The Pittsburgh region offers diverse opportunities and organizations for parents or singles to engage in planned meetings to share and exchange ideas. These social connections provide a network of activities to talk, have fun and meet new friends. The activities and events include children for recreational, educational and cultural pursuits and interaction in social networking or discussions with families of similar interests. There are meet-up groups to support each other and share experiences in all facets of interesting activities for moms, dads and single-parent families.
105 Richman Lane
Kittanning, PA 16201
(724) 783- 6512
Moms and dads engaged in homeschooling their children will find PA Homeschoolers a wise choice to find and share information with other families of similar interests in the educational process. There are support groups to answer and share discussions, event planning and homeschool resources. The message board and online magazine offers advice and postings to organize support groups and meet up with parents at testing sites, meetings, events, conferences and camps to interact with other families to share homeschool experiences and bond with new friends.
The Hill District Center for Nurturing Families
1801 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Nurturing Fathers program provides ideas and skills vital to father-child connections and methods to foster a healthy family relationship. The meetings are organized in group or personal sessions, which gives an opportunity to share helpful suggestions with other fathers. The capable staff offers services for scheduled events and school-related resources, and these are free with enrollment at the Family Support Center. Families are invited to meet and discuss pertinent parenting issues, and children have the opportunity to share experiences and enjoy some special time with their dads.
Gymkhana Gymnastic Schools
7501 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
You don’t have to be a world class gymnast to enjoy the apparatus and facilities at Gymkhana Gymnastics, and there are four locations to meet the needs of families. There are special programs and competitive teams available, but the main idea is to have fun and learn the basics of gymnastics and movement for children of all ages. A Grown Up and Me and Mini Gym classes are scheduled for parents to workout with their children and can be a great way to meet other students and their families. The socialization and pleasant environment of Gymkhana may be shared through parties and special events.
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Kathy’s Music, LLC
300 Mt. Lebanon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(412) 344- 0535
If you are looking for an elite program to involve children in music, and the opportunity to share family experiences, then Kathy’s Music will be a perfect investment for precious memories and getting together with other families. There are Mommy and Me classes scheduled for the parents who can join in with the activities, and at the same time, they may be able to use the class as a carryover at home to reinforce the learning process. Meeting with other parents and being involved with the Family Sharing Time theme offers a unique opportunity to meet new friends. Kathy’s Music is the best of both worlds with children having fun and parents spending quality time to engage with a new circle of friends.
Ladies & Littles of Robinson
This group has many planned activities for children, but there is always time for moms to get together and enjoy shopping, libations or a movie. The play dates are arranged to garner new friendships for moms and the children for some fun educational and recreational experiences. The events are posted via email, and then the families are on their way to enjoying the company of new acquaintances. The group has a variety of services for working or stay-at-home parents and new moms for an enjoyable playgroup experience.
Gerry Cernicky is a retired health and physical education teacher with 36 years of experience. He is a former teacher of the year and a sports writer for the Vandergrift News. He delivers podcasts, and maintains a website and blog. He currently resides in Pittsburgh. His work can be found at Examiner.com.