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Apps for Families

These East Bay–developed web and smartphone apps make organizing play time easy. Download, and start streamlining your family’s activities.




Walnut Creek dad Soren Kaplan developed Famtivity, a web-based application that connects your kids to local activities. Set up your profile to follow feeds of interest by activity type and age. When you see an idea you like, get details, share them with friends, and register. The site boasts listings for 5,000 Bay Area activity providers, from dance schools to toy stores. famtivity.com.

Screen Door

For connecting kids in real time, check out Moraga dad Gary Hill’s Screen Door smartphone app. In it, set up a private circle of friends, and use the status update field to share when your kid is looking for a playdate. Your friends receive an alert and can send their kids over. It brings the neighborhood of the past into the future. uwithus.com.


Olympic hockey player and Alamo dad Bret Hedican helped develop this app that keeps sports teams organized. With smartphone synching, practices and games automatically populate your calendar, and you can RSVP for events and pay fees. When a player is out, the app automatically invites subs. It can be used for book clubs and other groups, too. rosterbot.com.

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