Mom, there’s a birthday party – and you’re invited
In fact, you’re the guest of honour at momstown’s fifth birthday celebration August 26 at Walter Baker Park in Kanata
By Pam Dillon
There’s a birthday party coming up and you’re invited, mom.
momstown, a national network for everyday moms, is turning five and there’s a big celebration Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walter Baker Park in Kanata.
Yay! No buying the gift, dropping off and picking up the partygoer this time. You’re a guest of honour.
The kiddies can come too. Patricia Roy-Papineau, owner of the momstown Ottawa chapter, says there’s lots of fun in store for everybody.
A Stittsville resident with a one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Patricia is looking forward to meeting and connecting other local moms. She knows, firsthand, how helpful a support system can be. “While I was off (on maternity leave), I was looking for something like momstown to join but there wasn’t anything like it offered in Ottawa. In my search I happened to fall (upon) the momstown website and was instantly drawn to them and started looking into how to bring it to Ottawa. The rest is history!”
Online at momstown.ca and in person via chapters across the country, momstown offers a mix of early childhood programming and support for mothers with kids aged zero(ish) to six. There are 400 events nationally each month and this month’s celebration is the start of many fun and helpful momstown occasions in Ottawa.
Free and open to all families, momstown’s birthday party features games, activities, prizes, loot bags and cupcakes. The activities range from a kids’ nutrition demonstration by Tummy Thyme and a dance demonstration by Brinkeetos to mom and baby yoga with In Balance Pilates. Kids can meet Bo on the Go, check out the real-life fire truck (from 10 to 11 a.m.) and visit the Picasso in the Park Art Station.
Moms can get connected, make some new friends and maybe even join momstown. Its activities range from playgroups, field trips, daily walks and story time to parties, discussion nights and moms’ nights out. In addition, its online network allows you to get to know moms across the country.
“We want to help moms create a network of support,” Patricia notes, “because we all know that parenting is not easy!”