We're not ashamed to admit it—we love the Exploratorium, the interactive science museum that caters to kids but inevitably delights visitors of all ages. Now that we're grown up, however, we have to confess having some fantasies about hitting the Tactile Dome after knocking back a few adult beverages. Wish granted! Based on the success of the California Academy of Sciences' "Nightlife," the Exploratorium now has a new "After Dark" series, where the fun of playing with their exhibits meets the fun of hitting the bar. Just think: You could meet that special someone while you toy with the Tesla coil.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the day you may (or may not) have been waiting for has finally arrived, the grand opening of Holiday Ice Rinks in Union Square and Justin Herman Plaza. And though you may ask yourself why we need two ice rinks downtown or even why we need an ice rink at all in 60° weather, we think the more important question is, "What are the differences between the two?" Well, we're here to help:
Union Square: Nov. 11 - Jan. 18
Justin Herman: Nov. 11 - Jan. 3
So, many a wide-eyed surfer could have told you this around a bonfire at Ocean Beach, but now it's been confirmed by some legit research: great white sharks troll the Bay. In what's believed to be the first scientific confirmation of great whites in the area, researchers from Stanford and UC Davis tagged 179 white sharks from 2000 to 2008 and found that five of those bad boys swam beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in 2007 and 2008. Freak. Out.
In an effort to fit into San Francisco's green scene, the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf rolled out its "Spare the Air Explore" program on Nov. 1 as a means to encourage reducing enviromental impact while traveling.
Not merely a race, but a "social fitness experiment," the upcoming SkirtChaser 5K on Nov. 15 is an innovative concept where the women, clad in skirts (included in the entry fee), all take off from the start line at 2pm promptly, and three minutes later, the men follow (get it? "skirt chaser?"). Regardless of gender, the first person to cross the finish line will go home with $500. Awards will also be given to the second and third place finishers, as well as a special "Skivvies Award" recipient.
Is the Bay Bridge closure cramping your style? Do you live in the East Bay and are wondering how the heck you're going to get to work this week (or, more importantly, make it to your Halloween party Saturday night)? Then consider checking into one of San Francisco's Kimpton Hotel until the problems abate.
Log onto www.kimptonhotels.com and reserve your room anytime between Oct. 28 and Nov. 6 (dates at individual properties vary) with the rate code SFB. Rates are based upon availability and must be booked in advance online. All are cancelable before 6pm the day of your stay.
The SF Chronicle has a collection of photos relating to the Bay Bridge Closure online and they are really interesting. Particularly worth checking out are the ones showing the highways leading to and from the bridge, the bridge tolls, and the bridge itself eerily devoid of traffic. It looks like somebody Photoshopped all the cars from the pictures.
To celebrate the launch of the brand new Larkspur Collection websites, the luxe hotel group is giving away a trip to each of its eight hotels. Winners will receive deluxe accommodation for two nights in a Larkspur Collection hotel, a $150 Southwest Airlines gift card, dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant, a bottle of sparkling wine, and early check-in and late check-out.
If you missed your chance to party with your pooch at the Westin St. Francis in August, now you have your second shot. But this time, it's in costume. Hotel Monaco and Grand Cafe are teaming up with the SPCA and inviting all dogs and their people to don their best costumes at Howl-o-Ween this Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.