Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

CityPass Rocks

coit.jpgNext time you have visitors and know you’re going to hit some of the gems of SF, buy one of these: City Pass. Unlimited rides on the cable cars, (5$ a pop per person), entrances to key museums, and a ride to Alcatraz. A savings of about 55$. I wish I had known about this a few relative/friends visits ago. Sister- who is local and works at a local museum- forwarded this to me because she thought the SF Metblogs community might benefit!

Spans 9 days too. Youth rates- 39$. Kind of flexible: you have an option to swap out the Asian Art for the Natural Science, and you can swap out the Alcatraz for a Bay Cruise. Neat!

This reminds me of the cool MUNI tokens that I found out about after living here for 5 years.

B-Gone E-Waste

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I found a place in the South Bay to safely get rid of that old computer that has been sitting on the floor and help out a school at the same time. The E-Waste Collection Event is on June 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Just take your old computers, CPUs, faxes, printers, DVD or VCR players, P.C. speakers, TVs, stereos, radios, telephones or microwaves to Willow Glen High/Middle School. Aim for the the parking lot on the corner of Dry Creek and Cottle to drop off the items. Helpers will even unload it for you.

It’s Hammer Time

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The other afternoon, as I was dropping off a taxi fare in Los Altos I noticed a couple of cool little planters on his front walk. He told me that his kids had made them at the Home Depot’s Kids Workshop. He had been there with his children while they got some hands-on experience with wood, tools and paint.

The free “How-To Clinics” for kids (accompanied by an adult) are offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9:00 a.m.and noon at all The Home Depot stores.

My taxi customer said, “I can’t wait for the next one.”

The Bay Area Discovery Museum

Living in the bay area presents parents with the sometimes challenging task of finding things to do that are age appropriate for your kids, and within striking distance of your home. Historically San Francisco has gotten a bad rap on this point, but I know this is changing. I’ve seen many improvements to local parks, I see restaurants becoming more welcoming to kids, and I see more kid friendly attractions being re-opened and or remodeled. Some of our favorites include the Randall Museum, the Park Chalet and the DeYoung Museum. And I’m sure when the Cal Academy of Sciences re-opens you will find us there too.


Another of our favorites is the Bay Area Discovery Museum. It’s located at the foot of the Golden Gate bridge on the Marin side. And it’s about a ten minute drive on most weekend mornings from the Inner Sunset. My family established membership about 2 years ago, and we make it there about once a month. It’s an excellent place for children between the ages of 1 to 6 or so (my estimation, maybe older).

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