i spent a rare 24 hours away from my own kids over the weekend and visited with my sister and her 2 girls. we kind of do the same things each time but i think because it’s fun (and easier to talk with the kids there). we had lunch in north beach at her husband’s restaurant and then on to japantown to visit the bookstore (craft books!) and sanrio. japan town is amazing. every shop has something you want to take home – dishes, lights, toys. also, because most of it is indoors it’s removed from all the tourist bustle going on outside. of course i came home with “prizes” for my own kids so they wouldn’t hate me for being away – an underwater puzzle and hello kitty suitcase.