Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Start your searches here:
Michael's has pages of crafts, including a windsock, napkin rings and banner.
Oriental Trading Company is often the first place I go for craft kits in large quantities. Not the highest quality, but not the highest prices either. Make sure to google "free shipping" to look for shipping deals. And their temporary tattoos are good quality, so if you want some patriotic ones, this is the place to shop. Just search for July 4 and you'll find plenty of crafts.
Family Fun Magazine (now spoonful) is always good for high quality crafts. Check out the star spangled wavers, decorations and games, and recipes.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Fleishman Field Research is doing focus groups on July 6-8 (daytime and evening) in San Francisco, and paying $100.
If interested, you need to fill out this survey - you'll be contacted if you qualify or they want more information.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Get $10 off each entry this summer (thanks to Bay Area on the Cheap for the link).
If you miss Fairy Tale Wonders, the park features the Enchanted Wings bird show July 13-August 16.
There’s a contest at the end to win Jelly Bellies, so make sure to read all the way through!
The bad news – no photography allowed in the factory tour. Bummer for me, but Mark was happy I had to put my camera down.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
The King is dead! Of course he has been for thousands of years, and now you can see his stuff.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Part of the festival includes a Children's Festival, with 30 performances (though details weren't on the website when I wrote this).
A few of the performances which could be fun for kids:
Wicked: some cast members perform starting at 1:00
Beach Blanket Babylon: who doesn't love those big hats? Just after Wicked, stay for a mini-BBB show.
Lamplighters Musical Theater: performs songs from My Fair Lady.
For more on the performances, click here. Each group performs for 15-30 minutes. Expect crowds - last year they drew more than 10,000 spectators.
James K - Sing, Dance, and Special Craft project with this popular Bay Area musician. He'll deliver tongue twisters and songs inspired by nature, wonder and childhood. James will lead Dads and children in a special craft project using found wooden materials. Don't worry - nothing too girly for Dad.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to make the upcoming film, a Christmas Carol (one guess when it will be released). You can walk through several train cars with interactive exhibits. And there's a tent with movie previews in 3-D.
When: June 26-29; 9:00-4:00
Where: Oakland Middle Harbor (2777 Middle Harbor Road)
So you won't be finding us at this zoo event, though it would be fun the younger set. Announcing the Little People LIVE! I'm wondering if people are going to dress up as the Little People (and then be Big People dressed as Little People) or if the little figures will dance on stage and no one will see them except in the front row. I guess you'll have to go and find out (and post later to tell me).
So if you go, it's supposed to be a family, fun musical featuring songs and animals (plastic or real?), plus take-home crafts. Celebrate the zoo's 80th anniversary, not by visiting the tiger enclosure and wondering whether $900,000 paid to the taunters was too much or too little, but by seeing baby animals, and by taking a historical walking tour of the zoo. Plus there are special 80th discounts on food and rides (wouldn't it be nice if they were all at 1920s prices).
When: June 27 & 28th
Where: SF Zoo
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th, 2-HOUR FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION DURING THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: Males and females ages 18 and up
If you are interested in the GAMING ACTIVITIES study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/m7rptc
TUESDAY, JUNE 30th, 90 MINUTE FOCUS GROUP DISCUSSION DURING THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: Males and females ages 18-65 who have purchased a laptop recently or will intend to purchase a laptop soon
Incentive: $85.00-$100.00 If you are interested in the LAPTOPS study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/ksyurw
Monday, June 22, 2009
Three categories of peddlers ranging from ages under 4, to 9-12. Ha - can you guess the third category? Kid riders will do a hundred meters to a few laps, and win medals, ribbons and ice cream. And after the big finish: entertainment!
Even if you never met Ryan (I didn't), you can still celebrate the boy's spirit and help raise funds for a good cause. For more on Ryan's Ride, click here.
When: Sunday, June 28 - register by 9:30 a.m.
Where: downtown Burlingame (check in at Stacks Restaruant at Lorton/California)
Cost: Free, though it is a fundraiser, so contribute or raise $$ if you're so moved.
Preregister: by Thursday, June 25 or register onsite
Saturday, June 20, 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009
Find a TCBY near you.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
When: Saturday, June 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (air shows are at 11:30-12:30 and 2-3)
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum (601 Skyway Road, San Carlos)
Cost: $17/adults, $10 youth (5-17) and seniors.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
When: Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Stanford Shopping Center, Center Pavilion (El Camino Real/Sand Hill Rd, Palo Alto)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Kids eat free at these restaurants:
Sadiedey's Cafe in Oakland - they're promoting their new dinner events, so starting after 4:00 (Monday-Friday), every adult entree ordered earns one of your kids a free meal too. The nightly activities are themed: Mondays - Single Parents Night; Tuesdays - Community OutReach Night; Wednesdays - Family Art Night; Thursdays - Movie, Pizza, and Popcorn night. Sadiedey has a play area for the kids, in addition to scheduled activities like puppets and music.
Hobee's - with various Bay Area (peninsula and South Bay) locations, this restaurant is a favorite of ours. Like Sadiedey's, it's locally owned. Every Wednesday night at these Hobee's (Palo Alto, Campbell, Stanford, Sunnyvale and though it's not on the website, it's advertised at the Belmont location), kids eat free after 5:00. Plus this summer in Los Gatos, on second Saturdays, kids eat free all day if the accompanying adult purchases an entree. Find the nearest Hobee's here.
And while it's a big chain, we still love Chevy's. Tuesdays (all day) kids eat free days, with purchase of adult entree. If you can park yourself in the cantina for this meal, you can get half-priced margaritas from 5:00-7:00 too. Bonus!
And while this is technically not a kids eat free thing, you can get some awesome prices on restaurant meals using restaurant.com. Buy a coupon for $25 off your meal for only $2 (sale ends today - normally it's $25 coupon for $10 - still a deal). Use the promo code PRESENT when you check out - this promo is good through 6/15/09, but they have lots of sales. I've used these coupons a bunch of times, and have a handful sitting at my desk, so it's legit!
What are your favorite kids-eat-free restaurants?
Sunday, June 14, 2009
(If you're looking for San Francisco Bay Area Father's Day 2010 ideas, click here)
1. Arrrghh…Take Dad to the Northern California Pirate Festival in Vallejo. It’s free, and has tons of entertainment for kids and adults.
2. What dad wouldn’t want to see a live performance of Alice in Wonderland? Especially if his little girl wants to take him. The Evergreen Valley Performing Arts Center is staging this family-friendly with 100 ballet dancers, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m in San Jose.
3. If you like dance, get tickets for the Ethnic Dance Festival in San Francisco. Father’s Day shows are at 2:00 at the Palace of Fine Arts.
4. If Dad likes music, head to the 3rd Annual King of the County BBQ Challenge & Music Festival in Martinez Marina Waterfront Park from 11am-6pm.
5. Go to a national park for free, like Yosemite! Father’s Day weekend is one of three free weekends for more than 100 national parks, including a handful in California.
6. Take Dad out to the ballgame. The SF Giants play the Texas Rangers at 1:05 in San Francisco. It’s Strike Out Cancer day at the ballgame, sponsored by Genentech. The first 15,000 fans get a Giants’ necktie. There’s an odd promotion for Genentech/cancer prevention.
7. Go to Great America – at kids’ prices! Every Sunday in June, Great America lets in all guests at kids’ prices: $35.99 each. Plus there’s a chili cook-off and car show. Get your tickets online for the discounted price.
8. Go biking at the SF Zoo! Join a morning bike-about, followed by continental breakfast. $25 for members ($30 for nomembers), plus $7 per kid riding on a parent's bike. 8:30-11 a.m. RSVP needed.
9. Top it off with frozen yogurt. TCBY is offering dads a free cone or cup of frozen yogurt on Father’s Day.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Can you say sweet and salty? Yum! Chocolate covered pretzels are easy and fun, and the kids can get in on the act too.
Then decorate! We used sprinkles, but you could use chopped candy cane, nuts, shredded coconut…you get the picture.
And you can do the same for some fun chocolate-dipped ice cream cones.
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Friday, June 12, 2009
When: June 13-14, noon to 10 p.m.
Where: Presidio Middle School (450 30th Avenue, at Geary)
Cost: Free (parking is $8)
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Two bone marrow drives this weekend. Please stop by if you can!
The first is for Yara Totah, a 22 year old student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year. Her family is sponsoring a bone marrow drive:
Saturday June 13th at San Mateo's Central Park 10am-4pm.
The other is for Jon Galinson, a dad of two in Berkeley. He was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) last year. He has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past seven months. Jon’s best hope for a cure is a stem cell transplant, and his family is searching for a match for him.
Sunday, June 14, from 1:00pm – 6pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley.
All you have to do is fill out a form and get your cheek swabbed with a Q-tip. Easy!
If you can't make the drives, please join the Be the Match Registry of the National Marrow Donor Program. You can read more about it at: www.bethematch.com. If you live out of town or can't make it to one of the above events, you can join via the online drive at http://join.marrow.org. When asked to provide a promo code, please type in JonGalinson.
Where: SCRAP (801 Toland Street, SF)
What: Do-it-yourself Summer Survival Kits with artist Ruth Oprean Cardillo
Cost: Free for instruction (cost for materials)
Register: email@example.com or call 415-647-1746.
According to SCRAP, "this day is designed for families to have an afternoon outing and creative time together. Ruth will have project samples on display, along with instructions and take-home bags. Then you and your child can experience the thrill of a treasure hunt as you shop for the materials on the SCRAP floor. Bring your finds back to the workshop and organize them in your own kit to take home."
1) Make your own board game
2) Summer-themed diorama
3) Surprise greeting cards
SCRAP is a great resource for projects and teachers, with tons of recycled and reused materials on hand to spur on creative ideas!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We're taking advantage of one of the weekends (though to be fair, we already had our trip planned, so the free entry is just a bonus). Where are we going? Enter your guess in the comments section by June 17. The winner guessing it correctly gets 2 coupons for a free bowl of soup at San Francisco Soup Company. (If there are multiple winners, I'll randomly draw your name from a hat). Leave me your email address too, so I contact you if you win (or email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Two other fee-free National Parks weekends are planned this summer:
Monday, June 8, 2009
~FOOD~MONDAY, JUNE 15th OR TUESDAY, JUNE 16th
2-HOUR IN-HOME INTERVIEW WITH 4 OF YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS DURING THE AFTERNOON OR EVENING
Requirements: Females ages 25-44
Incentive: Host-$200.00; Friends-$125.00
If you are interested in the FOOD study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey: http://tinyurl.com/nws49s
Sunday, June 7, 2009
1. Do you like the cartoon Peanuts? Then visit “Schultz’s Beethoven, Schroeder’s Muse” exhibit at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, at SJSU. Admission is free, and goes through July 31st.
2. Visit the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Get discounted ride wristbands at Costco. Kiddie rides to scary roller coasters – you won’t get bored. Bring plenty of water and munch your way through their ice cream stands and boardwalk fare. Lots of special events, from concerts to beach soccer games and more. The boardwalk is free, so even if you don’t want to ride the coaster it’s a fun day.
3. On the way home, visit Marianne’s ice cream – a huge assortment of exotic flavors. It’s at 1020 Ocean Street.
4. Ride the rails at Roaring Camp in Felton. Even better, ride the rails from Roaring Camp to the boardwalk.
5. Hike in a county or state park - before our governator shuts them down.
6. Go berry picking. My favorite is Webb Ranch in Portola Valley, but find many more sites here.
7. Go tidepooling at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
8. Visit a museum. Try one you haven’t yet been to, whether it’s the California Academy of Sciences, Randall Museum, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, Bay Area Children’s Discovery Museum, Habitot or others.
9. Go bowling – for free! Register your kids for 2 free games a day through mid-September.
10. Go ice skating.
11. Go on a day trip to Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory
12. Get wet. Try the new Aqua Adventure water park in Fremont, or Newark’s Silliman Aquatic Center. Or try a city park with water features like Palo Alto's Mitchell Park, Redwood City's Stafford Park or Stulsaft Park.
13. Get cultured! See the King Tut exhibit at the de Young.
14. Make ice cream!
15. Make rock candy - it will take more than a few days!
16. Check out a new park, like Magic Mountain Playground at Coyote Point. Or ride the train at Tilden Park in Berkeley.
17. Join your local library’s reading program and see how many books you can read together this summer. It's free!
18. Go to the zoo.
19. Watch a children’s theater production, like the Children’s Theater in the Park in Mountain View. or Hillbarn Theater in Foster City.
20. Check out the farmer’s market. The San Carlos one on Thursday afternoons features free music.
21. Almost every city has a free outdoor concert series. I'll post a link soon.
22. Browse the stores in Japantown in San Francisco. The kids will love the window shopping, waterfall, treats (try the crepes) and Pika Pika photo booths.
23. Walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. There's no toll for you to get back into the city if you're on foot!
24. Try some new foods, like yummy waffle fish called Taiyaki.
25. Eat your way through the SF Ferry Building. Taylor's Refesher has kid-friendly fare. And the building's Farmer's Markets are on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
What should be added to this list? Please leave a comment with your ideas!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thanks to Julie E. at CityMommy for the tip!
Friday, June 5, 2009
This drive is for Jon Galinson (though it helps ALL who need a transplant because you never know who you'll match).
Jon was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) last year. He has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past seven months. Jon’s best hope for a cure is a stem cell transplant, and his family is searching for a match for him.
Please join the Be the Match Registry of the National Marrow Donor Program as soon as possible. The process to join is very simple and involves a medical questionnaire and a cheek swab. You can read more about it at: www.bethematch.com.
Jon's family is sponsoring two marrow drives (in San Francisco and Berkeley) but you can also register online (info below).
Sunday, June 7, from 11am – 5pm at the booth at Israel in the Gardens.
Sunday, June 14, from 1:00pm – 6pm at Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Avenue, Berkeley.
If you live out of town or can't make it to one of the above events, you can join via the online drive at http://join.marrow.org. When asked to provide a promo code, please type in JonGalinson.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The party is from 11 to 5. Take public transit so you don't have to deal with parking!
This massive party/street fair is more upscale than most. Not the most kid-friendly place, but if you need to bring them along, there is usually something for them to do.
First - expect crowds. Huge crowds. And lines. If you're claustrophobic, don't go.
A few highlights:
-Featured Acts: that would be the chefs, garden gurus, home/design experts, entertainers and musicians. As in 14 celebrity chefs doing cooking demonstrations.
-The Sunset Modern Cottage - each year the celebration features a Sunset-designed (or at least commissioned) house. Long lines to get in.
-Wine Seminars - oh boy - get a babysitter!
-Event Sponsors and Community Booths - Sounds boring, but this is where the freebies are! Lots of samples. Bring a bag! And a wallet - in case you want to buy something from any of the 120 exhibitors.
In the past, the Celebration Weekend also had several free crafts to do (again, long lines). I didn't see that on the website, but I'm guessing they'll have that again. When I went there was lei-making and flower pot decorating. My kid-in-a-stroller didn't let me do anything, but now that the kids are older...
When: June 6-7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Sunset Magazine Headquarters (80 Willow Road - though you won't park there). Click the Sunset link for directions.
Cost: $15/adults, free for kids 12 and under
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Where are your favorite places to host a birthday party? Please share your thoughts!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I signed up Zachary and we’ve gotten three so far. One was a book we already had (we donated it to a Jewish preschool) but so far the others we hadn’t seen before and we’ve had fun reading them.
Who pays for this? The Jewish Community Federation and the Jim Joseph Foundation.
By the way, you can check the website for other communities that participate in this program, or pay for a subscription as well.
Sign up at http://www.pjlibrary.org/ or call 415-499-1223.
Monday, June 1, 2009
This is why I was excited when Zack came up with the idea of making chocolate ice cream. His request came at a very busy time for us, and it was repeated several times throughout the week. So I went online to look for a recipe, since my recipe stash contained fancy ingredients like one pound of Guittard chocolate. I knew my McDonald’s loving son wouldn’t appreciate that.
I found a recipe calling for one gallon of chocolate milk, one Cool-Whip container and one can of evaporated milk (I think it was 13 oz). Then I flipped to the next recipe, since there was no way it could be that easy. But I thought better of my high standards and decided it was perfect. After all, how bad can chocolate milk, Cool-Whip and evaporated milk taste?
It wasn't difficult – pour ingredients into a bowl and mix, then pour into machine. Even Zack could do it. Of course I didn’t realize that my small ice cream maker would only handle half a gallon, so I had to make two batches. The ice cream maker didn't do a great job at freezing it during the first batch (but the actual freezer worked just fine).
The first batch was plain chocolate, and the next batch I added nuts, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows to make rocky road. It was a hit (but Mark still didn’t like it).