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Shari (Wargo) Stamps is a writer/editor, teacher, photographer, and mom. After graduating with a degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, Shari covered education for a local newspaper, then began work as a content assistant at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, where she learned a ton about the state of education, contacting celebrities for interviews, and fun HTML and video tricks. Aside from writing for online and print publications, Shari talks about mommy life, products she loves, and great upcoming deals and events at her blog Savy Every Day. Shari is a new mama who enjoys organizing family adventures, meals, and activities in the Bay Area. She has a passion for eating delicious food, Irish countrysides, movies and events, visiting the Palace of Fine Arts, rose flavored gelato, and basically all the glorious wonders that San Francisco has to offer women, moms, and families.

Recap: Ghirardelli Square KidsBash 2013

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

Saturday’s KidsBash at Ghirardelli Square was everything this annual event promised it would be. Though a popular North Beach festival was also going on the same day, parking wasn’t too difficult to find and many families made it out to celebrate at the event.

KidsBash’s main sponsor, Plum Organics, had several booths at the bash. One booth was set up for kids to make upcycled superheros from pipe cleaners and food pouch tops to launch into space at a game center. Another booth had an area for little ones to play dress up as super heroes and take pictures with a sign saying what they vow to do in order to make the world a better place.

Little princesses enjoyed all the frills of the Gigi and Rose dress up booth too. Parents really liked capturing these adorable moments and getting to use different props for their children’s adorable photos.

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

But there was more to do at the event than just take pictures — oodles of kids climbed, slid, and bounced in the enormous jumpy house and slide while others tried their luck aboard a swinging pirate ship ride. A lot of booths had giveaways and prize wheels as well. Rainforest Cafe offered discounts on meals and let kids spin to win one of three prizes in a huge reusable tote.

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

Photo Credit: Shari Wargo Stamps

From coloring placemats and pictures to making bookmarks and painting with GLOB‘s natural paints, the KidsBash booths had a lot of hands-on art activities for kids. UrbanSitter and Peekadoodle Kidsclub both let kids make their own flower pots complete with soil and seeds.

Overall, the 2013 KidsBash was educational, enriching, and a lot of fun for children and parents alike. The Full Effect, Plum Organics’ nonprofit organization, also benefited from the event’s ticket sales — the organization raised a lot of money to provide food to starving children nationwide. Mark this event on your calendar as a must-attend for 2014.

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