A group of Greenpoint mommies has banded together to create a closer-knit parent community in North Brooklyn and to ensure that their children are able to avail themselves of a variety of kiddie activities.
SocialPants Brooklyn is a newly launched community forum and events listings platform designed to foster better communication between North Brooklyn parents and to create an environment in which parents can plan activities together as a group, that are better suited to the needs of their kids.
The forum is the idea of Greenpoint mom, Lauren Waters, who had the idea for the group after a not so-successful outing with her son at McCarren Park. Attending an Easter Egg Hunt in the park with her infant son, she soon realized that it wasn’t suited for her son’s age.
So, this year she decided to put together her own Easter Egg Hunt at Transmitter Park as a celebration for a few friends and their kids.
But word got out and over 65 people showed up. Moms came up to her afterwards and asked how much they owed her.
Waters did not charge for the event, but it did give her the idea to create a community platform for parents to discuss needs for their kids and plan different events that cater to different interests and age groups.
She collaborated with another mom, Allison Clavin, on starting SocialPants. It started off just as an events listing page, but working with a few other moms, the group created a bunch of events.
Kicking things off is a Potluck Style dinner at Transmitter Park on August 16.
That will be followed by an event at which a professional children’s photographer will take candid shots of children during a group play date over two dates in August. Parents will be sent links for the entire selection of photos and they can then pick and choose the ones they want to pay for.
In September, SocialPants will help organize a music class with puppets and other props collaborating with Upper East Side group Moosiki kids.
Waters envisions SocialPants to be a space where parents can organize playdates for their kids, where local organizations devoted to kids activities can advertise their upcoming events, and where new parents can discuss tips on parenting – an all comprehensive forum to bring the large influx of young parents moving into the neighborhood together.
“I found that there were only one or two places for local moms to hang out, where we could talk about the things we were doing or share resources,” said Waters. “If you walk along Manhattan Avenue, it’s full of people walking strollers, and there is really a need for people to meet and help each other out. The whole idea is to get parents and our kids more social.”
Brooklyn Potluck Dinner in the Park by SocialPants, August 16, Transmitter Park, West St. between Kent St. and Greenpoint Ave., 5 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/671344176298993/. For more events by SocialPants, visit https://www.facebook.com/socialpantsbrooklyn, and check out their website http://www.socialpantsbrooklyn.com/.