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    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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June Is For Families At The Park

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Date: May 23, 2007
Contact: John Cunnane, 415-561-7123

Sing a sea chantey, earn a Junior Ranger badge, and take the wheel of a 19th century sailing ship.

 

There's something special for kids at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and the price is right to bring the whole family. It's always free to explore the exhibits in our Visitor Center and to stroll the Hyde Street Pier. To board our beautiful historic ships is $5 per adult; free for kids under 16. And the best part is -- admission is good for seven days!

 

Programs scheduled throughout June include:


Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 10:30am Historic Waterfront Walking Tour. Take a walk along the Fisherman’s Wharf waterfront and learn a little about the history of the people who lived and worked there. Free program. Meet in the lobby of the Argonaut Hotel.

Saturday, June 2, 8 – 10 pm: Chantey Sing!  Kids of all ages are welcome at the park’s monthly sing-a-long. Bring a mug along for hot cider served from the ship’s galley. Free program. Reservations required: call 415-561-7171 or e-mail us. Note: after 10 pm, chanteys are “adults only!”

Saturday, June 9,
10 – 4 pm: Living History on Hyde StreetPier. 
Our Living History Players take visitors back to 1901. Come on down to the pier, you never know who you’ll meet! Vessel admission for adults, kids under 16 are free.
 

Saturday, June 16th, 3 – 3:45 pm: Music of the Sea for Kids!
History comes alive for kids in this special program where the songs are geared for younger ears and chosen especially for fun. Vessel admission for adults, kids under 16 are free. Meet aboard Balclutha.
 

Sunday, June 17th, 12:00 pm: Caulking a Seam. 
No one likes a leaky ship! Join a ranger to see how shipbuilders made a ship watertight. Vessel admission for adults, kids under 16 are free. Meet aboard Balclutha.
 

Saturday, June 23rd, 1:30 pm - 2:30pm: Crafts for Kids.
Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft. Free program! Meet near the Hyde Street Pier entrance.

 

In addition, kids ages 6 – 12 can pick up a free Junior Ranger activity book at the ticket booth or in the Visitor Center. The Junior Ranger program is a fun way for kids to learn about the park and earn a Junior Ranger badge at the same time. For park fun at home, pick up a free edition of The Maritime News and check out the special kids’ page on the back. There’s always an interesting story about the park and a fun puzzle too.

 

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, Visitor Center, Aquatic Park Historic District, and library. The park offers regular programs and special events. For more information about the park, or its public programs, please call 415-447-5000 or visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/safr. Images are available at http://www.nps.gov/safr/photosmultimedia/photogallery.htm. (Note: The Maritime Museum at 900 Beach Street is closed for renovation.)

Did You Know?

Three sailors posing and the man on the left is holding a small dog.

Animals once served as important members of a ship's crew. Even though many of them worked to control pests or provide food, their main function was to serve as ship's mascot. The dogs, cats, birds, monkeys, and even bear cubs that went to sea as mascots, can often be seen in formal crew portraits. More...