Kids Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seahorses for Free!

Do you support the Bay Area’s Public TV stations – KQED in San Francisco or KTEH in San Jose? Then whip out that membership card at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this week to get a FREE child’s admission ticket (worth $17.95) when you buy an adult ticket for $29.95.

The aquarium that sparked the “Age of Aquariums” celebrates it 25-year anniversary this year. Squeeze in a visit this week to see the magnificent Secret Lives of Seahorses exhibit. Meet the entire seahorse family: fishes that have fused jaws and bony plates in place of the scales normally associated with fish. The aquarium highlights nine species of seahorses, plus enchanting seahorse relatives including sea dragons, ribboned pipehorses, dragon pipefish and shrimpfish.

The FREE child admission deal (ages 3 – 12) to see these charismatic creatures is good through Sunday, August 23. A great companion guide for young children is Eric Carle’s Mister Seahorse.


Our Web portal to free things to do includes a FREE San Francisco city guide Web calendar below.

Free Dance Performances: Hit & Run Hulu Comes to San Francisco!

Dozens of hula dancers hit the streets of San Francisco Saturday, August 15, for a day of FREE guerilla performance. Traveling the SF streets on a large bus, kumu hula Patrick Makuākane and his dance company, Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu, will surprise and inspire unsuspecting crowds with spontaneous Hawaiian dancing.

You can keep track of where the 35 grass-skirt wearing, drum beating dancers will descend from their bus by following them on Twitter and Facebook. Or you can catch the first hula hula at 10am in and around the Ferry
Building and Farmer’s Market.

The spontaneous performances are part of Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE series. The day-long hula hijinks span from downtown to the Ferry Plaza, Dolores Park to the Castro, ending at Ocean Beach.

Visit San Francsico for a Free Birthday Flick!

You say it’s your birthday! So blow out those candles and head to Balboa Theater for FREE admission to a marquee movie. That’s right, you can forgo the $8.50 admission—still one of the best bargains in town—and settle in your seat for 90+ minutes of film fun on one of the theater’s two screens. Popcorn is extra. Bring ID. A birth certificate made on your computer doesn’t count.

Make the most of your freebie by perusing the photo exhibit in the lobby. Check out the box in the lobby filled with like new movie posters! And anyone can take one — just one — for FREE!

If you fall in love with seeing a film at the Balboa, and who wouldn’t at this 1926 building gem, consider getting the “I’d Rather Be At the Balboa” Discount Card: 5 movie tix for $32.50. That’s only $6.50 per show. Good any day or night. And two people can use the card so you can splurge for date night!

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