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02 December 2008

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About Me & My Family

My husband Phil and I have two daughters, Gabriella and Charlotte. We all love to travel and explore the world! We prefer villas or rental apartments so we can use the kitchen, though a stint at the Four Seasons is also welcomed. We prefer relaxed, unstructured vacations with lots of downtime. We don't cram too much into one day. Our ideal vacation would be to rent a house or villa in Europe, rent a car, and spend a few weeks just getting immersed in the culture.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, quiet, pampered, relaxed, independent, sophisticated, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Tahoe
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
The National Parks!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Norway
Favorite Vacation Memory
Gaby and Charlotte playing with all of their cousins at our annual family reunion.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
10 hour flight to Hungary and my daughter didn't sleep AT ALL.
Websites I Like:
Redtricycle.com groupon.com zulily.com

Children's Museums of the San Francisco Bay Area

A comprehensive list of favorite children's museums, as well as art and science museums with excellent kid's programs.

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221 Fourth Street
San Francisco, California

Comment:
Check out the Cosmic Campout exhibit, new for summer 2011! Zeum will also be getting a redesign and new exhibits in October 2011.


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San Francisco, California



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199 Museum Way
San Francisco, California

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A small, free museum overlooking San Francisco. Exhibits are somewhat worn and dated, but kids love them!

reviewed on: July 18 2011

"Funky little museum with great views"
Randall Museum has many family art and science classes on the weekends, as well as an impressive model train exhibit in the basement.  It is not fancy, and is probably best for preschool age kids, but it makes a good 1-2 hour diversion.  

My daughters especially loved petting the rabbits, who are shockingly tame and don't seem to mind small children in the least.

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55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, California


reviewed on: January 19 2010

"Perfect for a rainy winter day"
My daughter loves the CAS.  Her favorite part is the kids playroom, which she would happily spend hours in.  She is a social butterfly, so she loves meeting new kids.  Speaking of butterflies, the rainforest exhibit is a total blast!  We got to hold a Giant Owl butterfly (actually, he landed on my hand and wouldn't leave).  The aquarium dive shows are good too, but geared more for older kids (K and up).  
After a morning of sightseeing, the cafeteria is a welcome stop.  I never thought I would say this, but the food is awesome!  We had cha xiao bao (chinese bbq pork buns) for lunch and they were some of the best I've ever had.  They also have vietnamese Pho soup, which I think is made by Slanted Door.  The bakery is dangerous- the carrot cupcakes are especially good.  Sure, its pricy, but I'm happy to pay for good food.

The only downside to CAS are the crowds and long lines.  Definitely plan to get there when it opens and buy tickets in advance or just purchase a yearly membership.  

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557 McReynolds Road
Sausalito, California


reviewed on: May 24 2010

"Meh... expensive."
I brought my 18 month old daughter here on a mid-week excursion.  The new toddler area was fine, but nothing I would drive across the bay and pay $18 for.  The space itself is cool, but it seems like most moms come with groups, so their kids all play together.  The space and toys are actually not that stimulating for individual kids.  

We did enjoy the outdoor fort area.  Charlotte loved walking around and watching the big kids, and there were plenty of neat little hidey places to have a picnic lunch.

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1451 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California

Comment:
A very small but well-designed and stimulating free museum. Parking is a breeze and there is a fabulous playground next door.


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180 Woz Way
San Jose, California


reviewed on: May 21 2010

"My kids were in heaven!"
Despite going on a busy Saturday, the museum did not seem crowded.  The little tot area upstairs was perfect for my 15 month old daughter to roam around (not withstanding the fact that she fell down the stairs.  Oops.).  It is a large area with lots of hidey holes, so I had a few moments of panic when she went missing, but soon found her busily amusing herself with the various play stations.  Both she and my 4 year old loved the farmer's market/cafe area where kids can pretend to make food, bake pizza, open a restaurant etc.  Great imaginative play!  

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151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard Streets)
San Francisco, California

Comment:
Starting July 2011, every Sunday is Family Day! Free events, author's story time, and activities


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538 9th Street
Oakland, California



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2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, California



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201 South Market Street
San Jose, California



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655 Presidio Avenue
San Francisco, California



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1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, California

Comment:
This has been renamed CuriOdyssey, although the exhibits and animals are largely the same.

reviewed on: June 07 2010

"Needs updating"
Dark and tired, Coyote Point Museum begs for a makeover.  It has all the ambience of my grandmother's living room, including the taxedermied wildlife.  The few hands-on exhibits are worn out and blah.  I feel like this place needs a director with fresh vision and ability to attract investors.

The animal exhibits are somewhat interesting.  My daughter liked the giant honey bee exhibit.  Beyond that, I probably would not return.

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655 Mission Street
San Francisco, California



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104 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California

Comment:
This is probably best for kids over age 8. It is a museum dedicated to Walt's life, and will be most interesting for kids who can read.


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Hyde Street on Jefferson Street
San Francisco, California

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reviewed on: February 28 2011

"Fascination for School Age Kids"
Kids under 12 are free at this national park.  The schooner Balclutha is good fun to explore- you can tour the captain's quarters, the galley, the cramped bunks where the chinese workers lived, and the store rooms full of cargo.  

The old ferry boat doubles as an antique car museum and also has a model boat-wright's shop.  On weekends you can watch the hobbyists whittling and carving their miniature wooden crafts.  Its quite impressive.

Little kids need to be carefully watched as there are rickety stairs, short railings, and lots of trip hazards.  My toddling 2 year old made me nervous.  I was sure she was going to pitch right over the ship's railing and into the bay.

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601 Skyway Road
San Carlos, California

Comment:
This summer, there is a food truck event every Wednesday! When we visited, there was a fabulous Italian truck (name escapes me) as well as The Lobster Shack truck (amazing lobster rolls!) and an ice cream sandwich truck.


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1931 First Ave
Walnut Creek, California



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Centennial Drive
Berkeley, California

Comment:
Dinosaur's Unearthed is new for Summer 2011! Life size dinosaurs move and roar!