As a special preview of the LA Baby Show, coming up on the weekend of November 5-6, we have interviewed or profiled many of the Show’s vendors and participants. You can read all about them on this Show blog, but of course the real fun is experiencing the Baby Show in person.
Tickets to the Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual, and can be purchased here.
We are excited to introduce SoCalMoms as a programming and parenting partner for the LA Baby Show! They are a leading parenting community in Los Angeles.
In a city as big and sprawling as Los Angeles, it can often be hard to find a community of parents with whom to raise your children. Thanks to SoCalMoms, you can meet other families that can become fast friends, and experience the joy of raising children together.
We spoke with Tracy Fredkin, of SoCalMoms, to learn more.
What is the goal of SoCalMoms? What services do you offer?
SoCalMoms is a free online community resource for parents and expectant parents in Southern California. Think of us like a mini-Yelp which helps you find people, places and things to do, based on where you live and the age of your child. We also create lifestyle event programming for parents in SoCal to experience the best of their local communities. For instance, one of the most well known events is the Great Big Family Play Day family festival that happens every May in Griffith Park.
What was the inspiration behind SoCalMoms? How has it evolved since then?
Our founder developed SoCalMoms when her son was small so she could find more personalized resources and better get to know her local community. She felt it was way too hard to find things she was looking for as a busy parent and also wanted a better way to connect with her local community. It started as a very small online community and grew to a wonderful network of thousands of families that have gotten to know each other live in person through hundreds of events as well as received valuable online resources over many years.
What child age groups does SoCalMoms cater to? Would it be useful to parents outside of SoCal?
SoCalMoms caters to parents with kids ages 0 to 5. It is definitely useful to families who travel to SoCal as a local resource to help guide them when they visit.
What do you have planned for the future of SoCalMoms?
We have an exciting re-launch of SoCalMoms web community coming later this year which we can’t wait to share including lots of new features and some great ways to find and sample our favorite products & services.
What has been the most rewarding aspect about running the group and what has been the most challenging aspect?
We have really had the opportunity to help architect the local family communities and meet an amazing number of parents that we would never have known otherwise. The most challenging aspect of growing a business while raising a little one is never having enough time in the day.
To learn more, check out socalmoms.com