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And the reviews are in:
But all the fun is leaving us on December 28th, 2012, so the time to act is now.
And I should say that you’ll be able to get seats for just $20 and great seats are still available but those great seats will cost you a bit more.
But this show is a must-see, a great annual San Francisco tradition, so what are you waiting for.
And there’s the snow – lots and lots and lots of snow. You won’t believe how much snow:
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All right, see you there!
The Truffula Trees offered at IHOP’s brand new Lorax’s Breakfast special are actually broccoli, so consider yourself warned.
But the creamed spinach to make the eggs green, well that’s a genius move:
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See you there!
[UPDATE: Uh oh, looks as if the "Bike-Friendly Saturday" YMCA Y-Bike event on December 3, 2011 has been cancelled. ]
Appears as if our Presidio Trust has got you covered in December 2011.
But let’s check with the Great Yoda of Chestnut Street:
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Yep, he’s all, “Covered you are.”
Holiday Lights Tree Lighting – Friday, December 2
Join the Presidio community for the Holiday Lights Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Presidio tradition. The gathering will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue in the Main Post (across the street from the Presidio YMCA). Bring your singing voice . . . music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Refreshments will follow. After the festivities, stick around for an Evening Forest Walk, beginning at 6:15 pm. This family-friendly, 20-minute lantern walk will allow you to experience the enchanting park in the dark. Bring a flashlight! For more information, visit the website.
Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek – Saturday, December 3
Join us for Presidio Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 1 pm. At this special commemorative stewardship event, Presidio staff will host diverse volunteer activities highlighting restoration and sustainability. Projects include planting, weeding, and spreading mulch at Dragonfly Creek, as well as various stewardship activities at the Presidio nursery, salvage yard, and nearby gardens. Come out and lend a hand! Family-friendly. All ages welcome. If you are a bird enthusiast, arrive at 8 am for a Fort Scott bird walk. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30am. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike-Friendly Saturday at the Presidio YMCA – December 3
Join the Presidio Community YMCA for a bike-friendly Saturday! Its YBike Instructors will lead biking activities for all ages. There will be two group rides: one for children 12 and older, and another for families with children of all ages. The Y will also offer Learn to Ride and Basic Skills lessons. This event will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, December 3 at the Presidio YMCA Main Post Gym, located at 63 Funston Avenue. Please visit YBike for more information.
Family Night Hike – Saturday, December 3
Come join us for a night time adventure for all ages in the Presidio! The Family Night Hike will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm. This naturalist-led event will start and end at the newly renovated Rob Hill Campground, just off Washington Boulevard overlooking Baker Beach. On this relaxed walk, we will learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Presidio illuminated by a half moon and starry night sky. The walk will end with a campfire and story at Rob Hill Campground. There will be a 25 person limit on this walk, so make reservations as spaces go fast! RSVP required to Alisha Cahlan at email@example.com. Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a water bottle.
Create With Nature at Rob Hill – Saturday, December 10
Family Create With Nature:
Sculpture in the Park
Saturday, December 10
10 am to Noon (drop in anytime)
Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Families! Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 561-4449.
Christmas with Walt Disney Screens in December
This holiday season the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio is featuring the film Christmas with Walt Disney. Look back at the ways Walt celebrated the holidays — at home, at work, at play, on TV and at the Studios. From animated cartoons to rare home movies, this holiday movie was produced by Don Hahn—Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane. The film screens daily at 1 and 4 pm (except Tuesdays and on December 10). Tickets are available online. For details, visit www.waltdisney.org. The museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, on the Main Post, in the Presidio.
“From November 23, 2011 – January 16, 2012 the Academy will offer a suite of wintry festivities and family fun that will celebrate the science behind some of our most familiar holiday sights, sounds, and traditions. Highlights include:
A pair of live reindeer
Indoor snow flurries twice an hour
A Snowman Theater – an immersive digital dome shaped like a giant snowman, which will play two new shows on the science of snow
An aromatic Spice Forest – displays of the raw botanical specimens from which we get cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and other holiday ingredients
Festive programs including quiz shows, live music, dance, and theater performances
Mounted specimens of the birds mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” including swans, geese, colly birds, hens, doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”
Remember RLGC – Reindeer Love Graham Crackers. Hey kids, name this reindeer! (She’s a girl, BTW.)
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And here’s what these critters looked like when they were on the famous roof, via an iPhone 4:
This is Miles – he’s a fool for pine branches, I’ll tell you:
One of four Evaporative Snow machines:
Le Theatre de Bonhomme de Neige – they’ve got two short films to show once you get inside:
The aromatic Spice Forest lets you smell stuff like nutmeg and vanilla:
And a partridge in a pear tree:
See you there!
October 16th, 2011 will be on a Sunday so I’ll prolly be breakin’ in the malls, breakin’ on the streets, natch, but you, you’ve got kids, so you should head down to SoMA for Yerba Buena Family Day 2011.
“…San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission, special art activities and free performances for children and families at the following venues within 1 or 2 blocks of each other in the Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.”
That means that Target will pick up the tab when you visit the SFMOMA, the Jew Mu, the MoAD and the Children’s Creativity Museum.
Hurray! (Hey Target, why are you taking so long to open down there in Metreon? Or for that matter, Geary and Masonic. C’mon, wiki wiki.)
All right, see you and your fam there!
All the deets:
Grab your GPS device and head on over to the Presidio to get in on the Geocaching craze.
All the deets, below.
“HIGH TECH HIDE-AND-SEEK” IN THE PRESIDIO
GEOCACHING TAKES FAMILIES, ADVENTURERS OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL
Presidio of San Francisco (August 11, 2011) — “I found it!” exclaimed Alex, his face beaming with pride and the excitement only a 7-year old can muster. With a little help from his mom’s smartphone and a lot of perseverance, Alex had located his first geocache, discreetly hidden near a trail in the Presidio’s Lobos Creek Valley.
The Trust, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, has brought Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails—a new wildlife-themed, outdoor treasure hunt—to the Presidio.
Sometimes referred to as a game of “high-tech hide and seek,” geocaching is relatively new to national parks, but the phenomenon has been around for more than a decade. Using a smartphone or handheld GPS device, people hunt for “caches” (typically small boxes) hidden in public places around the world.
“Geocaching in the Presidio combines the excitement of a treasure hunt with the reward of discovering lesser known parts of the park,” says Damien Raffa, education and volunteer program manager for the Presidio Trust. “Offering this kind of adventure helps us bring new people into the park and expose them to some of the Presidio’s hidden gems.”
The Presidio offers two ways to play. Visitors can go to www.presidio.gov/kids/trails/ and download GPS co-ordinates, while those without a GPS device can download a map for a self-guided experience. Then simply follow the co-ordinates to uncover the geocache. The cache will never be buried but could be tucked inside a log or tree stump, under a bush or behind a wall. Inside the cache, searchers will find a logbook to sign and a unique stamp depicting a member of the Presidio’s wildlife community.
Ever more deets, after the jump.
Oh man, after those AM clouds drift away this Saturday, it’s going to be a dreaded sunny day at Crissy Field for you and the fam at Summer Fun Day 2011!
“On July 30, Outdoor Nation, The Presidio Trust and the National Park Service will co-host a Summer Fun Day celebration at Crissy Field’s Historic Airfield. The public is invited to participate in an incredible range of outdoor recreation—from rock climbing, to camping competitions to orienteering—that are available close to home. This event is free and is expected to attract thousands of Bay Area residents. More information can be found at SummerFunDay.org.”
Presented by: The North Face, REI Foundation and The Conservation Fund
Co-Host: National Park Service and Crissy Field
When: Saturday, July 30 | 12:00noon-5:00pm
Location: Crissy Field’s Historic Airfield
Address: Mason Street, San Francisco, CA
Calling all Bay Area Residents!
Don’t miss a day of free family fun on Outdoor Nation’s ultimate, outdoor adventure playground!
Highlights of Summer Fun Day San Francisco:
REI Family Camping Fun
Hula Hooping and other Retro Games hosted by Merrell
Prizes, including CamelBak Water Bottles
Music, hiking and more!
All the deets, below.
Is Crissy Field really still growing? If so, the Continental Drift Theory is proven once again:
See you there!
Outdoor Nation Summer Youth Summits Culminate in San Francisco
Youth-led Movement for the Outdoors Plans Agenda—with more than $100,000 in Dedicated Funding for Youth Project Ideas—to Expand Access, Activity, and Appreciation
San Francisco, California – Outdoor Nation, the youth-led movement championing the outdoors, is coming to San Francisco, the fifth and final stop on the series of 2011 Youth Summits. For many reasons—access, cultural relevance, education, time, budget cuts—America’s youth is losing touch with the outdoors. Outdoor Nation is empowering the Millennial generation to address the issues head-on and develop their own solutions to connecting youth with the outdoors.
The three-day Summit, co-hosted by The Presidio Trust and the National Park Service, begins on July 29 at 12:00pm at the Presidio’s Fort Scott. A diverse group of more than 200 youth leaders aged 16 to 28 is expected in San Francisco, the Northwest Regional Summit. Delegates were chosen from online applications as well as nominations from Outdoor Nation partners.
Delegates will discuss regional outdoor issues and brainstorm project ideas to remove barriers to participation in the outdoors. Youth participants will vote for the top ideas in each region. The Outdoor Foundation will invest more than $10,000 in projects—a total of $100,000 for all the projects that result from the summits—with support from the National Park Service’s Rivers and Trails and Conservation Assistance National Programs.
Delegates will also address the deep budget cuts and unprecedented closures facing America’s State Parks, Outdoor Nation’s national partner and its top cause for 2011.
Ever more deets, after the jump
As seen California Street for the past 13 years. Which one of these people is the ghost?
Here’s your guarantee:
“I really can’t guarantee ghosts. But I can guarantee the San Francisco Ghost Hunt will be nearly three hours of unearthly fun! You’ll see wonderful Victorian mansions and learn the city’s haunted history, be touched time and again by the magic of supernatural beliefs, and hear documented authentic ghost stories presented with passion and drama. You will be amazed to learn a few ways to directly encounter a ghost yourself…if you dare. You will get exercise, fresh air, and have an outstanding good time. The San Francisco Ghost Hunt is: humor and history, emotion and education; with supernatural spookiness! You will be entertained, enlightened and enchanted. That’s absolutely GUARANTEED!”
And they’re baaaaaa-ack for 2011! See?
See you there!