Membership FAQ

What is the Novato Mothers Club?

NMC is a not-for-profit organization that serves the Novato community and surrounding areas of moms and soon-to-be mothers. NMC is not only a huge support network for our members, but also a resource for meeting other moms, joining organized playgroups, and participating in fun and interesting mom-focused and kid-focused events.


What are the criteria needed to become a member?

You must live in Novato, San Rafael, or Petaluma and either be pregnant or currently have children. All ages of kids are welcome, as NMC organizes many activities for the whole family.


What subgroups do you offer within Novato Mothers Club?

Two book clubs, Mamas of Multiples, knitting, babysitting co-op, healthy cooking club, NUSD, wine club, and of course playgroups, plus more.


Are dads allowed to join the Novato Mothers Club?

Though the majority of our members are women, the answer is, yes, of course! Note that if you are in a two-parent household, only one parent needs to be a member in order for the whole family to participate in our events.


I’d like to attend some of the Moms Night Outs and other adults-only events. Do I need to wait until my baby is weaned?

You don’t need to wait! We welcome nursing infants to our adults-only events.


What is the cost to become a member?

Membership for one year is just $50. This goes toward the many programs and activities we coordinate each month as well as our minimal administrative and operating expenses. NMC is 100% run by its parent volunteers.


Can I pay by check?

When you sign up, you have the option of receiving an invoice and mailing in your check.  Also credit cards and PayPal are accepted.


How do I sign up to become a member?

Visit our Join NMC page and select the membership level (length of time) and click Next.

Is there help available if I cannot pay the membership fee?

Yes we have scholarships available. Please complete this online application and if a scholarship is available, someone from our Membership committee will be in touch.  Scholarship application.

Any questions, please mail to

How are your playgroups broken down?

Our playgroups are organized according to the child’s due date or birthday. 


I only want to join a playgroup. Do I have to be a member just to be in a playgroup?

Yes. Organizing playgroups for our members is one of the many benefits of our organization and you must become a member to receive this benefit.


I am interested in volunteering within NMC. Is this something that is available to new members?

NMC welcomes anyone interested in volunteering. In fact, most of our Board  members volunteered almost as soon as they joined the club. NMC is run 100% by a group of wonderful moms who give a small portion of their time to help coordinate events and make the club all that it is. Volunteering with us is not only a great way to share your talents and keep your resumé updated, but it’s also a terrific opportunity to get to know a particularly fun bunch of active moms!

To learn more about our open board positions and our semi-monthly board  meeting, please email

Am I required to volunteer?

Each member needs to volunteer 2 hours a year, which can be spent setting up, helping or cleaning up at an event.  We also require each member to make (or purchase) one meal for new mom.  We offer an option when you sign up that you can pay a fee to waive the volunteer hours or the meal preparation. 

How do I get connected with others once I join?

Activities, groups, events, and discussion forums are at your fingertips through our website. When you are signing up, you will find a list of groups and can join all that interest you. By joining these groups, you will be alerted to all their events and activities and have the ability to RSVP online. Another great way to get involved is by volunteering with our NMC Board (see above).


When and where are the activities?

All activities vary in day & time (with the exception of playgroups) so everyone has a chance to participate, regardless of their schedule. Activities are never in the same place.  We try to spread them all over our area to make it fair for everyone.


Are the NMC events free?

Most events don't require fees, but occasionally when a special event is scheduled, the member may have to pay a fee.

For additional questions or comments, please contact

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