Friday, February 27, 2009
“This exciting family concert, uniting the comedy magic and mentalism show of Jay Alexander with the playful sounds of the San Francisco Sinfonietta Orchestra under the baton of charismatic Steiner, will definitely delight the young and the not so young.
Witness the world's only Psychic Symphony, a floating violinist and more! Hear fascinating and familiar orchestral works like the "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Can Can", "Flight of the Bumblebee" and other favorites paired with Jay's masterful ability to fool the audience and leave them amazed.”
Alexander claims to be magician to the stars (including Robin Williams, John Cleese, the Rolling Stones) – not sure what that means (he opens for them?) but it can’t be bad.
When: Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 2:00pm
Where: Herbst Theater, San Francisco
Tickets: (415) 392-4400 or www.CityBoxOffice.com
Cost: $25-55 a ticket
Info: Jay Alexander or San Francisco Sinfonietta
Thank you to Carlin for alerting me to this fun show!
There’s not much to tell about the actual craft – cut out a figure in paper and think about what you want your doll to represent. Then use fabric, yarn, buttons and anything else you can think of, to decorate it.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Requirements: Females who live in San Francisco and who have 3 or more children living in the household.
If you are interested in the BABY PRODUCTS study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/dkutam or call 415-984-0400 and ask for a recruiter for the Baby Products study
What: Museum Tour for families (recommended for kids 4-8)
Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St, San Francisco
When: Each Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Cost: free with museum admission ($10/adults, free for kids under 18)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tabletop basketball – Saturday, March 14 from 10:00-11:00
Sign up here for a Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH TO MONDAY MARCH 2ND, 2-3.5 hour in-home interview/shop along at a convenient time for you
Requirements: Females who are currently pregnant or have at least 1 child under age 3 living in the household
Incentive: $200.00-$300.00 If you are interested in the BABY PRODUCTS study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/dkutam
Thursday, MARCH 5TH, 30 minute individual interview during morning or afternoon:
Requirements: Males and females who purchase freshly baked breads, rolls, sweet goods or desserts regularlyIncentive: $65.00 If you are interested in the FOOD study, fill out this survey: http://tinyurl.com/ddhsg5
Thursday, FEBRUARY 26TH, 60 Minute individual interview at a hotel in downtown SF during the afternoon
Requirements: Males and females between the ages of 35-50 who visit leisure facilities
Incentive: $100.00 If you are interested in the LEISURE FACILITIES study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/d5oza6
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH OR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 90 minute focus group evening discussion
Requirements: Males and females at least 18 years old who play a role in the selection and final decision-making regarding computers and computer accessories they use
Incentive: $100.00 If you are interested in the COMPUTERS study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/d8ndjw
Thursday, MARCH 5TH, 2 Hour & 15 Minute focus group discussion during the evening
Requirements: Males and females who have been diagnosed and are currently treating for one of the following conditions: Multiple Sclerosis, Dry Eye Disease, Fibromyalgia, Macular Degeneration, Gout or Restless Leg Syndrome.
Incentive: $125.00 If you are interested in the HEALTHCARE study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/aqaleb
Leave the kids at home and have some fun. After all, as a Yiddish Proverb says: “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul!"
When: Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Bayside Performing Arts Center – San Mateo
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Of course there are conditions attached - set by the restaurant. It might mean a minimum order or dining Sunday-Thursday. Or it might not. Tipping would be based on the normal meal price. Fair enough.
I've used these coupons before, and just bought three more before posting this. After picking out the coupons you want on Restaurant.com, enter the promo code DINE in the promomotions box, and it will show your new low total. Pay and then print the coupons. The promotion ends February 28, but the coupons can be used for a year. And even without the discount, the price is still good!
Help stimulate the economy with a night out - at a discount!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Shutterfly is offering a free 8" x 8" photo book, 20 pages. This is a $30 value. Their books are gorgeous and make great gifts (Mother's Day is coming up...hint hint).
The promotion ends March 10, 2009. The promo code is PHOTOBOOKS. You pay for shipping and handling and any extra pages.
Addendum: apparently this promo code is not good for all customers, but is targeted. So I apologize if it doesn't work for everyone.
Where: The Exploratorium
When: Saturday, February 21 from 11:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: regular admission price
Everybody knows that it’s great to read together… well, it’s great to draw together, too! Too often, though, grownups will say, “I can’t draw” and that’s the end of it. Well, enough! You don’t have to be “good” at drawing for drawing to be good for you. Drawing is a wonderful way for kids and grownups to spend time together, tell each other stories, share feelings, and be silly and laugh. In this class we’ll do drawing and cartooning games and activities that you can use to build confidence and to try at home. Kids and grownups should attend the class together.
Also at the museum, through Sunday, the art of Coraline, with drawings, storyboards, puppets and sets from the movie.
When: Saturday, February 21 from noon to 2:00
For: kids age 7 and up (plus their grownup)
Register: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-227-8666 x 303
Where: 655 Mission, San Francisco
What: Portable Planetarium
Where: Belmont Library (1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont)
When: Saturday, February 28 at 2:00 and 3:30
Register: email@example.com or call 650-591-8286
Thursday, February 19, 2009
-Milk (10:30 a.m.)
-The Reader (1:00 p.m.)
-The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (3:45 p.m.)
-Slumdog Millionaire (7:15 p.m.)
-Frost/Nixon (9:45 p.m.)
Participating Bay Area AMC theaters are in San Francisco and Santa Clara.
This concert is intended to be a great introduction to classical music for anyone – kids to adults. It lasts one hour, so the kids won’t get too antsy. And it's free!
Berkeley – Sunday, February 22 at noon (Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Avenue)
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
What: Humor for Kids with storyteller Liora Brosbe
Where: PJCC (800 Foster City Blvd. in Foster City)
When: Friday, February 20 from 2:30-3:00
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I've been a member of 24 Hour Fitness for 8 years in the Bay Area (and I though I had a good deal, paying about $16/month). The classes are good, and most of them have kids' clubs (hours can be slightly restrictive, in that the kids' club is closed mid-day and on Sundays) . My kids have a love/hate relationship with the kids' club, but it's an inexpensive place to leave them while you're on site ($2/visit per kid if you buy a 20 visit card, otherwise it's $3/visit/kid).
Most of the clubs have pools, a co-ed jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, as well as locker rooms. Of course there's a weight room and cardio equipment. The staff is friendly (though turnover can be high). And they're generally clean. The regular clubs aren't very fancy, but if you're only paying $12.50 a month, who cares?
Monday, February 16, 2009
On these cold, wet days…no sense in staying dry. Head to the Silliman Family Aquatic Center in Newark for some indoor water play. There’s something for everyone here – a hot tub for the parents, a play structure in the water for tots – and two exciting slides for those 48” and taller. And a lazy river for those of us who are…lazy.
The play structure is the first place we head, and it’s good for toddlers up to age 8 or 9. The structure has water spurting out of different areas, and lots of ropes and steering wheels kids can manipulate to control the water coming out. There’s a mini slide, and slightly longer covered one, for a good splash entry. Plus rope ladders, random dump buckets and more. The beach-type entry means no stairs to trip on, and there’s plenty of very shallow water here (enough so that it gets a bit chilly for adults).
The water structure area is connected to a slightly deeper pool, with plenty of room to give the kids horsey rides or shoot mini hoops with the ball and hoop provided.
The lazy river has some inner tubes (one person per tube - no kids riding on your lap), or you can just swim it, with the water pushing you along. Zachary had a great time trying to escape my watch, and he could swim it much faster than me (perhaps since he weighs less!). With the inner tubes floating past, though, it was a little scary to let him do it alone. It’s easy for those in the tubes not to see little ones swimming, and accidently hit them against the pool edge. Not that there’s huge danger here, but still...a mom worries (a dad doesn’t, apparently).
Mark and I took turns watching the kids, so we could also do the 20 foot high slides. One is a shorter, closed (purple) chute, which is very fast and ends with a large splash (or at least I did – maybe I need to loose a few pounds…). The other (blue) is open on the top, and tended to make me a little dizzy. It’s better for the more cautious kids, because it’s slower (if they sit up, which they’re not supposed to do), and they can see. It took Dori awhile to agree to go up, but once she did, she went over and over again.
There’s a deeper pool for laps and water polo, but we avoided that one. And then the hot tub (cleverly shapled like a clover, Newark's symbol), where they allow kids age 5 and over (with a parent), however it was too hot for my kids.
The teen lifeguards here take their jobs seriously and will whistle at you (unfortunately not for the reasons this mom of 2 in a sexy black bathing suit would like). They will call you out on ANYTHING you’re apparently doing wrong. It bodes well, though, that they’re trying to enforce safety.
The crowd this weekend was pretty big, though there was still plenty of room to move around in the water. There were a lot of teens there, but I have to say they were very polite and well-behaved (though Mark didn’t particularly like being called “sir” by one of them – it made him feel old). The locker rooms felt claustrophobic with so many people, and the floors were wet, but it was clean. They have showers, which you’ll need to wash off the huge concentration of chlorine in the water.
Bring a towel, flip flops and a lock for the locker room. They provide life jackets for the little ones. They also have a snack bar there, though you can eat your own food (presumably in the lobby area – I didn’t see anyone eating near the pool). They host birthday parties there, and it would be a fun place for a birthday.
Check the hours before you go, since they change depending on the season. On weekends they generally open at noon or 1:00 p.m., making it a tough trip for those with afternoon nappers.
Where: Silliman Family Aquatic Center in Newark, 6800 Mowry Ave, Newark
Cost: free for kids 2 and under; $4-$5 ages 3-18; $7 for those 18 and up.
Hours: Check the website.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
We went to the factory in Petaluma on a weekday when the kids had no school.
We headed into the video room, where we listened to Angus, Mrs. Grossman’s dog, narrate the 20 minute film. The kids liked the movie, which explained how the stickers are designed, the dies made, print plates developed, and how the stickers are printed and packaged.
**Each roll of stickers is 5,000 feet long.
**The printers are 150 feet long from the beginning to the end of the printing process.
**They only buy 11 colors of ink, and then custom mix them.
**They are the only company in the world with a laser that specially cuts some of the stickers (and you can tell they’re laser cut because the back of the sticker is slightly brown).
**The laser shoots out 10,000 degrees of heat (hotter than the sun), and sparks fly during the process.
**They make 58 million sheets of stickers a year, and 12 million packages.
**They print their own bar codes for the sticker packages.
Of course we ended up at the company store. They have a good selection, not surprisingly, as well as a great sale area with discontinued stickers. We stocked up.
It turns out that the Jelly Belly Factory is only 30-40 minutes away in Fairfield. If I realized it was this close, we would have done a double header and hit them both in one day. We did a Jelly Belly “factory tour” in Wisconsin, and I’m still steaming mad that it wasn’t actually a factory tour, but rather a warehouse tour. The boxes of jelly bellies were stacked on the inside, and the little train taking us around the perimeter had us look at exhibits on the walls. That didn’t stop me from purchasing the candy at the company store, which I guess is their point, but I still want to tour the actual factory.
As for Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory, they offer tours Monday - Friday. Apparently the tour costs $3 a person (and includes a $3 coupon for the company store), but no one mentioned money while we were there, or during the phone reservation.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
What: Ferryboat Engine Room Tour
Where: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier
When: Sunday, February 15 from 3:00-3:45
Cost: $5 for adults, free for kids under 16
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The market room was a lot of fun, with a cute grocery story (featuring plastic vegetables, carts and a check out aisle), pint size medical office for dolls, lifesize Operation game (I loved this!) and a Dance Dance Revolution game (I love this even more). Sadly, I can never figure out how to program the DDR machine so I’m not on hypermode. Still, it was a good workout and I’m proud to say I beat my five year old son.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Sweet Breams are made of this…of course this song ran through my mind when entering Sweet Breams, a taiyaki bakery in downtown San Mateo. What? You haven’t heard of taiyaki? Well I hadn’t either, until recently.
But here I was, in this cute bakery run by Tara Wong. Taiyaki are fish-shaped waffles filled with azuki bean paste, Nutella, chocolate or vanilla custards. Each week Sweet Breams also offers the “catch of the week” flavor (last week it was coffee and cream). And they’re served fresh and hot – about 2 bites per tiny fish. The place smells like waffle cones.
I took the kids in there, and they went nuts. A large screen television attracted Zachary – especially since it was playing a Transformers movie. Dori happily chatted Tara’s ear off. And I was looking at the artwork on the wall – done by local artists and available for purchase. (And purchase I did – a larger piece designed specifically for the bakery, and a smaller piece called Miso Panda. Dori and I fought over that one – still not sure who will get it).
You buy the taiyaki in schools (or a half school). It equals about 50 cents each – not cheap, but definitely good. Don’t come hungry or you could eat a whole school up easily.
They have a “secret” menu, where you can get a baker’s dozen in the taiyaki school, plus other special types of orders. But I won’t give it away here. You have to go to Sweet Breams website to see.
Sweet Breams, 220 2nd Avenue, San Mateo. Check their hours before going. Generally they're open from 12:30 to 3:00, then 4:00-7:00, 8:00 or 10:00 depending on the day. They're closed on Mondays.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
This is a uniquely "female perspective" on comedy, taking place Thursday, February 26, 7 pm at the Bayside Performing Arts Center in San Mateo. Part of the PJCC's Festival of Jewish Humor, "The Comedy of Carol Leifer and Cathy Ladman" features renowned Jewish women comics Carol Leifer, Seinfeld producer and writer, and Cathy Ladman, the American Comedy Award-Winning "Best Female Stand Up Comic" and Tonight Show favorite.
The North Peninsula Women's Alliance of JCF will host a special pre-show reception featuring Cameron Hughes Wine and Peet's Coffee (and desserts). Plus, there will be amazing door prizes.
Leave the kids at home and have some fun. After all, as a Yiddish Proverb says: “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul!"
What: Comedy of Carol Leifer and Cathy Ladman
When: Thursday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Where: Bayside Performing Arts Center – San Mateo
Tickets: $20 for PJCC members/$25 non-members/$30 Door. Mention JCF Women's Alliance for the member price.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I went to the Chinese New Year Parade years ago; my children must have been 2 and 5. I remember it as a very enjoyable experience with lots of colors, dragons, animations, firecrackers, and happy people. I am planning to take them again this year.
The Chinese Parade will unroll from Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson starting at 5:15 pm and going on til 8:00 pm
Tip 3 Bring foldable chairs for you or your little ones to rest while waiting. If you are driving, just retrieve them at the last moment if you are spending the afternoon in Chinatown.
Tip 5 Be prepared for cold weather: dress warm, good shoes, umbrellas (the parade will not be cancelled if it rains). Let your kids know that if it rains a lot, you may decide to postpone viewing the parade another year.
Lion dance: they bring joy and happiness. Two people form the lion: one for the head, the other one for the rear. They will be dancing all along the parade so look for them!
For more information, here's the parade's official website.
Thank you Lydie! And don't forget to check out Travel is More Fun with Kids.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
For this lecture, the topic is The Well Balanced Child: Avoiding Stress and Overscheduling. Here's the blurb about the program: "Children today live in a culture that is increasingly characterized by a “more is more” and “earlier is better” mindset, both in and out of school. Dr. Pope’s program is a must for parents seeking a healthy balance between achievement and personal fulfillment for their children."
Little Wonders Preschool and St. Paul's Nursery School, co-sponsor the event.
What: Denise Pope - The Well Balanced Child: Avoiding Stress and Overscheduling
When: Wednesday, February 25 from 7-9 p.m.
Where: San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 Delaware Street, San Mateo
Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
What: School Camp Fair in San Francisco
Where: French American International School Gym, 151 Oak Street, SF
When: Saturday, February 7, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Just a word about the coupon - I got it for (almost) donating blood through Blood Centers of the Pacific. (Unfortunately my iron was too low, though I'll try again soon). Please consider donating blood if you can! They're always in need, and they offer great snacks after!
If you want the coupon, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address. I assume I'll get more than one response, so if you don't hear from me by email that I'm sending it, you can assume that you'll just have to enter another Frisco Kids giveaway to win. I will not be saving your addresses (email or snail mail) and will definitely not be passing them on to anyone else.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
So I took a look at the new line of organic bamboo/cotton baby clothes from Bebe Fiore. They’re brought to you by the Calibowl people – they’re in the Bay Area!
We got these two cute items to check out, which almost made want to have another baby (Mark said no). So we had to try them out on a friend’s baby. Needless to say, the baby did NOT give them back. Bummer, because I love baby clothes. Especially ones this soft.
Bebe Fiore is stressing the line is ecofriendly, and the clothes comes in a bag that is supposed to biodegrade if left uncovered in sunlight. So the bag is sitting on our table out back – science experiment! Of course the rain hasn’t helped – now the bag is just wet. But I’m waiting to see if it will indeed break into small pieces. Or if Mark will just throw it out.
Either way, the clothes will likely not biodegrade any time soon, unless our friend’s baby does a major number in them and they don’t get washed. Okay, that's probably a little too much information. I’ll stop here.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Bead Make-it Take-it by Jolees Jewels, Saturday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. FREE
Science Fair Demo, Saturday, February 14, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. FREE
Yarn Necklace & Tassel Make-it Take-it by Lion Brand Yarn, Saturday, February 21, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. FREE
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Sunday, February 1, 2009
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