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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kid-Friendly SF Symphony Concerts in July

If you're symphony fans and want to take your kids to a family-friendly concert with the symphony, here are a few summer options:

Stern Grove
The SF Symphony performs yearly at Stern Grove, in a free concert in this gorgeous outdoor location. While you'll be packed in with your picnic blanket, you'll still be comfortable (and able to leave if the kids need to go). They're performing on July 9 at 2 p.m. The program is still TBA.

John Williams Music
Listen to the Symphony perform John Williams music, ranging from Star Wars to Jurassic Park to Harry Potter and Indiana Jones movies. Note that there will be no film clips playing. Plus a special 40th anniversary celebration of Star Wars. Tickets are $20-85. This is at Davies Symphony Hall on July 6 and July 7 at 7:30.

It's Jaws! Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Jaws - Feature Film with Live Orchestra
Probably not for the young ones! Enjoy a screening of Jaws with the live orchestra. Did you know the shark used in the film is named Bruce, after Steven Spielberg's lawyer? You can see Bruce at Universal Studios Hollywood (look for our review!). Jaws will be on July 13 and July 14 at 7:30. Tickets are $39-139.

Pixar in Concert
Enjoy a musical celebration of the entire canon of Pixar’s feature length films, including selections from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars and Inside Out. It's on Saturday, July 15 at 7:00 and Sunday, July 16 at 2. Tickets are $35-139, with half-price tickets for kids.

Waterfront Free Symphony Concert
Listen to the Symphony in the great outdoors, at James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27. The concert is free (program TBA) on July 23 at 12 noon. No tickets required.

For concerts requiring tickets, you can get them at San Francisco Symphony's website or box office.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Coming Up: USA Football Protection Tour - Free Half-Day Camp

USA Football has a Protection Tour to make football safer for players. They're hosting a free half-day football camp to get youth players on an NFL field to learn the fundamentals, get their helmet fitted and more.

Where: Santa Clara
When: July 18, 2017 from 9-12
Who: ages 7-14
Register: begins June 15, 2017
Register here.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Horseback Riding at Golden Gate Park

SF Rec and Park is exploring whether to offer horseback riding in Golden Gate Park. Sign up to try it until June 30th. They're evaluating public interest in it, and it's run by the concessionaire who provides horseback rides at Camp Mather. The rides are guided. They'll have 15 horses available at the Bercut Equitation Field for guided trail rides.

Where: Golden Gate Park at Bercut Equitation Field (Chain of Lakes Drive East, near JFK)
When:  7 days a week, 8 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.
Age: 5 and older
Call for current availability: 844-967-4653 or visit the website
Golden Gate Park
30 minutes: $40
60 minutes $60
90 minutes $80

McLaren Park
30 minutes: $35
60 minutes $55
90 minutes $75

25% discount for SF residents - must show valid I.D.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Great Wolf Lodge with Teens

Come check us out at, where we posted about taking teens to the Great Wolf Lodge. No fear, though, there's plenty of information for those of you with tots and slightly older kids too.

Have you been to Great Wolf Lodge, in Anaheim or the other 13 locations? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments section!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Focus Group: $200+ in San Bruno

Probe Market Research is looking for families (same household) to do an opinion study in San Bruno.

Here's what they need: "We have an opinion study taking place in San Bruno on 5/24/2017 from 5:45pm - 8pm. We are looking for families in the same household to come to our facility in San Bruno. Pay is $200 for the first 2 members of the household, $25 per additional child and $50 per additional adult member of the household (extended family living with the family - like grandparent, etc.) We will also provide a pizza dinner for the entire family. If interested, please fill out the pre-survey."

Friday, May 12, 2017

Free Peet's coffee today

Free Peet's coffee today between 1-3! Stop by any participating Peet's retail or Capital One Cafe locations on Friday, May 12. You can get one non-bottled beverage, any size, for free! No coupon needed. One free drink per transaction. You're welcome!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Universal Studios Hollywood v. Disneyland

Guest post by Dori Kaplan

Both Disneyland and Universal Studios are popular theme parks in California, but what are the differences? This year, we skipped our usual day at California Adventure and substituted it for Universal Studios. After two consecutive days of Disneyland and Universal, I noticed many striking differences between the parks.

Disneyland has lots of kids' rides, unlike Universal. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan