341 N Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Though the facility at Safari Run seems small, there are plenty of options: fitness classes, open play times, an arcade, and a jungle gym on the playground. Air hockey tables vie for attention along with a giant shoe next to a frog video game in the arcade. Skee ball and whack-a-mole are a good reminder that not everything fun comes on a computer screen. What really gets the kids good…
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
Unlike some museums, Asian Art incorporates both visual and interactive experiences. Not only will the kids be fascinated by the intricate Buddha statues, they can also take photographs without anyone pointing to printed-out rules of policy. Even the cafe is an interactive experience, and has…
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589
Located on 135 acres, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom started out as Marine Worldland. It still maintains ties to its aquatic beginnings but with so much more. Treat yourself and your family to a fun day of rides suited to the thrill level of every family…
1450 Great Mall Dr. Milpitas, CA 95035
In 2005, Bounce-A-Rama opened in the Great Mall as a bribery tool for parents to use to encourage children to let them shop in uninterrupted peace. Rowdy and impatient kids suddenly became quiet and still in hopes to get a chance to visit the most…
The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
This is definitely an eye-opening experience for children who love and constantly quote the Disney films. Many people enjoy all of the exhibits and 'behind the scenes' stories about Walt as a creator and as a business manager, from all of the creations that didn't…
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
100 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
From the whale skeleton outside to the live dolphins inside, there's certainly a lot to discovery at Seymore Marine. The views can be worthwhile even if you don't make it around to all of the marine displays, and it's always a fun idea to be…
San Francisco Zoo
2945 Sloat Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94132
Sometimes, kids just want to go see animals doing what they do (maybe so that they can pick up behavior tips for later). At the San Francisco Zoo, there's sea lions and penguins for kids who love water, grizzlies and gorillas and giraffes for the…
Pump It Up
1309 Elmer St.
Belmont, CA 94002
Pump It Up is definitely geared toward private parties and birthdays, but that doesn't mean that open jump sessions can be any less fun. How could they be, with so many things to do? If you're not into air hockey, there are lots of ways…
12320 San Mateo Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
If you're inspired by a local farmers market, or your kids wonder what it would be like to ride a pony, choo-choo train and a tractor, Lemos Farm is the weekend place to go. The goats can't be ridden, but for $1 per cup they…
Jewish Community Center
3200 California St.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Most people know that the Jewish Community Center has a great gym, but there are more things to do there than just work out. Sure, the facility is clean and there are locker rooms, but the kids also have a place here. However, you may…