Tuesday, March 31, 2009
TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH
2 HOUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION IN DOWNTOWN SF IN THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: Cat owners age 23-59
If you are interested in the CAT FOOD study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/cvolpd
TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7TH
2 HOUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION IN DOWNTOWN SF IN THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: Dog owners age 23-59
If you are interested in the DOG FOOD study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/c8ypjt
MONDAY, APRIL 6TH TO THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH
45 MINUTE PHONE INTERVIEW, VARIOUS TIMES AVAILABLE
Requirements: Business owners whose business sells through a website to businesses or consumers
If you are interested in the ECOMMERCE study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/dg4saf
THURSDAY, APRIL 9TH
2 HOUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION DURING THE EVENING
Requirements: Males and females age 25-69 who are registered to vote
If you are interested in the COMMUNITY ISSUES study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/c7hpvu
MONDAY, APRIL 13TH TO APRIL 30TH
3 HOUR INTERVIEW IN YOUR OFFICE DURING THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON
Requirements: Small business owners, partners or operation managers who use online applications to support their business processes
Incentive: $300.00 American Express Check
If you are interested in the SMALL BUSINESSES study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/dhbw94
THURSDAY, APRIL 16TH
90 MINUTE FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION IN DOWNTOWN SF IN THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: IT Professionals who work in a medium to large-sized company
If you are interested in the IT PROFESSIONALS study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/csoox6
MONDAY, APRIL 20TH
2 HOUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION IN DOWNTOWN SF IN THE AFTERNOON, OR MONDAY, APRIL 20TH - THURSDAY, APRIL 23RD
3 HOUR IN HOME INTERVIEW/SHOP ALONG, VARIOUS TIMES AVAILABLE
Requirements: Males and females age 25-55
Incentive: $125.00 - $225.00
If you are interested in the BEVERAGES study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/cb546o
Monday, March 30, 2009
Haven't tried out the free movie deal at Redbox yet? Hurry! The weekly free movies are about to end. (this might be the last one).
The Redbox code for today (good through midnight) is MMM401
The rental is good for 24 hours. Find a Redbox near you (in the Bay Area, they're in lots of Lucky's stores along with some others).
Sunday, March 29, 2009
No fee to enter. Pick up forms at participating Willow Glen stores. Nominate your local hero until April 3, 2009. Voting then goes until April 18, leading up to the April 28 award dinner.
Thanks to Frisco Kids reader Teri for passing this along!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Join Habitot for its 11th Birthday Bash on April 18, 2009. The FREE Admission Day is sponsored by Life is Good Foundation with a jazz performance by Guy Gash and his Sharp Five Jazz Band from 2:00-4:00pm.
Special appearance Lovee the Clown, with bubbles, puppet shows and songs from 11:00-12:30pm.
In the Art Studio, children and families will help decorate Habitot’s giant birthday cake with icings and sprinkles. Also, birthday stories in the Multicultural Reading Tent at 10:00am-1:00pm.
Habitot is in Berkeley at 2065 Kittredge Street. For more info call (510) 647-1111.
Friday, March 27, 2009
The first 2,000 cars to bring by the items, receive a coupon for a $100 Sony product, redeemable at Sony Style stores at Valley Fair or Stanford Shopping Center.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This Sunday, head to Marin to check out the grand opening of Stretch the Imagination, a center for yoga, art and creative discovery for young kids. This San Francisco studio is opening its second location - in Corte Madera.
Stretch the Imagination focuses on exploring the arts, movement, and music as a learning process to promote child development and curiosity. It's inspired by Reggio Emilia's philosophy that kids are competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, and inventive, and possess a desire to interact and communicate with others.
Learn more at its free open house this Sunday March 29, 2009 from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Singer James K will perform. The studio is at 47 A Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera, in the Book Passage shopping center.
More info: 415-927-2616 or click here
And on Saturday, March 28, they’re hosing the Simon Kidgits Club Easter Eggstravaganza.
Join the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m .to 1:00 and let the kids loose in a shopping center egg hunt (let’s hope they hide some See’s chocolate eggs). Then from 2:00-3:30, watch a children’s fashion show with musical performance by The Music Within Us.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
For example, do you eat your kids' holiday candy without guilt? Do you say "hang on, I'll be right there" and hope your kids will forget they called you? Do you sometimes put your kids to bed early so you can have a break? So do I. And so does Sarah Ludwig, author of Parenting by Trial & Error, who wrote the blog post that made me feel better about myself and my mothering techniques...
Check out her blog post here: Parenting by Trial & Error.
Friday, March 20, 2009
There's a bridge thermometer, which has a calibrated spotting scope, mounted on an Upper Fort Mason trail and trained on the Golden Gate Bridge. It allows you to see how much the span moves up and down as the structure contracts and expands in reaction to temperature changes (it can rise and fall by as much as 16 feet).
Look for the pier piling pivot, where you can see the plant and animal life living in this part of the shoreline. And learn about thermal optics from the architectural mirage exhibit.
The interior Exploratorium isn't far away - so put that on your list to visit too!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The interactive performance about Norooz history is part of Habitot’s Persian New Year celebration. Families celebrate the coming of spring with Norooz customs like painting “tokhme-morgh” eggs and planting “sabzeh” wheatgrass. In their Art Studio, kids can use flower petals, seeds, and other natural materials to make spring collages.
The performance is from 11:00-11:30 am, followed by Iranian children’s stories at noon, 2:00 pm, & 3:30 pm in the Multicultural Reading Tent.
Habitot is open from 9:30 to 4:30 and costs $7 for adults, and $8 for kids. 2065 Kittredge Street, Berkeley. (510) 647-1111
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Well, it's another Wednesday and another chance to catch up on those movies you don't get out to see. To get today's Redbox code for a free rental, click here.
To find out where the closest Redbox kiosk is, click here.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
If you’re a golfer, let me know if the site works out for you!
Monday, March 16, 2009
My memories of St. Patrick's Day are of wearing green (when I was younger) and drinking beer (when I was older). Have some fun with the various Bay Area celebrations this Tuesday. I'll highlight one:
Habitot's Shamrock Celebration Day includes traditional Irish folk music by the Shamrock Ceilidh Band from 10:30 am to noon on Tuesday. Kids can make a shamrock crown in the art studio, and hunt for hidden "gold" throughout the museum from 10 a.m. to noon.
If you'd like to see more happenings, Lydie of Travel is More Fun with Kids has an extensive listing (plus explanations of the holiday) on her blog. Check it out!
**Check out Frisco Kid's Spring Break 2010 ideas for
-spring break in San Francisco
-spring break in Lake Tahoe
-spring break in Arizona
For many, spring break is almost here. Just in case you’re staying local, Frisco Kids has a list of ideas to keep you and the kiddies busy and not bored.
Take a day trip to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Make it more fun by taking the train there.
Indulge your sticker fantasies by touring Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory in Petaluma.
Go to a museum you’ve never been to (see my list on the right). Try a smaller one that’s less known, like the Randall Museum or Palo Alto Junior Museum.
See the model trains at Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers
It’s crowded, but head to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. See the 3-D bug movie, the planetarium, the aquarium, and albino alligators Bonnie and Claude.
The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve has great tide pools! Spot the sea anemones, sea stars, hermit crabs and more.
Splash around at the indoor swimming pool/play structure at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center in Newark.
Come up with some creative things to do at home or in the neighborhood, with this list of 60 things to do with your kids.
Have a culinary day – tasting gourmet cupcakes and taiyaki or exploring San Francisco’s Ferry Building (kids love Taylor's Refresher and the Ciao Bella gelateria).
Take a day trip to Monterey. Here are 5 family favorite things to do in Monterey.
Spend the day at Fisherman’s Wharf, eating Ghirardelli ice cream, riding the carousel at Pier 39, watching the sea lions on the pier and looking at all the arts along the street.
Movie Day! Get some Netflix, library movies or a free Wednesday rental at Redbox, and cozy up to the kids and popcorn.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
These free hikes are a great week to see a new area, and learn something too. They're led by trained docents. Hikes are listed by difficulty level. They do have some specifically for kids, though I don’t see any of those listed for the upcoming months.
But there are several flat hikes (perfect for my slowpoke complaining son), including one titled Slimy Slugs at Purisma Creek Redwoods (3/22/09) and an Introduction to Geocaching at Russian Ridge (4/5/09).
Some hikes require reservations, which can only be made within two weeks of the hike, but it’s free.
Thank you to Elizabeth for telling me about these! Check out her blog, Tech for Luddites.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
When: Monday, March 16 at 11:30
Where: 250 Visitacion Avenue (415/467-2060)
Friday, March 13, 2009
They'll have 200 exhibitors offering...family summer resources. Learn about camps, arts and crafts, activities, jobs (for teens), classes and sports. there are some free kid activities, a climbing wall and massages for the parents (yeah, good luck getting to the front of the line there!)
The event is free and is at the Concourse Exhibition Center at 8th and Brannon. 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more info check sfkids.org.
"This inspiring and interactive session led by expert coaches will help you find career and life fulfillment. Hear 'before and after' stories of women who have undergone life-changing career makeovers. Begin the process of your own transformation through thought-provoking career exploration exercises that will help you define your goals and market yourself confidently."
Coaches Barbara Gottesman and Rebecca Zucker will lead the session.
The event starts at 5:45 with networking and a light dinner (great wine and Whole Foods catering - yum!). The program is 6:30-9:00.
This is the second in a series (though they stand independently so it's okay if you only attend this one). I did got to the last one, and it was fabulous. Great women and a lovely, inspiring evening.
It's brought to you by the Jewish Vocational Services and the Jewish Community Federation. And it's sponsored by Bare Escentuals (they gave us mini make-overs an a $60 mineral powder starter kit last time - and I think they're doing the same this time), plus Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Sprint.
I'll be there and hope some of you can join me! Space is limited. It's $30, and last time women came from San Francisco, the Peninsula and the South Bay. To RSVP click here or call 650.349.1523
Thursday, March 12, 2009
From Laure Latham Guyot's post on SFKids.org:
"If blogs can shape a generation of parents, it’s time to take a closer look at what blogs San Francisco and Bay Area parents rely on to survive the urban jungle...For the first time, SFKids.org surveys the major blog resources for families in the Bay Area. They were mostly discovered through parent referrals, as popularity is a sure sign of blog quality, but also through basic internet cross-referencing.
While this list is by no means exhaustive, it will give a taste of only-in-San Francisco blogs (FriscoKids)..."
Read the entire story and list of cited blogs here.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 from 7:00-9:00 at Carrington Auditorium (Sequoia High School, Redwood City). Get tickets for that talk here.
Tickets are $15/person in advance, $20/person at the door. They expect to sell out, so if you’re interested, grab the tickets soon.
Rather than retyping my review of the Ventian Hotel in Las Vegas here, I'm going to point you to it on Travel Savvy Mom. I'm a contributor there, and it's a great website for kid-friendly hotel reviews and informative but always fun travel essays.
So, read the reveiw and spend some time poking around the site!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
She says: "To celebrate National Reading Month, LeapFrog has started a One Million Hours Reading Pledge and is also sponsoring a giveaway of their Tag Reading System on ten selected blogs."
Well, her blog is one of them. Check out the LeapFrog system, pledge your reading hours and enter to win the $78 package at her site.
They just released Rachel Getting Married, Milk, and Boy in the Striped Pajamas, among others (like such soon-to-be classics like Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Spongebob vs. The Big One).
The Redbox code for today (good through midnight CST) is: JBG123
To find a Redbox near you, click here.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
On Tuesday, March 10 head to your neighborhood FedEx for "FedEx Office Free Resume Printing Day.” They'll print up to 25 copies of each customer’s resume for free on resume-quality paper.
This offer is good in their 1,600 stores, for 25 single sided black-and-white resume copies per customer. Orders must be placed and picked up in the store. You can place your order by submitting your resume on paper or digitally.
Friday, March 6, 2009
So they have a new special right now that I'm sharing with you, since that last post was quite popular with readers.
Between now and midnight March 9th, get a $25 certificate for $5 (instead of the usual $10). Use the code CHEF when you check out and the discount will pop up.
Addendum: My friend Elizabeth (a writer and techie), says she bought herself a gift certificate on restaurant.com that gives her a credit on the site for the amount purchased (i.e. you can purchase $300 worth of certificates for $25 or so). She can go in and "redeem a gift" by choosing a restaurant, and the amount chosen is reduced from her credit.
The great thing about doing it this way is that you can use the coupons at restaurants in other cities or states. And buying in California means the credit doesn't expire - it says so on the terms and conditions.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
This is Mark Kaplan, Debbie’s husband and today’s guest blogger. You may know me from this website for the snarky comments which have been attributed to me. But today I get to go beyond the snark, and write about my trip to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento with Zack and my stepfather.
Two words: Boy Heaven.
Much of the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the transcontinental railroad: initial funding (learn how Leland Stanford made his money), laying first tracks, and the challenges of building over the Sierra. The Western terminus was in fact two blocks from where the museum sits. Every hour there is a fine 20 minute film on the subject, and a half-hour lecture right after.
The museum also has scads of historical engines, railroad cars, and railroad memorabilia from both the 19th + 20th centuries. While most of the cars you could only look at from the outside (needless to say they did not capture my son’s attention) some you can actual go inside of (e.g. a dining car from turn-of-the-century, mail car from 50 years ago, sleeper car from the 20s).
I enjoyed seeing the china and silver place settings, from an era of far more gracious travel than we have today (well, if you could afford it), although my 26-year old self who was bored to tears registering for china at Macy’s would shake his head in shame at the middle-age suburbanite I’ve turned into.
There’s more on the second floor: antique toy trains, a giant model railroad with 4 trains going, and – best part – a giant Thomas play area where the kids play and dads can read The Economist (grandpa read The NY Times on his Kindle).
There's a nice gift shop (thanks Grandpa! Dad wouldn’t have been nearly so nice) and lunch spots within walking distance. In fact there are other attractions in the “Old Sacramento” area (Leland Stanford Mansion...the Capitol), but for my 5 year old son the Railroad Museum was plenty for one day.
Getting there can be half the fun. You could take I-80, but it’s pretty blah (unless you stop in the Budweiser factory tour in Fairfield…look for that on my kaplanbachelorparty.net blog). What better way to get to a train museum than…the train!
The Museum is two blocks from the Amtrak station; take the Capitol Corridor which runs several times a day in each direction. It goes along the Bay and through the Delta region for a very scenic and relaxing ride. Better yet, catch the California Zephyr in the morning in Emeryville and you can sit in the lounge car for a great view. Just don’t sleep through your stop or 40 hours later you’ll end up in Chicago!
And a shout-out to my friend Lorne for telling me about the Museum in the first place.