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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Don't miss these Halloween treats

In the spirit of Halloween (did you know it's coming up this weekend? My kids won't let me forget), I'm sharing some fun Halloween things for my readers in the Bay Area.

FREE IT'S-IT ICE CREAM SANDWICHES
Yes, free! How? Go to the IT’S-IT Factory Shop on Friday, October 30 - and wear a costume. They'll give you a free pumpkin IT’S-IT Ice Cream Sandwich. They're at 865 Burlway Road in Burlingame. You can see their sign from 101. They're open 10-6.

CANDY DELIVERY
Run out of candy or haven't yet bought yours? Get it delivered! The folks at SpoonRocket have you covered. They're offering three types of 40 ounce candy bags with contents that won't get you egged (Milky Way, Milky Way Midnight, Twix, 3 Musketeers and Snickers). And they'll deliver curbside within 15 minutes, good to know if you run out mid-trick or treat cycle. Delivery area is San Francisco and the East Bay. Each bag is $12.99, with a $2.50-$2.75 delivery fee, while supplies last. they'll deliver 8 a.m. through midnight in the East Bay, and and 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. in San Francisco through Saturday night. They deliver food too.

TOP TRICK OR TREAT NEIGHBORHOODS
Did you know that San Francisco and San Jose are the top two trick or treating cities in the U.S., according to Zillow? They break it down by individual neighborhood too, so check out their posting and see if your neighborhood is included (or alternately, find out where to bring the kids).

Looking for San Francisco Bay Area things to do on Halloween in 2015? Check out our posting!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Amazing Deal to go to Israel via Groupon

We went to Israel this summer with our family. It was my fourth trip there, but the first for my kids. I know that now is not the time everyone wants to go - the random acts of violence are certainly scary. This is probably why Groupon and Israel introduced an amazingly priced deal to go to Israel in January and February. They are offering tours which INCLUDE airfare from JFK, for $999. We paid more than per person for our airfare last summer and flew out of Philly because JFK airfares were several hundred dollars more per person. This tour, though, includes hotels, some meals and the tours many days as well.
The Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in the old city of Jerusalem. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

If you've ever wanted to go to Israel (and pretty much everyone I've ever talked to said they do - regardless of their religion), I'd encourage you to look into this deal. You can read more of the details on the Groupon site. This is a great price.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Halloween 2015 events for families in the Bay Area

In case you weren't aware, Halloween is coming up! I wanted to add some more to this post but realize that I'm running out of time. So I'll add more as it comes in, but I wanted to make sure none of these events passed!

Here are some Halloween 2015 events for families in the Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO
What: Stern Grove's Scaregrove
When: Friday, October 23 from 3-9
What: Haunted house, hay rides, arts and crafts, inflatables, carnival rides
Cost: $8/person - all inclusive (free ages 2 and under)
Who: the whole family
More info: Scaregrove

Friday, October 9, 2015

Dedicated Post: Who Has Time for the Flu? What's the Flu and Where can you get Vaccinated?

Every fall, the kids and I get our flu shots (hubby gets his at work). We've been fortunate not to have caught the flu, though I have memories from growing up of days laid up in bed feeling horrible. A (hopefully) preventative shot is totally worth avoiding that.

And in case you were wondering, this post is brought to you by MinuteClinic.
I got a flu shot but this isn't me. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

What IS the flu? Sometimes it gets confusing to know the difference between the the flu and a cold (see below for some common symptoms of both). The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It can develop very quickly and often comes with a fever, and possibly headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Coming Up: Fleet Week

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

Here are some Fleet Week activities for this weekend:

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


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

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

Air Show
The Air Show is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:30-3.

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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

This Saturday is part of the Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series. It's Kids' Festival, with Charity and the JAMBand, the Alphabet Rockers and, from 11-3, a day for the whole family of art, music, magic, science, hikes and dance and more.

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

Monday, October 5, 2015

Coming Up: DIY Felt Mask Workshop

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



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

Friday, October 2, 2015

Coming Up: Museums on Us - Free Admission

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

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

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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

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

Get your free ticket here to see MacHale here.

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