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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 to discover your leg muscles on the bouncers. If you'd rather slide than climb rocks, there are small slides and big slides. Imagination blocks can serve as a faux Legoland experience, and the Octagon is a challenge for everyone. If group activities are your thing, check out the soccer and basketball zones. Just remember to bring your socks along with the kids. What's really great is that there are separate rooms with different activity zones, so that movement is restricted but everyone gets a turn. Since it's nearly impossible to jump for more than an hour without getting sweaty, workout clothing is recommended. Also, since it's nearly impossible for children and adults to be around inflatable structures without things happening, everyone has to watch a safety video before their session. Make sure you get in at least 20 minutes early, to allow enough time for parking, checking in (and signing the safety waiver), and watching the video. Any delays means that you don't get to bounce as much, and staff members have to keep to the schedule. If you come once with the kids and then decide to host an adult party at 7 pm – that can be accomodated. Adults will be pleased to know that their belongings will not be left out in an open cubbyhole, like a pair of shoes. No, your belongings get taken from one room to the next in a pushcart, although after 40 minutes of running around bouncy houses, you might need a pushcart yourself. Warning: adults may get caught up in the spirit of the thing, and start yelling show tunes while thumping down the slides. It has been known to happen.

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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 more choices than just egg rolls and chicken salad. There's miso soup, there's Tokyo Ramen with tree ear mushrooms, there's Korean spicy beef....and Sake Sliders. Two of the only items you could get anywhere else would be the hot dog and french fries option, but it pays to have something that everyone recognizes. Of course, there are teas, and the kids may want to try them just for the names: Three Flower Celebration, Dragon Eyes, Plum Blossom. If you forget your water bottles, there are free cups and water abounding. Really, the cafe choices could describe the rest of the museum experiences, which range from pottery and painted postures to pork belly food samples. There are some standard calligraphy and painting exhibits, scrolls and sculptures, and Ming vases. However, since Asian territory covers many countries, you can view the similarities and differences between displays on Korea, China, Japan, and India – to name a few. Also, the yoga and Mandala cosmic center exhibits also have interactive classes for a reasonable fee. You and the kids can go through the gallery at a leisurely pace, learn postures and stretching, hear storytelling, and make some take-home modern art. Between the three floors, it would be almost impossible to be bored in this place of cultural learning. Most people recommend starting at the top third floor, with many of the standard exhibits, and then going down to the interactive first floor. This is especially important when taking a family tour, because the kids will probably be even more keen on doing their own art after seeing so many great examples.

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Bay Area Discovery Museum

557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965

This Museum is more of a hands-on center for imagination and creative development, with a lot of Bay Area props, than a more classic outlay like the Asian Art Museum. It's like a huge playground for kids, but it would be hard to find a free playground with this mixture of inside amenities (puppets, full train station) and creative outside features (gravel pit with tow trucks, Golden Gate Bridge replica, toddler water zone with plastic fish). Children are offered objects outside to play with, from the natural elements of sand and water to larger versions of toys that already fascinates them (foam versions of Tinkertoys). The idea is that parents can ask their kids open-ended questions to get the kids involved in play, so that the kids are dreaming and creating things from their imagination rather than coming to a place to be entertained with digested information and ideas from multimedia. Inside at the Art Table, the kids are offered the ability to get more messy with paint and sand than at home – bring extra clothes or a smock. The simulated Bay Hall and Wave Workshop has representations of what they'd see at Fisherman's Wharf and in Oakland, along with trains and tunnels, so that they can start thinking about what they're seeing and how the ocean works. If kids get inspired and want to go outside again, no problem – take them to Lookout Cove where they can get on the Bonnie boat and pretend to be pirates on the sea. The shipwreck hull, the trail, and the sea cave can spark all sorts of survival questions, especially if you start reading Robinson Crusoe to them at night. Other reviewers have commented just as often on the stunning views of the actual Golden Gate Bridge, the number of activities and classes available, and the garden. Since the Discovery Museum is both indoors and outdoors, toddlers may love the streams of water, or they may want to go in and out of the reed maze, giant tree trunk, and climb all over the giant spider web. Themes and activities are geared toward the younger set, so you might not want to push the age limit of 8 years old.

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