New life has sprung up in the American Southwest desert: The Phoenix Dads Group has been born.
The Phoenix Dads Group is being run by Christopher Craig and Gary Kaitlyn, who hope to provide a conduit for dads in and around Arizona’s capital city to talk about their experiences, learn from each other and — most of all — have fun with their kids.
“My hope for our group is that it can be a place for fathers of all kinds to gather and become a peer group that men can lean on in times of good or bad. We want the Phoenix Dads Group to provide fun activities for fathers and kids alike, and provide good opportunities for the kids to socialize and learn,” said Craig, a married father with two stepdaughters, ages 13 and 20.
Phoenix Dads Group on social media
Phoenix, Arizona’s most populous city with more than 1.6 million people, is one of the United States fastest growing metropolitan areas, according to U.S. Census figures. Roughly a third of the households in the metro area have children under the age of 18.
Craig is a business systems analyst, who does reporting for a large financial services company. In his spare time, he coaches and plays hockey. He also volunteers at a local Labrador retriever rescue center.
Kaitlyn, a father of two daughters, runs an independent travel agency and also contributes to the family travel blog, Life with Nerds
Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national as City Dads Group in 2014.