Sitting Pretty

hello hanna!

Between the hair tugging, eye gouging, and mashed potatoes down your shirt, dinnertime with your little pig feels like an unwinnable food fight.

Get your lap (and the peace) back by outfitting the table with Hello Hanna’s Get-Set Place Mats.

The nifty paper mats map the lay of the table land (fork on the left, spoon beside knife). But a closer looks reveals a meal’s worth of contented play. Kiddo can decorate a pop-up figure (jungle animal, robot, or dolly) with removable stickers (faces, pets, gears) and use crayons to doodle inside the activity area.

Instead of waving the white flag, you’ll be encouraging good table manners and creative play.

Ready, Get-Set, go.

Available at Lola of North Beach, 1415 Grant Avenue, between Green and Union Streets (415-781-1817 or; Five Ten, 510 Waverley Street, between University and Hamilton Avenues, Palo Alto (650-322-4510 or; Birch, 357 Main Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets, Los Altos (650-948-5800 or; online at

this week in san francisco!
Golden Gate Express

What: The Garden Railway chugs back into mini San Fran with interactive trains and six new landmarks, including the Castro Theater.
Why: This is no whistle stop.
When: Thurs.-Apr. 18, 2010. Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Conservatory of Flowers, 100 JFK Dr., b/t Conservatory Drs. E. & W., Golden Gate Park (415-831-2090).

San Francisco Hip-Hop DanceFest

What: A global posse of dance companies pop, lock, and tap to street-inspired beats.
Why: It’s the new style.
When: Fri.-Sun. Times vary.
Where: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St., at Bay St. Tickets online at or by calling 415-392-4400.

The Velveteen Rabbit Family Studio to Stage

What: A double sawbuck buys entry to any Velveteen Rabbit performance plus a special kids’ and grown-ups movement workshop.
Why: Inspiration meet perspiration.
When: Workshop, Thurs., 4-5:30 p.m.; performances thru Dec. 13.
Where: Workshop, ODC School, 351 Shotwell St., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. (415-863-6606); performance, Novellus Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., at 3rd St. (415-978-2787). Tickets online at

Photo: Courtesy of Hello Hanna

357 Main St
bt 1st & 2nd Sts
Los Altos, CA 94022
Five Ten
510 Waverley St
bt University & Hamilton Aves
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon St
nr Bay St
San Francisco, CA 94123
Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F Kennedy Dr
b/t Conservatory Drs. E. & W., Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94117
Lola of North Beach
1415 Grant Ave
bt Union & Green Sts
San Francisco, CA 94133
351 Shotwell St
bt 17th & 18th Sts
San Francisco, CA 94110
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St
@ 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94103