Editor’s Note: We will, we will, rock you. Literally. At Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia, our latest stop in our week-long celebration of “Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities.” The playground filled with laughter and activity that you just spent all day on is the size of six football fields. The slide you just went down is over a century in age and made of wood. Best of all, this place has been serving Philadelphia for more than a hundred years as the foremost resource for unstructured play in the city. We are talking about Smith Memorial Playground, a gem of a play … [Read more...]
Child car seat use and booster seat use raises many questions and cause many frustrations for parents. At what age can I turn the baby's seat forward? When can my child use a booster seat? How do I get this freakin' thing installed?! City Dads Group has your answers. Download a summary of child car seat / booster seat safety and use based on a workshop our NYC Dads Group held with Sarah "The Car Seat Whisperer" Tilton, child passenger safety advocate manager/technician instructor with stroller and car seat manufacturer Britax. This full-color document was created by NYC Dad and mom … [Read more...]
Editor's Note: Southern California is sand and surf to Trevor Mulligan. He highlights his favorite family thing to do for those surfing Los Angeles for fun in our week-long celebration of "Summer in Our City Dads Group Cities." If you happen to be vacationing in Southern California, there is plenty to do: Disneyland, film studio tours, one of the countless museums. But for one day, you should forget all of those touristy things and have a true native experience: Go to Venice Beach and do a little surfing. Surfing is my absolute favorite father-and-son activity, and I am not sure … [Read more...]
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...]
Every summer since I became a dad, I have taken advantage of Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express. For the price of $1 a person, you can sit inside an air-conditioned building. It doesn’t matter to me what movie is playing as long as I can soak in a few minutes of cool air on someone else’s electric bill. The Regal Cinemas, located throughout the United States, do a great job at making the experience easy on parents too. The sound isn’t as loud as normal and they keep the lights dim in some areas of the theater. If you’re expecting a nice quiet morning at the movies, you’d better stay home. … [Read more...]
The oldest child in our house is turning 8. This shouldn't seem like that big of a deal.
It’s still single digits. Our state and federal governments confer no additional privileges upon 8-year-olds. She won’t change schools. It should just be another number signifying that she’s still a decade away from moving out (i.e., not soon). Right?
Not to me.
In 1983 – the year I turned 8 – was huge. In a way, it was the beginning of my childhood.
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...]
Today in my house, we learned a lesson. If you don't want to clean that shit up, don't do that shit. We have a set of plastic bins from Target to help with cleaning up and organizing. Don't mean to brag. We have a set of colorful plastic bins from Target in which a lot of the kids' smaller toys are stored. Blocks, dolls, fake food and plates, old pay-as-you-go cell phones, poker chips, empty cigarette boxes, bottle caps, three-penny nails, mercury. You know. I heard the sound of thousands of tiny plastic pieces hitting a hardwood floor. "Are you dumping out the bins?" I asked … [Read more...]