Space Coast Mothers of Multiples thrived during its 2018-2019 membership year! We re-joined Multiples of America and have increased our group’s visibility measurably through that. We participated in National Multiple Birth Awareness Month with a social media campaign. We secured partnerships with seven local businesses. We had a fantastic turnout of 16 at the Florida Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs’ annual convention. (and we’re hosting it in here in Cocoa Beach in October this year!)
A total of 64 events were hosted, including 23 playdates, 11 planning meetings, 9 moms-on-the-town events, 7 general meetings, 5 family events, 5 special events, 3 educational meetings, and 1 event just for the dads (six of them went out for brunch!).
What types of things did we do at all of these events? Well, a wide variety, considering our members span a large geographic area and have many different interests!
The creative MoMs enjoyed painting at Personalized Peach, the active MoMs tried bouldering at Adventure HQ, the foodie MoMs enjoyed Bruster’s and Melting Pot, MoMs looking for something different had fun at Drag Queen BINGO, and our largest turnout was for a day at the EPCOT Food & Wine Festival!
Our general meeting themes had some low-key board game or card game nights, two crafts, and a Mexican Riviera potluck (we seem to do tacos once a year!). Our educational topics featured decluttering and organizing, a roundtable on savings tips, and a pair of photographers helping us learn how to take better family photos.
Our special events included our second year of doing an afternoon tea for Mother’s Day and mini-golfing as a couples’ night. Our annual MoMs-only holiday party changed it up a bit by adding the rule that all gifts for our white elephant exchange must fit in a pair of socks! It was a hilariously fun time seeing everything unwrapped. We also expanded our Installation Dinner to include recognition of first-year members, milestone members, and outstanding volunteers.
Family events included a Back-to-School picnic at the beach, a holiday picnic with crafts and cookie decorating, a Spring picnic with an egg hunt, a group trip to Partin Ranch, and also a privately-booked theater to see Toy Story 4!
And then there were all those playdates… that is the NUMBER ONE thing our members want from the group, so we tried a whole bunch of different things this year, including publishing a four-month calendar to help busy MoMs better plan their summers! Some of the best-attended included LaPorte Farms, Morgan’s Place, Rain or Shine, Riverwalk Nature Center, Pony Express, and strawberry-picking at Wichmann Farms. Additionally, we visited various splash pads around town, many playgrounds, YuJump, and the zoo. We also tried doing kids’ crafts at playdates and look forward to increasing those in the upcoming year.
We’re gearing up for another incredible year as well! The board and chairs will be spending an upcoming Saturday working on prepping this to be a fantastic year, but even now we already have 20 events on the books for the 2019-2020 year and we’re less than three weeks into it!