I am annoyed that when my child was younger, I struggled to figure out where to take her to hang out and play without feeling like I was “bothering” the people around me. The recently opened Seesaw in Hayes Valley is a lovely little play studio and cafe where you can go and spend some time with your little ones in a comfortable, welcoming and cozy space.
Sip a cup of coffee and enjoy the free Wi-FI while your little ones play with toys, read books and make new friends. A great place to meet other parents without having to worry about your kids running off and getting into trouble (like you have to at a playground!). It’s free with a minimum $5 cafe purchase, or a $5 entrance fee per family. They also offer several free activities for the children like story time. it is not just any old story time – they have one coming up in Danish!
In addition, sign up for one of their unique classes or workshops ranging from sign-language for children, a PEER workshop that focuses on building friendships and interacting with peers and the regular music and art classes. Dr. Sabrina Gabel, who started Seesaw with her husband, is a licensed child psychologist and you can expect some thoughtful classes and workshops from her. She also used her child psychology background in designing the space, selecting the play props, games and books. In addition, the parent education and friendship skills coaching workshop is a highlight of Seesaw.
You can also drop the kids of on some Fridays from 5-8 pm and enjoy a date night around the corner at one of the many Hayes Valley restaurants. What a neat idea! Where was this place when I really needed them a few years ago?
Seesaw, 600a Octavia Street, between Grove and Birch Streets. They’re open –Tuesday to Friday, 9 to 6 & Sat. & Sun., 9 to 5