It can be tough to make friends as an adult – especially when you’ve just had a baby, are super busy with the kids, and have energy levels lower than the Marianas Trench. But even though it’s hard to find time for them, good friendships are essential. People with large networks of friends live longer and have less stress. This is especially important for mothers, whose stress levels rise significantly in the first few years after a child’s birth; over 80% of mothers report that they sometimes or frequently feel stressed.

Luckily, there are plenty of places in Cary where you can meet new moms and find playmates for your current and future kids. Here are the ten places to meet moms (and kids!) in Cary.

  • Marla Dorrel Park – Expectant mothers will enjoy strolling around the paved trail connecting Marla Dorrel Park to MacDonald Woods Park. The real gem at this park, though, is the Kids Together playground. With an emphasis on universal design to include children with special needs, your little one will love making friends at the sand river and climbing on KATAL the dragon.
  • Fit4Mom Events – Fit4Mom is a fitness program that offers pre- and post-natal fitness classes in Raleigh, Cary, and surrounding areas. Try Stroller Barre®, which incorporates ballet, Pilates, and barre methods for pregnant women and new mothers.
  • The Little Gym – The Little Gym in Cary offers classes for parents and their little bugs, birdies, and beasts. Try a Kindermusik class for newborns on up, or check out their classes for older children (4 months and up), which combine physical fitness with intellectual stimulation and social skills.
  • Wee Play! Playgroup – Once your little one is born, you’ll be excited to join this group of fun, friendly mothers who have come together to foster the growth of their children and “provide a down to earth, non-threatening, fun, encouraging, and active environment for moms and their little ones.” Sounds perfect!
  • Cary Community Library – The Cary library hosts several storytime sessions for kids, and they’re broken up by age group. New mothers will love Baby Storytime, which features plenty of singing, clapping, and playing. It’s only 20 minutes long, so the kids won’t get too tired out. Stay late for bubble time!
  • Marbles Kids Museum – Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh isn’t just for older children. Your toddler will love walking, crawling, and balancing in BB&T Toddler’s Hollow, which is just for children under 3. Of course, there’s plenty for older children as well, and even little babies will gaze with wonder at the marvels that surround them!
  • Crowder Park – This beautifully landscaped park has three separate playgrounds, as well as walking trails and picnic shelters. Push a stroller on the boardwalk next to the pond, and chat with other moms as you admire the Bird Garden and Heron Shelter. Picnic under a tree at the Shade Garden when you’re feeling tired!
  • My Gym – The My Gym location on Darrington Drive in Raleigh offers classes for kids as young as six weeks old. You’ll bond with your tyke as you help your little one learn coordination, movement, and other physical skills. The kids will love it, and you’ll meet plenty of potential playmates (for you and baby!).
  • Pump It Up – This is like a kid’s paradise, and you’ll love watching your little one interact with the other kids as they jump, bob, and bounce on all kinds of inflatable toys. Register for the Toddler Time program, which focuses on teaching fine and gross motor skills to 2- and 3-year-olds.
  • Baby+Company – Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the many wonderful women you’ll meet at our classes. Our New Moms Group is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other new moms and talk about challenges, successes, and concerns with an expert. You’ll even learn infant massage!

As fascinated as you and your husband are with your new addition to the family, your Facebook friends may not understand your excitement over every new behavior your baby exhibits. So instead of bombarding your social media feeds with questions (“What does it mean if his poop is green?”) and exciting announcements (“Johnny just ate peas for the first time!”), meet some new mothers who will be just as eager as you are to share their adventures.