There are many reasons to join the Laguna Beach Parents Club (LBPC). Just ask an LBPC member, they'll tell you that the benefits are endless.
Playgroups are a great way to meet families with children the same age. They help you establish connections and often lifelong friendships for your children. Playgroups are largely determined by the year your child was born. Age appropriate activities and events are arranged regularly (often weekly!) by a volunteer playgroup coordinator.
After joining LBPC, members can sign up for age based playgroups using BigTent – a secure, online portal. Playgroups typically meet once per week. It is up to the group to decide when and where it is most convenient to meet. Most groups develop their own tight-knit community within the LBPC.
LBPC is comprised of parents at all stages of life – some are first time parents while others are well seasoned. Sharing experiences and knowledge helps each of us grow and flourish as parents. Parenthood is a journey and definitely more fun when shared together.
The LBPC Speakers and Workshop Series puts together informative talks throughout the year that are relevant to parents of young children. Topics have included:
Healthy Cooking for Children
Baby Sign Language
Infant CPR & Childproofing
Preschool & Kindergarten Selection
Women’s Health and Natural Wellness
Our members communicate on a regular basis. LBPC uses a members-only online tool called "BigTent" that allows members to ask questions, seek advice and offer support on all aspects of raising a family. There is also a rich archive in which members can search to determine whether there has been prior discussion on a topic. Members can opt to receive forum postings via email or they can go to our members-only website to view them. Many members say the forum is one of their favorite parts of LBPC!
Got something to sell? Our members can easily post personal goods for sale via our members-only classifieds section. Our classifieds are an easy way to buy, sell, trade or get rid of those items that your kids (or you!) have outgrown.
Help! We sprung a leak in our house and need a plumber ASAP. Help! My child chipped a tooth and we need a dentist today! Our referrals databas allows Club members to rate and recommend local businesses and services to other members.
As a club, we are proud of our community outreach. We conduct several annual events to help members of our community, right here where we live. In addition to our annual events, we engage our children in activities that help foster a sense of community while giving back. Community Outreach activities have included a holiday toy drive for the Laguna Food Pantry, fundraisers for various local charities, a Gala to benefit locals in need, and community service events.
Our members look forward to all of our family events. They are well attended and a ton of fun for the entire family! Some of our annual events include:
Chinese New Year Celebration
Easter Egg Hunt
Summer Picnic at the Park
Oktoberfest Family Carnival
Halloween Walk and Trick or Treating on Forest Avenue
Sawdust Holiday Tree Craft and Lighting Ceremony
Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids? Join us on a field trip. We plan a variety of outings parents and kids can enjoy together. Our activities appeal to a range of ages, interests and schedules. These events are fun for both adults and children and are another great way to meet Club members. Field trips have included:
Marine Mammal Center
OC Performing Art Center
Tide Pool Visit
Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch Tour
KIDS CRAFT DAYS
The kids just love our craft days! Little ones work on their crafts and engage in creative, age appropriate activities. Examples of craft days have included Valentine's Day card and gift, Earth Day craft, Father's Day gifts, Sawdust Holiday Tree ornaments.
LET'S HAVE FUN
Many people in the Club appreciate and look forward to our parents-only social events. Parenting can take a lot of you and we need those times, without kids, to help us unwind with adult conversations. Our socials provide moms and dads an opportunity to meet new friends and share (or sometimes commiserate) in the joys of parenting. The LBPC Gala is one of the most anticipated parents nights event of the year.
The Club also organizes several Moms Nights Out (MNO) events throughout the year. MNO events have included:
Roots Beauty Underground Parent Pampering
Candlelight Yoga in the Park
Strong(Her) Women’s Empowerment Workshops
Natural Wellness Workshops
Annual Holiday Night at the Montage
Our Book Club meets monthly to discuss great reads. Book Club is a social gathering that gives parents yet another opportunity to get out of the house and read literature once again. (Hey! It’s okay to put down the baby books for awhile).
All Club members receive a monthly newsletter to keep them abreast of Club happenings. The newsletter lists upcoming events, provides announcements, celebrates our accomplishments and provides useful parenting tips. It also gives us an opportunity to welcome our new Club members.
AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF...
MEALS FOR NEW PARENTS
We offer a free meal prepared by a local restaurant to any LBPC family bringing home a new baby. The Club takes care of ordering the food, picking it up and delivering it to the family’s doorstep.