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30 places every California kid should see before growing up

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School’s out and summer is in full gear. Parents are taking vacation time from work to spend time with their kids. While trips to Hawaii and Europe are grand, many families can’t afford lavish holidays and will be looking for places to visit closer… [Read More]

13 things that have made San Francisco a better place for families

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San Francisco isn’t recognized as a great place for raising kids. The housing is among the most expensive in the country, the best public and private schools are hard to get into, the desirable high-tech jobs require long hours that pull working pare… [Read More]

The first truly inclusive playground opens in the Bay Area

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Story courtesy of Red Tricycle The Bay Area is home to some of the best playgrounds in the country, but children with special needs haven’t always been able to share in the fun … until now. Palo Alto’s brand new all-inclusive Magical Bridge Pl… [Read More]

Parents beware: Folsom Street Fair is this weekend

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Back in 2008 my oldest daughter and I were walking around San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood on a clear autumn day in search of a mattress store called Keetsa. I remember turning a corner and almost bumping into an enormous naked man riding his bicycl… [Read More]

Things all S.F. kids should do before they grow up

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School’s out. The fog’s rolling in. Summer’s officially here and it’s time to pull out SFGate’s beloved list of things every S.F. kid should do before they grow up. We’ve updated our list, taking out the mention SFMOMA’s family days (unti… [Read More]

Family fun: The Bay Area’s lesser-known delights

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This morning, I’m going to be a guest on KQED’s Forum radio program to talk about things to do with kids around the Bay Area. (Tune into 88.5 FM at 10 a.m.) I need your help. Please share your favorite kid spots in the comments below. The show’s … [Read More]

Things to do with kids this summer

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No matter how much kids love summer vacation, there inevitably comes a time when the “I’m bored” complaints begin. Curb the boredom and get in some quality bonding time with these fun family-oriented activities. How do you keep your kids entert… [Read More]

I took my 9-year-old to the opera, and she loved it

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Last year when my daughter was 8 years old, I took her to the San Francisco Opera’s shortened version of Carmen for families. She was enchanted by the elaborate costumes, the richly textured voices and the bustling pageantry, and when I tucked her in… [Read More]