Lindsay Wildlife Experience - Places For Kids

Lindsay Wildlife Experience

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1931 1st Ave
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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(925) 935-1978
10 am – 5pm (Wed – Sun)
$8.50 (Adults)
$7.50 (Seniors 65+)
$6.50 (Children 2–17 years)
Free (Below 2 years)
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DESCRIPTION FOR Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Kids can learn anything animal-related here: nesting patterns of birds, how to do animal surgery, the experience of flight. Being able to view an operating room that restores damaged animals is a training ground in itself, but the more technologically-minded may have more fun with the flight simulator that lets their imagination soar with electronic wings. If the kids have been begging for a pet but don't know what's involved in caring for a rabbit or guinea pig, don't miss the Petting Circle and the feeding demonstrations. Once they master those techniques, kids might also want to know what it would be like to spend every day with animals – they should stick around until after 3 pm for Meet an Animal Keeper.
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TIPS FOR VISITING Lindsay Wildlife Experience

1. Free admission to the public every third Friday of the month!

2. Closing days: Most Mondays and Tuesdays except some holidays and spring break. Tuesdays are often members-only days. Check calendar for holiday and maintenance closings.

3. Parking is available in Larkey Park, on Buena Vista Avenue, the museum parking lot on the east side, or in the Friends Church across the street.

4. Public Transport: Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek stations are available via BART, but between 1 to 1.5 miles away by foot. Either grab a cab out of the station, or try to bridge the gap by County Connection – or bring your bike.

5. Larkey Park has picnic tables, barbeque pits, playgrounds, volleyball nets, a community pool, and a model railroad exhibit in...

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BIRTHDAY PARTY AT Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Party Time at Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Telephone: (925) 627-2924


Time: Parties are offered on Saturdays or Sundays at 11 am or 2 pm and are scheduled for two hours.

Party price: $325 for members; $400 for non-members. Included: Private, live animal encounter, Museum admission for guests (25 maximum children and adults total), held in private room, goodie bags for the birthday party guests (up to 15), special t-shirt for the birthday child, hosted by Education Specialist Staff.

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Bring Your Own: Bring your own food and beverages, table goods (plates, cups, utensils, napkins), decorations (no balloons, pinatas, or confetti)

While many birthday facilities have a space limit, not many places allow extra guests to come and celebrate during cake time without...

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REVIEWS FOR Lindsay Wildlife Experience

3 Places For Kids reviews



"1st Visit"

1st visit here and it was a nice treat to see so many different animals. The girls enjoyed themselves especially seeing the feeding of Blossom the ground squirrel and being able to ask questions. Not too crowded today so we didn't feel rushed to get through the exhibits.


"1st Visit"

1st visit here and it was a nice treat to see so many different animals. The girls enjoyed themselves especially seeing the feeding of Blossom the ground squirrel and being able to ask questions. Not too crowded today so we didn't feel rushed to get through the exhibits.


California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Dr., San Francisco, CA 94118

While kids may never get excited about the periodic table of the elements or fulcrum formulas, they will get excited about science at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. At a certain age, kids need to explore important questions about life on Earth. The Academy of Sciences is a hands-on place for parents and kids to figure out how things work – and why. Spread out over 400,000 square feet, the Academy's three major attractions (aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum) show great examples of the planet's natural resources, from the water reclamation system to the solar-powered 'Living Roof' with 2 acres of plant species. Animal-loving kids can see the past and the future, from the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, to the tropical rain forest with a bat cave and an overhead freshwater fish tank (the Flooded Forest). Technology-loving kids may be glued to the digital planetarium and galaxy exploration tour. Penguin-loving kids should see the colony of waddling African penguins in the 25,000-gallon exhibit, complete with a rocky shore and naturalistic temperatures. Don't miss the feeding times and FAQ sessions (twice daily at 10:30 am and 3 pm), if your kids are the questioning type. Former visitors will hardly recognize the new facility; open between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. Pirahnas at the Steinhart Aquarium are close (not too close), while fish and sharks weave through the Philippine Coral Reef. Small and great sea creatures at the California Coast Gallery range from the tiny tidepool anemone to the giant octopus. Each membership allows you to feed penguins, and gain access to the RSVP-only Holiday Nights show with live reindeer. There's as much all-ages activity at the Academy as in the on-site cafe. (Adults enjoy Thursday Nightlife shows, with earthquakes and alligators - and alcohol.) One Academy sleepover (Penguins + Pajamas) is the best mix of a safe outdoor family vacation. After planetarium shows and animal demos, park the family sleeping bags next to the aquarium (or swamp), wake up to a continental breakfast, and keep on exploring.

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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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USS Hornet

707 W Hornet Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501

For a 900-foot aircraft carrier, the location of the USS Hornet is more hidden than might be expected. Once you arrive at the parking lot, the signs make it easy to get on board. The workings of the engine room should fascinate any kids who like to know how things work, while the flight deck and jets are just as fascinating visually as they are once you find out how they work. Bringing children under the age of five might be a small challenge, as the ship is large and might be a little spooky, especially the sick bay. History buffs will love seeing the sleeping bunks where men rested until it was time for them to be on duty, the elevators for the fighter planes, and the popular Apollo 11 exhibit. Essentially, this is a walkable, tourable World War II documentary, with live guides to explain the workings of aircraft and people from another era. The Officers' Lounge shows the history of other ships named 'Hornet', Ready Room 4 shows photos of fighter planes, Hangar Bay 3 shows some of the Nisei soldiers' contributions in combat and intelligence, and the second deck has a room dedicated to one of the everyday crewmembers and his team. Don't miss the forecastle tour if you can work it in, because it shows a miniature version of Titanic-like damage done by a typhoon. The hangar deck exhibit on Apollo 11 and 12 adds in a peacetime element of education, and information about how people traveled to the moon to explore. The hand stamp at admission makes it easy to tour a little and then take breaks outside, which is ideal if you want to do more food tours than history tours. The flight simulator is worth a little extra charge for kids who really need some multimedia thrills. Everyone does need to arrive in sturdy walking shoes and tote along a windbreaker, because going up and down the narrow stairs can really be difficult without comfortable footwear – and there are some chilly areas. Also, bring a camera to take some shots of panoramic San Francisco views from the flight deck.

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