You crave the neighborhood cafe’s leisurely vibe, expertly pulled espresso, and friendly chatter. Too bad the other patrons tense up whenever they see your companion (the one who likes to throw straws).
Scratch your itch for communal relaxation at Seesaw. Opening this week in Hayes Valley, the new lounge and play studio meets the needs of ostracized parents the city over.
The cozy, modern, Wi-Fi-enabled spot is slated to feature all the ingredients of a genuine coffee break: drinks and snacks, a well-stocked playroom alongside the communal table (keep an eye on your little one while you sip), outdoor stroller parking, and a developmental toy and book boutique curated by owner Sabrina Gabel (who is also a child psychologist).
Seesaw will also offer an unusual lineup of workshops designed to celebrate every kid’s inner nerd. The starting roster includes friendship skills, rock ’n’ roll songwriting, art, netiquette classes for tweens, story time, and bike safety. Workshops for parents are in the works. In the meantime, sit back and relax.
Seesaw, 600a Octavia Street, between Grove and Birch Streets (415-861-4595 or seesawsf.com). Grand opening party, Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Art: Courtesy of Seesaw
What: The Potrero Hill organic baby and kids’ clothing design studio opens a flagship store in the Mission.
Why: Check out the goods in person.
When: Tues., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Grand opening party, Sept. 8, 4-7 p.m.
Where: 1415 Valencia St., b/t 25th & 26th Sts. (415-552-5808).
ODC School’s Family Day
What: An afternoon of free sample classes for wee wigglers and parents (including Little Bears, Pilates, and Aerial) at the Mission dance mecca.
Why: Help her find her beat.
When: Sun., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Where: ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell St., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. (415-863-9830).
Buddy Club Show: Robert Strong
What: Picnic in the arboretum while magician and funnyman Robert Strong dazzles.
Why: You’ll LOL.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-noon.
Where: The San Francisco Botanical Garden, 9th Ave., at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park (415-661-1316 ext. 456). $5/person; $10/family.