Monday, July 25, 2016

Coming Up: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party

I can't believe the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, and here we are today awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling's first book since the series ended. Harry is now an adult!

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you won't want to miss the fun release party this Saturday in San Francisco. Bookshop West Portal, an independent bookstore is the heart of the celebration, which spills out to other parts of West Portal.

Here's what you can expect:
The courtyard adjacent to the store will morph into Diagon Alley,

Monday, July 11, 2016

Coming Up: Doctor Noize Concerts - Free!

Check out these two free album release concerts which would be fun for the family.

Doctor Noize (Cory Cullinan) is from Los Altos, and uses electronic music and studio technology to create a fresh, modern pop style for kids. He'll be releasing his new kids' album Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony, which brings orchestra and musical theater to kids. During the concert, he'll debut several songs from the album.

He's a one-man-band playing an armada of instruments, with electronic music looping technology, and he records music live onstage. He sings and plays guitar, keyboard, saxophone, percussion and kazoo. During his shows, he brings kids onstage to solo on keyboard and drums and record their own vocals into loop recordings, using a Mac laptop and technology to build up songs for a big sound.

The album is a "screwball musical comedy" written by Cullinan, His upcoming children's musical, The Ballad of Phineas McBoof, was commissioned by Palo Alto Children's Theatre and will premiere there from November 3 - 13, 2016.

What: Doctor Noize Live! A Phineas McBoof Crashes the Symphony Album Release Party
Where: Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose
When: Noon, Thursday, July 14
Cost: Free with paid museum admission

Where: Palo Alto Children's Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
When: Sunday, July 16 at 3
Cost: free

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Coming Up: Presidio Kite Festival

The Presidio Kite Festival is coming up this Saturday, from noon to 5. Head over to the Presidio’s Main Post A for the second annual celebration.

They'll have kite-flying demonstrations and contests (for both amateurs and professionals), ground displays, stunt kite fliers, champion aerobatics and stunning kites - tiny to gigantic. You can bring your own or make one on site at the Presidio (reservations required).

Monday, June 13, 2016

This Summer: Strandbeests Exhibit at Exploratorium

A year or two back, my mom told me about Strandbeests, the work of Theo Jansen. Tough to explain, these self-moving art pieces are like creatures, but made to move without motors. They use simple parts like PVC pipes. The Exploratorium is hosting the West Coast's only installation of Jansen's tour, and is live now. At the exhibition you'll be able to interact with the Strandbeests, see drawings of their creation, watch immersive video and see live demonstrations.

The Explortorium exhibit runs through September 5, 2016. You can read more about the Strandbeests and exhibit at this SFGate article. You'll need a special ticket for the exhibition.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Coming Up: Warriors Viewing Party in SF - Free

Tonight, cheer on the Warriors at an outdoor viewing party at Civic Center in SF. It's game 4 of the NBA Finals, and you and the kids can watch the game with other fans on a jumbo screen. Grab some eats from the Off the Grid food trucks. No alcohol allowed at the event, so it will be more family-friendly. There will also be basketball themed youth events. The game starts at 6.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Coming Up: Jack of all Trades Market - free

This weekend, take the kids to the Jack of all Trades market at Oakland's Jack London Square. In addition to 100 vendors and food trucks, they'll have more than 10 DIY workshops, fun for you and the kiddos. Look for the kids' zone with a giant Nerf gun obstacle course and life-size bubble sumo wrestling (I want in on that!). Go before noon and the games are free, otherwise there's a fee.

Ditch the car and come by ferry from Alameda or San Francisco, and bring your dog - pets are welcome.

When: Saturday, June 11 from 11-5.
Where: Jack London Square
Cost: free

Coming Up: Sunday Streets in Great Highway/Sunset

The latest Sunday Streets is this Sunday - Great Highway/Sunset district. You'll have access to more than 3 miles of Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway, from 11:00-4. Combine this with Golden Gate Park’s weekly car-free Sundays on JFK from Stanyan to Park Presidio, and that makes Golden Gate Park completely free of car traffic for one day of the year. Also this weekend is the Haight Street Fair, so don't miss that. Bring your feet or your non-motorized wheels to enjoy the day.

You can find Sunday Street details here.