Hey Kids: Painting Ships and Oceans 7.1 – 7.7

Heron Head Park. Not pictured: the clean, comfy picnic tables and 2 barbecue pits

Heron Head Park. Not pictured: the clean, comfy picnic tables and 2 barbecue pits

Hey Kids! is a weekly feature looking at what’s coming up for families and kids of all ages.

“Water, water everywhere, and nary a drop to drink!” — or in this case, very few drops to jump into.
Water gave birth to this neighborhood, and it’s both the most traditional and trendiest way to give birth in the neighborhood.

Chocolate cake is always nice after a swim

But after birth there are fewer and fewer ways to interact with water in the Mission, which is a shame since it’s finally, finally getting warm enough to need to cool off. The wonderful water feature at the 24th St. mini-park is broken (no word on an update, and it seems that the issue is pretty recent). Garfield Pool is out of commission. And, of course, the lakes, river, creeks and streams are underground.

I don’t have a backyard to splash in, so we’re stuck contemplating make-your-own sand tables, painting fish, and finding the water where we can. Through a crack here, a crack there.

Not just fish
I sing to my son about all the fishes in the deep blue sea, but dolphins, whales and seals are there, too. Check out more marine mammals when the Marine Mammal Center outreach van visits the library this Friday.
Friday, July 2, 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Ages 5+. Free; call (415) 355-2800 for reservations. Mission Branch Library, 300 Bartlett St @ 24th.

Islais Creek fishing "guidance"

Adventure on the great blue sea…. or just the lake
This weekend UCSF offers an new adventure: Bring the Kids Kayaking. One adult/one child per kayak, and the children must be at least 7 and able to swim. Launch from Mission Creek at 9:30 a.m. UCSF affiliation/membership is not required, although it does make the day cheaper. On the other end of town, and not requiring parent participation, SFSU is offering half-day (morning or evening) kayaking and sailing camps and full-day “sailing and science” programs. Programs are weekly, now through August 20.
“Bring the Kids Kayaking”, Saturday July 3, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Ages 7+. $35-$50; call 415.514.4545 for registration. UCSF Mission Creek Boathouse, 401 Berry St.
SF State Community Youth Sailing and Kayaking Program, June 14 through August 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; 1 to 4 p.m.; 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ages 8-15. $110-$195, scholarships available. Registration and more information, or e-mail sail4fun@sfsu.edu.
Lake Merced Boathouse, 1 Harding Road @ Skyline Blvd

Just get wet
All city pools are closed July 4 and 5, but a day pass at UCSF Mission Bay Bakar is $15, which includes the view. Weekday family swim hours at the outdoor pool are generally 2 to 5 p.m.; call 415.514.4545 to confirm.
For the rest of the week, Mission Pool is open, still cheap, and on Friday evenings, a tasty snack is just around the corner.

Get involved
No matter what the sign says, I don’t think I’ll be fishing off Islais Landing anytime soon, although Heron Head Park might be a good place to grill some s’mores this weekend. Find out more about the lost blue-way, possible daylighting programs, and ways to get your kids more involved in their environment(s) with Living Library.
ART, ECOLOGY, GARDEN: THINK, TALK & DO: An interactive, participatory event for all. Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All ages. Free, RSVP mirjana.blankenship@gmail.com at the San Miguel Child Development Center, 333-241 Oneida between Ocean and Geneva.

…Add fire
Happy 4th of July! Sunday night we’ll be taking the 67 up to Folsom and Ripley, then hiking up to find a view spot in Bernal Heights Park. A safe place to see the craziness in the Mission, a clear view (if it’s at all possible) to Crissy Field, and no crazy driving concerns.

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