Fitness + Outdoors
Although it's intended for those under 12, the new Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park is a hit with the big and small. Parents, teenagers, and kids are all enjoying the new multi-faceted addition to the Mission. The playground is color coded for different age groups that includes a sand box, 45 foot super slide, natural stone and wood climbing areas, swing sets, and an area with a series of chimes and instruments. Check it out for yourself and bring the kids along....or not.
If you don’t have kids, you might not know that today is Bike to School Day in San Francisco. Earlier today, hundreds of kids across the city pedaled their way to class. The inclement weather didn’t seem to slow them down (SF kids are tough like that!). If you have a kiddo and missed the event today, no worries, there are still plenty of opportunities to get you and your little one pedaling:
With the small size of commercial spaces in San Francisco, gyms and other indoor workout spots often have to specialize in order to accommodate. It's great news if you're looking for personal attention in your Pilates class, but if you're an exerciser who craves novelty, trotting from gym to gym to mix up your routine can be wearying (and expensive). Studiomix, a new shrine to physical culture near the intersection of Van Ness and Geary, is hoping to change that, offering seemingly every conceivable workout experience in a single gym with a single membership fee.
Birders, grab your binoculars and your bikes because this Sunday is the ever-popular Birding by Bike citywide tour. Now in its twelfth year, this ride is a favorite among ornithologists, ornithologist wannabes and birding neophytes, like myself.
You know you're lying if you say you've never thought about how you and your best friend or significant other would ace CBS's The Amazing Race. On April 7, you'll finally get the chance you've been waiting for. SF's very own Starr Spangler—winner of The Amazing Race, Season 13—is hosting a fierce competition as a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man/Woman of the Year Campaign.
Daylight Saving Time is here, and with it the return of the post-work bike ride. For working folks, this extra hour of daylight means there’s now enough time at the end of the day to bike to some gorgeous lookout and still be home in time for dinner.
Well, it looks like the rain finally found us. No worries. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you have to hang up your bike, and wait for the next ray of sunlight. Biking in the rain can actually be pretty great. Full disclosure: I lived in Seattle for 10 years and pedaled my way through many a rainy day. But, honestly, riding in the rain can be fun.
The days may be longer, but spring is not officially sprung until March 20. The San Francisco Bay Area never minds that and kicks off celebratory nature events early. From high art floral installations to educational eco-gardening to Brazil, this spring will surely be another beautiful one.