2020 Fall Guide

Your Family’s Ultimate Guide to the Season of Fall around the San Francisco Bay Area

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Hispanic Heritage Month Offers Parents the Opportunity to Teach Young Children Cultural Diversity

Knowledge is Power

Kindergarten Homeschool Recommendations
Your School-aged Children COVID-19 Concerns with Dr. Getzelman
Home Joy School
Tips for Supporting Your Distance Learner
Distance Learning Doesn’t Work for Young Children, But This Does
Managing Back to School Worries and Anxiety with Yoga
Take a Yoga Break from Distance Learning
5 Tips for Supporting Your Students at Home
Virtual Learning and Children’s Eye Health: Everything a Parent Needs to Know

Tools for Schools

1. Reusable Face Shields
3. Face Plant
2. Plum Paper Teacher Planners
4. Classroom Keepers Mailbox

5. Silicon Plant Holder
6. SwaddleDesigns 3-Layer Kids Face Mask
7. Reward Stickers for Kids

8. Kidskin Three-Step Acne Treatment Kit

9. The CrunchCup – A Portable Cereal Cup

10. Back To School Supply Box Grades K-5

11. Educational Posters for Kids

12. First and Last Day of School Board Signs

Reading List

1. Don’t Wake the Dragon

2. Mop Rides The Waves of Life

3. Octopants

4. Never Touch a Monster!

1. Three Paws

2. Take Care

3. Three Paws’ New Family

4. Mommy, Am I American?

Elementary School
1. A Black Woman Did That
2. Freeda the Frog and Her New Blue Family

3. He’s Not Just Teasing! A Book about the Difference Between Teasing and Bullying

4. Dylan’s Birthday Present (Little Polyglot Adventures)

Young Adults
1. Chendell A Natural Warrior

2. The Naughty List

3. Asterix Collection

4. His Dark Materials Set: The Golden Compass; The Subtle Knife; The Amber Spyglass

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Take Care of Yourself

1. Silken Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase

3. Basq Citrus Sugar Body Polish

2. Silken Pure Silk Face mask

4. Ziri Skincare Organic Moroccan Argan Oil

5. KubWipes Pure Cotton Dry Wipes

6. Just CBD Sugar Free Gummy Bears



7. Ziri Skincare Red Clay Mask

8. CBD Sparkling Water

Mom Reads

1. Extraordinary Mommy: A Loving Guide to Mastering Life’s Most Important Job

2. Prospects of a Woman

3. Water Is Life

4. Reinventing Sustainability

5. The Trouble with San Francisco

6. On the Path of Marigolds

7. What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting, 2nd Edition

8. Plan a Happy Life™

Mischief Managed! Making SPOOKTACULAR Caramel Apple Slices with Mom
Is Halloween Canceled This Year?
Trick-or-Treating Hot Spots Around San Francisco

Fall Time Fun

Throw a Pumpkin Carving Party
Teach Math and Science with Pumpkins
Tracy’s Crafty Recipes for Home Art Projects

Decoding Colored Pumpkins for Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Arts & Crafts

Make a Halloween Tree

Spooky Art Projects

Fall Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving Fun with Kids

Halloween Fun

13. Halloween Fun Go Fish Card Game

14. Halloween Bean Bag Toss Game

15. Create A Pumpkin Stickers

16. Halloween Bend and Twist Party Game

Fall Family Fun at Home

1. Collect leaves and pine cones

2. Bake pies

3. Host Virtual Storytime parties

4. Try a pumpkin spiced treat

5. Have a picnic

6. Put on a puppet show

7. Make art with nature

8. Weekly dress-up nights

9. Go on a family hike

10. Roast corn on the cob

11. Make apple cobbler

12. Write down what you’re thankful for

13. Climb a tree

14. Drink hot apple cider

15. Carve a pumpkin

16. Plant Spring bulbs

17. Mix and match popcorn flavors

18. Step on crunchy leaves

19. Camp out in the backyard

20. Plan a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt

21. Go stargazing

22. Weekly family game nights

Take your family on an adventure unlike any other!

Go on a scavenger hunt at home or through your local neighborhood to rescue an abandoned astronaut or solve the case of a pilfered painting! The interactive Adventure Kits ($15-20/set) by Adventure Co use text messaging and make-believe to take your family on fun fictional experiences. Scavenger hunts are available to play at home or outside through local San Francisco Bay Area neighborhoods: Mountain View, Palo Alto, Burlingame, and Noe Valley. The adventures are designed for kids ages 6-12 and will keep the whole family engaged for hours of endless fun!

Editor’s Note: This tab will be updated regularly as we consolidate the latest information on what’s open around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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U-Picks and Pumpkin Patches


Where to Go

San Francisco

  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens 
  • Ocean Beach 
  • Baker Beach 
  • Joe DIMAGGIO Black Top
  • Michelangelo Park

Marin County

  • Stinson Beach 
  • Muir Beach 
  • China Camp State Park 
  • Olompali State Historic Park 

San Mateo County

  • Año Nuevo State Park
  • Bean Hollow State Beach 
  • Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property 
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach 
  • Montara State Beach 
  • Pacifica State Beach 
  • Pescadero State Beach
  • San Gregorio State Beach

Santa Clara County

    • Castle Rock State Park 

Contra Costa County

  • Mount Diablo State Park

Alameda County

    • Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (Alameda/San Joaquin counties)

Santa Cruz County

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park 
  • Wilder Ranch State Park 

Other Counties

    • Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area (Alameda/San Joaquin counties)
    • Castle Rock State Park (Santa Cruz/Santa Clara/San Mateo counties)

Recipes Inspired by Autumn

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Spooky Halloween Treats

5 Easy Ways to Add Halloween Fun to Lunch
Halloween Cake Pop Treats
Ideas for Halloween Food Fun
Easiest Halloween Appetizer Ever

Dining Essentials

1. WonderSip One-Click Open Reusable Straws

2. Fab Slabs Premium Anti-Bacterial Cutting Board

3. Clorox ScrubMate Handheld Kitchen Scrubber

4. Food Cubby Plate Divider

5. EcoVessel Insulated Wine Tumbler with Lid

6. GoSili Reusable Standard Silicone Straw and Travel Case

7. Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Waffles

8. Embroidered Thanksgiving Personalized Bib

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Gifts for the Fall

1. Banana Blast Game

2. Cityspots The Museum Tour Playset

3. My First Halloween Pumpkin Hoodie Romper

4. Thanksgiving Harvest LEGO Set

5. Hapinest Kids Baking Set

6. pediped Flex Justin Mid-Cut Boot

7. Fisher-Price Little People Caring for Animals Farm

8. The Unofficial Hogwarts for the Holidays Cookbook

9. I’m Digging Halloween Tee

10. Halloween Glow in The Dark Pajamas

11. It’s Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus Shirt

12. Keababies Toddler Pillow with Pillowcase

Halloween Books

1. The Spooky Wheels on the Bus

2. The Night Before Halloween

3. Big Pumpkin

4. Room on the Broom

5. Hoot Howl Halloween

6. Little Blue Truck’s Halloween

7. Spooky Pookie

8. The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat

9. The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin

10. Pete the Cat: Trick or Pete

11. Pinkalicious: Pink or Treat!

12. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Thanksgiving Books

1. Happy Thanksgiving, Curious George tabbed board book

2. Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving

3. The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving Blessings: Stickers Included!

4. Llama Llama Gives Thanks

5. 10 Fat Turkeys

6. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks!

7. Little Critter: Just a Special Thanksgiving

8. The First Thanksgiving

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