Top Moms Night Out Events

Top Moms Night Out Events

Sarah Schectman, the Family Programs Director at Friendship Circle, has been working with our families for close to ten years. Together with her husband Tzvi, Sarah plans the popular Nights Out program for the parents of children with special needs from our community.  Mothers and fathers of kids with special needs have an event about once a month to give the parents an evening of respite and socializing with others from our community.

“One of the goals of Friendship Circle, aside from providing recreational activities for children, is to create a sense of community for families that have kids with special needs. These events provide an opportunity for parents to meet each other and gain support from people that really get them.” Sarah explains.

Socializing
“We try to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet each other. We usually start with an  icebreaker and let people have time to mill around and meet each other. I guess our goal is two fold; one of it is to give moms a night out. So they can just relax and enjoy themselves. Secondly, we wish to allow them the opportunity to meet other moms and build up that sense of community.” Schectman explains.

Here is our list of the most popular Moms Night Out events:

#1 – AR Workshop
We created custom wooden signs that the moms were able to take home with them. This was a great event!

#2 – Mom’s Spa NightThis one is very popular. It’s in the summer and we’ve done it for at the last five years. We have a family that very generously opens up their beautiful home to our moms.  We hang out around their swimming pool and we have different spa service providers come and donate their time and skills to the moms.  We have massages, facials, manicures and the moms sign up for a spa service.  They get to enjoy the beautiful view, swim and they get their service.

#3 – Master ChefWe held this event at the Henry Ford Demo kitchen.  We had an opportunity for moms to sign up to be a chef.  Contestants knew they would be cooking, but didn’t know what they would be cooking. The rest of the moms came to spectate. Each team was given a mystery box of ingredients and they had to cook a dish in 30 minutes.  We had some chefs from local restaurants  to judge the dishes.

#4 – Whiryball
Moms put on their competitive edge with a fun game of whirlyball. It was fun to see the competitive sides of the moms.

#5 – Segway Tour
At Hines Park you can take a tour on a segway.  We got to practice on the segways for a bit and then we took a tour around and through Hines Park.

#6 – Salad Sensation We had a few tables set up with ingredients and a recipe card and the moms grouped up into small groups at each table to make up that salad. Afterward, the entire group got to taste each type of salad.

#7 – Breakout Room
You get locked in a room that is full of clues, but you’re not given how the clues work and they are all very different. You have to get the locks open so that you get out in the allotted time

#8 – Painting with a Twist
We have done this a few times and it’s always a lot of fun. We have a lead artist that leads the group in a painting project.

#9 – Painting Ceramics
We went to a creative art studio where we were able to paint ceramics. They have pieces already made, but a big selection of different things to choose from.  The moms chose a piece to paint and the staff then fires the painted piece and the moms come and pick it up later.

#10 – Relax and RejuvenateHosted by  Henry Ford, in their Vita Spa. moms were treated to hand massages and neck massages and we had somebody teach relaxation techniques.

#11 –  Mahjong Night
Friendship Circle hosted an evening for those who either are Mahjong players or those wanting to learn the game. Our experienced mom’s coached the newbies till they got the hang of the game. 

Do you agree with our list? What was your favorite FC Mom’s Night Out?
Share your story and thoughts with us in the comments!

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