Locking yourself in the bathroom with your iPhone to get away? Mommy will be out in just a minute, Petunia.
Time to find an actual hour for yourself — and the wherewithal to spend it someplace special.
We nominate Kabuki Springs & Spa, a beloved San Francisco bathhouse inspired by the stress-shedding bathing ritual of the Japanese onsen and tucked in the same building as the Kabuki Theater. This is one break that will change your outlook and mood in record time — and for less than the cost of your monthly texting plan.
It starts with a Japanese “shower” (sit down to wash, salt scrub, and rinse); followed by a dry sauna, steam room, and cold bath; with a final deep soak in a very hot pool. The variation in temperature (hot-cold-hot) calms a rattled nervous system. Even yours.
If you’ve managed to wrangle a little more time, Kabuki’s massage therapists will happily work the kinks out of your sore neck and back, provide reasonably priced prenatal massage (ask for Jenofeve), or indulge you in a fragrant poultice massage — reminding you how important it is that you learn to receive. And we don’t mean text messages.
Kabuki Springs & Spa, 1750 Geary Boulevard, at Fillmore Street (415-922-6000 or kabukisprings.com). Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday are ladies only; Tuesday is co-ed, so you’ll need a swimsuit. Bodywork starts at $65; communal bath access, $22-$25.
Story Time with Lauren O: It’s Okay to Be Different
What: A themed weekly reading hour, this time featuring Dogs Don’t Do Ballet and others tales of outcasts who find their places.
Why: She’s the Haight’s connoisseur of kid lit.
When: Sat., 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., b/t Cole & Clayton Sts. (415-863-8688).
Paxton Gate’s DIY Saturday with GeekDad
What: Construct a demolition derby, develop comic strips, and make treasure maps with help from the folks behind Wired’s GeekDad blog. Plus, celebrate the release of the new book, Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share.
Why: Let them know that geek is chic.
When: Sat., noon-3 p.m.
Where: 766 Valencia St., b/t 18th & 19th Sts. (415-252-9990). R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free.
Pasados del Presidio Afternoon Fun for Kids
What: A rancho life re-enactment in honor of San Francisco’s birthday, with Ohlone storytelling and games, song, and dance.
Why: Past perfect.
When: Fri., noon-3 p.m.
Where: Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., b/t Graham & Mesa Sts., Main Post. Info at 415-561-5918. Free.
Photo: Frankie Frankeny / Courtesy of Kabuki Springs & Spa