingles and their pop-up parties, Mama Tribe have connected thousands of mums in over 50 locations and created a positive, supportive, welcoming community that anyone can join.
Bump to Bub High Tea
If you’re a mum who loves a bit of a party, this is the event for you. Enjoy hot tea and coffee, mocktails and champagne at the Bump to Bub High Tea, meeting new mums and mingling with your existing mum-friends in this awesome day out. Bubs aged zero to two are free to come along, making this a super accessible event for even the newest mums. There will be raffles, prizes and giveaways, free gifts and goody bags, neck and shoulder massages, Insta-worthy photo ops and a mocktail or champagne on arrival. Included in your ticket is a three-hour High Tea with table service (that’s right, no more microwave coffee!) and an incredible guest speaker, as well as live entertainment, music and more.
The Baby Brunch Club
If you’re a brunch-loving new mum, or a mum to a new bub, listen up. The cutest brunch club can be found right here on the Gold Coast, and it’s everything you’d ever hope a baby brunch club would be. The aptly-named Baby Brunch Club unites mums and bubs over the most important meal of the day, giving ladies and babies the opportunity to connect and chat in a relaxed environment. The rules are simple: bring your bub, and let the club sort the rest. Enjoy brunch, coffee and fun activities and hear from special guest speakers, while your baby interacts with others and takes part in activities designed to stimulate learning and sensory development across an eight-week program.
Looking for flexible, baby-friendly fitness? Look no further than Mummylicious Fitness! With a variety of class types – including HIIT, Twilight Training, Pilates, a Beach Body Boot Camp and ‘Stroller Fit’, the mobile circuit that incorporates strollers and strengthening exercises, games, challenges and drills – Mummylicious Fitness is dedicated to helping new mums look and feel fantastic by providing a unique alternative to working out. The outdoor group fitness classes are specifically designed for new mums to get back into shape after having a baby, and mums can exercise with their baby right by their side either in the stroller or on a blanket or towel.
Brisbane Active Mums
Whether you’re pregnant or a mum of one, two or twelve, this is the meetup for you! Offering at least five meet-ups per week, this group coveres everything from a park playdate to a walk, or a coffee, baby/kid-friendly movie session and even mum-only wine evenings and mani/pedi dates. There is generally no age limit for the babies and kids, which means even the newest mums can get involved, but age restrictions – if applicable – are always noted on the particular meet-up description. Get involved in Babes in Arms movie days, coffee playdates and even large-scale events like community fun runs. There is really something for everyone!
Brisbane Mums Group
A platform specifically for Brisbane mums to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community. Brisbane Mums Group is a safe space for women to talk about issues such as pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and other issues which can often be quite personal, woman-to-woman.
Mums & Bubs – Brisbane & Surrounding Areas
A group dedicated to all mothers, whether they are expecting or are already blessed with a child or children of any age. This Facebook group gives mums a space to ask advice on personal matters, parenting tips and more, and connects over 17,000 Brisbane mums.
Gold Coast Mums Group
A page where Gold Coast parents can find all the latest family-friendly events, the Gold Coast’s best places for kids, hidden secrets, helpful advice, things to do, where to eat, have a laugh and much more. This discussion group offers a safe place for Gold Coast parents to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.
Gold Coast Mums
Gold Coast Mums was set up to connect expecting, new and experienced mums in a space which is non-judgmental and offers support. A place to discuss the amazing (and not-so-amazing) products, raved-about services and ones to avoid, and share cool ideas and inventions which make motherhood that little bit easier.
Byron Bay & Bangalow Mum’s Group
First created in 2014 when the community mums and bubs group was in Bangalow – it has since moved to the Byron Bay Hospital – this closed group gives the mothers and expecting mothers of Byron Bay and Bangalow a platform to form friendships, set playdates and interact with each other.
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