Moms are truly amazing, and Sacramento has unique resources to help make their lives a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable. With everything from activities to do with the kids to fun pampering and shopping opportunities just for moms, Sacramento is the place to be.
The Sacramento Library system has free interactive programs for moms and kids that are available on site, by phone and online. Get and share advice on preparing children to read, and participate in innovative programs for kids from newborn to teenager. Help kids with homework using live, online tutors on academic concepts, writing and even foreign language homework. Moms can help 3- to 6-year-olds listen to a new story every week on a free library phone line and take older kids to read aloud to therapy dogs.
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Herself Moms has two locations to focus on the minds and bodies of prenatal and postpartum women; babies are welcome to come and enjoy bouncers, swings and more. Specialized yoga helps prepare moms’ bodies for delivery, and informational classes include “Must-Have Tools for Labor” and how to find the right pediatrician. Postpartum sculpting yoga helps build — and rebuild — the strength and stamina for the big day. An ongoing moms’ support group led by a licensed therapist is offered and a program for moms and dads called “Mine, Yours, Ours: A Relationship Survival Guide for Baby’s 1st Year” will help strengthen the bonds between parents and children. Additionally, Herself Moms offers “signing time” classes recommended for moms of babies 2 months and older. The program teaches parents how to communicate with their little ones before they can talk.
Price: $180.00 for nurture spa package
Hours: Tues to Thurs – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Fri to Sun – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sure, mom is a powerhouse of strength, energy and boundless love, but she is also a woman who needs and richly deserves a little pampering. The Spa offers an amazing “nurture” package for expectant mothers and new moms that includes an aromatherapy foot bath, specialized massage, spa fitness facial and even a catered lunch. First time clients get 10 percent off any single treatment of their choice.
Sierra Moms is a nonprofit group that offers activities, play groups, parties, a babysitting co-op and events for families — as well as some just for moms. It is a great way to make supportive new friends and share your knowledge and experience with one another. Fun “mom-events” include movie nights and groups for sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, bunko and book clubs. The group has a monthly newsletter called “The Crier,” which includes informative articles and a monthly calendar of all activities.
Hours: Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 500 Sacramento-area mothers get together twice a year for huge events coordinated by JBF; the purpose is to share and recycle things their kids have outgrown. Moms will love the chance to shop for incredible deals on items including strollers, cribs, toys, furniture, shoes, baby gear; maternity outfits are available as well as clothes for kids from birth to teenagers. Only high quality, current, clean and complete brand-name items are included and moms can make money as well as shop. Sign up to consign recycled items with JBF and receive 65 percent of the proceeds and save up to 70 percent off purchases by volunteering to help at the sale. Insider tip: The next big event is at the Sacramento Convention Center — yes, it’s that big — from March 23 to 25.
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