|Visiting the sea lions at Pier 39.|
You get to see weird, crazy ass shit like this-
This is Laffing Sal at Musée Mécanique. She's a giant, 7 foot tall freakish clown that has been scaring (delighting?) children since the 30's. Laffing Sal is just the tip of the iceberg though. Onto my very favorite thing at this arcade....
THE DEATH MACHINES.
This was a memorable one. "The French Execution- The Bell will Toll, the Curtain rises- & you will see the Culprit pay the Penalty!" Which, of course, is getting your head chopped off.
There were a handful of these, and of course I dragged the kids around to every one- laughing my head off.
This one was a nice change of pace- simply labeled "Execution". It had a hanging instead of a guillotine.
The kids were really getting weirded out by these machines. I thought all those violent video games turned children into little serial killers and sadists? I feel really mis-led.
Of course there were other things besides the murder machines- there were gumballs.
If you are taking a trip to the Bay area, definitely stop by this lovely little arcade/museum and traumatize your children. It makes for great family memories!