Things We Like… (Mar. 2010)



Mmm … Bacon and Eggs

Pregnant women, rejoice. A new study conducted by a team of University of North Carolina researchers suggests that a breakfast of bacon and eggs can actually be good for your unborn child (in moderation, of course.) Choline plays a vital role in fetal brain development and can be found in plentiful supply in meats and eggs. Of course, the research was conducted on mice, but who cares? We say, indulge.

 

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Now that spring is on the rebound, families can enjoy this Sausalito museum in all of its outdoor glory. Nothing beats kicking back on a bench and basking in the warm sun while your child navigates toy fish and frogs down the stream at the tot spot. The enclosed area entertains kids and gives parents a well-deserved break. Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road. Sausalito. 415-339-3900. baykidsmuseum.org.

 

Fun for Nerds

It’s time to celebrate Annual Pi Day! Math lovers will party on Saturday, March 14 because it’s …3.14. The Exploratorium will host a party to celebrate Pi, the never-ending number (3.1459…) with Pi puns, Pi-related antics and slices of pie. 1-3:30 p.m. 3601 Lyon St. 415-561-0363. exploratorium.edu.

 

Welcome to Andy’s World

One of the Peninsula’s favorite children’s musicians, Andy Z, has hit the big time – and the small-screen – with his first DVD, Intro to Andyland. A filmed live performance, the DVD introduces Redwood City’s tie-dyed troubadour and some of his puppet pals, including the rhyming Como C. Llama and chillin’ Rasta Froggy. The production values are homespun, but the songs are stick-in-your-head catchy. Or, catch AndyZ at one of the many performances listed on his Web site. $15.99. andyz.com.

 

Giddy Gobbling

Try to get three in a row while your opponent attempts to gobble up your playing pieces with his own adorably goofy-looking characters. That’s the wacky twist on Tic-Tac-Toe in Gobblet Gobblers, the award-winning strategy game for ages 5 and up from San Francisco’s Blue Orange Games. It’s simple, fast-paced and addictive enough that you may find yourself playing it after the kids are in bed. The company, which has been creating durable, wooden games for 10 years, plants two trees for every one it uses. $19.99. blueorangegames.com.

 

Cat in the Hat Hats

Kids across the Bay Area will be decked out in cylindrical red- striped hats in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. (Otherwise known as Read Across America Day.) Check with your local library for events, or plan your own Dr. Seuss read-a-thon.

 

Things We Like is compiled by the editors of Bay Area Parent to celebrate the best people, places and products that make parenting fun. If you would like to share something you like, email Editor Peggy Spear at peggy.spear@parenthood.com.
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