What is the name of your dad’s group?
NYC Dads Group
What cities or area do you serve?
Five New York City boroughs plus lower Westchester County and Northern New Jersey
How many active members do you have?
How long have you been a group?
5 ½ years (6 in November)
Who are the organizers of your group?
Lance Somerfeld, Matt Schneider, and Kevin McKeever (Editor)
What was your most successful event?
We’re thankful to provide a diversity of Meetups that have become anticipated annual traditions (e.g our pre-Father’s Day family picnic, our Halloween parties, summer visits to see the Staten Island Yankees). Occasionally, we partner with other parent groups for large events like movie screenings, panel discussions, and author talks.
How many events do you suggest per month to keep members interested and active?
We recommend starting with one Meetup per week and a diversity of types of Meetups in any given month (playdates at the park, Dads Nights Out, trips to the museum, etc.). As the group gets bigger and more geographically diverse, we suggest offering multiple Meetups per week at various locations around the area.
Do you offer playgroup meet ups? How many times a week do you have playgroup?
How did you get the word out about your group to your community?
We’ve worked hard to become part of the parenting scene in the New York City area and have good relationships with family services venues (e.g. music class providers, play gyms, etc), moms groups, local parenting magazines, and we regularly participate in parenting events around the city. We also maintain a group blog, a podcast, and active social media communities to connect locally, nationally, and internationally.
Do you offer Dad’s Night Out Events? Where do you go?
Yes! We meet out at bars and restaurants, and we occasionally get invited to movie openings and other fun events.
What is the age range of the children in your group?
Our most active members have children 0-3, but we have many members that have older children and even some with adult children.
Do you meet in a common place in your community or at members’ homes?
We don’t have a standard meeting spot. We meet all over our area.
What advice would you give dads who want to start their own group?
We’ve been working with dads all over the country to start City Dads Groups similar to NYC Dads Group, and welcome the opportunity to start or grow groups in more cities. Go to www.citydadsgroup.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. For others, here are a few pieces of advice:
- Pick a platform that allows members to see what your group is all about (e.g. Meetup.com)
- Always have 2-3 events on your calendar
- Be open to all types of dads. Guys that would identify themselves as at-home dads are not the only ones caring for their children or looking to connect with other dads.
What is special or unique about your group that sets you apart from other dad’s groups?
I think we continue to test new ideas to see what we can bring to the community we’ve created. Early on, our blog became a great tool to share our activities with the wider world and to add our voice to the conversations happening around fatherhood, parenthood, the media, work-life, etc. Over time, we’ve added workshops for expecting dads, a podcast, and work with media and brands to extend our community and our message even further. We’ve been able to do more and more because other guys have stepped up to organize Meetups, write blog posts, teach workshops, and generate new ideas for what’s next.