educational outings

June 22, 2010

Everyone Will Be Dancing In the Aisles

Warm up your singing voice and polish up those dancing shoes because giggle is hosting Music Together right here in your Chestnut St. store.  Who doesn’t love a little music?  So come make some of your own in this “all are welcome,” mixed age class; the perfect experience for the whole family. Round up your little ones and head on over to join the party Thursday June 24th starting at 11AM. 

R.S.V. P by e-mail: chestnut@giggle.com or simply feel free to party crash!

June 7, 2010

Lions and Tigers and Bears…Oh My!

 

       As the mother of two very active little boys, I am always looking for fun yet educational activities to do on their holidays from school. On a recent day off we decided to go with an oldie but a goodie, we grabbed our SuperGoop sunscreen and other sunny day essentails and headed to the Bronx Zoo! The Bronx Zoo, housing more than 4000 animals is the flagship urban wildlife park of The Wildlife Conservation Society. The WFS works to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation and education. We spent the day learning about and observing animals that have been saved from harsh habitats, some even on the brink of extinction.

     Highlights included: picnicing atop our Skip Hop Central Park travel blanket in the onsite picnic grounds. Walking through Tiger Mountain, a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East, and coming nose to nose with Amur Tigers was quite the experience. We managed to cover almost the entire Zoo on foot, from the Reptile house to African Plains in under 3 hours. We ended our day with a trip on the monorail through Asian wildlife where we sat back, rested our tootsies and learned all about red pandas,  Asian deer and (a crowd fave) elephants!

     We loved it so much that we plan to become members of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which will give us year-long access to all of the WCS wildlife parks citywide while contributing to WCS’ mission. With many attractions and educational opportunities, visiting a local wildlife park is a great way to get out and enjoy what our community has to offer.

Click here to learn more about the Wildlife Conservation society.

Also, check the Bronx Zoo’s website for upcoming events and attractions!

February 7, 2010

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum is a hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids.  Zeum envisions a world where the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – inspire new ideas and innovative solutions.  Zeum is an excellent way to spend many afternoons with your whole family.  Zeum opened in October 1998 on the rooftop of Yerba Buena Gardens as part of a major 87-acre urban renewal project in the South of Market area by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.  Their unique 34,000 square-foot facility — designed by internationally acclaimed architect Adele Naude Santos — includes premier technology studios, interactive activity stations, exhibit galleries, community exhibit space, and a 200-seat theater.
So, gather up your little bundles of inquisitive joy and head out to Zeum and see what your future Engineer, Doctor, Scientist or Nobel Prize winner can imagine, create and discover.  Family memberships are available at very reasonable fees.
And please feel free to share your experiences  with a comment on our blog here at giggle!  Have fun and I look forward to hearing about your exciting visits to any of the many kid-friendly places here in San Francisco.

January 7, 2010

San Francisco Zoo – Fun for All

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Looking for something to do with your little ones?  Don’t forget the San Francisco Zoo!  Filled with great exhibits and cool animals each trip has something new to discover.  Kids of all ages will have a ball and mom and dad will enjoy all the zoo has to offer.
We highly recommend getting a Family Membership so you can go anytime – for just an hour or all day.  For only $95 you get free admission for a year for mom, dad and all the kids plus some free parking passes, ride passes (don’t miss the train or the carousel) and guest admission passes.  Members also get to walk right past the lines (a real deal on busy weekends).  Membership also means you don’t feel guilty heading home after an hour if kids get fussy.
Nothing beats the kids’ giggles of anticipation hearing the sound of those Howler Monkeys as you are walking in the front gate.  You might even find yourself heading down to the beach to splash in some waves and then up to the Cliff House to warm up with some hot chocolate!