Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: I am Eleven

We finally had the chance to see I am Eleven, a documentary movie that interviews kids in 15 countries (all age 11) about various aspects of their lives, and gives you a glimpse into how they live and think. Given that my youngest is 11, it was fun for him to see what their peers were like in other places.

My husband didn't love the movie, saying it didn't really have a plot. And that was true. When you are interviewing kids in 15 countries who mostly aren't associated with each other, what kind of plot artifice should you use? The director organized it by theme, having the kids talk about issues like bullying, their family, crushes, hobbies, war, social pressures, animals and their future. In this way, kids can see the universality of experience, like that there are bullies in every country. While it may look or sound different, people in every country sing and dance - you can see the differences and similarities.

Coming Up: Discovery Day - Bay Area Science Festival - Free

The Giants won. Now head to AT&T Park for the last day of the Bay Area Science Festival, which  concludes at AT&T Park tomorrow (November 1), with a free science extravaganza from 11-4. They'll have 150 experiments, shows, games and more. It includes robots, STEM programs, life sciences, marine science, and chances to meet scientists and engineers. They expect 30,000 people to attend!

Coming Up: Museums on Us - this weekend - free

Bank of America's Museums on Us program runs this weekend, giving B of A cardholders and Merrill Lynch card holders (credit or debit) one free admission per card at participating museums. We've used this program and love it!

It's this weekend, November 1-2 (some museums are only one day). The website won't let me give you an individual list of cities to click, so justcheck the main website and look for California in the pull-down menu. Participating museums in San Francisco and San Jose area:

· The Tech Museum of Innovation
· The San Jose Museum of Art
· Chabot Space and Science Center
· Contemporary Jewish Museum
· de Young Museum

Coming Up: Science Saturday at Heron Head's Park SF

If you like spending time in nature with the kids, check out these Science Saturday afternoon events at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park:

Each Saturday from 12:30-3:30 pm, their trained naturalists and partners offer an engaging, hands-on and fun event perfect for young kids to adults. Each week is a different topic or theme.

UPCOMING EVENTS: 
November 1: EcoCenter Exploration Experience
November 8: Heron's Head Park BioBlitz
November 15: EcoCenter Tour and Native Plant Walk
November 22: Sensational Sharks of the San Francisco Bay

Where: Heron Head's Park, 32 Jennings Street, at the end of Cargo Way. See Google map here.
When: Saturdays from 12:30-3:30
Age: young kids to adults
More info: here

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween 2014!

As I'm sure you haven't forgotten, Halloween is almost here. Just in case you missed any of our Halloween posts, here they are:

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Halloween Happenings in the Bay Area - 2014

Halloween at Bay Area Shopping Malls - 2014

Candy-free Halloween treats for this year

I wrote about the hot Halloween costumes this year for bankrate.com. Read them here:

Top Halloween Kids' Costumes for 2014

Top Halloween Pet Costumes for 2014

Top Halloween Adult Costumes for 2014

And I didn't write this, but I loved Red Tricycle's Only in SF Kiddie Costumes.

Giants - world Series Champions 2014

Third World Series champions in five years! Go Giants!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween at the Bay Area Shopping Malls 2014

We already published a piece on various Halloween happenings around the Bay Area. Here is a separate post for Halloween happenings at Bay Area malls.

DALY CITY

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR AT SERRAMONTE 
What: Parade and costume costume for kids 12 and under
When: Friday, October 31 3-5:30
Where: Serramonte Center, Daly City
Cost: free
More infohere


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