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San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is made up of a diverse collection of towns and cities with a far reach around the world.  From wine Napa Valley wineries to Silicon Valley tech innovations, so much of what it made here touches lives elsewhere. 


When making plans to explore the area, there is one term your family needs to become familiar with: “microclimate.” The San Francisco Bay Area is full of these atmospheric zones where the climate differs from an area that is just a few miles away.  Come prepared and ready for an adventure like no other

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1. Cable Car Museum

Take a cable car ride and stop to visit the cable car museum where kids can see the machinery that pulls all these cable cars throughout the city. It's fasc...

2. San Francisco Chinatown

San Francisco Chinatown is a feast for the senses. For preschoolers who haven't experienced many different cultures yet, the San Francisco Chinatown will be...

3. California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences offers many fascinating exhibits for young kids like the huge rainforest in the museum. Preschoolers who have recently go...

1. The Children’s Creativity Museum

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

2. The Exploratorium

3. Randall Museum

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

1. Elkhorn Slough

Rent a kayak at Kayak Connection and explore this wonderland of native birds and shore life. The Moss Landing Marine Laboratory is also a great stop before ...

2. Gilroy Gardens (Bonfante Gardens)

This amusement park is great for young kids. This park has lots of unique and fanciful landscaping. Gilroy is still sweltering at this time of the year so ...

3. Wilder Ranch State Park

Tired of the scorching heat in the south and east bay, load up those bikes and head out to the cooler coastal area for a bike ride at Wilder Ranch that is pe...

1. Children's Library

Lunar New Year Spectacular Jan 14, 10AM– 3PM This party marks the Chinese New Year with lion dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, story time and arts and craft...

2. San Francisco Chinatown

Chinese New Year Mini-Parade Preview and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony January 14, 10:30 AM Location: Grant Avenue at California For more info :http://www.c...

3. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Dragon Saturday, January 28, 10AM – 5PM, Sunday, January 29, 12PM – 5PM Join members of the Chinese community...

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Take a Bike Ride from Fisherman's Wharf through Crissy Field, Fort Point, and across the Golden Gate Bridge. The views are simply stunning and you'll have th...

2. Alcatraz

Alcatraz is the infamous maximum security prison where Al Capone, Bird Man and others spent the last days of their lives. Also featured in the movie The Rock...

3. California Academy of Sciences

This brand new home of the California Academy of Sciences is one of the most celebrated green buildings in the country with it's novel living roof. It's a m...

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Rent bikes and head out across the bridge! Stop at Cavallo Point in Sausalito for cold drinks and a comfy rocking chair.

2. Golden Gate Park

3. Land’s End Trail

My favorite walk in San Francisco! The gorgeous ocean crashes beneath you as you amble underneath towering eucalyptus trees. If you are game, you can walk ...

1. DC's Extraordinary Cherries

Chery Varieties: Bing, Sweet Anne, Rainier (White), Van and more No ladder needed. Nice dwarf trees - perfect for young children.

2. Pease Ranch

Cherry Varieties: Bing, White Rainier, Chinook, Early Burlats, Jubilee, and vans Popular farm. Fantastic fruit. So arrive early in the season Nicely pruned...

3. Wolfe Ranch

Cherry Varieties: Bing, White Rainier, Van One stop where you can often pick more than one fruit. But cherry varieties are limited.

1. San Francisco Zoo

Awesome petting zoo, great little playground, and a fabulous little steam train ride are among the attractions toddlers love at this zoo.

2. seesaw

Interactive toddler playgroups, foreign language lessons (French, Mandarin, and Spanish), music and art classes are all among the offerings for toddlers and ...

3. The Children’s Creativity Museum

Safe, cushy places to play and create, opportunities to play with Legos and what kid doesn't want to make their own music video? Your kid could be the next ...

1. Monterey Bay Aquarium

This is a beautiful facility, amazing displays with a wide variety of marine life are on display! If you go, buy tickets in advance online and be prepared fo...

2. China Camp State Park

Recently saved from closure, China Camp, a once thriving Chinese fishing village, has secluded beaches and hiking trails galore and many are crawling with de...

3. Lake Berryessa

The largest lake in Napa County, you can rent boats, jet skis and even houseboats here. Camping and all sorts of water activities are also popular in this a...

1. Howarth Park Playground

Why this deserves to be top of this list: Few free playgrounds in this country can boast of so many unique play areas within one playground. It's set in How...

2. Adventure Playground

Why is this in the list? It is truly a unique playground for kids 4 and up. The playgrounds itself is totally made from recycled materials by the kids and v...

3. Koret Children's Quarter

The first playground in the America which has recently been renovated. Fantastic mixture of unique architectural play structures and traditional playground ...