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What is the name of your dad’s group? Vegas Dads Group
What cities or area do you serve? Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson (Las Vegas Metro area)
How many active members do you have? 78
How long have you been a group? Almost 2 years
Who is the organizer of your group? Kevin Zelenka
What was your most successful event? Our Dads Nights Out are by far our most popular.
How many events do you suggest per month to keep members interested and active? We try and do a couple mid-week meet-ups per month, at least one family event on a weekend, and a night out exclusively for dads…so 4 or 5 has worked well for us. We’ll always get some last minute meet-ups as well, where we’ll just call fathers with kids in that age group and see if they want to swing by.
Do you offer playgroup meet ups? How many times a week do you have playgroup? We do a scheduled play group meetup 2-4 times per month, and may add others randomly at the spur of the moment based on what everyone feels like doing.
How did you get the word out about your group to your community? It’s all been by word of mouth and our Facebook page.
Do you offer Dad’s Night Out Events? Where do you go? Absolutely! We’ve done baseball games, trivia nights, but our most popular ones are just dinner and drinks hanging out with the guys.
What is the age range of the children in your group? Anything from 6 months to 17 years old.
Do you meet in a common place in your community or at members’ homes? Almost all of our meet-ups are done in a public space. Our first Christmas party was done in someone’s home, but we were a tiny group then.
What advice would you give dads who want to start their own group? It’s hard to keep fathers active in the group, and not every meet-up is going to wield record numbers of attendants. Different activities draw different dads. Remember that if there are 2 fathers at a meet-up, the meet-up was a success. The other thing that’s difficult, and I’m still learning this, is to try and plan activities for all age groups. A father with a 2 year old isn’t going to partake in the same events that someone with an 11 year old would. I have twin toddlers, and have come to rely on Dads with older children to help plan events that their kids would be interested in.
What is special or unique about your group that sets you apart from other dad’s groups? Simple. We’re in Vegas, Baby! Actually what makes us unique is that we’re not that big of a city. I can drive from one end to the other in about 30 minutes, so as long as we alternate what side of town our meet-ups are in, it’s pretty easy for a lot of our fathers to participate if they want to.