Welcome Baby Community

Calling all first time parents!

Are you a first time parent? Or a soon-to-be first time parent? If so, we invite you to join the Welcome Baby Community!

Welcome Baby Community

The Welcome Baby Community was created to support the needs of first time parents in the Fox Valley region.

As a part of the Welcome Baby Community, you’ll receive access to:
  • Resources throughout the Fox Cities to assist you in your transition to parenthood 
  • Opportunities to ask parenting advice and child development questions to local experts from our partner organizations
  • Regular opportunities to connect with other first time parents in the area
  • Programs to engage with your baby as you learn and grow together
  • A FREE membership to the Building for Kids for the first 18 months of your child’s life

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Your first child must not be more than 18 months old

To become a part of the community, attend one of the our Connecting Events or Play Groups!

Connecting Events

Connecting Events occur the second Saturday of every month in-person at the Building for Kids. During these free events, an expert from one of our partner organizations will lead a conversation focused on babies and parenting. A typical schedule for the event is below.

Connecting Event Schedule:

  • 9:00am-9:15am: Welcome & Introductions
  • 9:15am-9:45am: Presentation
  • 9:45am-10:00am: Questions & Discussion
  • 10:00am-10:30am: Optional play group at the museum (hosted in the Babies & Toddlers Around the World exhibit) – Speaker will stay and answer questions from families


Registration is required.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, May 11
    • Organization: Appleton Health Dept.
    • Topic: Child Passenger Safety
  • Saturday, June 8
    • Organization: Birth to 3

To register for an event, click here!


Welcome Baby Play Groups

Come play with other first-time parents and their new babies at the BFK! Welcome Baby Play Groups are informal opportunities to play and socialize with other new families in our Babies & Toddlers Around the World exhibit. These play groups occur the Thursday following the Connecting Event every month from 9am – 10am at the Building for Kids. This is a free opportunity for parents and their babies under 18 months. Registration is required.

Upcoming Play Groups:

  • Thursday, May 16
  • Thursday, June 13

To register for a play group, click here!


Community Partner Contact List

English Welcome Baby Community Invitation

Spanish Welcome Baby Community Invitation

Swahili Welcome Baby Community Invitation

Supported By

Supported by a grant from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region supported by the U.S. Venture Fund for Basic Needs, the J. J. Keller Foundation and other community partners

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