Pre-Trip Fun for San Francisco, California
"Mrs. Doubtfire" -- Log laughs and learn lessons from this Robin Williams comedy set in a Victorian house in Pacific Heights. (School Age and Up)
"The Princess Diaries" -- You may not want to reenact the daring chase scene through San Francisco's streets, but you will want to add Musee Mechanique to your list of must-sees. (School Age to Teens)
"George of the Jungle" -- This live-action flick takes George from the jungle to the streets of San Francisco. Which will he prefer? Which would you? (School Age to Teens)
"The Love Bug" -- It's Herbie! Younger kids will get a kick out the lovable VW bug zooming around SF; older kids will laugh at the hippie culture -- then beg to go thrifting in Haight-Asbury. (School Age and Up)
"Vertigo" -- Not for the faint or heart or few of years, this thriller features great scenes of Golden Gate Bridge. (Teens)
Crab Cakes -- After indulging in a couple of these babies, a trip to Fisherman's Wharf is a must.
Asian Beef with Snow Peas -- Serve stir-fry to the small-fry at home, then hit Chinatown to dine on dim sum.
"The City By the Bay: A Magical Journey Around San Francisco" -- This colorful collage of illustrations and fun facts captures the energy of the city itself. (Ages 4 to 8)
"Maybelle the Cable Car" -- Without Maybelle's fight to continue riding the hills of San Francisco, the city would look very different today. (Ages 4 to 8)
"San Francisco's Famous Sea Lions" -- Pier 39 comes to life in this illustrated tale of the pier's famous residents. (Ages 9 to 12)
"Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24)" -- In this engaging retelling of the 1906 earthquake, kids will learn a bit of history without even knowing it. (Ages 9 to 12)
"China Boy" -- A hard look at the Chinese-American experience, this coming-of-age tale pits our narrator against the mean streets of San Francisco in the 1950s. (Ages 13 and Up)
Festive Ribbon Dragon -- Celebrate Chinese New Year with this crafty creature.
Waterproof Beach Bag -- An inexpensive project kids can tackle, it's the perfect way to tote your gear for trips to Sausalito, Stinson Beach, and other salty sites.