What is the name of your dad’s group? Philly Dads Group
What cities or area do you serve? We serve the Philadelphia Metro area
How many active members do you have? Currently, we have 54 dads that have joined our Meetup site
How long have you been a group? We started Philly Dads Group September 23rd, 2013 as part of the #CityDads group where we are supported by other groups namely, NYC, Chicago, Columbus, Boston, L.A. and Denver.
Who are the organizers of your group? Chris Bernholdt and Jeff Bogle
What was your most successful event? We had a HexBugs Toy party at a local toy store called MonkeyFish Toys in Exton, PA. The kids got a free HexBugs toy to take home, we raffled off some toy sets, and the kids played with the toys, ate pizza, and watched a movie right in the store while the dads talked to one another.
How many events do you suggest per month to keep members interested and active? We try to schedule one activity per week that dads at home can participate in, one Dad’s Night Out activity, and one or two weekend family activities
Do you offer playgroup meet ups? How many times a week do you have playgroup? Since both Jeff and I are stay at home dads, we try to fit Meetups that work with our weekday schedules. Most of the time they are activities that I am already doing with my younger daughter while the other two are at school.
How did you get the word out about your group to your community? We have used Facebook and Twitter to make connections with area publications and in most cases, they have an online newsletter or calendar that we try and advertise our events in. Jeff and I also attend blogging events to make connections with local area moms who know dads that would want to be a part of our group. We also try to be a presence at community events where parents will be present so that they can learn of our existence.
Do you offer Dad’s Night Out Events? Where do you go? We do dad’s night out one to two times per month to have time away from the kids and just be dads.
What is the age range of the children in your group? We have children that are 11 weeks old up to kids who are 13 years old. There is a big variety of the ages of kids in between, which is why we try and do a variety of activities.
Do you meet in a common place in your community or at members’ homes? Right now, we meet in public places that can accomodate us. While we are still small, I would be willing to host in my home.
What advice would you give dads who want to start their own group? Groups are easy to start but it can be frustrating when things don’t take off like you wish they would. Persistence is key, and trying to get involved in community activities so that you can reach more dads is the best practice.
What is special or unique about your group that sets you apart from other dad’s groups? Right now, to our knowledge, there aren’t any other groups in the Philadelphia area that specifically cater to dads. It has opened the eyes of many people that Jeff and I talk to about the group who support our idea to engage with active and involved fathers in the Philly Metro area.