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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco - sign up for details

What's the hottest Broadway show since Hamilton? That would be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I finally got tickets to the show in New York - for June. It was too crazy expensive and difficult to get them before that! Good news, though. The traveling show is getting ready to hit the road. It comes to San Francisco in October. You can be the first (ha ha) - or among the first - to get the scoop on tickets. Sign up here so you'll get emails about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child San Francisco tickets. Don't worry - they don't go crazy with the emails. Know that it's a two part show - and you have get separate tickets to both shows. You can buy them at the same time, but it will be double the price of normal shows to see the whole thing. If it's like the New York show, on weekends (and maybe Wednesdays?) you can see both - with a few hours in between. Otherwise you go on consecutive nights.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

App Research Project - $175 payment per child

Touchstone Research has a special opportunity for teens ages 12-17 to be a part of a fun app research project with an in-person follow-up session for a popular technology company. Please read the description of the project below carefully, so that you can determine if this is a good fit for your child. They are looking for teens (ages 12-17) to participate in a 3 day diary project plus an in-person interview.

Here are the details:

  • 3 day online diary project starting in November or December
  • Follow-up interviews at a facility in Menlo Park 
  • Teens Ages 12-17 years
  • They pay $75 for the diary and $100 for the in-person session. That is a total of $175 per child.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete and will help them determine whether your child fits the criteria they are looking for. You will be able to select the times you are available. Please click on this link to take the survey.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to answer all questions as honestly as possible. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your account. Please click on the link below to take the survey:

This post is sponsored by Touchstone.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Big Book Sale - SF Public Library - at Fort Mason this weekend

The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Big Book Sale is in its final two days (today and tomorrow). Sunday is $1 Day. Buy books, support the Library. It's the largest book sale on the West Coast and EVERYTHING is a $1 on Sunday! It's at Fort Mason, Festival Pavilion from 10:00-6.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coming Up: Guys and Dolls Jr. and Bring it On at Hillbarn

This weekend, see Guys and Dolls, Jr., and the next weekend, see Bring it On. These full scale musicals are a result of Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory summer program, with four weeks of intense rehearsals and a cast of more than 30 kids ages 11-13

Here's the plot of Guys and Dolls: Gambler Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to a fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the money, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. From Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, into the sewers of New York City, eventually, everyone ends up right where they belong. This is one of the most revived musicals of all time, an oddball romantic comedy

Here's the plot of Bring It On:  Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On: The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most important of her life – she's been named captain of the squad! But an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring Jackson High School, where none of the rules seem the same. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse cheer squad for the ultimate competition – the National Championships. With a heart-felt story and insane stunts, this is sure to be a show you don’t want to miss! In August, they perform Bring it On

Guys and Dolls - July 27-28 at 7 pm and July 28 and 29 at 2 pm
Bring it On - August 3-4 at 7 pm and August 4 and 5 at 2 pm

Where: Hillbarn Theatre Conservatory, 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City

Tickets: Hillbarn Conservatory tickets online or via phone, (650) 349-6411 ext. 2

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Kids' technology usability study - $100-150

This post is written and sponsored by the organization conducting the study.

We have a special opportunity for teens ages 9-14 to be a part of a fun in-person session for a popular technology company. Please read the description of the project below carefully so that you can determine if this is a good fit for your child. We are looking for kids (ages 9-14) to participate in paired sessions with their friends in the same age range (and same gender) OR with their parents for one 60 minute session!

How can I sign my child up? Complete the survey to determine eligibility, which may be followed up with a telephone interview (about 5-10 minutes).

Here are the details for the in-person session: 
When: July 16th-20th - 60 minute paired sessions between 9:00 AM and  8:00 PM
Kids: Ages 9-14 years with their friend in the same age range and gender OR with their parent
Where: In Bay Area
Pay: We will pay $100.00-$150.00 per child!

Simply click on the link below and fill out a brief online survey to see if you qualify. 

Important: Please keep in mind your child’s ability to participate and enjoy the sessions. We want this to be a positive experience for the children. If your child is especially shy, uncomfortable around others, or might have difficulty sitting and actively participating it might not be a good fit for him/her. Also, it is important that language not be an issue. Please be sure to answer all questions as honestly as possible. There are only a very limited number of slots available so be sure to fill out this survey as soon as possible. We will close this survey when we get the number of participants we need for these sessions.

Kids really love these sessions, so if your child is available on July 16th through July 20th , take this survey and see if they qualify—DON’T MISS OUT!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Review: The Good News About Bad Behavior

I often look to my friends for parenting advice, and I don’t think I’m unique there. So good thing that several of my friends and colleagues not only teach parenting classes, but write books on the subject. One of the most interesting ones I read lately was The Good News About Bad Behavior by Katherine Reynolds Lewis. It’s a book I was anticipating for a few years, as it stemmed from a Mother Jones article, What if Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids was Wrong? How is that for a provocative title? The premise of the article (and hence, the book) is that bad behavior simply gets worse from the disciplinary techniques that many of us use with our children, including time outs, negative consequences and other punishments. Even positive rewards like gold stars can cause kids to lose their intrinsic motivation, focusing instead on the teacher’s motivation.

What if we paid attention to the reason that kids were not behaving well. Perhaps they’re hungry or bored. Or maybe they have behavioral issues they can’t control, like ADHD. Of course, for each child it’s different, and this can be hard in a school situation when there’s a room full of kids and one or two disruptive kids (or more).