The inspiration behind the idea for Peekadoodle was the founders’ children — Faith [now 7] and Peyton [now 9]. As Ellen nursed her then 4 month old daughter in the lactation room at her law office, and Kayla sat on a park bench alone with an apple juice box and her then 2 year old, they chatted on the phone about how disconnected they felt from the world and how their children deserved more. They decided to create a one-stop-shop for kids and parents alike and poof — their 3rd child [Peekadoodle], was born. Now, their youngest children, Adrian  and Sloan [2.5] both attend preschool at Peekadoodle!
It’s pretty awesome to have moms who grew up together and are still best friends. When I was REALLY little and napping twice a day, our moms talked all the time. They shared their new parent stories and swapped ideas on how to have fun with us: what to do before and after our naps, how to find quality classes, and where we could play together.
Our moms had so many creative ideas that by the time I was two years old, they decided to start this place called Peekadoodle kidsclub that offers everything they wanted (and still want!) for us. Now Faith and I see each other almost every day, as if we were family, and our moms still talk and plan and laugh together all the time. They are extra happy because they get to share their dreams with the entire city of San Francisco!
Why Peekadoodle kidsclub?
We all encounter the same question every day… How do I provide safe, stimulating and enriching fun for my kids and also fulfill my need to relax, socialize, or concentrate on work? We’ve come up with a list of answers to why a Peekadoodle kidsclub membership offers the best play in the Bay.
It’s smart, creative stimulation. Peekadoodle kidsclub makes your kids happy. With so many lively classes, an enormous PlaySpace to explore, and new friends to meet, there are endless possibilities for amazement. We offer a wide range of instruction and specialized, attentive, and dynamic teachers. Plus, the interactive PlaySpace promotes autonomy, fine tuning of motor skills, and social development.
It’s a safe, central, welcoming community. Peekadoodle kidsclub has everything you and your kids need for playtime, all in one indoor spot. Its kid-friendly materials, age-appropriate, interactive activities, and membership amenities offer a greater degree of customization, enrichment, and safety than a public space. Plus, no matter what the weather, you can count on hours of fun and friendship just steps from your home.
It helps you balance your life. Being a parent can be overwhelming at times! Peekadoodle kidsclub helps you regain life balance by enabling you to enjoy and make great use of your child’s energetic hours. Join your child in play or classes, or fulfill your desire to see him or her happily engaged while you take a few moments to eat, shop, socialize, or relax.
Come visit us to see if you agree!
Who We Are
Ellen Park and Kayla Lee, best friends, mothers of little ones and founders of Peekadoodle kidsclub. We know that learning how to be a parent, finding a supportive community, and striking a balance between your child’s life and yours is a tremendous challenge, even in a city as friendly, stimulating, and diverse as San Francisco.
We created Peekadoodle kidsclub to make those life-changing early years a memorable experience for both you and your child. Our goal is to put all of the ingredients for great community into one spot, so that your children are blissfully engaged while you find supportive friendships and peace of mind. Most of all, we offer you a place to bond with your child and to enjoy parenthood’s greatest reward – seeing your child happy.
Founder and CEO
Ellen is the co-founder and CEO of Peekadoodle Kidsclub. Prior to the launch of the Kidsclub in 2008, Ellen earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She taught Sunday School throughout college and worked as a tutor for elementary school children before moving from Seattle to the east coast to work as a nanny for two girls, ages 5 and 7. Upon her return to the west coast, Ellen settled in San Francisco and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. Ellen practiced law in estate planning, tax compliance and consulting before partnering with longtime friend, Kayla Lee to launch Peekadoodle Kidsclub. Ellen has been happily married for over 10 years and is mom to her two children, 8 year old daughter, Faith and 3 year old son, AJ!