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The Best of Golden Gate Park for Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

One of the largest urban parks in the country is right here in the Bay Area, and there’s lots to do in its 1,000-plus acres. It’s impossible to see everything that Golden Gate Park has to offer in one day, with the Koret Children’s Playground, California Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, and Stow Lake among the attractions pulling the family in different directions. With some planning, you and the kids can hit up your favorite spots without a hitch and maybe even discover something new.

Look of the Week: Picnic in the Park, SF Symphony at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival

There's no doubt the masses will flock to every park in the city this weekend for some get-it-while-you-can, quality sun basking. The usual suspects are, of course, the uber-hip fest at Dolores Park, BBQs at Crissy Field, or bike riding at Golden Gate. While those parks are always a-happenin', this Sunday, make the trek out to Stern Grove for the SF Symphony's free concert at the 74th Annual Stern Grove Festival.

Scenes of the City: Sunday Streets on the Great Highway

For this week's Scenes of the City we took a bicycle ride on the Sunday Streets route through Golden Gate Park and turned south to follow the Great Highway to Sloat Ave where the event terminated. The day was full of lots kids running around, fun music, dancing in the street and even a bit of sunshine. 

Look of the Week: Memorial Day Getaway

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of a long, breezy summer. It's the ultimate holiday weekend for a getaway and, with so many options near SF (biking through Napa, road tripping to LA, lounging at Golden Gate Park), you'll need an outfit that can handle it all.

For a double-duty outfit, layer a wispy, sheer top and comfy black shorts over an architectural bikini. Pair that with chunky sunglasses, a woven fedora, and wedge espadrilles for the perfect, carefree-chic summer look. For an quick night switch, pack your favorite black mini and a clutch and take this outfit on the town.

The Anarchist Book Fair Comes to Golden Gate Park This Weekend

If modern politics increasingly make you cringe, head down to the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair this weekend to soak up some radicalness. 

Presented by Haight Street alt haven Bound Together Anarchist Collective Bookstore, this annual event on April 9th and 10th draws in both inquisitive minds and steadfast believers alike to the SF County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park for radical speakers (including Rebecca Solnit and Beat icon Diane Di Prima), authors and panel discussions about everything from crime in the city to "the politics of sci-fi."

Scenes of the City: Forage SF-Edible Wild Food Walks

For this week's "Scenes of the City," we tagged along on an edible food forage in Golden Gate Park. Instructor Kevin Feinstein of Forage SF guided a small group of students through areas of Golden Gate Park, all the while pointing out edibles and informing the class how to best harvest, prepare and consume the plants. While foraging in Golden Gate Park is illegal, it's not illegal to learn about what we can eat in the city around us.

All copy and photos by Joseph Schell

Inspiring Activewear, Athleta Opens New Shop in Pacific Heights

San Francisco women are smart, chic and active. For clothing that can handle our on-the-go lifestyles, Athleta just might be the answer. 

Athleta is the latest addition to the Gap Inc. conglomerate, and opened its first retail store last Thursday in Pacific Heights.  The brand focuses on modern activewear that suits a broad range of women living the modern ubran-outdoorsy lifestyle -- perfect for SF.

Golden Gate Park Gets an iPhone App

Being lost in Golden Gate Park (I know it's happened to all of you), just got more entertaining. The California Academy of Sciences unveiled its Golden Gate Park Field Guide app today, a cool tool that helps you discover what lies within that 1,017-acre urban oasis of ours. Apparently there are wild coyotes in the park, which are one of the 170 plant and animal species highlighted in the app's Field Guide. The app also features tour routes for foot, bicycle or car and the opportunity to unleash your inner Dora the Explorer and add your own sightings and photos to its growing database.

Transported: Biking for Newbies

Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

So, you've finally caved, ditched Muni for good and gotten yourself a bicycle. You want to learn to bike the city without getting killed, right? First tip: Wear a helmet. Here are some more to get you started.

Easy bike routes to practice your skills:

The world-famous Wiggle is a gradually-climbing route that zig zags through the city and has long been used (on foot and on horseback) as an easy way to navigate San Francisco. It starts at the Ferry Building and takes you through major neighborhoods like downtown, the Castro, Panhandle, the Haight and Golden Gate Park. Use Market Street's new green bike lanes until you hit the Castro and Lower Haight. You'll be on Fell Street, a high speed, one-way road, for only one block before you hit the Panhandle, which will take you to Golden Gate Park. Once you're in the park, relax and enjoy the scenery.

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