by Johnny Funchep
special for tester
Discovery Day at Oracle Park
While the Giants are out of town, Oracle Park has been transformed into a science “dream field,” with 25,000 kids and their families exploring every quark of the stadium to find 100+ interactive exhibits, geeky games, activities, and hands-on fun. are doing. , Visit the Robot Zoo, play baseball with the revolutionary new VR headset, drive a Mars rover, build a mini-water tornado and meet local scientists and engineers at every level of the ballpark (including the field) to be inspired to be the next generation . Science Heroes. The event is part of the annual Bay Area Science Festival, which runs through April 30. Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Oracle Park, SF, free of charge. Bayareasciencefestival.org
Bay Area Vintage Baseball
Think baseball is just a game of billionaire owners paying multi-millionaire players and overcharging families for a day at the ballpark? If you seek a purer (and freer) form of the game, head to Golden Gate Park for an afternoon of old-time “base ball”. A league of 10 Bay Area teams competes on a few Sundays a month using 19th-century-inspired equipment, vintage uniforms, and somewhat waxed moustaches, playing according to the rules of 1886. Seven balls for a walk? Yes! Tiny little baseball gloves with no webbing? Ouch! Spitballs and pitcher fake-outs to try to trick runners? It’s all allowed and part of the fun. But don’t just curse in front of the top hat-wearing “sir” (as the umpire is respectfully called). This is a gentleman’s game, so you could be fined a whopping $5. Sunday, April 24, 12 noon and 3 p.m. Games, Big Rec Field, Golden Gate Park, SF, Free. bavbb.com
King’s Day Dutch Celebration at Golden Gate Park
Normally, the Murphy Windmill (the largest in the world when it was built in 1908) sits grandly, but quietly, overlooking the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park, as it now needs to pump 40,000 daily gallons of water. Not required (now that electric pumps have achieved that distinction). But on 30th April the break comes. The windmill will turn once again in honor of King’s Day, an annual festival celebrating Dutch culture and traditions. It all begins at 10:30 a.m. with an orange-clad bike ride through the park and ends with a large picnic under the windmill featuring vendors selling Dutch beer, stroopwafel and pickled herring, A child’s toy exchange (called a wijmark) and traditional Dutch children’s games such as Zaklopen, Spijkerpopen and Kroonwerpen. Saturday, April 30, 12-5 pm, Murphy Windmill, Golden Gate Park, SF, Free. sforanjecomite.com
30 hearts. 30 Park. 30 days.
In the fall of 2020, the San Francisco Parks Alliance launched its Heart Your Parks fundraising campaign and white-chalk hearts to fade social-distancing circles in SF’s parks to help people maintain six feet, among other groups. changed from Thankfully it’s no longer needed, but Heart Your Parks is alive. Every day through May 21, artists and volunteers will roam 30 different parks in the city and create a new heart art project using a mix of natural and non-natural (but not all park-related) materials. Follow @sfparksalliance to find out which park is getting its pop-up heart for the day. Alamo Square is the main attraction on Sunday, April 24, with the massive heart building in the park. Want to see it in person? Get there late in the morning, before everything blows up. 30 different parks in SF every day through May 21, free. sfparksalliance.org
Francisco Park opens in Russian Hill
Every week it seems like San Francisco is getting a new park, and this week is no exception. The 4.5-acre Francisco Park is located on the hill above Aquatic Park and is one of the few privately funded parks (along with Stern Grove and South Park) that have been gifted to The City. Francisco sits on the site of the city’s first large reservoir, built in 1859 and lying unused since 1940. After three years of construction (with a COVID break in between), the park finally opens to reveal a playground, community garden, dog races and amazing views of the bay – and it takes 550, to irrigate the park. Can produce up to 000 gallons of rainwater. Ribbon cutting is to be done on Wednesday at 11 am. Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. with a big public celebration with bubbles and mariachi bands. Opens Wednesday, April 27, at 11 a.m., at Bay St. and Larkin St., SF, Free. franciscopark.org
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