Relocating to Florence, South Carolina
Welcome to Florence!
Moving to an unfamiliar place can be very overwhelming. Here's a list of helpful resources online that you can rely on as you're beginning your move to Florence, South Carolina. For suggestions on how to meet other moms in Florence, go to this blog entry. Also, you can "like" the Florence Mom Facebook page to receive regular updates on events on your newsfeed.
Junior League of Florence
Looking to extend your network while volunteering for a great cause? Junior League of Florence is a women's group in Florence that is dedicated to volunteering and fundraising for non-profit organizations. They run and plan impressive community events every year like Merry Marketplace, Shamrock and Touch-A-Truck. To see more details, go to: http://www.jrleagueofflorence.com
Mothers with Preschoolers (MOPS) Group in Florence
Mothers with Preschoolers, also widely known as MOPS, is an organization for women with kid(s) from ages 0-5, through kindergarten. The Florence group meets twice a month from 9AM - 11AM at the Church at Sandhurst. Joining this mom's group is a great way to connect with other mothers in the area. Childcare is usually provided in the nursery but you can also keep your newborn or baby with you during these meetings too. For more information, go to: http://www.mops.org/groups/church-at-sandhurst.
Morning Fun for Babies & Toddlers
Florence is a very family-oriented town. Many churches have a morning half day preschool program for babies and toddlers starting at 3 months old. Many parents use these programs to run errands in the mornings while their children learn and socialize with other kids in a Christian environment.
My #1 recommendation is the All Saints Parents Morning Out Program. From 8AM - Noon, Monday to Friday, parents can choose to drop off their kids there every Tues and Thurs for as little as $190 a month or up to 5 days a week for $265 a month. They have fun-filled activities every day for your babies and toddlers and make fun craft projects throughout the year. While at a Morning Out program, the little ones are taught the alphabet, numbers and shapes. They have different classes for different age groups (from 3 months babies to 3 years old). You can call the All Saints Parents Morning Out Program's office at 843-662-7009 to schedule a tour or enroll. Prices may have increased a bit. Visit All Saints Parents Morning Out's Website.
The Little Gym of Florence
Not ready to put your baby or toddler in preschool yet but want them to get some social and fun hour? Try The Little Gym in Florence for a FREE session! They offer weekly classes according to age group from 4 months old babies through 12 year olds! They focus on physical development that gives your child the confidence to move, climb and jump plus more!
Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoon and evenings. As a perk, they also host member exclusive muffins and coffee for moms (or grandparent or dad) events every month for free. It's a great way to get your baby or toddler to play with other kids within their age group and for mommies to find other mommies with some similarities. Your first trial class with your little one at The Little Gym in Florence is always FREE! Call them to schedule a visit at (843) 676-9001. The Little Gym of Florence is located at 1945 West Palmetto St., Ste. 115, Florence, SC 29501. Check out: https://www.thelittlegym.com/florenceSC/classes to see their schedule!
Florence Welcoming Club for Women
Whether you're new in town or have been here for a while, you should check out the Florence Welcoming Club! If you're interested in Book Club, Nimble Fingers, Bunco Girls' Night Out, Recipe Club and many other activities, they are the club for you.
Florence Welcoming Club is a non-profit women's group that provides residents and newcomers an opportunity to meet and get to know the various civic and social activities in the community.
For more information, e-mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting location: Lutheran Church of the Incarnate World 1900 Second Loop Rd., Florence, SC 29501
City of Florence
From where to set up and pay your water bill to where the DMV is located, you'll find everything regarding getting your utilities turned on and transitioning as a new resident on the City of Florence's website: http://www.cityofflorence.com/about/relocating.aspx.
Dump Your Own Trash for Free at Florence Dump Sites locations (City of Florence)
Did you know that you can dump your own trash yourself for free in Florence, SC? It's easy and convenient and all of the sites are open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7AM - 7PM. They have separates bins for all different wastes and recyclables. Find the Florence dumpsite that is closest to you. See all site locations.
Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce's website is a great resource to learn more about Florence and what kind of recreational activities you can find. If you are planning on opening a business in Florence or want to get more connected with other businesses, it's also a great idea to become a Chamber member and start networking. They have a lot of networking events like Business After Hours throughout the year and many of them are held at really nice venues and businesses.
Young Professionals of Florence
If you're a young mom and also a working professional, there is a Young Professionals of Florence group you can connect with. They have a website but it is not regularly updated. It is best to connect with them on the Young Professionals of Florence Facebook page. Events are regularly updated on there.