Bay Area Suburban Jungle Communities Make Staying IN Inspirational

Apr 7, 2020

Check out how these San Francisco suburbs are pitching in and helping out in a BIG way.


Staying at home isn’t keeping Bay Area families down. Instead, they’re stepping up in a big way, supporting their communities and the people who are keeping them moving forward. We’re completely inspired by these amazing acts—and prouder than ever to call these towns “home.”


Howling for Healthcare Workers

Inspired by the #Solidarityat8 global movement and the creative collective displays—in Italy, people sang opera from balconies while in Spain they banged pots and pans at 8:00pm—residents of Mill Valley, Belvedere and Tiburon are spreading the love in a special way: with nightly howling.

In the evening it’s not uncommon to hear local coyotes howling in the evenings, which gave residents the unique idea. Now, at 8:00pm every evening, locals take to their sidewalks, driveways, porches and balconies, howling as a nod to local doctors, nurses, first responders and other essential workers. It’s an amazing sight—and sound!—and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.


Piedmont is Walking for Rainbows

Piedmont children have been filling their windows with homemade rainbow drawings and paintings—many even add hearts in support of local healthcare workers.


Now with countless rainbows displayed, families have been taking “Rainbow Walks” to admire the artwork and see how many rainbows they can spot. Many locals share their pics on Facebook and Instagram to inspire others to get out and explore safely.


Virtual Rec Centers in Los Gatos and Mill Valley

The Los Gatos and Mill Valley Recreation Centers are both hosting daily virtual events, from sports to dance classes to guitar lessons. If you’re looking for a way to keep your kids entertained—or want to use this time to learn a new skill—your rec center has you covered.


Getting OUT of School

San Francisco-based Outschool was designed to be a fully-customizable online learning destination for kids in grades K-12. Now, though, the site has kicked into overdrive, making significant strides to help students—and their parents—learning from home. The site is recruiting more than 5,000 new teachers and making $1,000,000 in free classes available, with an eye on supporting displaced public schoolers.

Source: Outschool

With 10,000-plus classes all led by qualified teachers—everything from stitching face masks to mastering the five-paragraph essay to Spanish 101—there are countless opportunities for “Outschoolers” to participate in live classes centered around their needs and interests. It’s a great way to keep kids engaged in live learning, even when schools are closed.


Live Experiences at the San Mateo Library

While the local libraries are closed, the dynamic, family-friendly experiences are open for business. The San Mateo Library is hosting a series of virtual events and online programs, from live storytimes and song sessions for toddlers to preschool playtimes to sketching, painting, Mandarin and science experiments for older kids. And beyond kid-friendly programming, any age can tap library resources to learn a language, improve writing skills and more.


Online Coffee Breaks & Play Dates

Main Street Mamas recently launched online wellness check-ins and virtual playdates to keep their members—and any Bay Area mama—supported. Join the Facebook group to find out about their next Zoom-hosted coffee break or to look for family projects that are perfect for the extra time at home. Now more than ever it’s essential to stay connected, and these moms are making sure countless families can…even if it is via virtual game nights, online book clubs and Facetime playdates.


What is YOUR community doing to pitch in and stay connected? Email Suburban Jungle and tell us all about it—and be sure to include a pic!



Community is powerful—and it’s important to find a community that syncs with your family’s goals, priorities and lifestyle. Suburban Jungle can help. Get in touch to schedule your Suburbs Strategy session now.


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