Raising Moms Up!


Be Refreshed.   Be Encouraged.   Be Equipped.

UBC desires to support and strengthen families in our community.

One of the ways it fulfills this goal is through Raising Moms Up.

“In study after study that my organization has conducted on parenting or on early education, we arrive at similar findings: adults who continue to learn about children – about parenting them and teaching them – make the best parents and the best teachers.” — Ellen Galinsky, (Mind in the Making; The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, 2010, p. 247.)

Raising Moms Up!

On Wednesdays from 10:00-12:00, moms from West L.A. gather together to be refreshed, encouraged, and equipped. Raising Moms Up is like a parenting class with friends.

We fellowship, eat yummy food, relax, and learn from professional parenting programs on how to raise our children the best we can. We discuss everything under the sun and have a fabulous time doing so!

Refreshment would be impossible with our little ones all around, so we offer childcare! We love and adore them, but we need a break too!

If we don’t take care of ourselves from time to time, we won’t have any resources left to give our children!


Babies up to 12 months play in the Lambs room, a very special place for babies to snuggle, learn, and explore. The Toddler Class begins with playing outside and then moves on to snack, story time, and singing time, and ends with 30 minutes in the Lambs room. The Preschooler Class begins with open play, and then moves on to singing, story time, snack, and ends with 30 minutes of playing outside. The church offers great childcare rooms, and amazing childcare volunteers. They genuinely love our children and do an excellent job caring for them and playing with them. Moms also have the option of bringing their babies with them to the meetings.

We also host an optional “picnic with the kids” every week until 1:00. We bring our own lunches, the kids eat and play, and the moms get to talk more!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed as a mom, so it’s really important for moms to have support, encouragement, friendships, parenting instruction, and some adult time without our kids around!

This is a very rewarding time of fellowship, learning, support, and refreshingly yummy food!

Come enjoy uninterrupted conversation (!), and learn from professional parenting programs and fellow moms.

Moms of all ages (of children of all ages) are welcome to join.

Free parking passes available every week.

Once you turn onto Malcom from Wishire, stop in front of the church and a parking attendant will bring you a parking pass.

Come visit us!

Click here to email us for more information about Raising Moms Up!

Moms Group: Registration, Calendar, Topics & Resources


Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Fall Session: September 21 – November 16

Spring Session: January 18 – May 24

No RSVP necessary. Just show up and join us!
Suggested Donation (covers all meetings for Fall and Spring sessions): $20
Suggested Donation for Childcare (covers all meetings for Fall and Spring sessions): $25 flat rate per family

Mom’s Group Schedule 2016-2017


  • 9/21 Welcome and Informational Meeting
  • 9/28 “School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten” Video and Discussion
  • 10/5 “Most Likely to Succeed” Screening
  • 10/12 “Most Likely to Succeed” Discussion
  • 10/19 IQ: Info and Options
  • 10/26 Guest Speaker: Heather Bunn, English Professor, Pepperdine University
  • 11/2 Guest Speaker: Melissa Robert, “Classical Conversations”
  • 11/9 “Success: How Do You Define It?”
  • 11/16 Semi-Annual Kids Items Swap, Closing Meeting for Fall


  • 1/18 Welcome and Informational Meeting
  • 1/25 “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Chapter 1
  • 2/1 “Boundaries” Chapters 2 – 3
  • 2/8 “Boundaries” Chapters 4 – 5
  • 2/15 “Boundaries” Chapters 6 – 7
  • 2/22 “Boundaries” Chapters 8 – 9
  • 3/1 “Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Chapter 1
  • 3/8 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 2
  • 3/15 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 3
  • 3/22 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 4
  • 3/29 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 5
  • 4/5 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 6
  • 4/12 Spring Break
  • 4/19 Spring Break
  • 4/26 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 7
  • 5/3 “Boundaries with Kids” Chapter 8
  • 5/10 Mother’s Day Meeting!
  • 5/17 Guest Speaker
  • 5/24 Semi-Annual Kids Items Swap, Closing Meeting

Suggested Donation (covers all meetings for Fall and Spring sessions): $20
Suggested Donation for Childcare (covers all meetings for Fall and Spring sessions): $25 flat rate per family

Moms Group: Past Topics

Fall Session 2011

“Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives” by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Spring Session 2012

“The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, and “Discovering Your Heart with the Flag Page: A Simple and Powerful Way to Truly Understand Yourself and Others” by Mark Gungor

Fall Session 2012

Hodgepodge Topics

  • In-Laws
  • Grandparents
  • Social Media and Children
  • Child Safety in Public Places
  • Reading
  • Benefits & Challenges of Kids in Sports

Spring Session 2013

Gender Differences Series

“The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

“Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men” by Dr. James Dobson

“Tale of Two Brains” by Mark Gungor (DVD)

“Why Gender Matters: What Parents and Teachers Need to Know about the Emerging Science of Sex Differences” by Leonard Sax

“The Trouble with Boys; A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do” by Peg Tyre

“Raising Boys: Why Boys are Different – and How to Help Them Become Happy and Well-Balanced Men” by Steve Biddulph

“Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls” by Mary Pipher

Fall Session 2013

“The Five Love Languages of Children” by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Spring Session 2014

“Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman

Fall Session 2014

“ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool” by Hal Edward Runkel, and

“How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen and How to Listen so Your Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Spring Session 2015

“Discovering Your Heart with the Flag Page: A Simple and Powerful Way to Truly Understand Yourself and Others” by Mark Gungor

Fall Session 2015

“No Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, and begin “Mind in the Making”…

Spring Session 2016

“Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs” by Ellen Galinsky


My lifeline! – J.C.

Moms Group has been nothing short of a miracle for me. To be able to have adult conversations with other moms experiencing the same things, and to feel comfortable knowing that my child is being well cared for and enjoying spending time with her little friends. Rebecca provides a fun, refreshing, and honest approach and atmosphere to the joys and difficulties of raising children. – Rosanne Fisch

An awesome place to come for a cup of coffee, some love, and a break from the world’s toughest job. – Linda

I’m a first time mom from China. When I first came to Raising Moms Up, my son was 10 months old and my husband and I were struggling with our transition into parenthood and barely realizing it!  Separation was a big issue for our family and the loving childcare volunteers were open, patient, understanding and helpful. Now we’re planning on having a second child and being a part of this wonderful group has definitely better equipped me than reading parenting books on my own!

Not being a Christian, I had my doubts before coming here – but I’m so glad that I gave it a try. There’s so much support from this diverse and vibrant group and moms, and I always leave our meetings feeling relaxed, informed and encouraged!  Coming to group has since become something to look forward to every week. Love Moms group!  — Pan Jiang

My kids are thankful I found this group. – Jonna

It’s such a great opportunity to meet other moms – and my daughter loves it too!

Moms Group is a wonderful place to share the journey of parenthood – the highs, the lows, and everything in between. – R.H.

A vibrant hub where learning takes place both formally (through the presentation and discussion of books) as well as informally (sharing real-life experiences).

This group is special for me. They give me many information and so much energy to me. We don’t have this kind of group in Japan. So, I really enjoy and love this group. – Ai

I love learning how to be a better mom, a conscious mom, one who’s better trained to deal with the highs and lows of parenting. The community of dedicated moms are caring, and together we learn from one another and help support each other. Also, I really appreciate that this group is designed to help families, regardless of financial ability. The offer babysitting which allows moms a bit of time to learn and grow, while the little ones are well cared for, loved, and get to play. A generous program, community, and resource! – B.J.

An excellent resource for mothers from around the world, with or without their own support network.

UBC’s Moms Group has been such a great resource for parenting advice and finding great moms to build your tribe. Being able to have a couple hours to unwind while your child is taken care of by a wonderful set of volunteers that love and care for your children like they’re their own, is so comforting and allows you to really enjoy your time during the meeting. – Aya Q.


Brooks Family Games

(an ever expanding list!)

Attempted to list them in age progression, even within the two categories.

Definitely check out www.mindware.com! Games are a great way to spend quality time with your kids, all while increasing their IQ! http://www.nurtureshock.com/IQLeaps.pdf

Young Kids

  • Matching Games (for younger kids, place face up instead of face down)
  • Hullabaloo
  • Candyland
  • Uno
  • Blink
  • Spot It
  • Pattern Play (Color By Design, 3D, and Revolution)
  • Lady Bug Game
  • Hedbanz
  • Sherlock
  • Sorry
  • Guesstures
  • Jenga

Ages 5 & up

  • Connect Four
  • Labyrinth Game
  • Blokus
  • Simon (can also play with younger kids who know the four colors: you state the color and they touch the color you name each time – excellent listening game)
  • Pictionary (for kids)
  • Telestrations
  • The Flag Page Game
  • Parcheesi*
  • Rush Hour
  • Cross-Eyed
  • Set
  • Speedy Recall
  • Scrambled States of America
  • Battleship
  • Mancala
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Sequence
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Phase 10
  • Monopoly
  • Clue
  • Stratego
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Perplexus (or similar Marble Puzzle Balls)
  • Catchphrase
  • Chess
  • Q-Bitz (this is one of the exact game used in IQ tests for kids)
  • Gravity Maze
  • IQ Fit
  • On the Dot
  • Cool Circuits
  • Flexi Puzzle
  • Morphology
  • Cribbage
  • Speed Scrabble, Bananagrams, or Pick Two (all basically same game)
  • Scattergories
  • Taboo
  • Mastermind
  • Risk
  • Relationality: The Amazingly Real-to-Life Game about Relationships (age 13 and up)

*We made Parcheesi more fun by giving each animal its own special powers: Elephants can go through blockades; Camels can move 1 or 2 extra spaces per turn; Tigers can attack on safe spots; Water Buffalos can defend themselves by rolling a 4-6.)

Although puzzles aren’t games, we want to include puzzles on this list. We almost always have a jigsaw puzzle on the table to work on as desired. There are tons of puzzles available for younger kids too. Kids love puzzles that are at their ability level.

And a note about toys:

Rather than toys that do things all by themselves (for instance, a Buzz Lightyear toy that makes tons of noise all on its own), consider toys that are creative and manipulative (can constantly be changed) such as a Marble Run, Legos (preferably a large container of them rather than the set kits), and the plastic Thomas the Train tracks.

Our kids also LOVE having a few Jenga games worth of the wooden blocks. Rather than playing the game, they use them to build “Angry Bird” forts and then slingshot their tiny Angry Birds at the sets. Constant building and demolition. They LOVE this.

Kids don’t need tons of toys, but they will benefit immensely from creative, manipulative toys. These toys last and last. Let them build, experiment, etc.

Also, instead of letting grandparents buy whatever toys they want to buy your kids, consider suggesting items instead. For instance, the Thomas the Train tracks are not cheap, so you can gradually build your collection this way. Ask for books and specific games too.

L.A. Outings

Some L.A. Family Outings

(not an exhaustive list!)

All Day/No-Nap Day Activities

  • L.A. Zoo
  • L.A. Natural History Museum (W-Sun = Dinosaur Encounters)
  • CA Science Center
  • L.A. Arboretum (third Tuesday of every month is free)
  • Huntington Gardens (free 1st Tuesday of every month –reserve tickets in advance)
  • Kidspace (Pasadena)
  • Underwood Family Farms
  • Whale watching tours (Redondo Beach, Marina Del Rey)
  • Gene Autry Museum (for field trip when older to learn about old west, frontier)
  • Long Beach Aquarium
  • LA County Fair (OC Fair & others too)
  • Adventure City (Anaheim)
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • Knotts Soak City Water Park (so much fun for all ages of kids, even babies!)

Half Day Outings

  • Noah’s Ark (Skirball) (may opt to skip intro story if desired, not Biblical version!)
  • La Brea Tar Pits (can visit outside without paying fee for museum)
  • LACMA – Metropolis working on Fridays, Sat, Suns. Have a free sign-up for kids which gets kids and 1 parent/kid in free for life. Street-Lights Exhibit.
  • Ballona Wetlands (marsh off Jefferson & Lincoln – park on Jefferson)
  • Historical Fire Station in Hollywood – Saturdays 10-4
  • Getty Museum (monorail, summer Saturday night children’s concerts)
  • Zimmer Museum (grandparents free on Thursdays) Closed Mondays and Saturdays
  • Santa Monica Airport – start at playground then have picnic lunch upstairs on deck, can hear pilots talking with control tower while watching plans land & take off
  • Summer: Marina Del Rey water taxi rides w/Burton Chase park (bikes & scooters)
  • Subway ride (from Hollywood to Universal City Walk – have lunch & play in fountains)
  • Bus to Westwood Village: UCLA & Diddy Reese
  • The Grove – trolley, fountains, Thursdays 11-1 children’s music show
  • Griffith Park – trains and horse rides (bring picnic at sunset – see view at day & night)
  • Vasquez Rocks
  • Peterson’s Auto Museum
  • June (Saturday): Waste Management Open House (garbage truck extravaganza!!!)
  • Scooters Jungle (El Segundo)
  • Cabrillo/San Pedro: Marine Aquarium– all free (parking free weekdays, Nov-Feb)
  • Marine Mammal Care Center, San Pedro – rescues sea lions, etc. (short visit)
  • San Pedro Tide Pools (late fall and winter

Short Outings

  • In-N-Out by LAX to watch airplanes
  • Hit golf balls at driving range
  • Tennis courts
  • Winter: ice skating in Santa Monica
  • Putt-putt golfing
  • Trash for Teaching in Gardena (Sundays, 1:30-4:30)
  • UCLA Bruins Baseball games (Feb – May)


  • Tongva Park – 1615 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica
  • Glenn Alla park (Marina Del Rey) – fun playground, fully fenced in playground
  • Virginia Park (SM) – fun playground and huge water fountains to play in
  • Burton Chace (Marina Del Rey) scooters, biking & boat watching (waterbus in summer on Saturdays only)
  • Douglas Park (SM, Wilshire Blvd & 25th) w/ducks and fountains to play in
  • Aiden’s Place Park (Westwood) – sand, lots of great playground equipment
  • Mar Vista Park (fun playground, sand)
  • Playa Vista Park (kid biking, fun playground, soccer goals)
  • Stoner Park (fun playground, sand)
  • Culver City Park (Virginia & Cota, near Target) – sand and fun playground
  • Clover Park (SM) – kid biking and lots of running room, kids can watch airplanes
  • Holmby Park (nice & quiet)
  • Rustic Park (Will Rogers)
  • Annenberg Community Beach House (with pool & fountains, free Monday children’s activities )
  • Walk along bluffs in Santa Monica (and walking bridge over PCH)
  • 3rd Street (Santa Monica) fountains, etc.
  • Dolphins Room

  • Cheetahs Room

  • Koalas Room

  • Lambs Room (Nursery)

  • Kids Outdoor Play Area

  • Lambs Room (Nursery)