As parents we experience situations that can be tough and inconvenient. We typically grin and bear it, making the most out of the resources we have, but we often daydream about simple inventions that could make our lives much easier.
Our Parenthoods community has come up with a few winners that we had to highlight. So get those Kickstarter campaigns ready and let’s make these dreams into a reality!
1) Drive Thru Everything – You know those times where babe falls asleep in the car and you can either risk a transfer to the house or sit in the car for an hour while they finish their nap. And since many of us choose the latter, how many times did you wish there was a way to get a coffee or get some grocery shopping in? Well, fellow Hooder Katie H says her parent invention would be a one stop drive thru shop. With everything from household goods to your favorite treat. They will have you covered.
2) Dad Pants – What are Dad Pants you ask? They are underwear with pockets of course. Let us paint you a picture. You’ve been spit-up on countless times, all your clothes are dirty or in the wash. Plus you haven’t left the house in days, so underwear is all you’re sporting at the moment. But where do you put your phone? Or the most recent burp cloth? In your Dad Pants pocket!
3) Baby Mani / Pedi Spa & Bar – This is exactly how it sounds. We know you’ve all been there, struggling to get the kid to sit still while you trim one nail every 5 mins. Take the lame out of these weekly trimmings and bring the baby to fellow Hooder, TK’s, Mani/Pedi Spa & Bar. Babe gets their nails cut while mom and dad enjoy a drink.
Sunday, September 28th from 10am to 5pm, visit the Cole Valley Fair. One of SF’s most kid friendly neighborhoods will have live music, a bouncy house, balloon artist, face painting and some treats for the parents as well.
This family friendly art and music festival can’t be missed. Held this Sunday, September 28th from 11am to 4pm, the streets are being shut down so you can bring your bikes, skates, or strollers while checking out the different activities, vendors and food booths.
Just when you thought you had your pick of family festivals, enter the Marina Family Festival. Also this Sunday from 11am to 4pm, the Marina Green will be filled with a ton of family activities.
Head over to Treasure Island for the boat racing or just for Dragon Land – a children’s activity pavilion filled with so many cool things you won’t need to go anywhere else. The fun lasts all weekend from 10am to 5pm.
Throw the babe in some lederhosen and grab your stein, Oktoberfest is here! Held at Pier 48, children are welcome to this event on both Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st. $25 for adults and $5 for children.
Parents can go for the art and wine, and kids can go for the Kid Zone stage and activities. That’s right, they get their own stage full of kid-centric entertainment! Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st from 10am to 5pm in Lafayette. Admission is free. Kid Zone activities range from $1 – $5 each.
Fellow Hooder, Tymeflyr, has invited us over to her home in Twin Peaks. Come for coffee, tea, company and to swap your goods! Kids of all ages are welcome. Visit the events section in Parenthoods for more details.
photo by David Yu
People are digging Parenthoods, and so are a few noteworthy sites. See what Kimono Labs, Brit+Co, and Mama’s Guide have to say about us.
Are parents the next big thing in tech? Kimono Labs seems to think so. They took a look at YCombinator’s investment trends and their ability to spot winning companies, which is outlined in their current portfolio valued over $30b, and saw Millennial Parents being a lucrative customer segment.
Parenthoods was named one of five apps that you must download. In the same company with Hanks Writer, Brit+Co highlighted Parenthoods anonymity function and names us as a place to get “worthy, real life advice.”
Local Blogger, Lesly Simmons of Mama’s Guide, known for her expertise on exploring the city with baby, joined the Parenthoods community and wrote about us! She said:
“I enjoy the idea of having a space separate from the other social networks like Facebook and Twitter to talk JUST to other mamas and papas.”
This Sunday, September 14th, double the fun in the Western Addition with Sunday Streets and the Alamo Square Flea Market. The streets will be closed, with plenty of room for the kids to run around. Make your way through the neighborhood and visit all of the stops, including Mo’ Magic, Bubblegirl, and AcroSports. Then head to Alamo Square for some hidden treasures. Starting at 11am and ending at 4pm, your day will be be packed with goodness and goodies!
Uh oh – did someone say FREE chocolate!? Over 30 vendors donate sample size chocolate to help raise money for Project Open Hand. All weekend from 12pm to 5pm take part in this indulgence with wine pairings, chef demonstrations and chocolate school.
Ahoy! Head to Hyde Street Pier on September 13th from 9:30am to 5pm for traditional music from around the world. But what’s really cool is you can climb aboard historic vessels Balclutha and Eureka. Perfect for the little ones with a little pirate in them.
photo by Bryan
Join Parenthoods for a family date night! This Thursday, September 11th, starting at 4pm, we will be at the Park Chalet. Bring a blanket to sit on, toys for the kids, and some layers, just in case the fog rolls in. Come meet fellow ‘Hooders, and let the little ones run the lawn and climb the amazing trees while we grab a bite to eat and a few drinks.
photo by Alejandro De La Cruz
Saturday and Sunday, September 6th and 7th, visit Chinatown from 11am to 6pm for the Moon Festival. There will be several parades, colorful dragons, dance reviews and music – and it’s all free.
Head to Alameda this weekend for the Neptune Beach Celebration. All day, September 6th and 7th there will be games, rides, music, food and a lot more. The best part, it’s free!
Have a family date night this Friday, September 5th at the de Young. Fun drop-in workshops for the kids, music and an awesome water exhibit. $10 for adults and children under 12 are free.
This Friday we’re heading to the Richmond Recreation Center from 10:00am to 11:30am for playtime and baby karaoke. For those who have it in them, afterwards we’ll stroll over to Royal Ground Coffee so the parents can partake in their own playtime with a second infusion of much needed caffeine.
Feel free to join us at any time. Cost for Richmond Recreation Center is $7.50 per child. Babes under 1 are free!
August 30th to 31st, from 10am to 4pm, head to the Treasure Island Flea for good deals, food trucks and an awesome kids zone. All weekend there will be face painting, a bouncy house, bungee jump, a spider wall and petty zoo. $3 per person, 12 and under are free!
The San Francisco Zoo says farewell to summer with a Komodo Karnival. Lasting all weekend, enjoy the rides, games and prizes. Don’t forget to visit Big Daddy Bahasa, SF Zoo’s own Komodo dragon. Free with zoo entrance.
Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st, the San Francisco Mime Troupe is closing their summer run at Dolores Park. Starting at 1:30pm both days on 19th and Dolores, these amazing entertainers will help you celebrate Labor Day Weekend. Free with suggested donation.
Parenthoods, which launched on July 18th, has been the place for parents in San Francisco to connect, share a few laughs, and get advice in a supportive and welcoming environment. Now we’re helping our community take these relationships offline through our new events tab.
Going to the park or storytime at the library? Parents can now share an event, inviting other ‘Hooders to come along. (To share an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org for now; it will be in the app in a couple weeks.)
This is our next step towards being your go-to app for parenting questions, community and resources.
Come, get your parent on!