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    Tonight was going to be my first uke meetup with a local group here. Because of life-stuff I was going to be bringing along my nearly-3-year-old, who happens to also "play" the ukulele. She would've loved it. I would've loved it. Unfortunately, the extremely polite group leader let me know that it was an adults-only event.

    First, let me say, I *totally* respect that. The best case scenario is that my kid is so adorable that she's distracting. Worst case scenario, she's a mess and they don't know how I'd handle that. Maybe I'm the kind of person who would stay and allow my kid to ruin it for everyone. So, I understand the adults-only policy. I very much get it.

    But because babysitters are rarely an option, this means I'm probably not going to be able to go to any of their meetups. Which is a bummer for me!

    Do any of you have little ones who are often in-tow? Is an adults-only policy the norm? Have you found any kid-friendly uke things? Or do you just end up inviting people over? And if so, how do you find these people? I've thought about hosting a hootenanny with percussion for the little ones, but (1) I'm not that good of a player yet so I'm not sure I'd be comfortable in a leading role and (2) I don't know that many musicians, even the informal sort.

    What do you all think?

    Also, for those of you who do organize adults-only groups, consider a once-in-a-while family friendly meetup! Maybe I'm not the only one out here!
    Last edited by JessicaM; 06-06-2016 at 04:21 PM.

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    Most every uke event I attend is kid friendly. It is unusual, in my experience, to run into a situation like that.
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    Pretty much all of TBUS' events are kid friendly. Last month a friend brought her 2 month old grandbaby to our jam session. The baby was very quiet. We all loved her. We almost always have a youngster or two at our jams.
    Check with whoever is leading the event, the ukulele is a family oriented instrument! Even our cats like it!
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    Other than big ukulele festivals, the only time I've seen kids at a uke group has been the family-oriented "UKElear Family" group at the shop where I play - maybe you could find a similar family-oriented group? The groups that I've attended have all been strictly adults.

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    Unfortunately I think this is the only uke jam group in my area (Columbus, Ohio). I'm pretty sure the woman who let me know it was adults-only was an organizer.
    It's a bummer because my kid loves to play, and while her only chord is Am7, she's very well behaved and wouldn't be disruptive (but then don't all parents say that?). If she was we'd obvious leave. But it's their group and I respect the rules.

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    We have no kids coming to our group right now, but we have had kids in the past. They played ukes until they got bored, then colored and sometimes cried, then had a snack. We really don't have any rules except that everyone is welcome and maybe in the past people have left because kids were there or they didn't like the way things were run and I don't really care-that is how the group works.

    Jessica, bring your kid to St. Paul Mn. 1st and 3rd Sundays and you will be welcome. Perhaps you need to start your own group of musicians with kids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    I probably would not go to an Adult Uke night, I am much to young for all that hanky panky stuff that goes on at Adult events.
    Whoooo! Haha!
    This is a great idea about playing at the farmers market! We have just such a market & I know the folks who run it! I,m also friendly with a guy who plays at the market and he teaches lessons on the side. Maybe he'd be willing to turn over some of his performance days on the chance to spread the word about his teaching!
    And then I'd get a group to play with without having to run it

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    Doug,
    I have a friend in St Paul (or maybe Minn) who started playing the uke! I'll let her know about you guys! (Or maybe she's already a regular!)
    Last edited by JessicaM; 06-07-2016 at 03:18 AM.

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    Does the club have a Charter? Published rules?....or is it just the preference of the "leader"????? The Space Coast Uke Club is family friendly as well. Sorry you've had this experience with your uke club. Columbus is a decent sized city, start a "family friendly" club.....if you can find a place to meet. Likely others from the "adults only" club will join.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilUSAFRet View Post
    Does the club have a Charter? Published rules?....or is it just the preference of the "leader"????? The Space Coast Uke Club is family friendly as well. Sorry you've had this experience with your uke club. Columbus is a decent sized city, start a "family friendly" club.....if you can find a place to meet. Likely others from the "adults only" club will join.
    I'm not sure if it's in the charter or not, but I don't want to nose in where we aren't welcome. And I'm fine with a group making rules, even if those rules don't work for me. I just choose not to participate. (Of course I'm grumbling quite a bit in my own head, but I'm trying not to let that bubble over).

    I would love to start a family friendly club, but I'm still pretty much a beginner! My husband is a beginner mandolin player too, so he's as shaky as me. I suppose I could lead the group on guitar, where I'm more comfortable, but that'd defeat the purpose! I want to play this dang uke! I need to find a stronger player, not necessarily on uke, and dupe them into leading the group!

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