I'm always looking for new resources on places for mommies and babies. Here are some current resources for new mommies and babies in Florence, SC. 

Playgroup for Ages 0 - 3 Years Old: Interested in being a part of a group of moms and children, ages NEWBORN TO 3 that play together? There is a Parent and Child Playgroup for babies and toddlers ages 0 - 3 years old for any family zoned under Florence School District 1 (FSD1). This is free! They come together once a week in a warm and homelike setting. They share insights about life with children through group discussions. This program includes free play and sometimes a song and/or story. There will also be a snack time before the group ends. In this way, teachers and parents work together to provide a model of what community means for young children. There are specific groups for different age children, held once weekly for an hour. Please email at susan.knight@fsd1.org or 843-758-6872 to sign up or for more information.

MOPS in Florence, SC: There is a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group in Florence that meets twice a month from September to May. They take a break during the summer time. This is a group of mothers who have kids from 0 - 5 years old. Ladies who are expecting a baby are also welcome to attend. They meet twice a month on Tuesdays from 9AM - 11AM at Church of Sandhurst. In addition to providing a place for mothers to meet other mothers, childcare is available during these meetings in a program called MOPPETS. Membership dues are now $40 - $50 per semester and $10 per child per semester for each semester. To get more information, go to: http://www.sandhurst.net/mops

Florence Moms and Tots (Florence, SC) from Meetup: There was a new moms group in Florence that I found on Meetup.com but as of 2018, I saw that they had cancelled this group. Maybe in the future, a new leader will come on there and create a new group so make sure you check on there once in awhile! 

'Bugs' Class for ages 4 months - 10 months old and 'Birds' Class for 10 months - 19 months old at The Little Gym: Don't think that your babies are too little to be enrolled in a physical development class like these! They are very fun and interactive and each accompanying parent with each baby in the class are participating the whole way, helping your babies develop into stronger human beings. Furthermore, you are also creating a fun bond and memories between parent and child along the way (essentially each parent comes for free because you only pay membership for the baby)! With music playing throughout each session, babies and their accompanying mothers (or fathers) are directed by instructors on how to encourage strength and courage in these little ones. To see their current schedule, go to: https://www.thelittlegym.com/florenceSC/Schedules. The great thing about these classes is that you are guaranteed to meet other moms with babies within the same age group. This is especially beneficial if you are a new mom or new in town and would like your baby to socialize with other babies around the same age. Click here to see pictures of The Little Gym in Florence, taken by Florencemom.com.

ScienceSouth Mommy & Me Classes: For toddlers ages 2 - 4, ScienceSouth has a Mommy & Me program for an hour from 10AM - 11AM for $8 per child (no cost for accompanying parent). I believe they only have this once a month on a Tuesday and they'll cancel if there are not enough people who have paid registered ahead of time. Registration is on this link: http://www.sciencesouth.org/at-sciencesouth/family-workshops/.

Junior League of Florence: If you're into volunteering and helping non-profit organizations, Junior League of Florence is a great organization for any woman. Although you'll probably need to leave your child with your partner or babysitter when you attend meetings and volunteer, but you'll most likely meet other moms here. They require a minimum amount of commitment but they throw great annual events like Merry Marketplace, Shamrock and Touch-A-Truck. You can go to their website here: http://jrleagueofflorence.com

As always, this Florence Mom will continue to find any new or beneficial information around town for mommies and babies and we'll share them with you!