Valentine’s Day and February Fun
For a classic Valentine gift, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. San Francisco’s TCHO partners directly with farmers in developing countries to produce delicious artisan chocolate. Just as sweet are the daily free public tours of their chocolate factory on Pier 17 for ages 8 and up, at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tasting is included, of course, and online reservations are recommended. Gift boxes: $16.95 and up. www.tcho.com.
Cards for Friends
Your child can give their classmates a little something extra with sweet Valentine packs from Peaceable Kingdom. From candy hearts to pencil toppers to fairy bracelets, and scratch and sniff varieties from bubblegum to “stinky bugs,” this Berkeley card and game-maker has every taste covered. $5 and up. www.peaceablekingdom.com.
A Fun Outing
We love the new Elinor Friend Playground at the San Francisco Zoo! Your kids will, too. The $3.2 million project includes three “bio-regions” where kids of different ages can play and explore. Toddlers can crawl through a beaver dam in the River Play Area, preschoolers can slide down an iceberg in the Polar Zone and elementary-age children will have a blast swinging through the Banyan Tree climbing structure. Included with zoo admission of $17 adults, $11 ages 4-14, under 3 free. Prices are discounted for San Francisco residents, who also can participate in one free day per month. www.sfzoo.org.
When your children are done with their Valentine sweets, teach them the importance of good brushing with Cavity Dragons games. Created by San Francisco mom Vicky Keston and her sister, Lisa Danielpour, the apps let kids have fun fighting fire-breathing dragons with toothpaste-wielding firemen. Get all the food off the teeth before they turn gray and fall out. For iPhone and iPad. $2.99. gooseling.com.
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