Friday, April 18, 2014

Screenprinting for kids

Are you kids interested in learning how to screenprint?

The Grease Diner in Oakland has spots for kids every weekend. They have room for eight people at a time, and they provide the materials, equipment and instruction. They even do birthday parties or group events (Girl Scouts anyone?).

When: Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5.
Saturdays are reserved for ages 8-12, but it's not limited to that age.
Sundays are reserved for ages 13-17, but it's not limited to that age. Teens can be dropped off, but younger kids must come with parents.
Register: or call (510) 379-0190. Drop-ins are fine if space is available.
Cost: $20/kid - parents print free. Materials are extra. See material fees here.


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Coming Up; Passover Story Time

It's Passover story time for 4-5 year olds. It's led by Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School teachers. And it's free.

Where: Linden Tree Books (265 State Street, Los Altos)
When: Sunday, April 20 at 2 p.m.
RSVP: to

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Throwback month with Netflix - win 3 month subscription

This month is throwback month for the Netflix Stream Team (which I'm on). We were challenged to share some oldies but goodies with the kids. Unfortunately the Brady Bunch TV shows are only available on DVD, as opposed to streaming (which is what we have). And I'm not subjecting them to the Brady Bunch movies, which I can't even bear to watch.

Keep reading for a special contest at the end!

Instead we chose The Naked Gun, with Leslie Nielsen. They loved it! Especially since they'd already seen Airplane (including the cringe inducing boobie scene, which they thought was hilarious). Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is on my watch list for the kids too. Plus Escape to Witch Mountain. Do you know who that stars? Kim Richards from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills! I can't wait to relive the good old days, from before she was a recovering alcoholic with kids by 2 ex-husbands and a very cute ex-boyfriend. Of course I won't be sharing that with the kiddos.

Okay, the contest. Netflix will give one Frisco Kids reader a 3 month streaming subscription just because you read Frisco Kids. How awesome is that? Totally awesome. If you want a 3 month subscription, you have to leave a comment below, telling us your favorite throwback movies or TV shows that you want to share with your kids. I'll choose my favorite response, so give a good reason or story as to why.

I'll pick the winner on Monday, April 28 at 5:00 PST. Don't forget to leave me your email address so I can contact you. If you don't want to leave it on the post, make your comment and then email me at contest (at) and tell me which one was yours. I'll give you 24 hours to get back to me to confirm you're alive, and if not I'll move on to the next person.

Happy streaming!

Disclosure: all writing and opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Coming up: Free Admission to Habitot for 16th Birthday

Children's museum/play space Habitot, in Berkeley, is celebrating its Sweet 16. They're throwing a party and you're invited - no presents (or money) necessary. They'll have music with two DJs from 10-11, including family-friendly music in a variety of genres. Punch and birthday cake are at 12:30, and you can get "prom-style" photos with your kids in front of an Under the Sea backdrop. Wear a costume - there are prizes in categories including "parent-child sweet 16," "best throwback prom dress," and "best menswear." There will also be art projects and you can help decorate that birthday cake.

ScholarShare is sponsoring the day.

When: Saturday, April 19 from 9:30-4:30
Where: Habitot - 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Bunny Photos in the San Francisco Bay Area

I teamed up with Mommy Nearest, a great new app for families launching in San Francisco, to write this post about where to get Easter Bunny pictures taken in the Bay Area.

Your kids want pictures with the Easter Bunny? Of course! Hop on over to these malls, which are offering pictures now through Easter.

When: now through April 19 at center court

When: now through April 19

If your child has sensory issues, Stanford Shopping Center has its CaringBunny photos on Sunday, April 13 from 9-10:30. This is a program for kids with special needs, and provides less sensory stimuli, with scheduled visits during closed mall hours. To sign up, click here.

Where: Serramonte Mall (Serramonte/Gellert Blvd., Daly City; grand court)
When: now through April 19

Where: Hillsdale Shopping Center - by Macy’s
When: Saturdays through April19

Where: Great Mall
When: now through April 20.

When: now through April 19

Where: Santana Row
When: Saturday, April 13 at Park Valencia from 10-2:30

Where: Northgate Mall, near Macy’s
When:  now through April 19

This article originally ran at Mommy Nearest.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring break ideas in the Bay Area

We're getting ready for our spring break, which means you probably are too. I put together some links if you're thinking of traveling (or already have plans). Maybe these will give you some ideas and helpful hints!

Easter events in the Bay Area
Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Spring break ideas if staying in the Bay Area - a past post, but a good one! Here's another.

Tackling Tahoe with Toddlers

Spring break in Arizona - here are a few posts:
general ideas
more ideas
5 Kid-friendly things to do in Phoenix
Kitt Peak in Tucson - with kids
Tucson Wildlife Center - with kids

Are you heading to Disneyland? I have a ton of posts to help you out.
Disney tips you won't read elsewhere

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coming Up: Three Classes for Parents and one for Kids

Once in awhile I like to feature classes or speakers that may interest parents or kids in the Bay Area. I haven't taken any of these (in fact I have no affiliation).

WhatFamily Mindfulness Workshop, by Ellen McCarty 
Details: "Mindfulness strengthens and relaxes the mind much like yoga improves the body. Meet other families and new friends (parents, too!) who are dedicated to kindness, academic success and a healthier lifestyle. Explore a variety of interactive mindfulness-based activities as a community during this 4-part workshop."
Where: Belmont, CA
When: 4 part workshop (April to May 2014); Saturdays 11:30-12:30 plus an optional hour of social/picnic time in the park
For: Kids grade 2+ and a parent
Cost: $20/session/person
Register: here

What: The How of Happiness
Details: "It's the million dollar question isn't it? How to be truly happy. Join Speak To Me when Sonja Lyubomirsky - a leading expert on all things "happiness" - to get some answers. Unlike the other "happiness gurus" her advice is grounded in hard science and was uncovered through extensive research. Sonja will share her findings and help us determine what actually makes us happy, what doesn't and how we can create happiness that is actually sustainable throughout the years. Happiness in perpetuity?" 
Where: Mill Valley Community Center
When: April 29 at 6:30 p.m.
For: adults
Cost: $69, includes appetizers/wine tasting
Register: here

What: Sahaj Samadhi Meditation Course

Details: "Everyone has experienced a meditative state in moments of deep joy, or when
completely engrossed in an activity, when just for a moment the mind becomes so light and at ease. While we have such moments, we are unable to repeat them at will. The Sahaj Samadhi course teaches you how. This meditation technique almost instantly alleviates you from stress-related
problems, deeply relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the system. Regular practice of the technique can totally transform the quality of one's life, by culturing the system to maintain the peace, energy and expanded awareness throughout the day. These meditation techniques combined
with yogic practices can ensure good health and a calm mind."
Where: Art of Living Center, 555 Mowry Ave., Suite C, Fremont
When: May 3-5, 2 hours each day
For: adults
Cost: $395
Register: here