Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Coming Up: Free Summer Series for Kids - Roxie Theater

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Roxie Theater in San Francisco (3117 16th Street) is offering two free films this summer for kids 12 and under ($7.50 for adults). They selected films to appeal to kids and adults - and not the typical Hollywood films either. These are more artsy. They want to expose kids and adults to more independent and foreign films. They'll be showing:

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JULY. 27th (Sunday 2 pm

Lupin the 3rd “The CASTLE of CAGLIOSTRO”

Co-written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki’s directorial debut film. While driving through the streets of Europe, Lupin and Jigen, a sharpshooter, find a young woman named Clarise in a bridal gownchased by villains. A spectacular car chase ensues in order to save this damsel in distress.
Aug. 24th (SUN) 2:00pm

Astro Boy

Directed & written by Osamu Tezuka Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga, Father of Anime. He gave much inspiration to Hayao Miyazaki. A science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Astro is a powerful robot created by the head of the Ministry of Science to replace his son, who died in a car accident. Astro is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice. Most of his enemies were robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story included a battle involving Astro and other robots.

Coming Up: Art Pantry Pop-Up Sale

If you live in Marin (or will be there next weekend), check out the the Art Pantry warehouse clearance sale at their 2-day pop-up shop. This mom-owned store will be selling off their entire inventory of kids art supplies and craft-related gifts at up to 50% off retail prices, including items you can use for school or for birthday gifts.

Kids are welcome, as they'll have a crafts table and refreshments both days.

When: July 26-27, 10-5
Where: 27 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Free trial class at Play LAB at Seesaw

Looking to try Play LAB at Seesaw? Get a free trial class in July. They offer three different classes.

Play LAB prosocial is a play group designed for kids ages 2.5 - 3.5 and parent or caregiver. Kids learn and practice peer interaction, socialization and friendship building skills. It's helpful for families interested in learning more about how to build on their child's strengths and social-emotional well-being. They have free play, Q + A, and discuss topics like: joining in play, empathy, frustration tolerance, shyness, exceptional learners and self-regulation. The class is led by a child psychologist. It meets Wednesdays 11-noon.

Play LAB speech is a play group designed for kids ages 1 - 4. Activities encourage vocabulary, language comprehension, and early thinking skills. You can ask their specialist questions about your child's communication, signs, gestures, bilingualism, and ways to boost language skills. This class is led by a speech language pathologist. It meets Wednesdays 10 - 11 am in July.

Play LAB OT is a play group designed for kids ages 1 - 4. Fun activities encouraging sensory integration and motor planning skills. This class is led by an occupational therapist, and meets Friday July 25 from 10 - 11 am.

To learn more, visit seesawsf.com To register, email events@seesawsf.com -- please include child's name, DOB, parent name -- and mention WORKS FOR ME, which is an email group I'm part of where I learned about this.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Link love

It's been awhile since I've done a link love post, but I've been collecting links for awhile now, so here goes!

We're trying this S'mores Dip this weekend, when my daughter has a back-yard campout. Basically it's s'mores made in the oven and it looks amazing!

Did you see our Pop Secret popcorn Perfect Pop app post yesterday? You must read it - it's funny.

Going camping this summer? Here are 60 camping tips for beginners from RWeThereYetMom?

More travel - here are some packing tips for packing light and going carry-on if taking a plane this summer, from LiveDoGrow.com.

Love this story about a teen trying to make lingerie more appropriate for girls.

Another teens story - watch this video about conjoined twins and what their life is like.

Celebrating a milestone birthday? I love what Cam Bowman from Growing Up Goofy is doing to celebrate her 40th. She's raising $4,000 for the Exodus Road, which fights against sex slavery.

Looking for a fun science project to do with the kids this summer? Make dry ice bubbles - that look like works of art.

A couple books to recommend:
For those taking young kids on airplanes, check out Monsters Don't Ride on Airplanes - an e-book (only $2.99) by Hilarye Fuller. It teaches kids to have manner on the airplane, and it's educational but also very cute.

The talented Meagan Francis launched her e-book recently, called Beyond Baby: A Week-By-Week Guide To Creating A Life You Love When Your Kids Aren't So Little. This is for moms with kids beyond the baby/toddler years who are ready for the next phase in their own life.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pop Secret Perfect Pop App - Our Experiment in Popcorn Popping

My daughter heard about the Pop Secret Perfect Pop popcorn app a few weeks back, and she thought it was...interesting.

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So when Pop Secret asked me to do a sponsored post testing its Perfect Pop app, I had to say yes. I'm really doing for the entertainment value - and some quality time with my daughter. Plus we created a scientifically valid experiment out of it, which made it educational as well.

If you haven't heard of this app, it's free. You open the app, and put your iPhone or iPad within 3 feet of the microwave. Then you set the timer to whatever it says is the ideal popping time on the box and start popping your popcorn. It listens to the popping sounds and tells you when it's done, so you avoid burning your popcorn and smelling up your house.

But what fun is it to only test out the app with Pop Secret? We did test the app out on two competitors, and I'll have results for you later. You should definitely read on because the results were surprising.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Up: Early Childhood Safety Fair - Free

This weekend, Habitot is hosting its 14th annual early childhood safety fair. Details below on the flyers, but you can expect to learn about keeping your home toxic free, safety from earthquakes, water, strangers, fire, autos and poisons. They'll also have helmets on sale for $9. It's a free fair.

When: Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, 2014 from 10-12:30
Where: Habitot (2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Differences between Disneyland and Disney World

As a West Coast girl, I grew up going to Disneyland (the one in Anaheim, California). Disney World (in Orlando, Florida)? What was that?

I finally got my chance to go. I spent more time preparing for that trip than I did for many international trips. So many decisions to make, from where to stay to where to dine, and which park to do on which day.

Perhaps you're confused as well, so let me enlighten you.

Disney World - consists of 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot). There are two water parks as well, but we'll ignore those for now.
Disneyland - when people say Disneyland, they're usually referring to just one park, and that's Disneyland. It's adjacent (literally footsteps away) from Disney California Adventure (DCA), aka California Adventure.

How long to stay?
Disney World - some people make a week-long vacation out of it, even honeymooning there. We did four parks in three days, which was a bit much, but it worked with our schedule.
Disneyland - The most we've ever stayed is two days - one per park. Some people stay for 3 days, but I'm not sure that's really necessary.