Editor's Note: Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis is a local hot spot for year-round family fun, such as this recent cool and creamy event, we write about as our celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" continues. Indianapolis is obviously known for being the Racing Capital of the World for the annual Indy 500, and I'll get there, but let me start downtown. That's right, Downtown Indy is happening. There is something for here for every member of your family: restaurants, shops, food trucks, events. Recently, the kids and I took advantage of the Ice Cream Social on … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Denver. The Mile High City. Dinosaurs? Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads west as we get prehistoric on you. When you think of Denver, you think of mountains, craft beer, the Orange Crush, and altitude sickness. If you have kids, maybe you think of the myriad of things for families to do at 5,280 feet: the Children’s Museum of Denver, the Colorado Railroad Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science’s new Discovery Zone, The Denver Zoo, parks, splash parks, plenty of hiking trails … But dinosaurs!? Denver sits on a high plain … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y, kicks off a week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities." Each weekday, we'll highlight a family fun spot or activity in one or two of the 11 U.S. locations of City Dads Groups. As a boy growing up in Brooklyn, I always enjoyed trips to Coney Island. While the area has had its share of ups and downs and was recently hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, there is still something special about it. There's nothing like walking down a seaside boardwalk and seeing attractions like Deno's Wonder Wheel (built in 1920) or the Cyclone roller … [Read more...]
Tuesday was one of those days. My smile was a facade, it was there, but wasn't as wide, or bright, or authentic, as it usually is. At one point, my daughter even asked me why I wasn't goofing around as much as I usually do.
I was grumpy. I had a bad case of the grown-ups.
I'm not going to trouble you with the details, partially because I'm not sure what the particulars actually were, but I was stressed and fixated on things both in and out of my control. And at one point, I started getting stressed about … [Read more...]
For busy parents like us, it helps to have a toolbox we can take with us wherever we go. This is why I put together my "Lunchbox Dad Summer Survival Kit." All the products below can be thrown in a bag and taken wherever you go. I have personally tested them and found they have saved time, energy or just made my life easier. I have included links to find further info on the products and where to buy them. A Parent's Summer Survival Kit Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick. Have this book ready to cure those long days when the kids are complaining they're … [Read more...]