Spotlight: San Francisco, CA

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Bump Club and Beyond has been on the road traveling across the country bringing our events coast to coast. We decided to bring you along with us by consulting a few “moms-in-the-know” in each city on the family friendly must-dos for residents (and visitors too). Welcome to one of our favorite cities…San Francisco!

 

Pam Ginocchio, Co-Founder, Project Nursery

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Best thing about raising a family in San Francisco: As a product of the suburbs, I really cherish that my kids are growing up as “city kids”. The mix of people and cultures in San Francisco is pretty vast and with so many opportunities to do and see, the hope is that we instill an appreciation for arts, culture and a dash of street smarts. It’s nice to get out of the city once and awhile and take it down a notch but ultimately, we always love coming home to our city life.

Must do family activity: Golden Gate Park! Take a ride on the old fashion carousel, picnic in the Japanese Tea Gardens, rent a paddle boat at Stowe Lake, check out the penguins at the Academy of Sciences or gaze at all the gorgeous flowers in the Conservatory of Flowers. There is endless amounts of fun for the whole family.

 

Suzanne Price, Owner, Sprout San Francisco

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Can’t live without gear: A good All Terrain or Jogging Stroller. I love my Bumbleride Indie Twin. With these crazy hills, you have to have something easy to push. For me, the walk home from the playground or farmer’s market is straight up hill.

Family friendly dining: My girls love Roam Artisan Burgers. They provide crayons for the kids and I know all of the meat is sustainably raised, which I am very picky about.

Best drivable getaway: We love the Point Reyes National Seashore. It’s only one hour from the city but it feels like a world away. We love to go hiking there, go to the beach, eat some local oysters, and stop by Marin Sun Farms for meat and Cowgirl Creamery for cheese on the way home.

 

Genevieve Custer Weeks, founding director, Tutu School 

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Family Friendly dining: We live in the Presidio – a former military base-turned-national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge  – and we’re spoiled rotten by Off the Grid’s Picnic at the Presidio that happens every Sunday for a huge chunk of the year. Tons of food trucks and amazing food vendors set up shop along the perimeter of a huge lawn that overlooks the bay, so you can stake out a spot with the kids and let them play in the grass while you enjoy amazing San Francisco food and scenery. And it’s a block from my house, so I like the commute.

Best thing about raising a family in San Francisco: San Francisco actually has a very tight-knit parenting community. We’re a smallish big city, really – especially in terms of geographic size – so it isn’t at all unusual to run into your friend’s kid out with their nanny at a playground on the other side of town, to have babies who were in the same infant playgroup later reconnect at the same preschool, or to find out that a long-time swim class buddy is now a kindergarten classmate. All of that interconnectedness just feels so lovely. I never expected that my city kids would have the benefit of growing up with such a village surrounding them.

 

Katie Taylor, stay at home mom

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Can’t live without gear: We have twins in our family, so we don’t leave home without our Beco baby carriers. The hills in San Francisco can be difficult to maneuver with a double stroller, so we love wearing the babies as an alternative to pushing the stroller up the hills. We have had some really fun adventures with the babies in our carriers including beautiful hikes through the Presidio.

Favorite date night spot: My husband and I love taking the ferry from Larkspur into San Francisco and exploring all of the shops and restaurants in the Ferry Building on Pier 1. We love stopping for Blue Bottle coffee (they have amazing iced lattes!) and then having dinner at Slanted Door. Its a great date night spot with delicious food. If possible, it’s also fun to do a daytime date there as well…it can be much easier to make a reservation there during the lunch time hours. The ferry building has lots of interesting shops, restaurants and it has an open air-farmers market feel, which is perfect for a romantic date night.