In our Area
- Mt. Diablo Rock City - climb on the rocks and eat a picnic. Drive to the summit after.
- Lafayette Reservoir Hike and Playground
- Lafayette Reservoir Boat Rental - rowboats or paddle boats
- Heather Farms
- Farmer's Markets - Saturday Orinda (and playground - but March to November only), Sunday Walnut Creek or Moraga -listen to live music while eating pastries and coffee, then get some produce for mom and dad
- BART to Rockridge, go to Rockridge Kids toy store and then Cactus for a burrito
- Lindsay Wildlife Museum and Larkey Park in Walnut Creek - a hospital for rescued local animals with educational programs. Backs up onto Larkey Park.
- Have lunch in the Whole Foods Parking Lot in Lafayette. They even have heaters on the patio.
- Want something more formal? Try Va Da Vie in Walnut Creek or Postino in Lafayette.
- Better yet? Cook a meal together at home: set the table, light some candles, give everyone jobs, and [have them] do the dishes.
- What could be better than that? Order pizza to be delivered from Bonfire in Orinda and go on a date and leave them home to babysit the kids.
- Tilden Park Steam Trains - scenic ride on a miniature steam train
- Lawrence Hall of Science - always an interesting exhibit being shown, plus outdoor exhibits and a nice cafeteria downstairs
- Studio Grow - indoor playspace in Concord, Danville, and Berkeley
|Lafayette Reservoir (fishing off a rented rowboat)|
A Bit of a Drive
- Tilden Park Little Farm - an actual working farm- free to visit but bring celery and lettuce to feed the animals
- Tilden Park Carousel - an historic merry go round set in the trees
- Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland - thought-provoking and cool displays, movies, classes, and occasional nighttime telescope viewings. Don't miss the outdoor space with a turtle in a pond when you need a break.
- Children's Fairyland Oakland - Disneyland was modeled after this place
- Ferry Ride into San Francisco from Oakland or Alameda then ride the cable cars
- Oakland Zoo - don't miss the kids' area and the little train ride
- California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco - newly remodeled
- San Francisco Zoo - the Zoo also has a little train ride and a play structure
- Ocean Beach and The Beach Chalet - drive past the herd of buffalo in the park if you have extra time
- Habitot Berkeley - indoor hands-on exhibits for ages 1-5. Close to BART station if you want to ride in (but there is a transfer involved).
- Oakland A's or SF Giants Baseball - BART goes right to the coliseum and MUNI to AT&T Park. Last minute tickets are often available for the A's that are quite inexpensive.
- Oakland Raiders Football Game - don't forget to wear black and take BART to the game.
- MOCHA Oakland - messy kids' indoor playspace
|Tilden Park Carousel|
- Train Town in Sonoma then lunch at a Vineyard- little train ride that stops in a miniature gold rush town, then continues on. Also has rides and is close to nice restaurants and wine tasting
- Mt. Tamalpias Tourist Club - check the website for hours
- Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito
- Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito - a hospital for rescued marine mammals with educational programs
- Santa Cruz - amusement park rides on the boardwalk and nice restaurants in town
- Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton (near Santa Cruz) - full-size steam train with two routes to choose from (the trees or the beach).
- Ano Nuevo State Park - the elephant seals' breeding ground from mid-December through March.
|Marin Headlands - driving to Sausalito|