PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO
Disney museum celebrates Snow White
The German fairy tale "Snow White" has had many incarnations, such as the version included in the Brothers Grimm 1812 story collection, the 1912 Broadway play and last summer's big-screen "Snow White and the Huntsman," starring an over-the-top Charlize Theron as the evil queen.
The iconic go-to that resonates the most is still Walt Disney's 1937 animated masterpiece "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic movie, the Walt Disney Family Museum is presenting a special exhibit, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic," on display now through April 14.
The movie's creation required the skills of 32 animators, 1,032 assistants, 10 layout artists, 25 background artists, 65 special-effects animators, 158 inkers and painters, and "countless production staff."
The exhibit features more than 200 pieces of art, including story sketches, watercolors, vintage posters and much more.
The museum is in the Presidio of San Francisco. For directions, ticketing and other information: (415) 345-6800, www.waltdisney.org.
Folks share tips, stories
If you want to share your travel stories with fellow wanderers, check out www.travelblogexchange.com (membership registration is required).
We visited the Travel Blog Exchange site and found a trove of information and vicarious adventures.
For instance, Mike in Traverse City, Mich., finds "cheap eats" in a town where more and more upscale restaurants are opening their doors.
Monika riffs on the dining-drinking scene in Spain.
Molly goes scuba-diving and takes in a jungle riverboat cruise on the island of Palau in the Pacific Ocean.
Bonnie posts a video from the Philippines.
Cam and Nicole post reports on hockey, snowboarding and craft beers from far-off locales.
As a bonus, the site's photo gallery is a colorful journey around the world.
Fairy Tales exhibit The Bay Area Discovery museum is a great place to take children during a day trip to the Bay Area. It's not too early for plans to see a nationally touring exhibit, "Once Upon a Time: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales," on site Dec. 15 to May 26.
Each of the seven tales is set in its own large-scale environment with "interactive components." Visitors enter the exhibits "via a magical portal into a fabulous storybook kingdom where they'll learn the meaning, history and cultural significance of fairytales" from around the world.
The tales are "Anansi and the Talking Melon," "Beauty and the Beast," "Cinderella," "The Elves and the Shoemaker," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Lon Po Po" and "Thumbelina."
The Bay Area Discovery Museum is an indoor-outdoor area for children, set on 7 1/2 acres on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate Bridge, and emphasizing "creativity through play."
Admission is $11. The museum is at Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito; (415) 339-3900, www.baykidsmuseum.org.
SafetyTat for kids
Family travel of any sort always involves the remote risk of a child becoming temporarily misplaced. For some peace of mind, SafetyTat offers temporary ID tattoos that can help reunite a lost child with his/her parents.
The quick-stick tat reads, "If lost, please call..." and has the parents' phone number. Put the tat on the child's hand or arm and rest at least a bit easier.