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Saturday, August 12, 2017

12 Random Observations About Amsterdam

Two days to spend in Amsterdam isn't a lot of time, but it is enough to get some general observations. (We also wrote about what to do with teens in Amsterdam).

In no particular order:
Bike a boatload of kids in Amsterdam. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

1. No one wears bike helmets.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Coming Up: Treasure Island Flea This Weekend

It's Hawaiian weekend at the Treasure Island Flea.

-The first 1000 attendees each day get a raffle to win a Hawaiian vacation
-The first 1000 attendees each day get a lei
-Three different Tiki Bar stations, featuring Treasure Island Mai Tais, PainKillers and Fresh Young Coconuts (try adding a shot of rum!), Kona and Maui beers and more!
-Several Hawaiian vendors
-Each food vendor will have a Hawaiian option
-Silent disco!

When: July 29-30 from 10-4
Where: Pier 1, Treasure Island
Cost: $3 general entry; free for kids 12 and under; parking free
Deal: Get 2 admissions and 2 sangrias for $11 (or 4 for $20)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

48 Hours in Amsterdam with Kids

We recently transferred through Amsterdam on our way from Tanzania. It would be a shame to miss spending time in this wonderful city, so we planned 2+ days in Amsterdam. With so little time, we really had to maximize our hours. (After this, read 12 random observations about Amsterdam)

The famous Iamsterdam sculpture in front of the Rijksmuseum. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

So here are our recommendations for what to do in Amsterdam with 2 (or 2.5) days, in no particular order.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Coming Up: Science Supermarket

Get ready for some STEM before school start again, with Science Supermarket. This is a one-day event that includes a range of companies and organizations offering educational resources. Exhibitors include educational games, apps, software, robotics, virtual reality, coding, programming, artificial intelligence, toys, gadgets, tutors, science, camps, schools, academic counselors, prep schools, biotech, sports and fitness.

Tickets: free to $7 in advance
Where: San Francisco
When: August 6, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Coming Up: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Children's Musical Theater San Jose is presenting the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Several casts (of 112 kids total - ages 14-20) will perform in this show

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the Victor Hugo novel and the Disney animated film. It beginat the stately cathedral in 15th century Paris where Quasimodo, the lonely bell-ringer, is held captive in his tower. He's enchanted by the kind and beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda, but has two rivals for her attention—one of whom is his devious keeper, Frollo, who will stop at nothing to have what he wants. The show has a powerful Oscar-nominated score. The epic and unforgettable love story redefines what it means to be a hero.

When: July 28-August 6 (various times - including matinees)
Where: Montgomery Theater (271 Market Street - San Jose)
Tickets: $20-25

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Coming Up: Girls Who Code Founder and Author Reshma Saujani Speaks

Kids have a chance to meet Reshma Saujani , the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Malala Yousafzai and John Legend. She is a former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City who galvanized industry leaders to close the gender gap in STEM education and empower girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering. In 2010, she became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress. Since 2012, Girls Who Code has taught computing skills to and inspired over 10,000 girls across America.

The book (Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World) shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. It's part how-to and part girl-empowerment.

Tickets are free, but they ask for an RSVP.
When: August 25 at 7.00 p.m.
RSVP: here
Where: Kepler's Books in Menlo Park (1010 El Camino Real)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Coming Up: Sunday Streets in the Mission

This Sunday is Sunday Streets! It's in the Mission district neighborhood. Look for activity hubs will be located between 14th and 16th and 24th and 26th, with dozens of free activities in between offered by local merchants. Combined with the always festive atmosphere of the Valencia Corridor, July 16th will be a special day to explore old and new.

When:  July 16 from 11-4
Where: Duboce to 26th Street on Valencia