Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coming Up: Fleet Week

If you haven't noticed the Blue Angels flying around, then I'll tell you that it's Fleet Week. If you have seen them, you already know this!

Here are some Fleet Week activities for this weekend:

What: Fleet Fest - Ship tours, food trucks, live music, military displays and art
When: Saturday and Sunday - 10-6
Where: Pier 80
Schedule: see the Fleet Week schedule here

Ship Tours:
Actually ship tours go on Saturday through Monday. Here are ship tour details. They're at various piers around San Francisco, not in one spot!

Parade of Ships
Watch the parade of ships Friday from 11-12:30. They'll start out by the Golden Gate Bridge.

Air Show
The Air Show is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-3. See the schedule of who performs when. You can get premium box seats here. The Blue Angels perform last.

What to do Columbus Day weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area

What to do on Columbus Day weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area? Here are some ideas:

-Check out Art SV/SF, an international contemporary and modern art fair at the San Mateo County Event Center October 8-11. They'll have more than 70 international art galleries and artists, and the fair is for all ages. There's a Kids' Center, a supervised playroom on-site for kids ages 3-13, where they'll be introduced to art and can participate in art explorations, games, puzzles and storytelling. High school/college and art students can attend panels and discussions about art (GoPro’s President Tony Bates will be on the Architecture, Art and Interior Design panel). It's a big fair, with more than 12,500 attendees, collectors and buyers last year, including George Lucas!

-Jack of All Trades Market, with 90+ local artists, collectors, makers and more, plus games, live music and workshops for all ages. It's at Historic Jack London Square in  Oakland on Saturday from 11 to 5. It's free and pet friendly.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Coming Up: Kids' Festival at McLaren Park Concert Series - Free

This Saturday is part of the Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series. It's 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.

When: Saturday, October 10
WhereMcLaren Park, San Francisco
Parking: free

Monday, October 5, 2015

Coming Up: DIY Felt Mask Workshop

Fall is here, and so is a workshop to make gorgeous felt animal masks. Check out the creation below, which you can make at the MiniMakers workshop later in October. See more masks at the bottom.

In the workshop you'll make felt woodland animal masks which you can use for Halloween, dress-up or as wall-art (you'll get wall plaques to hang them if you want). The workshop is put on by Chelsea from Lovely Indeed, Amber from Damask Love, and the Land of Nod.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coming Up: Museums on Us - Free Admission

Bank of America's Museums on Us program runs this weekend, October 3-4 (some museums are only one day), giving B of A cardholders and Merrill Lynch card holders (credit or debit) one free admission per card at participating museums. We've used this program and love it! The website won't let me give you an individual list of cities to click, so just check the main website and look for California in the pull-down menu.

Participating museums in San Francisco, East Bay and San Jose area:
· The Tech Museum of Innovation
· The San Jose Museum of Art
· Chabot Space and Science Center
· Contemporary Jewish Museum
· de Young Museum
· Legion of Honor

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets: DJ MacHale in Menlo Park - Free

My tween son and niece are huge DJ MacHale fans. He writes the Pendragon series and is introducing the new Voyagers series, part sci-fi, part eco-mystery, plus action/adventure. You can learn more about it (and buy it) at Machale's appearance at Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.

Get your free ticket here to see MacHale here.

When: Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m.
Where; Kepler's Books (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Get 'Yer Tickets: If/Then

SHN made an exciting announcement that the touring production of If/Then includes not only Idina Menzel, but original castmates Tony Award-winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and James Snyder (Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages), the original Broadway stars of the show.

I reviewed the show for Jersey Kids with these castmates, and you can read the If/Then review here (and see whether it might be good for your kids, or better as a date night).

What: If/Then
When: November 10 – December 6
Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco
Tickets: get them at the SHN website
Ages: recommended for 12+