Sometimes you have an idea that you don’t want to profit from financially, you just want the product or service to exist to make your life easier. I swear I invented HopStop when I was working in New York City and the subway system confused me. Or maybe it already existed, and a friend told me about it after I explained my brilliant concept. The details aren’t important. What is important is that is that since I became a stay-at-home dad five years ago, playgrounds have been my go-to activity during the summer. I’ve seen a lot of jungle gyms, slides and swings, but none that are perfect. … [Read more...]
I just spent part of tonight beating my 7-year-old daughter at Chutes and Ladders. OK, it was only one game, but it was hard fought and I pulled it out at the end. It might sound like I enjoyed it, but c’mon, it’s Chutes and Ladders: no adult ever really enjoys that game. But I did care who won and who lost. In fact, whenever my wife and I play board games, sports, card games or hopscotch with our kids, we don’t let them win. We never have. Yes, I know, we are terrible parents, right? Listen, we don’t pull out every trick in the book or use grand master strategy to destroy them. I … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: We explore the Exploratorium with our San Francisco Dads Group co-organizer Andy Chen as our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" rides into the sunset. The SF Dads Group had a meetup recently at one of the coolest venues in our city by the bay - The Exploratorium. What makes this museum so cool is the sheer number of interactive exhibits and activities (600+) that are sure to capture the attention of both dads and kids, preschool and up. Some of the exhibits are purely for fun but many are also educational. Here's some info from its … [Read more...]
Editor’s Note: Boston Common is anything but common - a huge public park in the middle of a great New England city. Come up north with us on the final day of our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities.” Mistakenly called the Commons or the Boston Commons by this dad and other natives to the region, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country and a refuge for families, nature lovers and nearby office workers. For my family it has provided guaranteed quality time for our small but growing brood time and time again. Nearly 50 acres in size, Boston Common lays out … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Who loves the Atlanta children’s museum more than us? Our kids, of course. Our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities" heads south.
One of the favorite places the boys and I like to visit is The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Granted it seems like a no-brainer that a place with such a title would be one of our favorites, but they were slow to warm up to it. Now that they are 2 and 4 they love it because every exhibit has some sort of hands-on component.
It varies as … [Read more...]