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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Battlebots tickets: What it's like to go to the Battlebots filming - 2019

This spring we went to the Battlebots filming for the second time. If you’re a fan of the show, you might notice that this year is a little different than last year. The big difference is that it’s 2 hours instead of 1. That means more battles. And that was a pleasant surprise for us, as we saw the line-up for our taping. There were a lot more battles! Here's what happened at the Battlebots filming experience last year.
Battlebots set. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Opinion study for teens and parents - Paid

Probe Market Research has an opinion study taking place on 7/25/2019 for teens (13-17) and adults (18-39) in San Francisco. They pay $125 for 45 minutes, $175 for 2.5 hours and $50 if a minor is accompanied by a parent (I'm assuming that's an additional $50).

Subject: Social Media.

Let the teen fill out the form themselves, or you should fill it out from their perspective. Here is the form:

They'll contact you if interested.

Monday, July 8, 2019

UCSF Study: 10-12 Year Old Girls and Their Parents - Paid

UCSF is recruiting for a study on family biology and parent-child social interactions. They are currently recruiting 10-12 year old girls and their parents for a two hour lab visit. Parents and kids will complete a few interactive tasks while the researchers monitor their physiology. Families can earn up to $100 for participating. Email for more information.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Changes at Disneyland and California Adventure

We used to make an annual spring break trek to Disneyland and California Adventure. We did so again this year, but it’s been a few years since we did both.
2919: both
2018: neither
2017: Disneyland and Universal Studios
2016: Disneyland and California Adventure
There have been a lot of changes since both 2016 and even 2017, mostly for the better. Here’s what was new for us. And no, we weren’t there in time for the Galaxy’s Edge opening.
The Mark Twain in the Rivers of America, with Galaxy's Edge in the background. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Both parks

Is the Disneyland MaxPass Worth it?

The MaxPass was introduced at Disneyland/California Adventure since we last went. It's one of the changes at Disneyland in the last few years (read about other Disneyland changes here). It’s currently $15 per person per day. We are FastPassexperts, and the FastPass is free, so we debated whether to spring for the extra cost. We are so glad we did. Here’s why.
You can see Galaxy's Edge in the background. The app's listing of our FastPasses. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Benefits of the MaxPass
The MaxPass is part of the Disney app, and provides these benefits:

Monday, May 27, 2019

Our Disneyland Haunted Mansion Cake

For the first time in many years, we visited Disneyland when it wasn't Passover, and we could actually eat whatever we wanted. The plan was to get churros, as we always talk about that but aren't able to eat them during the holiday. This year when my sister said "let's get a churro" late afternoon, I told her to wait until after dinner. I had another plan.

Our trip to Disneyland was right in between my daughter and my sister's birthday, though this was not top of mind when we made reservations for the Blue Bayou, where we always wanted to eat, but didn't bother, given holiday restrictions.
The Blue Bayou restaurant in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

I decided to surprise them with a birthday cake. You can't order or find Disneyland cakes online.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in San Francisco - sign up for details

What's the hottest Broadway show since Hamilton? That would be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I finally got tickets to the show in New York - for June. It was too crazy expensive and difficult to get them before that! Good news, though. The traveling show is getting ready to hit the road. It comes to San Francisco in October. You can be the first (ha ha) - or among the first - to get the scoop on tickets. Sign up here so you'll get emails about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child San Francisco tickets. Don't worry - they don't go crazy with the emails. Know that it's a two part show - and you have get separate tickets to both shows. You can buy them at the same time, but it will be double the price of normal shows to see the whole thing. If it's like the New York show, on weekends (and maybe Wednesdays?) you can see both - with a few hours in between. Otherwise you go on consecutive nights.