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Explore The Exploratorium, For Kids, and more!

Traditionalists might miss the Exploratorium’s original location next to San Francisco’s beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, but guess what? The new digs at Pier 15 still promise your family a day of being dazzled. Exhibit themes include space, the body, the material world, culture and the senses. Plan on multiple trips. There is so much to see, and kids routinely fixate on super cool exhibits and refuse to budge.

Traditionalists might miss the Exploratorium’s original location next to San Francisco’s beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, but guess what? The new digs at Pier 15 still promise your family a day of being dazzled. Exhibit themes include space, the body, the material world, culture and the senses. Plan on multiple trips. There is so much to see, and kids routinely fixate on super cool exhibits and refuse to budge.

Kids Free Day at the Charles Schulz Museum ~Mama Bees Freebies

The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was designed to reflect the modest, low key, and comfortable personality and style of an internationally-famous cartoonist.The Museum is located at 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, California.

While dozens of popular splash pads are going dry this summer due to the drought, we've tracked down a hefty list of parks where the water is still flowing.

Get Soaked: The Wettest & Wildest Splash Parks in the Bay Area

Sure, the drought has closed a lot of popular Bay Area splash parks but kids can still play around at these water parks.

As part of OMCA’s recent transformation, the Gallery of California Art is Organized thematically, the Gallery is installed along three themes: California Land, California People, and California Creativity. This thematic approach allows visitors to see works in different media and from different periods side by side, inspiring new ways of looking at California’s evolving role as a cutting-edge center of visual expression.

As part of OMCA’s recent transformation, the Gallery of California Art is Organized thematically, the Gallery is installed along three themes: California Land, California People, and California Creativity. This thematic approach allows visitors to see works in different media and from different periods side by side, inspiring new ways of looking at California’s evolving role as a cutting-edge center of visual expression.

Museum of the American Indian is to provide the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The Museum promotes accuracy, sensitivity and respect for the heritage and history of our continent's earliest inhabitants.

Museum of the American Indian is to provide the people of Northern California with programs and exhibits that deepen understanding and appreciation of Native American cultures. The Museum promotes accuracy, sensitivity and respect for the heritage and history of our continent's earliest inhabitants.

The Triton Museum of Art has been around for nearly 50 years, exhibiting collections of both historical and contemporary artists.

The Triton Museum of Art has been around for nearly 50 years, exhibiting collections of both historical and contemporary artists.

While this popular neighborhood museum offers fun interactive science exhibits for kids (with themes like green energy or bugs), for many the real attraction is out back. There kids will find a miniature zoo with over 50 species to see up close and personal.

Junior Museum & Zoo - City of Palo Alto

Evergreen Lodge just outside Yosemite - recommended by Michelle & Reuben.  Gets good reviews online from tripadvisor too

Evergreen Lodge, Yosemite: Main Plaza at Dusk

The museum spans cultures “from Turkey to India and China to the Philippines through 6,000 years.” Visitors can examine over 18,000 objects including textiles, sculptures, furniture, paintings and tiny jades. The museum offers galleries to visit as well as daily programs and classes where children can “build bridges to old and new worlds.” Worth noting: After, check out their world-class museum store and Café Asia for further cultural appreciation.

Free Day at the Herreshoff Marine Museum - Kids Events, Activities & Things To Do for Families

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Planes, Trains, Boats, & Cable Cars, Oh My!

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From the tallest carousel in the world to one set in the oldest playground in America, the Bay Area's collection of merry-go-rounds is top notch. Check out our list and take your family for a spin!

Spin Me Right Round: The Bay’s Best Carousels

From the tallest carousel in the world to one set in the oldest playground in America, the Bay Area's collection of merry-go-rounds is top notch. Check out our list and take your family for a spin!

Lemon Poppyseed Crepes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling | Say Yes

Lemon Poppyseed Crepes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling

CHECK!!! This place is awesome. My lol man has a blast here. Habitot Children's Museum in Berkeley

Habitot art and play museum in Berkeley

Mounted Patrol | Woodside Pumpkin Festival

Mounted Patrol | Woodside Pumpkin Festival

We imagine most kids will be pretty darn thrilled to board the U.S.S. hornet, a national historic landmark, and learn more about this ship’s role in naval aviation history and the exploration of space as well.

We imagine most kids will be pretty darn thrilled to board the U. hornet, a national historic landmark, and learn more about this ship’s role in naval aviation history and the exploration of space as well.

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo - Palo Alto, CA

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo - Palo Alto, CA