Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Coming Up: Barbie Rock 'N Royals Concert in Milpitas - Free

If your kids are into Barbie, head to the Great Mall in Milpitas this Sunday for a Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals Comes to Life interactive concert experience. The new Barbie movie Rock ‘N Royals debuts nationwide on September 8. The concert features live performances of songs from the movie, and you can meet Princess Courtney and Rockstar Erika. There will also be a sing-along with interactive karaoke, a Barbie photo-opp, and kids can play with the new Barbie in Rock ‘N Royals dolls and toys.

For more info available now To learn more about the movie or tour, visit their site 

When: Sunday, August 30 from 12-6
noon - the activity area opens
1 and 4 - live concerts
6 - activity area closes
Where: Great Mall Grand Court, Entrance 2 (447 Great Mall Drive) Milpitas

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets: Once the Musical

You've seen the movie. Should you see the musical? I reviewed the show for Jersey Kids and you can read my Once the Musical review here and see whether it might be good for your kids, or better as a date night.

What: Once the Musical
When: October 27 - November 1
Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco
Tickets: get them at the SHN website 
Ages: recommended for 10+

Monday, August 24, 2015

Coming Up: Proud of my Family Weekend at Children's Discovery Museum

film projector graphicChildren's Discovery Museum is hosting activities to celebrate Bay Area family diversity this weekend with activities throughout the museum. You and the kids can make rainbow friendship bracelets, explore what family means to you, learn the meanings of the colors in the rainbow flag, and more.

CDM representatives will also be at the Silicon Valley Pride Festival on Sunday, August 30 at Almaden Boulevard. Look for the Museum activity "Bubbles are Rainbows" between noon and 4 p.m. in the Family Garden area.

When: August 29-30
Where: Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose
Cost: free with admission

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Coming Up: Free Concert in Foster City Friday Night

This Friday, grab your picnic blankets and head to Leo Ryan Park in Foster City for a fun concert. You'll hear Rick Reynolds and his 37 piece orchestra play Broadway music. Bring a dinner, or buy from the food trucks. The concert runs from 6-8.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Coming Up: Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert Series - Free

This Saturday launches the Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series and Acoustic Soul Festival. Rebel Soul Records, Friends of the AMP Jerry Garcia Amphitheater and Saturday in the Park McLaren presents the festival, which features San Francisco native Martin Luther McCoy with Faye Carol (Jazz vocalist), YouNique Girl, The Three Bells and Viveca Hawkins. You'll also see youth dance performers, poets and other family fun. Bring lunch. They'll have small snacks available for purchase.

When: Saturday, August 22
Where: McLaren Park, San Francisco
When: Pre-show starts at noon. Live Acoustic Soul starts at 1 p.m
Parking: free

Other concerts in the series:

August 29 – Flavor of the South Side – A day of bluegrass, classic rock, folk and jazz music featuring, Pucci and the Pups, Back Porch Band and Delmarva.

October 10 – The Kids’ Festival – with Charity and the JAMBand, the Alphabet Rockers and, from 11-3, a day for the whole family of art, music, magic, science, hikes and dance and more.

October 17 – The Blues Show – season finale concert presenting: a Tribute to B. B. King presented by SFArtsEverywhere. It celebrates 44 years of the Amphitheater with their annual Birthday Party celebration and 10 years honoring the naming of the Amphitheater after Jerry Garcia, frontman for the Grateful Dead Band.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Prolong Summer With Movies and TV Shows

Unlike most Bay Area kids, mine are still in camp! We are starting big school years this year, so life will be full of exciting changes. We're not ready to let summer go, so we're keeping a few things on the agenda to keep summer in mind.

Have you been watching the new Netflix show Wet Hot American Summer - First Day of Camp series? This campy show (truly) has some bizarre moments that leave you shaking your head and thinking "did they really just do that?" (I'm mean about you, talking vegetable can, and you girl who came out of the bathroom stall in an unexpected way). I don't recommend you put this show on for your kids, but we will be screening the 2001 movie with my kids when they return. The cast is phenomenol: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and the list goes on. Most of these actors are in the television series 14 years later, still playing camp counselors, which is hilarious.

To get the kids in the mood for school (and let them watch TV, which they haven't done for a month), there's School of Rock with Jack Black and a new Netflix series, Project MC2 (that's supposed to be a "squared" mark but I can't do that on my blog). The show features four supercool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to save the world. Not a bad premise!

Disclosure: I am a Netflix StreamTeam member.