Beth Ryan


Beth is an archaeologist, freelance writer, and compulsive researcher. She lives in the Outer Sunset, but drags her two kids and husband to sites all over the Bay Area. 

Beth Ryan

Blog Articles by Beth Ryan

Mom Docent: The Russian Bride's Attire

Mom Docent: The Russian Bride's Attire

December 03, 2018 / Mom Docent

Tomorrow brings another free day at the de Young and Legion of Honor, and another chance to bring your kids to see some awesome art.  Read this, and then head over to the Legion to introduce your kids to a gaggle of well-dressed Russian ladies.  (Side note: On December 1, the de Yo... read more

Mom Docent: A Beginner's Guide to the de Young and Legion of Honor, on Free Days and Beyond

Mom Docent: A Beginner's Guide to the de Young and Legion of Honor, on Free Days and Beyond

November 05, 2018 / Mom Docent

The DeYoung Museum and Legion of Honor Museum offer free entry the first Tuesday of every month. For some, fine art museums can seem rather intimidating. But I promise you, as a regular visitor, these are friendly places where all are welcome! And while these museums are not necessarily “child-friendly” in t... read more

Mom Docent: A Quiet Retreat to the Botanical Garden Library and Terrace

Mom Docent: A Quiet Retreat to the Botanical Garden Library and Terrace

October 26, 2018 / Out & About Mom Docent

There's no time to read the plaques while tending to the herd! Enter Mom Docent, a new City Blocks series that will be full of stories, tips, and suggested activities for Bay Area sites, museums, paintings, and public works of art. Each entry is intended to be read before heading... read more

Lazy Day: A Pumpkin Patch for Tired Parents

Lazy Day: A Pumpkin Patch for Tired Parents

October 16, 2018 / Out & About Seasonal Activities

There are a lot of amazing Pumpkin Patches in the area. But it’s all fun and games (and pumpkin cannons and farm animals) until you have to fight your way back to the city in stand-still traffic coming north on Highway 1 at 3:55pm on a Sunday.   May I humbly subm... read more

Mom Docent: USS Hornet

Mom Docent: USS Hornet

October 12, 2018 / Out & About Education Mom Docent

There's no time to read the plaques while tending to the herd! Enter Mom Docent, a new City Blocks series that will be full of stories, tips, and suggested activities for Bay Area sites, museums, paintings, and public works of art. Each entry is intended to be read before heading... read more

Out & About First Person: Stern Grove

Out & About First Person: Stern Grove

July 16, 2018 / Out & About

My six year old daughter and three year old son are home with me all summer. No camp, no preschool. And now it is mid-July and we are a little tired of each other. We need to do some new things, and we need someone new to tell us what... read more

Out & About: the Flower Piano at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Out & About: the Flower Piano at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

July 04, 2018 / Out & About

Happy Independence Day to all! With summer fully underway, the Flower Piano at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is back in action from July 5-16th. In a nutshell, parents: you MUST go. This is the absolute kid-friendliest of the kid-friendly events here in the city. Our own Beth Ryan has... read more