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for dads

This page is for both working and at home dads. The website Moms in Madison is not out to exclude you dads. It is just that, well, I'm a mom, and Moms in Madison was a lot more catchy than Parents in Madison or Moms and Dads in Madison or Madison Parents (all of which I considered). This page is meant to be a central resource for dad specific clubs or events in town. This said, the activities (madison with kids), restaurants and calendar events on the Moms site are by no means exclusive to moms, but are great family friendly activites for children 0-5.

If this section becomes more popular or expands, I may create a seperate site just for you dads (my husband would love to contribute!)! If you would like to list any dads clubs or groups, please and let me know. Be sure to include 'dads in madison' in your subject line.

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dads groups

Madison Newcomer's Club - Madison Newcomers' Club is a great way to make new friends, get to know the town more quickly, and enjoy some fun activities!


At-Home Dads Play Group @ Happy Bambino - Come join a community of dads who are home full or part time with their child/children. The discussion will be led by the group, but topics may range from fatherhood and the novelty of being an at-home-dad to topics completely unrelated to being a parent, like sports, music, and movies. Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Fee: FREE!


Boot Camp for New Dads is a three-hour workshop, taught by dads who bring their own babies for hands-on practice at Meriter Hospital, 202 S. Park St. Information about this and other classes for new parents is available through and 267-5900. $15

Work and Family Balance Group- Parents who work outside of the home, whether it be full or part-time, face unique challenges in maintaining balance in their lives. Life can feel like one big juggling act, leading to stress and making it difficult to fully enjoy life. This group will offer support, skills, and insight regarding a wide variety of issues specific to work-family balance. Issues covered will be determined by the group and may include: guarding your time and knowing when and how to say no, Supermom and Superdad Syndrome (or the myth that you can get it all done), dealing with negative emotions such as guilt, and childcare concerns. Children are welcome, but not necessary for attendance! This Group Meets 2nd Tuesday of Each Month
from 7:30pm - 8:30pm Fee: FREE!

Parenting Without a Partner Group - Parenting without a partner is a challenging and unique experience, whether you are a single parent or you are co-parenting your child in cooperation the other parent. Join other parents as they journey through the experiences parenthood as a single person. Discussion will be generated and led by the group, but possible topics of conversation include the logistics of parenting in a household with only one parent, the prospect of dating when you have a child/children, resources and support for single parents and dealing with emotional turbulance as a parent. Children are welcome.


Monkey Bar Gymnasium - FAMILY AND ME Classes. Moms and Dads: Looking for an opportunity to workout without having to pay child care? The MBG has your answer! Bring the young ones with you to the gym (all ages welcome).



. Be sure to include 'dads in madison' in the subject line. LOCAL information and links only. Thank you.