There are few things that seize a kid’s imagination as thoroughly as pirates (or Mom’s imagination, for that matter, but we won’t talk about Johnny Depp here). So here’s a Fab Five round-up of pirate play essentials, including the ultimate, atmospheric pirate experience right here in the Bay Area.
1. First, of course, you’llÂ need someÂ scallywags and a ship. We’re particularly partial to these wooden, poseable pirates from Hearthsong ($34.95), although Playmobil’sÂ eye-patched guys are pretty swell too.
2. Then get in the mood with appropriate bedtime reading – “Captain Abdul’s Pirate School” and other tales by Colin McNaughton are perfect for both boys and girls ($6.99). Or try William Captain Lubber’s “Pirateology” ($19.99).
3. Where better to do that reading than wrapped in these? OliveKids’ sheets and comforters fit toddler- to queen-size beds. Sadly, nothing in king size. We checked. ($30-$70)
5. But for a dash of the real thing, you can’t do better than head for San Francisco’s docks (or Tortuga, but that’s out of our price range). If you still need gear, first hit 826 Valencia, which bills itself as “San Francisco’s only independent pirate store.” Then head down to Hyde Street Pier , clamber aboard the historic ships, wave your Jolly Roger and arrrr, talk like a pirate.