Sunday, July 5, 2009

2009 Children's Day: The Basics

Get ready for our third annual Bernal Heights Children's Day!  This year, the Bernal Heights Parents Club has teamed up with Friends of the San Francisco Public Library to co-sponsor the event.  Thanks to our generous sponsors admission is FREE, but we will gladly accept donations toward the renovation of our neighborhood branch library.

The final schedule of performers will be posted next week.  In the mean time, here's the answers to some FAQs:

When and where is it?
Sunday, July 19, from 10a-2p, at the Bernal Heights recreation center (500 Moultrie).  Fog or shine, the party will happen.

What's there to do?
The event is geared towards young children and their families, so we've focused on activities for kids ages 1-7 or so.  We'll have awesome musical entertainment and storytelling at the main stage, and a quiet area with tumbling mats and tubes for the pre-walking set.  There will be two jumpy houses, one for the bigger kids and one for toddlers.  This year, we'll also feature movement activities and an animal show.  You can also check out a book at the Bookmobile, say hi to our neighborhood police officers and fire fighters, get your face painted, or go fishing.  Come find a costume in our dress-up area and learn more about the Bernal Heights Branch Library campaign.  Sample some of the recipes in Bernal Eats.  Check out the balloon art by Stephen Hollis, or make a masterpiece in sidewalk chalk.  Or, just say hi to your neighbors and other parents in the Bernal Heights community.

If you're joining us for the first time with an infant, we will have a changing table and a quiet, private area for nursing.

What if I'm hungry?
We'll have TopDog of Berkeley grilling up hot dogs (and veggie dogs too).  Chips, juice, and coffee will also be available; food and drink will be priced from $1-$4.  If that doesn't whet your palate, Good Life Grocery and the many tasty restaurants on Cortland Avenue are just steps away.

How much does it cost?
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, admission is free this year.  We will be accepting donations towards the Bernal Heights Branch Library Neighborhood Campaign.  Jumpy house rides are $2, or $5 for an unlimited ride wrist band.  Our musicians and balloon artist appreciate any tips that come their way, too.

What are the rules?
No alcohol or glass bottles (except infant bottles) on site, please.  All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, without exception.  No tantrums.