Brown Bear – The Original Build-A-Bear, But Better

If you’re going to do the San Francisco waterfront properly, as I surely did, you need to leave time to do the best kid-oriented attractions, and trust me when I tell you that any visit would be incomplete without spending time at the Basic Brown Bear Factory, a place I’m convinced is either an orphanage for undernourished bears or some kind of mad, plush, crazy bear creation laboratory. But which it is, I still can’t say. Continue reading Brown Bear – The Original Build-A-Bear, But Better

Chinatown Awesome, though Maybe Not Quite Chinese Enough

No trip to an historically rich coastal or railway town would be worth it’s weight in fortune cookies, were it not for a quick visit to that town’s Chinatown. San Francisco’s got a pretty good one, I guess, and I’d really dig it if wasn’t for all the white people and rampant speaking of English. Continue reading Chinatown Awesome, though Maybe Not Quite Chinese Enough

IMAX Whelms Sensory Senses Totally Over

I’m a child of the modern era and one not easily impressed. Today’s kids got Electro Games of Boy, Stations of Play, Boxes of X and more extreme sports than you could shake a broken leg at, though we don’t actually have any of them personally. Still, with big TVs everywhere and endless cartoons on demand plus another million things on the TiVo, it’s really hard to show me anything with the hope it will overwhelm me, but IMAX may be the one true exception. Continue reading IMAX Whelms Sensory Senses Totally Over

San Francisco B&Bs Not Super Friendly To Kids

I’m sure just about anyone would love a nice stay in a cozy bed and breakfast no matter where they’re staying but sometimes, it just isn’t worth it. You pay a little extra for a little extra inconvenience, but in big cities, that little extra cost can quickly add up to a lot more than you think. When it comes to San Francisco, stick to the hotels and I’ll promise you this, they’ll stick to you. Continue reading San Francisco B&Bs Not Super Friendly To Kids