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Lydie Thomas
I am a travel whisperer
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Celebrate the Year of the Horse with a visit to San Francisco Botanical Garden where you can enjoy the breathtaking marvel of one of the world’s greatest collections of Asian magnolias at the peak of their bloom and take part in special Lunar New Year activities for young and old alike. San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars, including many prized examples from Asia. Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of nearly 100... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Travel is more fun with kids
All ages welcome! Saturday, November 9, 10:30am–2:30pm War Memorial Opera House 301 Van Ness Avenue Free Community Open House! Explore the Opera House and enjoy adult and family-friendly activities throughout the day, including: Onstage musical demonstrations with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and vocal soloists Sing-along with the San Francisco Opera Chorus Stage combat workshops and wig and makeup demonstrations for adults and families Family activities in the Opera House: scavenger hunt, costume photo booth, prop-making, costume crafts, sing-along with the Adler Fellows—and more! Off the Grid food trucks as well as concessions in the War Memorial Opera House lobbies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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San Francisco Botanical Garden: One of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the tropical cloud forest bloom can be seen San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) is one of the only outdoor botanical gardens in the world where the alluring beauties of these high elevation forests thrive, and fall is the best time to see the Garden’s enchanting cloud forest bloom. In the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Garden, visitors can see a whole variety of delicate and unusual fuchsias dangling gracefully overhead, towering tree daisies, vibrant salvias and much more. This colorful jungle of flowering plants is representative of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
On September 28th, enjoy free general admission for one person and a guest at hundred of museums all over the US. You NEED to print the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day admission card to receive two free entrances.Click here to get the ticket emailed to you. Click here to find the list of the participating venues nationwide. Read my tips for a drama-free visit to museums with children. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Bring your friends and family for a day of free live performances throughout the UC Berkeley Campus – no tickets required! Sunday September 29th, 10:30 am to 6 pm UC Berkeley www.calperformances.org SCHEDULE 10:30 am Cal Band Opening Fanfare Spieker Plaza 11am New Century Chamber Orchestra with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,violin Zellerbach Hall Los Cenzontles Wheeler Auditorium 12 pm Members of the St Lawrence String Quartet Hertz Hall Crosspulse Duo with Keith Terry and Evie Ladin Alumni House Toll Room Instrument Petting Zoo Choral Rehearsal Hall, Cesar Chavez Building Shadow puppet workshop Alumni House Sibley Room 1 pm La Tania Baile Flamenco... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be closed from 8pm on Wednesday, August 28 through 5am onTuesday, September 3, 2013. During this time, travelers should expect significant delays in and out of San Francisco on the Golden Gate Bridge. As a reminder, cash is no longer accepted at the GGB and there's no stopping at the GGB Toll Plaza as we moved to All Electronic Tolling in March 2013. For more info on AET and FasTrak, please visit http://goldengate.org/tolls. For complete details of the Bay Bridge closure, please visit http://baybridgeinfo.org/closure. Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry will operate the following services: Thursday,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Lake Tahoe is one of the best destinations for family fun any time of year. If you’re considering bringing your kids down to see us here consider some of these great family friendly activities. · Boat Tours There are a number of excellent options for boat tours around the beautiful Lake Tahoe. The M.S. Dixie II and the Rum Runner Yacht are great examples. Each takes about two hours, each offers a discount for kids, and they both end in Emerald Bay, which every Tahoe visitor should experience. The little ones will get a kick out of the paddlewheel on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Four Fun Museums * Three Lively Stages * One Great Day Sunday, September 15, 2013 11AM – 4 PM FREE Downtown San Francisco’s biggest free family block party is back for its sixth year! Yerba Buena Family Day is a non-stop day of free indoor/outdoor family fun with free admission to local museums for all ages, hands-on art making activities for kids and special family-friendly performances throughout the neighborhood. Visitors get in free that day to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), and Children’s Creativity Museum, and each venue offers a huge array of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Get your tickets for the production of The Barber of Seville that will play at the San Francisco Opera on Sunday November 24th at 2 pm and on Sunday November 30th at 12 pm. The Opera is shortened to 2 hours and will be sung in English with English subtitles. Price range from 10 dollars to 45 dollars for children and from 25 dollars to 90 dollars per adult. Recommended for children ages 10 and up. San Francisco Opera 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco (415) 864-3330 Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Stern Grove festival www.sterngrove.org Facebook: Stern Grove Festival Twitter: @sterngrovefest App for the Ipad/Iphone: Stern Grove Festival 2013 App for the Android: Stern Grove Festival Phone: (415) 252 6252 Sigmund Stern Grove outdoor amphitheater 19th avenue and Sloat Boulevard, Sunset district There is no public parking. Muni Bus: 23 Monterey and 28 19th Avenue Concerts are held every Sunday at 2 pm from mid-June through August. Seating is first-come, first serve. FREE. August 4 Shuggie Otis The Relatives August 11 Pink Martini La Santa Cecilia August 18 San Francisco Opera Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
A perfect choice for families this summer, Direct Holidays in Spain (http://www.directholidays.co.uk/destinations/spain/) have something for everyone, and with the school holidays just around the corner, now would be an ideal time to secure your Spanish break for all to enjoy. Wherever you decide to visit – whether it’s on the mainland or its islands - there will undoubtedly be plenty to keep you and the brood occupied. Whether it’s spending hours on the Costa Blanca beaches, digging for treasure and enjoying the local authentic tapas, or you prefer to spend your vacation on the popular family island of Majorca, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Stern Grove festival www.sterngrove.org Facebook: Stern Grove Festival Twitter: @sterngrovefest App for the Ipad/Iphone: Stern Grove Festival 2013 App for the Android: Stern Grove Festival Phone: (415) 252 6252 Sigmund Stern Grove outdoor amphitheater 19th avenue and Sloat Boulevard, Sunset district There is no public parking. Muni Bus: 23 Monterey and 28 19th Avenue Concerts are held every Sunday at 2 pm from mid-June through August. Seating is first-come, first serve. FREE. July 7 San Francisco Symphony July 14 Kronos Quartet Geographer with Magik*Magik Quartet Real Vocal String Quartet July 21 Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocărlia July 28 San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
The thing about multi-center holidays (which is simply another term for multi-city holidays) is that not only do they bring multiple doses of joy, excitement and culture, but also potential bumps in the road and scenarios of a less-positive nature. It’s really only a case of common sense – a standard holiday is anything but free of its potential perils here and therefore what is essentially a multiple holiday will see said perils increase in accordance with complexity of the trip. And it goes without saying that one of the biggest examples of said perils is money – or lack... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
4th of July Fireworks Viewing Aboard the SS Jeremiah O'Brien at Pier 45 Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco CA Gangway Opens 7:30pm, Fireworks 9pm General Admission (13+) $25 Seniors (62+) $15 Children (6-12) $10 FREE for children under 6 BOOK NOW for 4TH of JULY Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
National Pollinator Week Family Fun Saturday, June 22 10 am to 12 pm It’s National Pollinator Week, and the Conservatory of Flowers joins forces with Pollinator Partnership to offer families a free, fun-filled morning of activities and crafts in celebration of the important work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. Background The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,750 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
When you're searching for family holidays, one thing that will no doubt be at the forefront of your mind is, how will I keep the kids entertained? Thanks to the fantastic activities and entertainment facilities at today's holiday resorts, you'll almost always be well catered for. And one magnificent destination that places a firm tick in the 'family' box is of course Cyprus. There's so much to see and do here, you'll never have enough time to pack it all into a holiday. To help get you started, here are some of our favourite family activities for cheap holidays to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Museum Admission Free to All, Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2 The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will temporarily close its doors to the public at end of day on June 2, 2013 to prepare for two-and-a-half years of construction on the museum’s major expansion project. After June 2, SFMOMA will be on the go, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area until the museum’s expanded home reopens in early 2016. During the final four days before closure—Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2, 2013—museum admission and all related festivities will be free to all. A... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Whether its beach holidays you’re looking at or you’re hoping to enjoy a whole manner of activities while on your vacation in the sun, the concept of safe fun in the sun has never been more important. Looking after your skin is vital whatever your age, but more so for little ones due to their delicate skin. With Neilson beach clubs in both Turkey and Greece, it’s guaranteed that if you’re travelling during the summer months, you’re going to be welcomed with sunshine and hot temperatures. While we may be used to unpredictable, changeable weather in the UK, it’s usually... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Free Admission, Tours and Activities California marks Harvey Milk's birthday, May 22, as an annual statewide day of significance. The GLBT History Museum will honor the occasion this year by giving free admission to all visitors and providing special Milk-related displays and tours. In addition, the museum is extending a welcome to Bay Area schools, many of which plan GLBT history activities in conjunction with Harvey Milk Day. Brief docent tours of the museum highlighting Harvey Milk and his times will be offered every hour on the hour from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Teachers, professors and student groups can... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Merola’s Schwabacher Summer Concert Saturday July 20th at 2 pm Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco www.merola.org Opera at Stern Grove Sunday August 18th at 2 pm Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco www.sterngrove.org Opera in the Park Sunday September 8th at 1:30 pm Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco www.sfopera.com/park Opera at the Ballpark: simulcast will be announced during the summer ATT Park, San Francisco www.sfopera.com/simulcast Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Only one of the 10 activities is a museum. The rest are not, pick one of them!
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When San Francisco hosts the America's Cup races this summer, the boats won't be the only speed demons on display. Sailfish, tuna, sharks, and other swift swimmers—some of which can top even the fastest sailboats—will take center stage in Built for Speed, a new exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. From May 10 - September 29, 2013, Built for Speed will encourage visitors to explore some of the ocean's fastest animals and their fascinating adaptations—from streamlined body shapes and retractable fins to piston-like muscles. In addition, visitors can witness museum staff and volunteers assembling an orca skeleton, examine a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
Dutch Queen’s Day 2013 Saturday April 27, 11am-5pm MURPHY WINDMILL Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA Come dressed in orange! Facebook: Dutch Queen's Day http://www.sfdutch.com/dutch-in-sf/koninginnedag.html This year the celebrations will be centered around the MURPHY WINDMILL on the South end of the Golden Gate Park. [View Map] Schedule Children’s activities 11.00 – 12:00 Soccer 11:00 – 15:15 Games 11:00 – 16:00 Flea market ('vrijmarkt') Teen activities 12:00 – 13:00 Soccer 13.00 – 17.00 Teen club house (with games) Musical performances 12.00 – 13.15 Performance live band ‘Once Again’ 13.15 – 13.30 Opening remarks and national anthem 13.30 – 14.45 DJ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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It will run now till March 16, 2014. The Conservatory of Flowers’ exhibition of live butterflies returns with hundreds of beauties on the wing in a fascinating demonstration of plant pollination in action From May 8 through October 20, 2013 The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Visitors can see a dazzling array of more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, red admirals, and more, and even several giant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids
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Cal Day will take place on April 20th, 2010 from 9 am to 4 pm. You can spend your day in the classroom, the labs, the museums, and the performances halls as well as the libraries. Plan your visit Check the Berkeley tips to get the best experience possible. It will be an overwhelming day so plan in advance what you want to see, include your children in the planning, get them excited about what they are going to see. Download the UC Berkeley iPhone App or visitcalday.berkeley.edu on your smart phone to find upcoming events near you. Very important!... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at Travel is more fun with kids