2 activity ideas that can help you with meeting new parent friends when you move

Posted on: 13 October 2016

When you move to a new state or country it can be hard to meet a new group of friends, especially if you are a stay-at-home parent with children that are not yet in school. Getting out and about and getting involved with activities can be a good way to meet some new parent friends with similarly-aged children. 

Here are some ideas. 

Sign your child up for a preschool dance class

If your child loves to dance, consider signing them up for preschool dance classes, where they can learn some new moves and get to practise dancing to some new songs. Not only does this give you a little break and your child a fun way to burn some energy, it can also be a chance to meet some other parents in the area. Often the parents catch up over a coffee while the class is on so you can chat to the parents and get to know them. 

After you start to get to know the parents you can organise some playdates with the other kids in the class, so that your child can also make some new friends in their new area. You can also organise trips to dance performances so the kids can get to see some skilled adults doing the same style of dance as them! 

Sign your child up for a sport class

Another option for an energetic child is a sports class. Parents often help out in class or watch from the sidelines so you can often talk to the other parents and get to know some more people. Once you have found some parents that you like to spend time with, you can suggest that the kids catch up at the local park one day outside of the class and you all can practise some of the same skills they have been learning in class. This gives the kids a shared activity that they can do on playdates, which can make it a lot easier to chat to the other parent and form a new friendship! 

If you are a stay-at-home parent with an active preschool-aged child, it can be good to sign them up for some structured activities when you move to a new home. Doing this can help you to meet some parents with similarly-aged children and allow the kids to burn off some energy with an activity that they enjoy.