Anniversary Itinerary: SFMOMA 75

W H A T : SFMOMA’S 75th ANNIVERSARY
W H E N : January 18, 2010
W H E R E : SFMOMA

M O R E :

S H O P   SFMOMA : 75th Anniversary

Travel to Extraordinary Worlds

P R O K O F I E V   I T I N E R A R Y

The Family Prokofiev performance presented Romeo and Juliet, a symphonic suite extracted from Prokofiev’s three suites, with the “happy ending” story originally conceived by the composer, to a full house of kids.

The accompanying puppets created by puppet artist Robin Walsh brought a new dimension to a delightful performance for kids and parents alike. Here’s an interview with the artist following the Saturday evening performance.

E N C O R E !

The Jewel Museum

Since its reopening in the newly redesigned Jessie Street Power Substation, the CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM never stops to enchant!

We’ve just made it to the Chagall and the Artists of the Russian Jewish Theater and enjoyed the Chagall art pack, just before the opening of the new exhibit:

The little ones spotted the mystery, so we’ll be visiting soon.
Here is a family calendar:

Preschool Gallery Hour
Second Sundays: November 8, October 11, September 13

Drop-In Art-Making: Start the New Year with a Book
Sunday, September 13; 1-3PM

Drop-In Art-Making: Wild Things on Parade!
Sunday, September 20; 1-3PM

Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, September 26

Drop-In Art-Making: Tikkun Olam (Repair the World)
Sunday, September 27; 1-3PM

Drop-In Art-Making: Sukkot
Sunday, October 4; 1-3PM

Drop-In Art-Making: Monster Mash
Sunday, October 25; 1-3PM

Cool day in Monterey, WAVE!

After a hot Saturday we decided to cool down in Monterey. Well, I’ve just heard about Dennis the Menace Playground from baby Dani Shovevani, so we couldn’t wait to give it a try. The weather was way cooler on Sunday and Monterey was hidden in a thick patch of fog at times, but the playground and all Monterey day itinerary were cool too!

Another reason to go to Monterey before Labor Day was to rent a surrey. Somehow I remembered that you can rent it only until Labor Day, but today I found that there is a WAVE trolley during the summer that offers fun and free transportation until Labor Day… So we took the trolley, rented a 4-Wheel Family Bike Surrey from Adventures by the Sea and it seems that we can do the surrey all year round including Xmas, yay!

After the trolley and surrey ride, we went to a long time favorite that’s a sure hit with a climbing kid: Lovers Point Park. It was almost dinner time and we decided to not try LaTTiTudes again, our last dinner there, even if a long time ago, was not worth the beautiful view. We took a scenic drive to Fishwife, wishing it were a sunny day to enjoy the Asilomar State Beach. Marking it on the wish list for the butterfly season!

Fishwife was an absolute delight for all family, it warmed up a cool day with delicious flavor! From the friendly and welcoming service to the yummy menu, colorful and inviting for kids too, it won us for future visits in Monterey!

On the way back to highway 1 we saw 2 deers and that topped off a fun full day!

More from our Monterey wish list:

…to…be…continued…

Back from Barcelona to San Francisco: The King is dead. Long live the King.

While in Barcelona we’ve learned about “Tutankhamun: the Tomb and its Treasures” exhibit at Museu Marítim. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to see it, so we were happy to find King Tut in San Francisco!

After reading visit reviews with or without kids, we’ll probably explore more online and in the library while crowds are dwindling, so here’s our Egyptian itinerary before the museum visit attempt:

As for de Young tickets, here is a link with discounts.
Adding Lucky‘s discount (code: TUTLUCKY), Peet‘s (TUTPEETS), 20% off adult tickets from NATGEO

T I B I D A B O: On top of the world

C I T I N E R A R I E S | TIBIDABO: On top of the world

Next on our P L A Y list was Tibidabo Park, and we picked it with this modernista route in mind, thus the tram blau itinerary:
metro L7 from Plaça Catalunya
tram blau
Tibidabo funicular

Piece of cake, if it weren’t for the L7 metro station. First we mistakenly went to Passeig de Gràcia metro station only to realize that Gràcia station is a totally different place. Back to Plaça Catalunya, where we searched for a while for the L7 station since there is no underground connection to it. Look for it at the corner of Rambla with Carrer de Pelai.

After this underground detour everything was only fun with the greatest views, Tibidado is a kids favorite!

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Barcelona upside down

C I T I N E R A R I E S | Barcelona upside down

Next day’s destination was Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Montjuïc. But we found a very convoluted itinerary to reach it. The Pavilion is right near the Magic Fountain, so we started with the end: the night light show.

Here we have an itinerary ending at Font Magic, with La Boqueria appetit, Las Ramblas entertainment, and a delicious inspiration, a castle playground too:

We started our morning walk on Las Ramblas, with a delicious breakfast at La Montserratina Patisseria. The street shows always add color to an itinerary!

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A refreshing stop and more color in La Boqueria, yum ananas-pitahaya juice!

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Adventure trip to Castell: we took a bus to Paral·lel metro station, the funicular after that, and we topped it with a telefèric ride for best views.

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Montjuïc trek to Fundació Joan Miró: kids are tired, museum crowded, we are all hungry, so we continue to the magic fountains looking for a place to eat too. We enter The Gardens of the Font del Gat, an invigorating surprise! We even find a cats restaurant, but it’s closed for a private party, arrrgh!

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A somewhat unplanned stop at the Archaeological Museum, but this is such a lovely and kid-friendly museum that we cannot resist! It has a wealth of books for kids that I’m trying to find now in English.

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We finally find a cafe between MNAC and Font Magic, yum! And a missed spot, Caixa Forum / Casa Ramona by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, adding it to the wish list for next trip.

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We reach the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and Font Magic, lights!

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Montjuïc is definitely a huge park, a green city inside a city, and our itinerary can be easily split in several days. I definitely want to go back for Poble Espanol, we visited it in our previous trip and my memories make it a nice destination for kids. More beautiful Montjuïc itineraries, to be checked the next trip!