About No Kidding! Baltimore Here's more about who we are and what we do for fun.
What Happened to all My Friends? Did you wake up one day and wonder, "What happened to all my friends? We used to go out all the time." What happened was that they had children, and became involved in their new lives as parents. For them, parenthood is a wonderful lifestyle, and one that they have chosen to live. For them, it is the right choice.
What about those that are not parents? There are a growing number of couples and singles that do not have children because of choice or circumstance. These individuals can be spontaneous, and they have the time, money and energy to take part in many social activities. But there has always been one problem - who do you share these experiences with when all your friends are parents?
A handful of couples in Bel Air, MD encountered this very problem. Their solution was to co-found the Baltimore Chapter of No Kidding! in May 1999. No Kidding! is an all-volunteer, non-profit social club for couples and singles who, for whatever reason, are not parents. Since its inception in 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, chapters have formed in many cities in Canada and the USA. Membership is open to anyone who has never parented.
"We wanted to provide an opportunity for people in our same situation to share their experiences with new friends, and not feel alienated because of their decision to not parent," stated one co-founder of the Baltimore Chapter.
Baltimore No Kidding! has sponsored many activities, including: monthly dinners around town, snow tubing, movie nights, game nights, Orioles games, fairs, festivals and concerts, dinners in Little Italy, wine tasting festivals, skydiving and craft fairs. Recently, the group has taken trips to art museums, traveled to Gettysburg National Monument, and gathered in members' homes for evening socials.
"In the past, we had a hard time scheduling activities with our friends that are parents. Now we have friends to call anytime and share experiences with together. This has been one of our greatest discoveries since moving to Maryland," state Steve and Lynn Pomponi, a child-free couple from Abingdon, MD and co-founders of the chapter.
If you're interested in making some new childfree friends, you can receive membership information by going to our "Contact Us" page. Check out our events page for an up-to-date listing of the Baltimore chapter's activities.