I already attend a playgroup. How is Doha Mums different?
Playgroups meet once a week or so. . .then everyone goes home until the next playgroup. Moms do become acquainted with one another, but playgroups never really “take it to the next level” for moms as a whole.
Doha Mums is a Mums Group - not just a playgroup. We do organize many (!) playgroups, but the playgroups are just one element of our group as a whole. On average, Doha Mums offers 60-80 events each month!
We also offer a private website for members, which contains a members-only forum for questions & discussions, a member directory, a complete calendar and a classified ad section - all of which available only to Doha Mums members.
I am a working mom (or a working expectant mom) - what events can I attend?
We have made it easier for working mums to identify events occuring in non-working hours! Just visit the Events page and click on the filter for "Working Mum Friendly" - this will bring up all but the afternoon, evening and weekend events.
The Mums Night Out and the New Arrivals Night Out are our main evening events, and we have occasional weekend and afternoon events as well.
Keep an eye on the daytime events as well since there may be one that will take place close to your place of employment. You need not stay for the entire event, so if you are able to sneak away for just a bit then perhaps that would be a convenient way to join Doha Mums. We are also offering a Saturday playgroup at a park near Landmark Mall during the cooler months.
Are members required to host playgroups?
Members are not required to host playgroups, but we do hope you will enjoy attending them enough that you decide to do so.
The playgroup need not be at your home - you can organize a “playgroup” at the park, an indoor play area or other locations around Doha.
Organizing a playgroup at a public venue can involve little more than scheduling the event on our online calendar and being on the lookout for new members at the event - it is very easy!
I’d like to host a playgroup, but my house is too small. Are there any options for me?
You can host a playgroup for a specific age-range (e.g. non-mobile babies, one-year olds, young toddlers, etc.), and you may also limit the number of attendees by using the RSVP feature on our members-only website. We only ask that you save space for at least three prospective members.
You may also co-host with a member who has a larger home - you bring the snacks, they supply the space, and you both clean up.
Another option is to “host” a playgroup in a park or in Ray’s Reef, which involves little more than sending out the announcement and reminding parents to bring snacks, water, sunscreen, etc.
Have questions? Just contact us!
May I bring my infant’s older sibling(s) to an Infants Playgroup?
This varies from hostess to hostess, so please check her before you bring an infant's sibling.
First-time mums are not necessarily excited about germ-factory toddlers, so please be respectful of their wishes if they want to limit the playgroup to infants.
May I bring my infant or young toddler to a Toddler’s or Preschooler’s Playgroup?
As a general rule, yes. However, please remember that the Toddlers/Preschoolers “rule” at the playgroup, so it will be up to you to keep your younger one out of harm’s way around the older ones and their toys.
Some events do specify age ranges, though, so please do respect the wishes of the hostess.
I am pregnant with my first child and I’d like to get to know some other mums who have babies. May I attend a baby playgroup?
Absolutely. Attending a playgroup while pregnant is a great way to see what parenthood holds for you in the future!