While it’s true that moms are rock stars in their own right, we think dads are pretty cool too. They drive carpools, whip up dinners, and host play dates. In honor of dad, we found eight of Southern California’s coolest dads who successfully balance their family lives and day jobs, all while making it look effortless. Click through our gallery to meet eight cool SoCal dads.

Darren Solomon

Do you ever wonder who the mastermind is behind the Kid Ventures indoor playground? Darren Solomon is the co-owner of this endeavor that is now opening its third Southern California location. Darren, the father of two young kiddos, sees Kid Ventures as a channel to provide an important need in today’s society: a creative, social, safe and engaging environment for kids to be kids, and a relaxing and healthy space for parents who want to bond with their children while also taking a bit of a time out for themselves. What parent doesn’t want that? Darren is also proud of how Kid Ventures has worked closely with community partners to provide meaningful experiences that will make a difference in kids' lives. But at the end of the day, Darren’s favorite thing to do with his kids is pick them up from preschool on Tuesday afternoons and take his daughter to dance while he and his son enjoy an intimate sushi dinner together.

We know there are dozens of cool dads out there. In fact, we bet you know several of them! Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list?

– Leah R. Singer

All photos courtesy of the featured dads