FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO I HAVE TO BE A STAY-AT-HOME MOM TO JOIN?
No. Many of our members work part-time, have flexible work schedules, or work from home. If you spend time with your kids during the day, then we have a lot of activities for you to participate in.
WHAT ARE THE MOMS IN YOUR CLUB LIKE?
Meeting new people can be intimidating – but not us, we promise! We are a very down-to-earth, caring, and welcoming group of moms. We range in age from our mid-20’s to mid-40’s. Some of us have just had our first baby and others of us are sending our first baby to high school this year. One thing we all have in common is a strong commitment to raising our kids the very best way we can and supporting each other through the process.
WHAT AGES ARE YOUR KIDS?
Our kids range in age from newborn to teenagers. However, typically our activities are geared towards kids who are newborn to elementary school age. Kids of all ages are welcome at the majority of our events.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY KIDS GROW UP OR GO TO SCHOOL?
There is no age limit for our club. We welcome mothers with kids of any age, and you are not required to leave the club when you children enter school. We believe that mothers need support at all stages of motherhood, and we offer activities for a variety of age groups.
HOW DO I JOIN?
Please contact us and our Membership Vice President will reach out to you with more information. You are able to attend two events before joining and then a short application and $25 yearly dues is all that is needed to join.
WHAT DO THE DUES PAY FOR?
Our dues are $25 per year and pay for things like our website, Meetup app, insurance, programs, and our MOMS Club International registration. We are an IRS-registered, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so any money collected is used exclusively for our programs, projects, and charitable activities.
DO YOUR ACTIVITIES COST MONEY?
The majority of our monthly activities are free. Occasionally we will have an activity on the calendar that costs money, such as field trips, Moms' Night Out, etc., but we understand the financial sacrifice that being an at-home mom can mean for your family, so we try to keep activities that cost money to a minimum.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE PLANNED FOR THE MONTH?
All members are given access to our private Meetup group, which includes the monthly calendar of our events. Our monthly email newsletter also includes a copy of the calendar. Click here to see a sample calendar.
CAN MY CHILD ATTEND ALL MOMS CLUB ACTIVITIES?
Children may attend almost all of our events, and we even gear most activities toward them. The only exception is to the monthly MNO (Moms' Night Out) and Book Club events which is a chance for us to have some time away from the kids.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND A MINIMUM NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES EVERY MONTH?
No. You can participate in as many or as few activities as you like - none of our events are mandatory. Of course, we want to see as many members as possible at all of our activities, but we understand that life happens! Changing schedules, work and family commitments, illness, etc. can affect availability at any given time. We do encourage active participation to develop meaningful relationships among our moms and our kids.
DO I HAVE TO RSVP TO EVERY ACTIVITY?
We ask you to RSVP if you plan to attend an event, so the event coordinator knows to expect you and keeps an eye out for you. Also, some of our events include crafts or food so RSVP-ing allows the event host to prepare the correct amount of supplies.
DO YOU PROVIDE BABYSITTERS AT YOUR ACTIVITIES?
No. You are responsible for your children at all events. We believe that spending time with other mothers and children helps to grow our community.
WHO ORGANIZES AND HOSTS YOUR ACTIVITIES?
Our moms do! All members are allowed and encouraged to host events. Additionally, we have assigned coordinator positions, each run by a member of our club. The coordinators are responsible for scheduling and hosting the recurring monthly activities such as Fit Mom, Lunch Bunch, and Book Club, and are the main point of contact for that activity. You never have to worry about showing up to an event and not knowing who is in charge.
DO YOU HAVE A RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION?
No. We are a non-religious group.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE CHARITIES YOU SUPPORT?
Our members vote for the charities we support. At the beginning of our calendar year, we vote for a charity to be the focus of our fundraising efforts for the year. We also do a number of community drives and service projects throughout the year, and we support MOMS Club International’s Mother-to-Mother Fund, which helps members in crisis situations and in need of financial assistance.
WHO LEADS YOUR CLUB?
We are led by a Board of five volunteer members who are elected by the club. The Board includes the President, Administrative Vice President, Treasurer, Membership Vice President, and Secretary. We also have coordinator positions, each responsible for leading a specific activity.
WHY IS THE ‘MOMS’ IN MOMS CLUB CAPITALIZED?
MOMS stands for Moms Offering Moms Support.
I AM NOT A RESIDENT OF SIMI VALLEY. IS THERE A MOMS CLUB IN MY AREA?
A list of the current MOMS Club chapters are available on MOMS Club International’s website. If your area is not currently served by a MOMS Club chapter, please consider starting your own! See the MOMS Club International website for more information and assistance.
MAY I SMOKE, DRINK, OR DO DRUGS AT A MOMS CLUB ACTIVITY?
NO. With the exception of the monthly Moms' Night Out where responsible alcohol consumption is permitted.