Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Sweet as Honey Boutique

San Mateo's Sweet as Honey Boutique has a deal today with Juice in the City - get $80 in clothing for $40. Buy through Friday - use for the next year. They have accessories and purses in addition to clothes - specializing in unique clothing labels. The boutique opened up a few months ago, in May. I'll have to check it out!

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Deals of the Day: Fandango Ticket, Omaha Steak, Custom Chocolate, SF Soup Company, Wax Museum, Parents Place

A few deals for today:

OMAHA STEAKS
Delivered for free...$59 buys you $143 worth of steaks and shipping at Plum District Deals. Plus, use code FRISCOPLUMS (today is the last day) and save another 20%, so it will cost you $47.20. It includes two 5 oz. filet mignon, two 4 oz. pork chops, four 4 oz. chicken breasts, four 6 oz. burgers, eight 8 oz. gourmet franks and six stuffed baked potatoes. Get the deal here through Friday, though the extra 20% discount is only good today. It's an "everywhere" deal.

CUSTOM CHOCOLATE BARS
Here's a deal I got myself - customized ChocBite chocolate bars. Choose the type of chocolate and then your own toppings, which range from 24 karat gold, to wasabi nuts, to holiday decor (and traditional toppings too). For $35, you get $70 worth (though using FRISCOPLUMS saves you 20% - so it only costs $28. Bars start around $11 each, so you can get at least six. My kids are excited to create their own. Get it today here. (They make great teacher gifts too, for the holidays, or for family members).

WAX MUSEUM
Last Plum Deal - for $14, get $28 in tickets from the Wax Museum in Fisherman's Wharf. And use FRISCOPLUMS code and get 20% off - so it will cost you $11.20. Use the credit toward two adult tickets, or one adult and two kids tickets. Use whenever - the expiration date is 2025. Your kids may be adults by then! Get the deal here today. It's on the San Franisco: Peninsula page.

FANDANGO TICKET
Get a Fandango movie ticket for $6 ($12 value), good for a year, through Screamin Daily Deals. It's good for one ticket. It's not valid for 3-D. Buy today only.

SAN FRANCISCO SOUP COMPANY
Any of you who work/live in SF (or visit!) probably have tried San Francisco Soup Company. A mom-owned business, the soup is good! Groupon has a deal through Friday - for $5, you get $10 in soup. It's valid at 16 locations, including East Palo Alto and Oakland (not Burlingame) - use by early December.

If you're already a Groupon user, get the deal here.
If you're new to Groupon, get the deal here.

PARENTS PLACE
Parents Place is offering a 5 punch card for drop-in sessions at its San Mateo and Palo Alto locations, or two parenting classes. It's $17 (value $35), good through January 1. I used to go to these drop-in sessions when my kids were young - good play time for the kids, and social time for me. I've also taken classes from their instructors, who are excellent. You can buy a Groupon for 2 parenting classes at either location. Buy today only. The deal is on the San Jose page.

If you're already a Groupon user, get the deal here.
If you're new to Groupon, get the deal here.


RESTAURANT.COM
Get $25 in restaurant.com credit for $2 today using the code TASTY at checkout.

Frisco Kids uses affiliate links for some deals and makes a small commission from purchases using those links. Not all Frisco Kids links are affiliate links.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labor Day in San Francisco Bay Area with the Kids

Some fun things to do with the kids this Labor Day in the San Francisco Bay Area!

Shakespeare in the Park - Free! Check out the family event too:
- Saturday, Sept 3 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Sept 4 at 2:30 PM
- Monday, Sept 5 (Labor Day)
at 2:30 PM
- Saturday, Sept 10 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Sept 11* at 2:30 PM- Saturday, Sept 17 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Sept 18 at 2:30 PM
- Saturday, Sept 24 at 7:30 PM
- Sunday, Sept 25 at 2:30 PM
(*Family Day: pre-show activities for kids of all ages begin at 12:30 pm) 
Where: The Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham & Keyes Ave)

Bank of America Museums on Us - get a free ticket to participating museums with your Bank of America
card (one admission per card)

Free fishing day - September 3. You can fish without a license that day!

King Tut Festival - Friday through Sunday, September 2-4 in Hayward - free

Millbrae Art and Wine Festival - September 3-4 (free) - Broadway Avenue in Millbrae from 10-5

Sand Sculpture Contest in Point Reyes - free - Sunday, September 4

Asian Art Museum - free day - Sunday, September 4 (Target Free First Sunday)

Concerts/movie in Golden Gate Park - free (Music Concourse - across from the California Academy of Sciences)
-September 4 - movies in the park with bass/baritone John Minagro
-September 5 - Labor Day concert: Celebrate the American Worker in Music

Kings Mountain Art Fair - Woodside - Saturday through Monday. Free

Scottish Highland Gathering and Games - Alameda Fairground - Saturday and Sunday, September 3-4

Oakland Museum of California - free day - Sunday, September 4 (Wells Fargo Free First Sunday)

Red Tricycle lists some other Labor Day events.

As the kids head back to school...


Caption: "My favorite part of being a stay-at-home mom is when they're at school."

My sentiments exactly.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Kids Night Out

I love kids' nights out. We get to have a date night and not feel bad about leaving the kids with a sitter - because instead they're having (probably) more fun than we are. Juice in the City has a deal today and tomorrow for a kids' night out at Expedition Island in Petaluma. For $12 ($25 value) you get a night out for you 6-12 age kid for 4 hours. If you haven't been to Expedition Island, you can expect your kid to have fun on a zip line, a safari rope swing, a wobble-bridge (way up high) and climbing a 20 foot rock wall. There's also movies, music and games. You have a year to use the deal, and you can buy 2 to use. Get the deal here - on the San Francisco: North Bay page.

Frisco Kids is a Juice in the City affiliate and makes a small percentage from any purchases using the links.


Coming Up: Season of Service

In the Bay Area, we generally weren't affected as much by the events of 9/11 than those living close to the crashes. That said, it affected all of us greatly, and here's a way to join with others to give service to our community.

Hands on Bay Area is organizing a month of giving opportunities: From Remembrance to Change: a Season of Service, from September 1 to October 1. Learn more about it, and find projects your family can help with, here. This includes Be the Change Day, on October 1.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Best Ice Cream Places in San Francisco

Awhile back, I posted about 3 great ice cream places in San Francisco. That didn't even include the wonderful Ghirardelli shop at Ghirardelli Square. Here are a few more!

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous (no website!) - it's at 699 22nd Street in SF - Potrero Hill. Look for their yummy Fudgsicle, made with Valrhona chocolate. Other flavors include malted milk balls, bourbon and caramel, salted caramel, pink squirrel, chicory coffee, black and tan beer ice cream, candied violet, chocolate chip basil, Earl Grey tea, dirty Chai tea, horchata, You'll also like their eco-conscience. The use biodegradable plates - everything is compostable. Read a review here from A Little Yumniness.

Bombay Ice Cream - 245 South Van Ness, SF. You can probably figure from the name, this is Indian ice cream. I've not tried it, but it comes highly recommended. Flavors include bedam kesar pista (almond, saffron, pistachio), cardamon, rose, green tea, lychee, cashew raisin, chai, mango, fig, saffron rose and others. They also serve chaat (small plate appetizers) and have dry goods and saris as well.



Humphrey Slocombe - 2790 Harrison Street, SF. Admittedly, not the most natural name for an ice cream place, they use Straus organic dairy in their ice creams. Ice cream and sorbet flavors include pumpkin 5 spice, pink grapefruit tarragon, collaborative evil ale, candied ginger, Guinness gingerbread, McEvoy olive oil, orange clove, Thai chili lime, rhubarb, cucumber ice milk, Jesus juice, carrot mango, red hot banana, sour cream and salted licorice.


Candybar in San Francisco is an awesome date night place - gourmet desserts and wine. What could be better? Following the ice cream theme, their desserts include ice cream sandwiches (made with chocolate macaroons, blueberry vanilla ice cream and blueberries). For good measure, here are some other desserts: honey almond panna cotta, lavender honey creme fraiche semi freddo, and peanut butter jelly time (chocolate tart, peanut butter cream, salted candied peanuts, and blackberries). Cocktails, just as important, include blood orange cocktail, jasmine sparkle, Candybar lemon drop shot (soju and frozen lemon sorbet), and 50/50 (soju, orange soda, and vanilla).

By the way, Groupon has a deal right now for Candybar - $10 for $20 worth of desserts and cocktails for two. You can buy up to four of them!
If you're already a Groupon user, click here.
If you're new to Groupon, click here.

What are your favorite ice cream and dessert places in the Bay Area?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Girls' Night Out: Craft Bar with ETSY Labs

This sounds like fun. The Museum of Craft and Folk Art’s upcoming Craft Bar with Etsy Labs.  
Britex Fabrics staff will teach you how to make your very own pair of spats (I think these are spats). You'll choose from fabrics provided by Britex, learn the basics of hand sewing and construction, and get inspiration from the Museum's gallery. 


Where: Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane (SF)
When: Thursday September 1 from 6 - 8 pm
Cost: $5 - includes admission, tips and drinks. Free drinks from Trumer Pils.

Deals of the Day: Feather Hair Extensions, Picasso, Studio Grow

FEATHER HAIR EXTENSIONS
My daughter is all over these. Such a trendsetter! Juice in the City is offering a deal in San Mateo, where you can get 2 feather hair extensions for $15 ($30 value). Purchase through Sunday.

PICASSO EXHIBIT
I posted recently about the Picasso exhibit at the deYoung. It's still available at Plum District Deals through Sunday. $25 buys you one adult and two kid VIP tickets. I have a lot more information here. Plus you can get an additional 20% off your purchase by using the code friscoplums.


STUDIO GROW
Also at Plum District, get 2 all-day admissions to Studio Grow playspace (in Berkeley, Concord or Danville) for $9 ($18 value). You can buy this deal through Wednesday, August 31. You can also  get an additional 20% off your purchase by using the code friscoplums.




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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Coming Up: Tricycle Music Fest in San Francisco - free!

The second annual Tricycle Music Fest is coming to San Francisco, sponsored by the public library. All concerts are free and open to the public.

MAIN STAGE EVENTS

Sunday, October 23
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Main Library (100 Larkin St.) Larkin Street Steps
Presented in Partnership with Sunday Streets Mission
Featuring:  *Lucky Diaz and the Family Jazz Band and The Time Outs


3 p.m.
Merced Branch Library
155 Winston Drive
Featuring:  The Monkeybutts

3 p.m.
Ortega Branch Library
3223 Ortega St.
Featuring: Rhythm Child

11 a.m.
Park Branch Library
1833 Page St.
Featuring:  The Sippy Cups –
Rudy Trubitt and Alison Faith Levy
11 a.m.
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
Featuring: *Lucky Diaz and The Family Jazz Band

3 p.m.
Presidio Branch Library
3150 Sacramento St.
Featuring:  The Hipwaders


3 p.m.
Bernal Heights Branch Library
500 Cortland Ave.
Featuring: *Lucky Diaz and The Family Jazz Band

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Coming Up: The Three Minute Picture Show Screening

The Three-Minute Picture Show is a 30 day, 3 minute filmmaking project. Kids ages 6-17 sign up and make a movie, then it gets played on the big screen in front of a live audience. The screening is coming up - get your tickets in advance or at the door. This is a great way to inspire your kids - show them what their peers are doing, and enjoy the art created by them. The "Twinkling To-Do Film Screening" is in the afternoon, so kids of all ages can watch and not miss bedtime.


When: Saturday, August 27
Where: the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th Street, SF)

Details:  Doors open at 3:00. The 6-12 year old group screens at 3:15. The 13-17 year old group screens after a brief intermission.
Cost: $5
Tickets: get them in advance here or at the door.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Deal of the Day: Picasso Exhibit - it's Back!

The Plum District Picasso exhibit is back, through Thursday.
PICASSO EXHIBIT

Get 3 VIP tickets to the Picasso exhibit at the deYoung Museum for $25. THREE TICKETS. That includes one adult and two youth tickets, so you can take your kiddies for some culture. I recently taught a Picasso painting to my daughter's 4th grade class and they loved it. Many genres of painting plus sculpture - his style changed a lot during his lifetime. You want to get the kids really talking (and laughing)? Show them a Picasso nude. Yeah, we had fun discussing those - in class.

With the VIP tickets, you don't have to wait in line (major bonus). The exhibit is from the Musee National Picasso, Paris, which I've been to. Great museum. The deYoung exhibit runs through October 10, so you have plenty of time to use your discounted Picasso tickets. Get an additional 20% off using code FRISCOPLUMS in the promo code area at checkout.
If you want to do some reading ahead of time, get some Picasso books from the library. This is one that's a favorite of my kids', When Pigasso met Mootise, a kids' story about the relationship between Picasso and Matisse (in the story they're a pig and cow).

Other Picasso kids' books that are good (I'm sure they'll have plenty for sale in the gift shop, but...):

Picasso (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)

Picasso: Breaking all the Rules (Smart about Art)

Picasso and the Girl with the Ponytail

Paris in the Spring with Picasso

Who Was Pablo Picasso?

Oooh! Picasso!

Picasso and Minou

Let me know how it is!

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Coming Up: KinderCycle Swap

Do you have kids' stuff your family is done with? Do you want to get new-to-you kids' stuff? 

Come to the next KinderCycle swap
! Get rid of what you are done with and take what you want.KinderCycle is on a mission to help families effectively get and get rid of kids' stuff and to keep kids' stuff out of landfills. Any items that are brought to the swap that are not taken by other families will be donated to charities.


When: Sunday, August 28th from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Yoga Mandala (


2807 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley)
Cost: $5 per family with stuff to swap, $10 per family without stuff to swap. Free admission if you volunteer.

KinderCycle also needs volunteers to sort items that come into the swap. Swap volunteers get in for free. Please email jennifer@KinderCycle.org if you would like to volunteer.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Consignment Clothing

One more deal to pass along today - this one for Sonoma readers. Juice in the City is offering $30 of upscale consignment clothes for only $15 today and tomorrow, at Sisters Consignment Couture. You have a full year to use it, so even if you don't live close by (but go wine tasting once in awhile), it's a good deal. When they say couture, they also mean Ann Taylor, DKNY and Tahari. Not really couture in my eyes, but still fashionable! If interested, get the deal here at Juice in the City.

The deal is on the San Francisco: North Bay page.

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Valentino's Pedicure - Burlingame

Get your tootsies pampered in a great deal from Juice in the City. You'll get an $18 pedicue from  Valentino's in Burlingame (which got a 5 star Yelp rating). It's a $38 value. Check it out here at Juice in the City. You can buy today and tomorrow.

It's on the San Francisco: North Peninsula page.

Frisco Kids is an affiliate of Juice in the City and gets a very small percentage of any purchase using the link above. 

Deals of the Day: camp, marshmallow krispies, wine, playhouse, Play Cafe and more

Plum District Deals has a bunch of great deals today - and Frisco Kids has a special discount code so you'll save even more. Read on!

--Soccer Camp: 10 weeks of soccer camp at for $70 ($140 value) in the San Jose/South Bay area.
--Art/Nature Camp: $275 for a 5 day camp for 3-6 year olds in San Francicso ($375 value)  
--Napa wine: $70 for 3 bottles plus tastings from Burgess Cellars
--Gourmet marshmallow crispy bites: $15 for a dozen gourmet rice krispie treats ($30 value) from SF company Marshmallow Mischief.
--Playhouse: Kids love playing with the box, rather than what's inside. For $20, get a cardboard playhouse your kids can decorate themselves. $40 value.
--Party Supplies: For $25, you get $60 in party supplies in a box -makes planning the birthday so much easier.
--plus several more for massage, hair and nails.

For the Plum District Deals, use code friscoplums at checkout, and get 20% off your purchases.

PLAY CAFE
I've blogged about events at Play Cafe before, and Savvy Source has a deal right now for 40% off 5 passes. Pay $24 and get $40 worth of passes to use between September and the end of December.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Book Club: Blood Work, Malled and You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again

It's only August, not quite the end of summer reading season. Thought I'd share a few of the books I've been reading this summer.

You'll Never Nanny in this Town Again by Suzanne Hansen. I'm a sucker for books like The Nanny Diaries, which tells all about the messed up lives of the rich and famous. You'll Never Nanny in This Town Again is a memoir of a Hollywood nanny, one who had a horrid experience working for CAA founder Michael Ovitz. It's surprising that this book made it through the legal department, given how Ovitz is described in the book as incredibly private and powerful (and used to getting his way). The book was written in the pre-confidentiality agreement days, which is good for this author, since Ovitz (and his wife) do not come off smelling like roses. Hansen details her year working for them, and subsequent jobs working for Debra Winger and the Rhea Perlman/Danny DeVito family. The book was hugely entertaining and a quick read.


Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail by Caitlin Kelly. This book interested me because Kelly is a fellow freelance writer. Like many writers, she thought about getting a part time retail job to get some steady income and companionship (working at home can be lonely). She was hired on at the North Face in a suburban New York store. At $9-11/hour, it's hard to imagine much steadiness in that income, especially as Kelly finds out - hours can be cut quite easily, and your earnings drop considerably when you have to pay for parking/transportation, buying mall food for lunch or dinner, and of course taxes. For those who haven't worked in retail, Kelly opens your eyes to how poorly retail employees can be treated by managers as well as customers, corporate rules that make no sense, discouragement for trying to improve sales or the store, and the high burnout rate.

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker. I heard about this book more than a year ago, before it came out. I met Holly at a conference and just hearing her describe the book got my intrigued. Please take a look at the extensive review I did here. It's a fascinating book.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coming Up: Four Course Farm Tour in Marin

Here's something fun to do while the kids are in school: - a Four Course Farm Tour run by Whole Foods! Here are details:

When: Tuesday, August 30th
Time: 9-4:15
Cost $15.00
Where
Pick up at 340 Third Ave, San Rafael 9:00
Pick up at 414 Miller Ave, Mill Valley 9:30 a.m.

First stop will be Nicasio Cheese Farm – Appetizer, first course
Second stop will be All Star Farm- Salad, second course
Third stop will be provided by Whole Foods Market- Lunch, third course
Fourth stop will be Christine’s Upper Crust Pie- Pie, fourth course

Return back:
San Rafael 3:45
Mill Valley 4:15

Sign up at http://fourcoursetour.eventbrite.com/

Friday, August 19, 2011

California Academy of Sciences winner

Congratulations to Carina, who won the family pass to the California Academy of Sciences.

Look for a new contest coming up in September, where you can win tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Totem, Broadway San Jose's Shrek, Lord of the Rings in concert, and Yo Gabba Gabba live.

Link Love - What I'm reading

41 Paradoxical Life Lessons - hilarious and true, from Alisa Bowman, author of the fabulous book Project Happily Ever After: Saving the Marriage when the Fairytale Falters (get it and read it).

If you're afraid to let your kids read the news online, check out this website: GoGoNews: Big News for Little People. It has news appropriate for kids on topics like the planet, fun stuff, cool stuff (on this day...), picks (crafts), and teaching. Let me know what you think!

Baby Loves to Travel has a round-up of website links from fellow family travel bloggers (including one from Frisco Kids) on various aspects of traveling with kids. One favorite is from Family on Bikes, on why some people live their dreams, and others don't.

Fellow writer Kate Reilly is interviewed on "roadschooling" on Teaching Traveling. Kate is author of the Extreme Travel Series: Walt Disney World Vacation Guide for Kids.

Okay, so this is a video, but it's funny. Anyone who has ever had a newborn and meddling parents/in-laws can relate. How to Endure the In-Law's Feeding Frenzy. It is a corporate sponsor/ad, but it's well done (I've spared you the other two from this sponsor, which weren't as good).

Kids and Nature - a conversation with Richard Louv - a Frog Mom

15 Easy Day Trips from San Francisco - from Red Tricycle.

The Fairy Tales people who make lice repellent shampoo (read my review here) just came out with a lice app which tracks real-time outbreaks of lice. You can search by zip code (or other methods) for outbreaks within 4 weeks, and report outbreaks as well. It's free and on iTunes. Search for "Facts of Lice" - which makes me wonder if there was ever an episode where Tootie, Jo or Blair ever got lice.

Ziplining in the Bay Area? Well, maybe slightly further afield. Find out where.

Gourmet food trucks come to the East Bay every Friday through October. Read more here.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Coming Up: Target Family Fun Day in Redwood City - free


There will be live music, performers, cooking demos, face painting, art projects, bounce houses, food and more. Plus, it's free! 

When: Sunday, August 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

Dealf the Day: Picasso Exhibit at the deYoung

This is fabulous!

PICASSO EXHIBIT
Get 3 VIP tickets to the Picasso exhibit at the deYoung Museum for $25. THREE TICKETS. That includes one adult and two youth tickets, so you can take your kiddies for some culture. I just taught a Picasso painting to my daughter's 4th grade class and they loved it. Many genres of painting plus sculpture - his style changed a lot during his lifetime. You want to get the kids really talking (and laughing)? Show them a Picasso nude. Yeah, we had fun discussing those - in class.


With the VIP tickets, you don't have to wait in line (major bonus). The exhibit is from the Musee National Picasso, Paris, which I've been to. Great museum. The deYoung exhibit runs through October 10, so you have plenty of time to use your discounted Picasso tickets. You can buy the deal through Sunday.I don't know if this code will work for SF, but try entering NYPlumMom at checkout and you might get 20% off.


If you want to do some reading ahead of time, get some Picasso books from the library. This is one that's a favorite of my kids', When Pigasso met Mootise, a kids' story about the relationship between Picasso and Matisse (in the story they're a pig and cow). 


Other Picasso kids' books that are good (I'm sure they'll have plenty for sale in the gift shop, but...):
Picasso (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
Picasso: Breaking all the Rules (Smart about Art)
Picasso and the Girl with the Ponytail
Paris in the Spring with Picasso
Who Was Pablo Picasso?
Oooh! Picasso!
Picasso and Minou
Let me know how it is!

Frisco Kids uses affiliate links and makes a small commission off of sales using those links. I wouldn't post these things here, though, if I didn't think you'd love them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Great Clips haircuts

Get 2 kids' haircuts for $14 at Great Clips in Sunnyvale or Menlo Park with this Juice in the City deal. Buy on Wednesday, August 17 and use through February 17, 2012. Use it to get both kids' hair cut at the same time (or use for one kid, and get your hair trimmed for $2 extra). Woo hoo! Make sure to read the fine print before buying. Get the deal here.

Frisco Kids is an affiliate of Juice in the City and gets a very small percentage of any purchase using the link above. That said, I've taken my son to Great Clips, and would take my daughter too if she only allowed scissors near her hair. We're still working on that.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coming Up: Children's Classic Movie Festival at the Retrodome

How fun is this - a children's classic movie festival at the Retrodome in San Jose. Get one ticket for $7, or $30 for the whole series. It starts today (sorry for the late notice - I just got the email).



Babe
Tuesday 1:30pm
Wednesday 4pm
Friday 7pm
Sunday 11am
 
 

The Iron Giant
Tuesday 4pm
Friday 1:30pm
Saturday 11am
Sunday 7pm 
 
 


Dr. Dolittle
Tuesday 11am
Thursday 1:30pm
Saturday 7pm
Sunday 4pm
 
 

The Black Stallion
Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 4pm
Friday 11am
Saturday 1:30pm
 



The Muppet Movie
Tuesday 7pm
Wednesday 1:30pm
Thursday 11am
Saturday 4pm
 
 

The Love Bug
Wednesday 11am
Thursday 7pm
Friday 4pm
Sunday 1:30pm
 

Focus Groups: too many to categorize

Tons of focus groups from Plaza Research:


~Real Estate ­Recent Home Buyers and Sellers~ 
Monday, August 15 - Friday, August 19th, a 1-hour phone interview
Requirement: Recent home buyers and sellers
Incentive: $85-$100

If you are interested in the Real Estate study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sandiegorealestate 
~Internet Users~ 
Tuesday, August 23, a 30-minute individual interview in San Francisco 
Requirement: People 18+ who use the Internet
Incentive: $50.00

If you are interested in the Internet Users study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGFjc2daWVZ1VzRkcHlQWG9HS1N5b1E6MA#gid=2 
~Personal Capital~ 
Wednesday, August 24-Thursday, August 25, a 90-minute individual interview in San Francisco
Requirement: People 40-65 years old who manage their personal capital in certain ways
Incentive: $150.00-$200.00

If you are interested in the Personal Capital study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BGNWP7X 
~Printers~ 
Tuesday, August 30 ­ Thursday, September 1, a 1-hour individual interview or a 2-hour focus group discussion in San Francisco
Requirement: People who use certain printers for business use
Incentive: $150.00-$200.00

If you are interested in the Printers Study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BXBZ6RD 
~Hybrid and Electric Cars~ 
Tuesday, August 23rd and Wednesday, August 24th, a 1-hour survey followed by possible participation in a 2-hour focus group.
Requirement: Males and females ages 18+ who own hybrid or electric cars. Respondents will be asked to provide an ID and an original copy of their vehicle's registration/insurance upon arrival or will be unable to participate or be compensated.
Incentive: $200 for a 1-hour survey, an additional $150 if selected to participate in a 2-hour focus group.

If you are interested in the Hybrid and Electric Cars study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NYSPJ39 
~TV Technology~ 
**PLEASE NOTE ­ San Diego is recruiting the TV Technology interviews. Please use the San Diego extension #23 when calling** 
Wednesday, August 24th or Thursday, August 25th, a 75-minute phone interview
Requirement: Males and females ages 25-44 
Incentive: $75 AMEX gift card

If interested, please send an email to sandiego@plazaresearch.com with ³TV Technology ­ SAN FRAN² in the subject line or call us at 1(800) 654-8002 ext.23 with the following information to see if you qualify: 
 - Your name: 
- Phone number: 
- What is your age? 
- What type of cell phone do you own? (Ex: iPhone, Android Smartphone, Windows Smartphone, Regular cell phone, etc) 
- If applicable, besides a cell phone, what other mobile devices do you own?
- Do you have a DVR? If so, which brand? 
- Do you have a DVD player? If so which brand? 
~Food and Beverages~ 
Wednesday, August 31st and Thursday, September 1st, a 2-hour focus group
Requirement: Males and females ages 25-64 interested in Food and Beverages Incentive: $100

If you are interested in the Food and Beverages study, please click on the link below and fill out the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NVWXQHN

Coming Up: River Otter Day at CuriOdyssey

It's science day! Win a family pass to the California Academy of Sciences.

This Thursday, CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point) is hosting River Otter Day with lots of activities. Here's the schedule:

11 a.m. - otter themed animal program
noon - watch the otter feeding
3 p.m. - special otter enrichment program which might have something to do with this video

You can also create cards for the otters (I didn't know they could read!) and enter a drawing to win an otter themed gift bag.

Cost: included with admission
Where: CuriOdyssey in San Mateo
When: Thrurdsay, August 18 - open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Coming Up: Animal Program at FC Library - free

 The Foster City library is hosting Wildlife Associates, where kids can see unusual and awe-inspiring animals (the library's phrase), while learning about their habitats. It's free, but not hands-on.

Where: Foster City Library children's room (1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd.)
When: Thursday, August 18 at 1:30
Cost: free
Who: kids 3+

WIN TICKETS TO THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES - Frisco Kids exclusive.

Sponsored Deal of the Day: Hallmark 50% off

For all my Peninsula readers, this one is a keeper. Get 50% off at the Hallmark store at Hillsdale Mall (San Mateo) with this Juice in the City deal. Pay $7, and get $14 in cards, gift wrap, gifts, etc. at Bishop's Hallmark at the mall. Get the deal today, and you have a year to use it.

(Want a free family pass for the California Academy of Sciences? Frisco Kids is giving one away).

Juice in the City is a Frisco Kids affiliate and any purchases using the link above nets Frisco Kids a miniscule percentage of the sale.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Coming Up: Starlab Sky Show - Hiller

Hiller Aviation Museum has a Starlab Sky Show in their planetarium, coming up on August 17 (and later dates shown below too). Kids will learn how to identify constellations, and learn how these constellations helped early explorers find their way. Show are at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. - each show is 30 minutes.

Wednesday, August 17th
Saturday, September 24th

Where: Hiller Aviation in San Carlos
Age: 5 and up (kids 3+ can attend the 10:30 show)
Cost: $5/person, $4/members plus museum admission. Get $1/off coupon here.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Contest! Win tickets to California Academy of Sciences

It's almost school time. If you're looking for a fun day activity, the California Academy of Sciences is always around. I have a family pass to give away to one lucky Frisco Kids reader.

What's going on at the Academy right now?
-Snakes and Lizards - direct from the American Natural History Museum in New York. This exhibit runs through Labor Day, so you'll want to use your family pass soon to see it.

-Pocket penguin app - this is the cutest thing ever, and it's free!

-Academy Insider app - get yourself a free iPhone tour to use at the museum

How to win a free family pass:
Easy contest. To win:
1. Leave a comment on what your favorite exhibit is at the Academy, or the one you most want to see.
2. Get an extra entry for becoming a Frisco Kids Facebook friend. You must post again that you did this so I'll know you get an extra entry (if you're already a friend, do another entry saying that - no penalty).
3. Get an extra entry for signing up for Frisco Kids by email. You must post again that you did this so I'll know you get an extra entry (if you're already on the email list, do another entry saying that - no penalty).
4. I'll need your email address to let you know you won. Post it in your entry, or send it to me at blog at friscokids dot net, telling me which entry was yours.
5. I'll randomly pick a winner on August 16 after 5 p.m. Pacific time. I'll email you and you need to get back to me within 24 hours or I'll move on to the next on the list.

That's it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Family-Friendly Dude Ranches

One of my online groups was talking about great family dude ranches, so I thought I'd include a list here of recommendations. Many dude ranches have spas, golf and other activities. Think about what you want in a vacation, and what will please everyone in your group when looking into them. Also look at the kids' programming - do they take the kids all day? Can the kids eat with the group, if you want to have a romantic dinner? Is the fee all-inclusive or a la carte?

CALIFORNIA
Greenhorse Guest Ranch - This Quincy, CA ranch was recommended as a very friendly dude ranch experience, which included riding, campfires, BBQ dinners under the stars, Western dance lessons, fishing in a stocked trout pond, and comfortable accommodations.

Alisal - this Solvang, CA ranch was recommended, and is has a golf course as well. Several recommended it as a great place for multi-age families (or reunions) to go, since there's something for everyone.

Highland Ranch - this Northern California ranch offers boating, fishing, yoga, mountain biking, tennis and spa facilities. Lots of kids' activities too.

Movie Ticket Deal: 2 for 1 Visa Signature/Fandango Friday

Visa Signature teamed up with Fandango to offer cardholders 2 for 1 tickets on Fridays. You have to use your Visa Signature card to purchase the Fandango movie tickets, and you need to do it on a Friday for same day use. You can use this offer once per month through September 30, 2011 and it covers up to $19 in ticket cost/Fandango fee. Here's the fine print. You can get the Visa Signature/Fandango tickets here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Easy School Fundraiser - One Deal at a Time

Schools in California are always looking for additional revenue. Here's an easy way to make money, $3 at a time. Plum District, one of the deal sites I post about frequently, is starting a new initiative. They'll donate $3 to your school for each new member who signs up. But don't sign up just yet! To get your school on board, you'll need to contact Lisa Barnes via email.

And if you're wondering what other deal companies offer schools a deal, here are two more:
--Savvy Source offers 5% of your purchase amount to the preschool of your choice (as long as the school is registered)
--Screamin Daily Deals donates 10% of net proceeds to the school of your choice (presuming the school is signed up)

Coming Up: Blossom Family Fun Day - Free

This Saturday is the Blossom Family Fun Day - and Meet BABI Fair. There will be music performances by Andy Z, yoga with kids (teacher Linda), Reggae singer (teacher Craig), Music Together (teacher Tricia), and Music for Families. You can also learn about local pregnancy, birth and parenting professionals, businesses and organizations. There will be food, a raffle and other family activities. Here's the schedule and a list of activities and vendors.

When: Saturday, August 13 from 10-3
Where: Downtown Community Center - All Saints Church (555 Waverly St., Palo Alto - between University and Hamilton Ave).
Cost: Free

Coming Up: Sunday Streets - Free

Sunday Streets  is coming up on August 14! This one will be in the Civic Center - the Tenderloin route. Streets will be closed to auto traffic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They need volunteers. If you can spare 3 hours (no kids!) you get a t-shirt, lunch and other prizes. Sign up here.

Here are the remaining ones for 2011:
  • September 11: Western Addition route, including North of Panhandle, Alamo Square and Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods;
  • October TBD; Mission route #2