Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Old School and What it's Like to Meet Jeff Kinney on Good Morning America

This post is written by one of our younger readers.

I’m Zachary, and recently I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Kinney, going on Good Morning America, and getting his new book the day it was released. The book is called Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School, and is his tenth book in the series. Old School has two main plots. In one of them, Greg’s mom is trying to make his town go technology-free, but he has other plans. While his mom starts arranging park cleanups and volunteer gardens, Greg is just trying to escape

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Coming Up: Treasure Island Flea - With Reindeer

Check out the Treasure Island Flea Market this weekend! This holiday version features LIVE reindeer you can pet and feed (apparently there are only 20 reindeer in California). Plus they'll have a giant Radio Flyer wagon. Bring new, unwrapped toys for the toy drive.

Giant Radio Flyer wagon, photo courtesy of Joaquin Uy/Flickr.

In addition to the 400 vendors, you'll find 25 food trucks, live music, drinks (cocktails, wine and beer) and a great city view. The Treasure Island Flea is held every last weekend (excluding December).

When: last weekend of each month - November 28-29 - from 10-4
Where: Treasure Island, Great Lawn, Avenue of the Palms
Cost: $3/person for those 13 and older. Free for 12 and under.
Other: free parking and pet-friendly

Monday, November 16, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets: Family Holiday Concerts at Symphony Hall 2015

One of the great things about this time of year is the number of holiday concerts that are appropriate for kids. The San Francisco Symphony has many - and I'm going to list them here with the hopes that you'll buy tickets for some of them to treat the kids to a wonderful cultural experience and family memories. Buy tickets for any of the San Francisco Symphony holiday shows here.

Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas at the San Francisco Symphony

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
The San Francisco Symphony accompanies the screening of Tim Burton’s Academy Award-nominated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, featuring the Grammy-nominated music by Danny Elfman. One intermission.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Win Great Prizes and Help People Read!

We're part way through the Passports with Purpose fundraiser. Have you checked out the great prizes you can win? Have you seen what good you can do for only $10?

Passports with Purpose is an all-volunteer fundraiser founded and run by travel bloggers, and supported by some great companies like TBEX. Each year, we find sponsors to offer prizes - you get one raffle-type entry to the prize of your choice for each $10 donation you make. This year we're supporting Worldreader, and with the money raised, we'll be donating e-readers to five libraries in Kenya. The donations will help at least 6,500 kids and adults have access to 50,000 books - both fiction and nonfiction, in Swahili and English.

What prizes can you win?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Passports with Purpose: Win a Yurt stay at Yosemite with Thousand Trails

Frisco Kids likes to do its part helping others, which is why we've been participating the past few years with Passports With Purpose. This blogger-run (and all volunteer) fundraiser chooses a new organization and project every year to raise much-needed funds for great projects.

For every $10 you donate, you get a chance to win a fabulous prize, and libraries in Kenya get stocked with e-readers. Photo courtesy of Worldreader.
This year we're working with Worldreader, and we'll be raising funds to bring digital readers (like Kindles) to five libraries in Kenya. Each library will get about 50 e-readers each, providing 6,250 children, teachers and parents with access to more than 50,000 books. The books will be in Swahili and English, with fiction and nonfiction books.The Worldreader program trains the librarians in their use, and also provides field-tested solar chargers to keep the e-readers charged if electricity is scarce. Read more about the Worldreader program here. and on the Worldreader website here. This fundraiser is close to my heart because I love reading, and so does my son. I can't imagine not having access to books.

So you're probably dying to know who is providing an amazing prize for this fundraiser, and what you can win. The answer is:

Thousand Trails Campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts, who is giving away a week's stay in a yurt at Yosemite Lakes Campground!
Imaging staying at this yurt for a week right outside Yosemite. For free! It's only $10 to enter to win. Photo courtesy of Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Coming Up: STEAM Carnival in San Francisco

For kids interested in science and engineering, this event looks like fun! It's a STEAM Carnival, the first in the Bay Area. It's run by Two Bit Circus, an engineering entertainment company that is trying to re-imagine the world of play. They call it a "high­ impact, high ­voltage entertainment showcase fun for all ages." STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

They'll have technology-infused games, attractions and immersive hands-on experiences, including high-tech games including:
-rooms of lasers
-walls of buttons and backyard classics made HUGE
-mad science demos
-circus acrobats, aerialists and fire breathers
-VR (virtual reality) lounge
-Trash for Teaching

Plus food, stage shows, lab demos and artists. See the preview video here.

When: November 6-8, 2015 (10-5 Friday, 10-6 Saturday and Sunday)
Where: Pier 48 at AT andT Park in San Francisco
Tickets: $20-30 online - buy them here.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets - Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Broadway is again coming to San Francisco, and this time with A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, the Tony award winning musical in 2014 (it won three other Tony awards as well). It's starting its first national tour (and the Broadway show closes the next month). I already saw and reviewed it (you're welcome!) so you can decide if you want to see it and bring the kids. Here's my review of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.

When: December 1-27, 2015
Where: SHN Golden Gate Theatre,
Tickets: $45-212. Get them here.