NOPA family fun!

The North Panhandle neighborhood is an incredible place for families, boasting several playgrounds within walking distance, family friendly shops and restaurants, great schools and pre-schools in the area, and an ever growing number of families with children who are looking to get involved and build community in the area.

Many parents get to know one another just by chatting in playgrounds, laundromats, coffee shops, and other daily life activities. But to strengthen those ties, NOPNA sponsors and/or facilitates many activities that bring families together to get to know one another and strengthen our ties as parents and build a warm and friendly community, and a sense of belonging for both parents and children. Below are NOPNA activities for Parents as well as ways new families can participate!

NOPNA Parents YAHOO Group: The Yahoo Group is a forum for neighborhood parents with children of all ages to communicate about all kinds of family related issues. Parents discuss everything from how to find a nanny share to reminders about upcoming events. The yahoo group is the main point of contact for the NOPNA parents group and is open to any family in the neighborhood. To sign up go online to the NOPNA yahoo group.

UPCOMING EVENT: Neighbothood Halloween Party

Generously hosted by Grove Street Neighbors and the North Panhandle Neighborhood Association (NOPNA)

What: Halloween Parade, Costume Contest, and Good Old Fashioned Trick or Treating for Children and Families!

Where: Grove street, between Baker and Central

When: 5:30p.m. - COSTUME CONTEST (*with prizes!*)

6:00p.m. - NEIGHBORHOOD PARADE followed by TRICK OR  TREATING

More notes ... THE GROVE STREET NEIGHBORS Put a lot into hosting this, please help everyone out by dropping off a BAG OF CANDY at the main tent!!

People willing to help set up or clean up are ALWAYS appreciated! Please contact jane.catherine@gmail.com if you are willing to pitch in!

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NoPa little ones is a playgroup specifically for families with children newborn to five years old. NoPa little ones is part of a Parent Action Grant funded by City of San Francisco’s First 5 initiative. This grant has given our group $3000 to fund monthly playgroups that are fun for the little ones and our parents. The money will help pay for food (and COFFEE) at our playgroups, printing costs for outreach, supplies such as bubbles, balloons, and sidewalk chalk, and facilitators for special activities like a baby/toddler yoga or dance session. It also funds snacks and even childcare for planning meetings.

The goal of NoPa little ones is to create a fun and easy way to parents and their kids to really get to know one another, talk, share ideas, and generally take advantage of the growing community of families and great opportunities in our amazing little neighborhood.

NoPa little ones meets on the SECOND  SUNDAY of every month from 10a.m. – Noon.

Check out these upcoming events for families.

Below is a  list of upcoming playgroups. Nopa Little Ones will send invitations through our Facebook Group and the NOPNA Parents Yahoo Group with more details closer to each event:

*As always, if you're interested in getting involved or helping out at playgroups, or if you have an idea for a playgroup theme or good ways for families to get together, email Jocelyn -jocelynherndon@earthlink.net

Regularly Occurring Activities:

The following activities happen for families and interested community member on a regular basis:

Neighborhood Cleanup, Second Saturdays of every month: Get your kids out in the fresh air, help instill a sense of community pride and get to know your neighbors all while making the place look squeaky clean. It’s a win-win situation! To Learn more, check out the Panhandle Park Stewards blog or contact organizer Dale Danley.

NoPa Little Ones playgroups - Second Sunday of Every Month: A fun way to meet your neighbors with young children… with snacks and coffee!! For more info, please see above, or go to the Nopa Little Ones Facebook Page.

Keep your Eyes Peeled for These Special Events:

NOPNA sponsors several special events for families annually for kids of all ages. Some of these events have included:

Easter Egg Hunt – In Partnership with the Brahma Kumaris center on Hayes and Broderick.

Block Parties – NOPNA helps to organize and sponsor a block party every year in MAY with great activities like a bouncy house, mini petting zoo for kids, and art projects, chalk drawing as well as food and other fun.

HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA!! In collaboration with the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Grove as well as many other willing households nearby, and with the generous support of the neighbors on Grove Street, NOPNA helps to host one of the most fabulous Halloween events around, complete with a costume contest, parade, haunted houses and a LOT of trick or treating. Forget the Castro, the best time can be found in the heart of NoPa on Halloween!

If you have questions about any of these activities or would like to get more involved, contact Jane Zimmerman.