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Infant Swim Classes

Like many new parents, I wanted my new tiny human to be comfortable in water from an early age, and so I looked to enroll in parent participation infant swim classes.

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I’ve now taken three 8-week-long sessions of classes at UCSF Parnassus when my little one was an infant and then a young toddler. I’ve found that beyond just exposing him to water, the classes have the added benefits of songs and games. To me these classes seem like a good 2-for-1 combo of early water comfort and music class!

Below I provide more details on the options for infant swim classes in San Francisco.

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Playground Review: Elinor Friend Playground at San Francisco Zoo

Elinor Friend Playground

Sloat Blvd & Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94132

Pros:

  • Separate areas for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children
  • The toddler section is fenced in
  • Infant swings are available in both the toddler and preschool sections
  • Lots of fun themed climbing structures
  • Adults can play with their toddlers on the preschool section climber and on larger slides

Cons:

  • Even on sunny mornings the playground equipment can be very wet
  • A lot of the area is unshaded
  • Some small structures seem like they should have movement but don’t

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Weekend Activities for Young Toddlers

Once a tiny human turns 18 months old, there are a few additional classes that now become available to them. As a working parent, I am always looking for weekend classes that I can enjoy with my tiny human in order to broaden his horizons. I provide more detail on these 18+ month weekend activities below.

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Play Space Review: Play Haven

Play Haven

254 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116

I waited to visit Play Haven until I had a toddler who just started to walk, as the environment seems best suited to me for toddlers and preschoolers.

Pros:

  • Separate low-wall surrounded space for infants
  • Can see the whole space fairly easily
  • Large multi-activity art studio setup
  • Variety of age appropriate toys and activities

Cons:

  • Not as many climbing or gross motor based play structures
  • Day pass required for entry
  • Gets somewhat crowded on weekends due to birthday parties

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Family Outing: Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St.

Visiting the Exploratorium is a great outing for San Francisco families with kids of various ages. It doesn’t really have enough activities targeted at the smallest tiny humans to recommend it as a typical toddler outing, but if you are taking a group of kids, here are the best suggestions for what to do with a toddler while there.

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