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On most days, The Treehouse, an improvisation studio located inside the Simpsonville Fine Arts Center, is bustling with the laughter of children and teens. But once a month, at 8:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month, the moms take over and enjoy a few laughs themselves. While there, they play improvisational games, have a glass of wine and just enjoy the company of other moms.

Mackensie Pelicano, owner of The Treehouse, said she started the Mom’s Takeover to offer moms a fun environment to make new friends and just relax for a little while.

“I was the one of the first in my family and friend group to have kids,” she said. “I wanted to connect with other moms, but found that that meeting other moms can be tricky out in the wild. It’s like dating all over again. You see someone out and think, ‘Hmm. Maybe we could be friends,’ but approaching them is really awkward.”

The takeover gives moms the opportunity to tell stories, talk and find out a little bit about each other and hopefully make some connections. The games are fun, but can also be very helpful.

“We have moms with kids of all different ages,” she said. “It is cool to hear the prospective of someone who has been through it and survived. You get to hear stories and advice without the added pressure that sometimes comes with familial advice.”

It is scheduled in the evenings after the kids go to bed, so that mom can leave the kids with a partner and come out. It’s a low pressure event, and Pelicano encourages moms to come dressed comfortably.

“Throw on some yoga pants and come out to relax,” she said.

The next Mom’s Takeover the Treehouse is Jan. 31. The cost for the evening is $15. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call 864-630-8446 or visit www.treehouseimprov.com.

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