Looking for your Parent Village?

Explore our supportive Boston-based Parent Support Groups designed for new and returning parents, offering a space to connect with others, navigate the challenges of early parenthood, and share practical advice on infant care. These 90-minute sessions, limited to a small group with a dedicated facilitator, create an open environment for honest discussions about the impact of parenthood on identity and relationships. We offer Parent Support Groups designed just for moms and now offer a special NEW group just for dads.

Update: Little Lovage Club is pleased to announce a new partnership with Urbanity Dance to host our Parent Support Groups in their newly renovated space in the South End located at 1180 Washington Street #100. This space will provide a quiet sanctuary for our new parents and babies along with ample indoor stroller parking and renovated bathroom facilities. Please note: we are no longer hosting Parent Support Groups at our Prudential Center location beginning with our groups that start in January.

What are Parent Support Groups? Our Parent Support Groups are designed to build local connection and community with other new parents, get real about the challenges of early parenthood, help work through new relationship dynamics, and provide practical suggestions for infant sleeping, feeding, soothing and more.

How are Parent Support Groups Structured?
Groups meet for 90 minutes, 6 weeks in a row. Groups are kept small at 8 participants and one group facilitator. 

Who are Parent Support Groups for? Our Newbies, Kangas and Here We Go Again Parent Support Groups are designed for postnatal support for moms. Our NEW Dad & Baby Group was designed to create a space just for dads. In every group, participants attend with their baby. These groups are not intended for couples. We want to ensure this is a space to be really honest about how parenthood has affected your own identity and your relationships. That being said, we celebrate the fact that families grow in many ways and if you have any questions about whether a group is a good fit for you, please reach out to hello@littlelovageclub.com.

Where are Parent Support Groups located? We have two convenient locations to join a Parent Support Group in downtown Boston: the South End or Beacon Hill

South End location: Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington Street, #100
Beacon Hill location: Hill House, 127 Mount Vernon Street

Book a Parent Support Group: Browse and purchase a spot in your preferred Parent Support Group at the link below.

Newbies | Parent Support Group | 0-3 months (for Moms)

Entering motherhood is an awe-inspiring journey, marked by thrilling highs and challenging lows. Our Newbies Parent Support Group is here to provide you with a supportive community to share your experiences and receive valuable guidance.

During our sessions, we’ll dive into the nitty-gritty of caring for newborns, covering topics like feeding methods (breastfeeding, pumping, bottle-feeding, and formula) and optimizing sleep routines. We’ll also take time to address the unique challenges faced by primary caregivers, such as seeking and managing support, finding balance between daily responsibilities and childcare, and navigating the complex landscape of relationships.

In addition to this wealth of knowledge, we’re strong advocates for fostering connections within the group. We believe that forming bonds with fellow moms is just as essential as gaining practical insights. We’ll encourage you to get to know one another on a personal level and plan enjoyable activities outside of our sessions, whether it’s a casual lunch or other social gatherings. These connections often become a vital part of your parenting journey.

NEW Location in the South End: Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington Street #100 Boston, MA 02118

Beacon Hill Location: Hill House, 127 Mount Vernon Street

Here We Go Again | Parent Support Group | 0-3 months
for second, third (and more!) time (for Moms)

Welcome back for another round! With your prior experience, you’ve already conquered the essentials, but now it’s time to master the art of juggling another baby while tending to the evolving needs of your growing family.

Our Here We Go Again Parent Support Group is your go-to resource for addressing the common challenges of parenthood and discovering the best ways to maintain your time and sanity when dealing with both an infant and a toddler. In this gathering of seasoned mothers, whether you’re on your second round or more, you’re encouraged to ask questions, swap tips and ideas, and enjoy socializing while savoring those precious one-on-one moments with your newest family addition.

You’ll find camaraderie with fellow moms who are also navigating the joys and trials of a growing family. This is an opportunity for you and your baby to forge new connections and feel the warmth of a supportive community that understands the unique adventure you’re embarking on.

NEW Location in the South End: Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington Street #100 Boston, MA 02118

Beacon Hill location: Hill House, 127 Mount Vernon Street

Kangas | Parent Support Group | 3-6 months (for Moms)

Congratulations! You’ve successfully navigated those initial few months, and now you’re witnessing a world of new milestones your baby is achieving. From that first heartwarming smile, delightful cooing, to the exciting feats of rolling over and grasping objects, your baby is in a constant state of growth and change.

In our Kangas Parent Support Group, we’re here to provide moms with the support and guidance you need as your little one continues to develop and explore the world around them. We’ll delve into topics like sleep expectations, the introduction of solid foods, baby-proofing your environment, and tracking growth and developmental milestones. Plus, we’ve got an engaging circle-time session lined up, complete with songs and age-appropriate games to keep both you and your baby entertained.

This is your space to ask questions, share your own insights and tips, and connect with other parents as you create beautiful memories with your baby. You’ll gain valuable insights on how to best adapt to all these incredible changes, forge new friendships, and find the support you need on this delightful parenting journey.

NEW Location in the South End: Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington Street #100 Boston, MA 02118

Beacon Hill location: Hill House, 127 Mount Vernon Street

*NEW* Introducting our Dad & Baby Group!

Are you a new dad navigating the exciting yet sometimes overwhelming journey of parenthood? Look no further! Little Lovage Club is thrilled to announce our newest Parent Support Group tailored specifically for fathers of infants age 0 to 6 months. Our Dad & Baby Group will provide a supportive and empowering environment where you can connect with other new dads, share experiences, and build lasting friendships.

Join us once a week for four weeks, with each session lasting 45 minutes. It’s the perfect opportunity for you and your little one to bond while engaging in meaningful discussions and activities.

Here’s what you can expect from our Dad & Baby Group:

Learn and Grow: Gain valuable insights and tips on newborn care in a relaxed and non-judgmental setting. Our sessions will cover everything from soothing techniques to deciphering your baby’s cues, helping you feel more confident and prepared as a parent. Plus, it’s a chance for you to create special memories with your little one.

Build Your Dad Village: Connect with fellow new dads who understand the joys and challenges of fatherhood. Build a supportive network to lean on throughout your parenting journey. Forge friendships with other dads, share laughs, and support each other through the ups and downs of fatherhood.

Give Mom a Break: Let mom enjoy some well-deserved peace and quiet at home while you and your baby attend our sessions. (Yes, please bring your baby with you!).

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of our Dads Group at Little Lovage Club. Because let’s face it, why should moms have all the fun? Join us and embark on this incredible journey of fatherhood with confidence, support, and a whole lot of love.

Location in the South End: Urbanity Dance, 1180 Washington Street #100 Boston, MA 02118

Parent Support Group Reviews

Read about the experiences of recent Parent Support Group graduates.

I have done both the Newbie’s and Here we go ago groups at Lovage Club and I cannot say enough good things about these groups! In both cases I had a team member, most recently Vanessa, facilitate a helpful discussion each week reserving plenty of room for the parents to tackle any topics of interest. I have also met such nice other moms in each of these groups that I have stayed friends with well beyond class. Whether you think you have enough support, friends. etc or not it DOES take a village and both times I found expanding my circle to include new friends from Lovage was a great choice!

Liz

The parent support groups at Lovage are an absolute lifeline for new parents. I did newbies (0-3 mos) and Kangas (3-6 mos) with my first baby and Here We Go Again (second time moms) and Kangas again with my second. Having mom friends in the neighborhood who are going through the exact same experiences at the same time is huge (talking about breastfeeding and infant poop is super boring for anyone but a fellow new mom). The classes are facilitated group therapy and really uplifting (Vanessa is an amazing facilitator) and all of my groups have met up outside of class for walks, lunch, etc. Some have even become long term friends. Lovage has been an amazing resource for my family and a huge part of our south end parents of small kids community. Highly recommend!

Anne

I heard of Little Lovage Club (LLC) from a friend who recommended “The newbie class”. My seven week old son and I loved the class. It helped me as a first time mom feel more confident in my decisions and also helped meet other new Mom’s in the area. Fast forward a year, we are still enjoying the LLC and my now one year old son loves playing.. not only does he wear himself out and takes an excellent nap after, but he has excelled as the LLC is designed to help children develop physical, socially and mentally. My son has lots of little friends and I’m still in close touch with the Mom’s that I met at the Newbie Class last year. I’d highly recommend the class for new Mom’s as you start to navigate a new chapter and for Mom’s looking to meet others in the neighborhood!

Shayna

If you are a new mom I highly recommend joining the newbies and kangas groups. You meet other moms who are in the same boat as you and learn a ton of information! I am still very close with all the moms I met.

Abigail

I have participated in 4 different mom groups (newbie, here we go again, and kangas x2) at Lovage and I have loved every group! I have learned so much from the group leaders and the other moms, made new friends, and gained more confidence in my new role as a mom.

Brigid

Meet our Parent Support Group Team

Parent Support Group Facilitator: Kara Doherty

Kara has twenty years of childcare experience starting as nanny and then as a postpartum doula providing overnight support for new families. Her passion is helping parents get off on the right foot so they can enjoy the newborn stage. She’s excited to help the moms in Parent Support Groups get more confident and answer all their newborn questions and especially likes helping with feeding and sleep routines. She’s hoping to help the new mothers really enjoy their time with their new baby and make this stage less stressful and more fun. 

Kara is our facilitator for all Newbies Parent Support Groups.

Parent Support Group Facilitator: Vanessa Thornton

Vanessa is a South End mom of two, Fiona (5) and James (3). She has a master’s degree in nutrition and has been a dietitian and certified specialist in pediatrics for 12 years. Vanessa is the owner of South End Family Nutrition, helping parents and families on the path to health and happiness. She teaches virtual classes on Tinyhood and runs groups and workshops all around the city for parents, children and entire families.

Vanessa realized early in her career two very important things: 1) You can’t treat nutrition issues in a vacuum. Instead, you have to explore sleep habits, mental health, physical wellbeing and emotional security to truly find health and 2) That the wellness of family members is always interconnected. For this reason, she considers herself a Family Dietitian and takes a holistic, whole-family approach to health. She enjoys supporting parents in group settings to be able to witness the magic moments when moms find connection and learn from each other.

Vanessa is our facilitator for all Kangas and Here We Go Again Parent Support Groups.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

General FAQs

  • We are a peanut and tree nut free facility. Please do not bring any nuts into our space.
  • Caregivers are always free at Lovage. We only charge per child. We do not allow shoes in the playspace; children may be barefoot or in socks. We suggest that caregivers wear socks as well. Grippy socks are best!
  • Parents/caregivers should always be within arms reach of their children and are responsible for continually supervising their children while in our space.
  • We have bathrooms with child-sized amenities and a changing table with extra diapers. Children should never be in the bathroom alone. For eating and feeding we have a bottle warmer, filtered water and paper cups, kid-sized tables and chairs, and high chairs. We ask that all food stays in the snack area.
  • You may bring your own food and drinks (no nuts please, see above!). Please nurse or feed a baby a bottle wherever and whenever you need to while in our space. You may also use our private feeding room.
  • Download our App: We HIGHLY recommend downloading our app! It is the easiest way to build a profile, sign our waiver, search our schedule, book and cancel classes and Open Play, and more. Go here to download on Apple. Go here to download on Google.
  • The First Name and Last Name on your Little Lovage Club account will be your "Primary" CHILD's name (not your name, or another adult’s name). That way your child's name will show up on our class & open play rosters. Your "Primary" child will the the child in your family who will most frequently use Little Lovage Club services. You can book additional children using the "Book a Guest" feature for Open Play and Enrichment Classes (see below).
  • Please purchase enough credits to book all siblings into the same Open Play session. It is straightforward to book a second, third (or more!) child into the same Open Play session using a drop in or a pack of Open Play passes. First, please purchase the correct number of Open Play credits; at least one credit per child. Second, book your primary child into the Open Play session using a single credit. Finally, book second and additional children into Open Play using the "Book a Guest" feature; use a single credit per child.
  • Booking siblings into the same Enrichment Class: If you want to book two siblings into the same class, and you are using a drop in Enrichment class credit, you will use the same "Book a Guest" process as you do for Open Play. Please make sure to purchase the correct number of credits to book multiple children; one credit per child. If you are redeeming one of your Membership credits for an Enrichment Class, please go to our Membership page for instructions on how to book siblings into the same Enrichment Class.
  • Reserve in Advance: Please try to reserve Enrichment Classes and Open Play ahead of time! We cannot guarantee we will have a walk in space and we do not want you to show up and not be able to get into the program of your choice.
  • Cancellation Windows: We have a 2-hour cancellation window. If you cancel two (2) hours before the start of your class or Open Play reservation, you will receive your credit back in your account to use at another time. If you do not cancel, you will lose your credit. We do understand that extenuating circumstances happen; please email hello@littlelovageclub.com if something outside of your control prevented you from canceling within our cancellation window.
  • Learn about Parent Support Groups: Read more and book your spot on our website.
  • Book a Parent Support Group: You can book Parent Support Groups via our website. Go here to view and purchase.
  • What are Parent Support Groups? Our Parent Support Groups are designed to build connection and community with other new parents, get real about the challenges of early parenthood, help work through new relationship dynamics, and provide practical suggestions for infant sleeping, feeding, soothing and more. Groups meet for 90 minutes, 6 weeks in a row. Groups are kept small at 8 participants (no more than 10) and one group facilitator.
  • Who are Parent Support Groups for? Postnatal classes are designed for a primary caregiver to attend with a young infant rather than for couples. We want to ensure there is space to be really honest about how parenthood has affected your own identity and your relationships. That being said, we celebrate the fact that families grow in many ways and if you have any questions about whether a postnatal support group is a good fit for you, please reach out to hello@littlelovageclub.com.
  • Where are Parent Support Groups located? Parent Support Groups are now located in the Urbanity Dance space at 1180 Washington Street in the South End.
  • Go to our Membership Page to see what’s included in a Lovage Membership and Membership options.
  • Enrichment Classes: Each membership includes credits to book for our Enrichment Classes – either 4, 6, or 8 per month depending on your selection. These Enrichment Class credits can be used to book our more hands-on and development-focused Enrichment Classes. You can mix and match enrichment class bookings – think of these as equivalent to class passes for a fitness studio. They can be used for any class in that month (e.g. attending 2 or 3 enrichment classes in one week if you will be traveling later in the month, using classes for different kids in your family, etc.).
  • Open Play Passes:Your membership also includes either 100 or 200 Open Play Credits per semester (100 for Single Memberships and 200 for Duo Memberships). You can use your Open Play credits for any siblings in your family, or for guests! In order to add your Membership Open Play Credits, please take the following steps:
  • 1) Purchase your membership.

    2) Once you have an active membership, please email hello@littlelovageclub.com and ask our team to add your Open Play credits into your account. Alternatively, our Front Desk team can assist you in person.

  • Adding Siblings or Guests to Enrichment Classes or Open Play: Memberships are intended to be shared between siblings in a family. However, our booking platform - MarianaTek - is designed for single users so we have created a few workarounds. Click here for tips on using MarianaTek.
  • Membership Credit Rollover: Monthly Enrichment Classes and Open Play credits do not roll over (use them or lose them during the 1 month period). However, you can use your credits to book classes for any future class on our schedule, even if it is after the expiration date of your membership credits.
  • Membership Terms: Your Monthly Membership starts on the first day you pay for your membership, not the 1st of the month. Memberships are charged monthly and are auto-renewed with your primary credit card on file every month. They are billed on the date you purchase, not the 1st of the month (e.g. if you first purchase a membership on August 28th, that is your billing date).
  • Cancel a Membership: You can cancel your membership at any time via the Little Lovage Mobile App or by emailing hello@littlelovageclub.com. Please note: If you cancel your membership, any remaining membership Open Play credits will be removed from your account after your last day of membership. You will NOT retain any remaining membership Open Play credits after the end of your membership terms. Other non-membership Open Play packages will remain on your account for the duration of their terms.
  • Please reach out if you have additional questions or special requests (e.g. when a grandparent is paying for membership).
  • Open Play Schedule: Each Open Play booking is a two-hour session. Open Play is broken into 30-minute start times and is available during all operating hours: 9:00 am–5:00 pm every weekday, and 9:00–1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Your Open Play booking provides access to the play space and amenities for a two-hour block.
  • Open Play on the Weekends: Generally, Open Play is not available on Saturday or Sunday afternoons due to private parties, but please check the schedule to confirm.
  • Book a Spot for Every Child: Every child who comes to Open Play must have a separate booking to play, including siblings. However, babies under 6 months who accompany an older sibling are not charged for Open Play. Every child over the age of 6 months must be booked into Open Play.
  • Advanced Bookings Recommended: Advanced bookings are highly recommended, especially for our peak morning Open Play from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a walk-in spot will be available if you do not sign up ahead of time.
  • Purchasing Enrichment Class credits: You can either buy a credit for a Single Enrichment class ($35) which also includes 30 minutes of free play before class; or you can purchase a Membership which will have either 4, 6 or 8 credits per month. See Membership FAQs above.
  • Open Play after Class: Your Enrichment Class booking does NOT include Open Play after your class has ended. If you'd like to stay for Open Play after your class, please book an Open Play session.
  • Please Arrive Early: We always recommend arriving at Lovage to check in and get settled at least 15 minutes in advance of your Enrichment Class start time. You are welcome to play in our Open Space for up to 30 minutes until the start of class is announced. After you’ve checked in and your stroller is settled, please move into the Open Play space to make room for others to arrive.
  • Book at Spot for Every Child: Every child attending an Enrichment Class must have a separate booking, including siblings. However, babies under 6 months who accompany an older sibling to a class designed for the older sibling can attend free of charge.
  • Booking Siblings into Enrichment Classes: Non-Members: You can book siblings into Enrichment Classes by using the “Add a Guest” feature. Unfortunately our new platform does not have family profiles, so you cannot select a different child’s name, but you can add a sibling as a guest. Members: Please see the section below called Adding Siblings to Enrichment Classes or Open Play.
  • How can I book a birthday party for my child? Please visit our Parties Page for more information and reach out to events@littlelovageclub.com to inquire about availability.
  • Can I bring my own decorations? Absolutely! Feel free to bring a wide range of decorations to personalize your party space (a few exceptions below). However, we kindly ask you to remove all decorations at the end of your event, leaving our space as you found it.
  • Are there any restrictions on decorations? We kindly request that you refrain from using glitter or confetti to maintain the cleanliness of our space. Additionally, please avoid using duct tape or package tape that could damage/remove paint from our walls.
  • Will your team assist with set up and/or clean up of food, beverage and decorations? While we will have a team member available to address any questions or concerns you may have, the setup and cleanup of decorations, food and beverage, and other arrangements are your responsibility.
  • Is there an option for the Lovage team to set up my party? Unfortunately we are not offering party setup and cleanup by our team members.
  • Do you have a kitchen available? We have a simple refrigerator, but do not have kitchen facilities on-site for reheating or cooking food. Unfortunately, this also means we do not have ice readily available. However, there's a convenient Star Market located on the other side of the Prudential building.
  • Can we have deliveries before the party? No, unfortunately we cannot accommodate deliveries or storage of decorations, food, beverages, or other in advance of your party. We kindly ask that all food, beverage, and decoration deliveries be scheduled within the one-hour period prior to the start of your party. Guests are responsible for coordinating all deliveries.
  • Are alcoholic beverages allowed at private Little Lovage birthday parties? Unfortunately we are not able to allow alcohol in our space at this time. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages to a birthday party.
  • Can I bring in activities or entertainment? Yes! Generally we allow guests to bring their own activities and entertainment, but please discuss this with our Event Coordinator during booking to confirm and answer any logistical questions.
  • Do you offer an option for Lovage teacher-led activities? No, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to offer Lovage teacher-led activities at private birthday parties at this time.
  • How to Buy: Go here to purchase a gift card.
  • How to Redeem: Sign in to your account or create an account at littlelovageclub.com or via the App. Go to your account / personal information. Under Payment Methods, go to Redeem Gift Card. Type in the Gift Card code. This will add the gift card funds or credits to your account. Then go to the buy page and use these funds to purchase credits and/or apply those credits to classes and/or Open Play via the schedule.