PlanetBox Keeps It Separated

Bento-Inspired Lunch Boxes


Back in the day, it was a free-for-all inside your Scooby-Doo lunch box. Your PB&J sandwich got panini pressed by your thermos, which slowly dripped fruit punch on a note from Mom.

Fast-forward to PlanetBox, a locally designed and sustainably made stainless steel lunch system that’s about to change the midday meal forever. Combining the serendipity of a bento box with the sturdiness of a military-rations tray, it safely transports as many as seven dry and wet foods at a time.

Little diners can change its look with a decorative magnet set that comes in thirteen kid-friendly designs (rainbows, rockets, and trains). When the day is done, pop the box in the dishwasher to clean.

Best part: There’s a pocket for special paper messages. After all, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Available online at planetbox.com, $35-$60.

Photo: Courtesy of PlanetBox

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this week in san francisco!
38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
What: A free foodie-pleasing fest with games and crafts dedicated to the people of Northern Japan.
Why: Meshiagare!
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Post St., b/t Laguna & Fillmore Sts.

Puppet-Making Party
Puppeteer Meghann Jordan teaches tots to construct their own hand moppets.
Why: Acting out is healthy.
When: Sat., 2-4 p.m.
Where: Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids, 766 Valencia St., b/t 18th & 19th Sts. (415-252-9990). Free.

NatureBridge Family Hike and Campfire
Take a walk with the kids under the glow of a full moon.
Why: Day is done, gone the sun.
When: Sat., 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Headlands Institute, Rodeo Beach, 1033 Fort Cronkhite, near Bunker Rd., Sausalito. Registration (required) online at aug13nighthike.eventbrite.com. Adults and children, $10.

38th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Post St
bt Laguna & Fillmore Sts
San Francisco, CA 94115
Headlands Institute
1033 Fort Cronkhite
nr Bunker Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965
824 Valencia St
bt 19th & 20th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110