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Hiller Aviation Museum

601 Skyway Rd.
San Carlos, CA 94070

Planes, trains, and automobiles are some of the most fascinating things that kids can see, and Hiller Aviation provides plenty to see and do. While most of the exhibits center around planes, their history, and their photos, there are also special exhibits on model railroads and a weekly Gourmet Food Truck visit. Since the Museum is located at the San Carlos airport, the kids can see modern planes zooming in and out, while they investigate the cockpits and controls of the vintage models and prototypes. With forty exhibits and interactive displays, this is a great way to get your kids interested in the power of featherless flight. Don't forget the Atrium with the airplane models, which are kid-sized and fascinating for a whole host of reasons. You can point out the history of the Kitty Hawk flight with the Wright Brothers' older model, the San Francisco all-metal Argonaut of 1928, the Grumman Albatross that flew around the world, and the collapsible XROE Rotorcycle. There's also a restoration shop where planes are constantly being tinkered with. If you're able to drop by on the weekends before 2 pm, wait in line for the popular Flight Simulator and get the feel of swooping in and out of the clouds. If you can find it, there's even a small theatre with 35 seats. Some of the special events are especially kid-friendly, like the Easter Bunny that shows up in a helicopter. While the kids are waiting for Bunny's arrival or the coming of the New Year, there are bouncy houses to explore and face painting to be done, and occasional magic shows. If you sign up for membership, there are discounts on the planetarium Sky Show that explains constellations used for navigation, live bird shows, or various Merit Badge days. This is a perfect place to bring home-schooled kids or Civil Air Patrol cadets on discounted group rates. The museum is small, so the space is packed with exhibits. Even the parking lot has half of a 747 jet on display, which can be played with until the Simulator is ready. Just be prepared when you enter the gift shop, because the kids will be clamoring for Playmobil sets, model airplanes, and kites – or even the teddy bears with aviator glasses.

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Junior Gym

811 S B St.
San Mateo, CA 94401

Since Junior Gym is a family-run business, they know how important it is to have a blend of structure and variety – from the equipment and activities, to the music played during gym time. There are basketballs to dunk in the nets, trampolines for doing the splits, a balance beam, and a zip line – and the gym is padded for extra safety. Equipment is frequently rearranged so that kids don't get bored doing the same thing all the time. There's also a coffee bar with steaming lattes, so that parents don't get bored and lose focus. Classes are structured based on the children's ages, so that they will be engaged but not overwhelmed. For 45 minutes, toddlers and three-year-olds can attend classes with their parents. That means they'll learn to sing songs, do parachutes, go through an obstacle course, play with bubbles, learn some basic gymnastics skills, and get a hand stamp. From ages 3 to 8, kids can join hour-long non-competitive gymnastics classes, ballet, or sports skills. This is where they can learn to follow a lesson plan with the instructor, and socialize with their peers in classes broken up by age groups. Since kids also need unstructured time, members can come to the twice-daily Open Gym sessions during the week. Parents have commented on the cleanliness of the facility. A professional cleaning service takes care of the equipment and surfaces with non-toxic, earth-friendly disinfectant, while the staff does daily cleaning and spot checks on the doorknobs and bucket of 'tasted' toys. A number of reviewers have said that the owners are very accomodating about missed classes that can be made up on the honor system, and there's a personal feel here that's lacking in some of the chain activity centers geared toward children.

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Safari Run

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 and tired is the climbing area with fearsome gorilla and toucan heads, and slides. Also, parents of small children will be glad to know that the younger kids have their own age-appropriate area, so there's less chance of them being run into by the bigger kids. The staff are very conscientious about cleaning, from the obstacle course to the bathrooms, and the drinking fountains feature filtered water – but there is no air conditioning. There are also some rules that have to be observed, such as parents monitoring their kids during Open Play times, which aren't open on the weekends except to reserved groups. Both parents and children are asked to wash their hands before and after play, which helps cut down on the ever-present germ factor. Shoes go in the cubby holes, and waivers need to be signed. However, everyone can still have plenty of fun within those boundaries. If parents and kids come with a group for longer than the hour-long slots at Open Play time, there are computer terminals, large screen monitors, and a lounge where the parents can relax and chat. If you think of it as a smaller version of Safari Jungle meant for kids under the age of 8, this will give a good overall picture. You can come for half an hour for $4, and just check it out.

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U-Me [Permanently Closed]

3355 Edison Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Notice: After 6 years of running, U-Me is now permanently closed as of May 2016. If your kids aren't already going to a care facility or play space, U-Me is a good option to have when you want kids to have a freedom-enhancing mixture of open play time and scheduled activities. It's also freeing to know that different ages have their own areas. There's a crawler space for the mobile babies, sports and crafts and a trampoline for the older kids, and a cafeteria with healthy snack options for everyone. The day pass admission price also means that you can bring the kids, go out for lunch, and come back to finish out the day with more fun and activities. Parents love the fact that additional features get introduced from year to year, such as the slide and the foam pit, and new toys and classes so that kids and parents stay intrigued. The outdoor playspace was introduced within the last few years, with these great features: dollhouse with a doorbell, sand tables, water table, theatre stage, outdoor camping area. Many parents have also commented on the cleanliness of the facility, the fact that drop-in times can include all day, and that adults are allowed in for free. None of these three conveniences are common features at most kids' gyms. Also, although at least one parent or caretaker needs to stay with the kids, there's free WiFi. Bring your iPhone or laptop to the adult seating areas, and multitasking can happen. While membership does save money, there's no need to become a member to enjoy the classes and activities: flag-painting, kids' Olympics, puppet stories, creative dance, worldwide culture appreciation, martial arts, etc. Parents can become a member just to get some breathing space during the week, or drop by on weekends. Even the highest membership level barely costs more per month than the average adult gym in Palo Alto, somewhere between the YMCA on Mill Road and Form Fitness.

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