Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Lunchtime Lego

Wednesday, November 15 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm is Lego Time at the Mountain View Public Library. All ages are welcome in the Children’s Room. There will also be Duplos for toddlers.

This free event takes place on every third Wednesday of the month.

Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin Street
Mountain View, 94041
(650) 903-6887

Marine Mammal Center Science Sunday

sealMarine Mammal Center Science Sunday is a free engaging ocean-inspired classroom series for kids and adults on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
Interactive classroom presentations hosted by the Center’s education team. Learn interesting facts about marine mammals. Presentations are 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM (45 minutes each).

Marine Science Sundays 2017:
January 22: Animals of the Arctic
February 12 and 26: Marine Mammal Parents and Pups
March 12 and 26: The Big, The Small and The Weird
April 9 and 23: Magnificent Migrations
May 14 and 28: Back from the Brink: Saving Species
June 11 and 25: Marine Mammal Sounds
June 18 (3rd Sunday): Summer with the Sea Lions
July 9 and 23: Marine Mammal Superheroes
August 13 and 27: Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay
September 10 and 24: Top Predators: Orcas and Great White Sharks
September 17 (3rd Sunday): Sea Otter Spectacular
October 8 and 22: Creatures of the Deep
November 12 and 26: An Ocean Feast: Marine Mammal Feeding
December 10 and 24: Seal and Sea Lion Superstars of 2017

Directions to The Marine Mammal Center (PDF)

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 289-7330

Admission: Free (donations welcome — The Marine Mammal Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization)
2nd and 4th Sundays each month
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm

Bay Area Discovery Museum Free

bay-area-discovery-museumWednesday, February 1, 2017 is free admission day at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month.
Important note: all children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an indoor and outdoor children’s museum.  “Our mission to ignite and advance creative thinking for children influences everything we do at the museum.”
Programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions.

Exhibits include: Rainforest Adventure; Bay Hall features boats, the wharf, and an underwater tunnel, plus vintage train sets; Imagination Playground features soft and oversized foam blocks, noodles, and chutes with holes and shapes that fit together; other exhibits.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Fort Baker
557 McReynolds Road 
Sausalito, 94965
(415) 339-3900

Admission: Free (first Wednesday of every month)
All children (ages 1-17) must always be accompanied by adults, and all adults accompanied by children.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

AMC Summer Movie Camp 2010

AMC theaters will help to entertain the kids this summer with some great family films. Each Tuesday morning admission is only $1.00 at most Bay Area AMC theaters!

Doors open at 9:30 AM and shows begin at 10:00 AM. Advance tickets for each week’s movie will be on sale about one week prior to the scheduled show date. All admission and concession proceeds will benefit two AMC charities, “Variety – The Children’s Charity” and the “Will Rogers Institute.”

The movies …

June 15 – Shrek The Third (PG)

June 22 – Imagine That (PG)

June 29 – Monsters vs. Aliens (PG)

July 6 – Madagascar (PG)

July 13 – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (PG)

July 20 – Hotel for Dogs (PG)

July 27 – Kung Fu Panda (PG)

August 3 – The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)

August 10 – surprise mystery title

San Francisco Theaters:

* Metreon 16
101 Fourth Street, San Francisco 94103

* Van Ness 14
1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94109

AMC Summer Movie Camp 2010
Tuesdays, June 15 through August 10
10:00 AM (doors open 9:30 AM)
Tickets $1.00

Also: Theaters in the South Bay

Mission Graduates’ fundraiser: trip to Costa Rica

One of my favorite charities, Mission Graduates, helps reinforce basic skills for kids in the Mission District and prepare them for college. Now they’re having a fundraiser where the grand prize is a trip to a Costa Rica resort. Mmm, looks romantic.

In other fundraising news, have you seen Kickstarter? People put their project proposals online and ask people to donate small sums. Projects range from the artistic (films, books, other art projects) to small businesses like these three women starting a cake bakery. And your donation is only accepted if the whole project is supported by tens or dozens of people and reaches its fundraising goal. What’s really fun about Kickstarter is that it combines the thrill of internet shopping with the thrill of helping others. Cool idea!

Albany Little League parade rings in springtime

This morning I was sleepily reading in the recently opened and very nice Café Sainte Honoré on the corner of San Pablo and Solano in Albany (for those not familiar with the East Bay, that’s just north of Berkeley) when I was roused by police sirens. Through the windows I could see a large crowd at least two blocks long coming down Solano, led by police and fire vehicles. They were proceeding at such a funereal pace that I thought at first it had something to do with yesterday’s huge funeral of four Oakland police officers.

But as the crowd — demonstration? religious rite? — grew closer, I saw all the kids. And then I realized it was the town’s Little League parade.
More after the jump

Asian Art Museum Matcha Event: Afghanistan!


It’s tonight, and the exclamation point is mandatory. It’s the last event until next year for the Asian Art Museum’s Matcha series, and I think you can probably guess what the focus will be: “the food, music, and dance of Afghanistan.” The AAM continues:

[This grand finale is] In celebration of the highly anticipated, critically acclaimed special exhibition, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. See what the press is saying about this “at once revelatory and heart-rending” show (New York Times).

The Bay Area’s own Ballet Afsaneh, a dynamic ensemble whose repertory focuses on Silk Road regions in Central Asia, will perform colorful, kinetic traditional dance. See Afghanistan, go on a guided tour, make jewelry inspired by the ancient Bactrian gold on view, nibble on tasty bites, mingle with friends over cocktails from the cash bar, and much more.

The museum is on Larkin, next door to Main Library. As always, the event runs from 5-9 PM and admission to it is $5. Plus, for that awesome wallet-friendly price, you can check out any exhibit you like. The full evening schedule is here on the event page.

The LBAM Spray Madness

Californians continue to mount a significant opposition to the state legislatures decision to allow spraying for the LBAM (light brown apple moth). Tomorrow there is a vote scheduled at the state senate that could stop the spraying without the consent of the communities being sprayed. There is transport arranged (pavement reference for those paying attention) from the Ferry Building early am. Taking all interested parties right to Sacramento where you can make your presence felt on this issue.

Interesting the Governator is being quoted as saying that the spray is completely safe for humans. This taken from The SFBG Blog, “Q: Will the Spray Cause Erectile Dysfunction?“:

ABC: Will you comment on LBAM spraying?

Governor: It’s important we do everything we can because it can destroy our agriculture products and harm our environment. Other countries can cut off our agriculture trade. Public safety is my number one priority and there is nothing that shows this program is unsafe.

ABC: Senator Migden is proposing legislation to prevent spraying before an EIR is done. Do u have a position?

Governor: We have done all the studies in the world and nothing says it is unsafe. We wouldn’t spray if it were unsafe.

Ballsy considering that they won’t even disclose the sprays makeup. Duck! Here comes the Trade Secret claim to protect this vendors secret recipe they want to spray on us.

Details From the Flyer in circulation:

THE SPRAY – Come to Sacramento: Wednesday 4/16 1:30 PM CAPITOL, Room 4202

Agriculture Committee hearing Support LBAM legislation: Five bills and two resolutions collectively correct a broken system in California by providing both the information and the process to enable communities to
protect themselves from the dangers posed by aerial pesticide spraying.

The AG Committee hearing is the main hurdle for these bills. Show your support and make your voice heard during the public comment period! Bring your kids!

Fax or call in support of legislation to:
Assemblymember Nicole Parra Chair Agriculture Committee
Fax (916) 319 – 2130
Phone (916) 319 – 2030

“I am in support of the package of aerial spray legislation, AB 2892, AB 2763, AB 2764, AB 2765 and AB 2760 and related resolutions SCR 87 and ACR 117. I support this legislation because Californians have a right to informed consent regarding pesticides sprayed by the state over homes and communities.”

Sample letter and more info on www.StopTheSpray.ORG.



Pip Squeak A Go Go & Devilettes Auditions This Week

Hey Kids Of All Ages…

This Saturday afternoon March 31st, Baby Doe and her troupe of Devilettes present another fun filled edition of Pip Squeak A Go Go feauring live music The Time Outs at the Rickshaw Stop. If you’re not a fan of Pip Squeak A Go Go, then you might not be in touch with your inner 8 year old.

Details and more Pipsqueak A Go Go pix after the jump…

Our survival as a species

Observing the chimpanzee

I have mixed feelings about zoos. I realize that ‘conservation of wildlife’ is a complex, messy issue – oh we could go on for days! Nothing about it is black and white. So if you asked me why we signed up for an annual family membership at the San Francisco Zoo last weekend, it would take me a long time to answer… and I’d probably just direct you to this photo of my eldest son peacefully observing and drawing a chimpanzee in his always present sketchbook.

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