• 25th Annual HomeDadCon

    Network event

    Online event

    Our friends at the National At-Home Dad Network (NAHDN) will be hosting their 25th annual convention this fall in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Dads Group is the host group, and City Dads Group is a returning sponsor.

    Registration and information about the event can be found at https://homedadcon.org/

    The hotel also has a special room rate for the weekend and can be booked at this link: http://group.embassysuites.com/HomeDadCon2021

    All attendees and speakers will be required to be fully vaccinated and must agree to the organization's COVID statement: https://homedadcon.org/homedadcon_covid_statement/

    HomeDadCon is a parenting convention with a focus on modern fatherhood and a well-deserved chance to recharge and connect with fathers from around the nation. The NAHDN brings expert speakers and presenters to help attendees become better at what they love: being a great dad. See the schedule and speaker list on the website. Expect a full weekend of parenting, family, and fatherhood-oriented scheduling.

    The NAHDN offers Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarships to fathers who wish to attend but are struggling to make it due to the overall costs. The application deadline is August 15th. To nominate yourself or someone you know for a Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship go to this page: http://athomedad.org/scholarships/

    The NAHDN is a registered 501(c)(3) whose mission statement is “To provide advocacy, community, education, and support for families where the fathers are primary caregivers for their children.” For more information about the NAHDN visit http://athomedad.org/ or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HomeDadNet

    FAQs

    “Is this event just teaching me how to change a diaper?”

    No, this event is Professional Development for Professional Dads. Education is a core principle of HomeDadCon, and the NAHDN takes that seriously. Expect information that represents modern fatherhood and addresses the challenges we face today. Please visit their website for the speaker announcements. Past HomeDadCon sessions have covered topics such as: relationships, finances, discipline, gender issues, communication, parenting styles, home safety, stress reduction, mental health, adoption, homeschooling, and many more. Along with some fun opportunities to learn parenting skills from other fathers.

    "I'm not really a 'stay-at-home dad' is this convention for me?"

    The programming is designed with dads who are regularly the primary caregiver of their child(ren) in mind. If that's you - even part-time, and regardless of marital or employment status - then yes, this is definitely for you. Even if you don’t consider yourself a full-time at-home dad, you are still welcome, and much of the programming is appropriate for any involved, hands-on parent.

    "Can/should I bring my kids?"

    While some attendees bring their families to the HomeDadCon host city with them in order to enjoy some of the sights before or after the convention, HomeDadCon itself is generally not for children, and cannot provide child care. In addition, many attendees feel that some of their favorite aspects of HomeDadCon are the times spent with the brotherhood of fatherhood, so bringing your family could mean less time to just relax with your fellow fathers.

    “Is there anything to do in Cincinnati?”

    There is a wonderful riverwalk along the Ohio River, The National Underground Railroad Museum, multiple breweries, and restaurants.

    The Convention Committee has scheduled several fun events outside of convention programming for dads to interact and socialize. Free events like a photo walking tour of Downtown Cincinnati and Over The Rhine, and touring The National Air Force Museum, and low-cost events like watching the professional soccer team FC Cincinnati take on Orlando City, are already planned. More events will be announced soon.

  • Celebrate fatherhood on Fathers Eve!

    Network event

    Online event

    Fathers Eve has become one of our favorite events of the year, and this year is no exception with both live events and virtual events to celebrate fatherhood EVERYWHERE on the night before Fathers Day.

    Several of our City Dads Group are hosting live events (check your Meetup calendar), but if you can't make it to one of those, join the virtual toast to fatherhood on Facebook live (link below).

    More details about Fathers Eve on our blog: https://citydadsgroup.com/blog/fathers-eve-2021-to-return-to-in-person-events-but-keep-live-stream/

    Or the Fathers Eve website: https://fatherseve.com/

  • Virtual Discussion: Reinventing Masculinity by Reinventing Fatherhood

    Network event

    Thanks to our friends at ThirdPath Institute for organizing this awesome pre Fathers Day virtual panel discussion focused on the lessons learned from the last year as dads re-think our work and family lives.

    Our very own Sean Leacy (Puget Sound Dads Group Co-Organizer) will be joined by dads from the National At-Home Dad Network and Fathering Together, as well as "Reinventing Masculinity" author, Ed Frauenheim.

  • Fathers Eve® 2019: live recording of "The Dad Time Out Show"

    Fathers Eve is a new way to connect with other Dads while doing some good in the local community. Join us for a night of good company.
    A Guys Night Out!

    Join us for our FIRST Event in the Alameda area!
    Gathering at PHOENIX.

    We will be serving beverages, have sport-centric raffle prizes,
    a guest speaker, and a live recording of "The Dad Time Out Show." (@dadtimeoutshow.)

    Doors open at 2:30 pm, event is 3 to 5 pm .

    We will be fundraising for worthy local charity, ALL TIED UP, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) committed to the education and support of male youth.

    JOIN US online for the 8 pm new-years-like #Fatherseve countdown and toast Celebrating Fatherhood!

  • Exclusive: FREE (PM) "Dino Days" Preview Party at the Cal Academy Of Sciences

    California Academy of Sciences

    Moving, roaring, life-sized dinosaurs are taking over the Academy's East Garden and to celebrate, the Academy is hosting an invite-only party, and you, friend, are on the list!

    Our party lasts about an hour but you are welcome to stay and enjoy the California Academy of Arts for FREE for the ENTIRE DAY!

    The world-renowned California Academy of Arts has extended an invitation to 10 SF Dads Group families (5 families per time slot, 1 family = 2 adults + children) to a special preview of the California Academy of Science's new Dino Days exhibit on Wednesday, March 20th!

    Bring the whole family and wander among animatronic dinosaurs! Young paleontologists-in-training can catch a dino puppet show, touch real fossils, munch on dino-themed treats, and dig away in a "fossil pit.

    How cool is THAT?!

    Note: This Meetup is for the 3:30 PM time slot (click here for the AM slot: https://www.meetup.com/SanFranciscoDadsGroup/events/259689465/.) Only RSVP if you're sure you can make it as tickets are limited. More instruction upon reserving your spot. We hope to see you there.

    Click here for more info: https://calacademy.org/exhibits/dino-days

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  • Exclusive: FREE (AM) "Dino Days" Preview Party at the Cal Academy Of Sciences

    California Academy of Sciences

    Moving, roaring, life-sized dinosaurs are taking over the Academy's East Garden and to celebrate, the Academy is hosting an invite-only party, and you, friend, are on the list!

    Our party lasts about an hour but you are welcome to stay and enjoy the California Academy of Arts for FREE for the ENTIRE DAY!

    The world-renowned California Academy of Arts has extended an invitation to 10 SF Dads Group families (5 families per time slot, 1 family = 2 adults + children) to a special preview of the California Academy of Science's new Dino Days exhibit on Wednesday, March 20th!

    Bring the whole family and wander among animatronic dinosaurs! Young paleontologists-in-training can catch a dino puppet show, touch real fossils, munch on dino-themed treats, and dig away in a "fossil pit.

    How cool is THAT?!

    Note: This Meetup is for the 9:30 AM time slot (click here for the PM slot: https://www.meetup.com/SanFranciscoDadsGroup/events/259689496/.) Only RSVP if you're sure you can make it as tickets are limited. More instruction upon reserving your spot. We hope to see you there.

    Click here for more info: https://calacademy.org/exhibits/dino-days

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  • FREE Haircuts for dads + kids at Dove Men+Care #HolidayShear Barbershop Takeover

    Our longtime partner Dove Men+Care is doing something fun this holiday season and they have invited members of our group and their kids to join!

    Dove Men+Care is helping spread #HolidayShear by giving the gift of FREE WASHES AND HAIRCUTS to dads and their children. While you wait for a wash and haircut, Dove Men+Care created engaging activity cards to encourage bonding through drawing, playing, and conversation. These activities include never-before-seen “Draw Dad’s Do” and “What’s the Buzz?”, as well as fan-favorites like tic tac toe, fill in the blank and connect the dots. There will also be photo opportunities for each to show off their new holiday haircuts.

    Members of our City Dads Group are invited as special guests between 9 AM and 11 AM, but cuts and activities will be available until 5 PM, so feel free to drop by later in the day if it is more convenient.

    --> If you’re able to make it, please share your photos and special bonding moments on your social media channels. Don’t forget to use #HolidayShear #CityDads and @DoveMenCare

    --> Visit www.dovemencare.com for more information on Dove Men+Care shampoo and styling products.

    DISCLOSURE: This #holidayshear event is sponsored by Dove Men+Care

  • Alex's Lemonade Stand at CuriOdyssey! Help us fight pediatric cancer.

    Guys! We are holding our 1st annual benefit to beat pediatric cancer June 2nd at CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point (https://curiodyssey.org/). We have free passes, for group members and their families who volunteer with us, to experience the best science and wildlife center in the area!

    We need help making and selling lemonade, and telling customers what Alex's Lemonade Stand is. Please bring the kids to work a shift and enjoy some time in the Bay Area's premier science and wildlife center. Each donation received for a cup of lemonade fights childhood cancer: it's an easy sell! You don't need to be there the whole time, but come hang out for an hour, and show the kids that volunteering can taste great.

    We will have snacks and refreshments sponsored by Plum Organics, and all proceeds go to the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF so far has raised over $150 million dollars for cancer research at over 135 institutions. Find out more by visiting https://www.alexslemonade.org/

    If you cannot attend in person, but would still like to help, please donate on behalf of San Francisco Dads Group at the following link: https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1453345
    Just click "Select team member" and pick San Francisco Dads Group on the list. All of our cities are hosting stands, and you are joining our nationwide team by helping a great organization.

    This year Plum Organics is bringing their food and flavors to our stand. Plum is a Public Benefit Corporation, and we've teamed up with them before to address food security. This time, Plum listened to the work City Dads Group does with ALSF to fight childhood cancer, and they said "How can we help?" Find out more about their organic food and snack lineup for children at https://www.plumorganics.com/

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  • Wednesday Playdate at Mike's House!

    Mike's House

    Come on over friends and neighbors. We've got a small, smoke-free home with small dogs that are great with kids. Toys, books, crafts, games, a small backyard for tee ball or soccer. There's a playground just around the corner if we decide to make the trek. We'll have healthy organic snacks from group sponsor Plum Organics. We can order pizza, make lemonade, you name it! Feel free to reach out with any questions. We will gauge interest and possibly make this a weekly event. Tell all of your dad-friends!

    As always, follow SF Dads Group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SanFranciscoDadsGroup/), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/sfdadsgroup/), and Twitter (https://twitter.com/SFDadsGroup). Help us spread the word!

    Sign up for Club Plum for coupons, discounts, and parenting tips:

    http://www.plumorganics.com/clubplum

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  • Alphabet Rockers LIVE @OMCA Block Party (Family-friendly hip-hop & food trucks!)

    Join us this Friday for fan favorites Alphabet Rockers at the kickoff to OMCA's Summer Block Party Series. Hip hop for kids, food trucks, and a festive atmosphere!

    5–5:30 pm: Resident DJ
    10th Street Amphitheater
    Bay Area's own DJ Wonway Posibul of Alphabet Rockers spinning hits.

    5:30–6:30: Music
    10th Street Amphitheater
    Live music by Alphabet Rockers.

    The Summer Season of Friday Nights @ OMCA means the gardens are open for picnics, live music outside is back, gallery hours are open until 10 pm, and the Off the Grid food truck market expands onto Oak Street. Come celebrate the summer with our Friday Nights @ OMCA Block Party, taking place every first and third Fridays of the month now through July and on August 10. Get down to new themes each month featuring performances and activities in celebration of our special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom, on view through August 12. Tonight's theme is education and civic engagement.

    Late Night Gallery Hours
    5–10 pm: Galleries Open Late
    General admission is half-off for adults and free for ages 18 and under during Friday Nights @ OMCA. There is an additional $4 charge for special exhibition RESPECT. Advance online tickets are available; choose your date and desired hour of entry.
    » Buy online at tickets.museumca.org/e-commerce/

    What's on view?
    New! RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom on Level 2.
    Take Root: Oakland Grows Food on Level 1.
    Gallery of California Natural Sciences on Level 1.
    Gallery of California History on Level 2.
    Gallery of California Art on Level 3.

    4–9 pm: Community Resource Fair
    Level 1
    Learn about and meet community organizations, including Beats Rhymes and Life, Youth UpRising, Restoring Our Communities – Laney, Acta Non Verba, Oakland Public Library, Hack the Hood, and Youth Speaks.

    6–8 pm: Music
    Oak Street Plaza
    Live beat-making and MCs with Lofiction Records.

    6–8 pm: Plug ‘n’ Play
    Great Hall, Level 2
    Every Friday during Friday Nights @ OMCA, a rotating list of guest DJs take over the Hip-Hop Dojo inside RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom to demonstrate live sets. Included with special exhibition Museum admission.

    6:30–7:30: Hip-Hop Trivia
    Great Hall, Level 2
    Think you know Hip-Hop? Test and expand your knowledge of the culture every third Friday in the Hip-Hop Dojo inside special exhibition RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom during Friday Nights @ OMCA. Included with special exhibition Museum admission.

    Family Activities
    5–9 pm: Dominoes Tables
    10th Street
    Join open community games or learn how to play dominoes hosted by the Global Domino Program (UPLFTRS.)

    5–8 pm: Family-Friendly Drop-In Activity
    California Room
    Make a paper boombox inspired by RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom.

    Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.