Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fun Local Bay Area/ Lamorinda Things to do with Grandparents in Town

Little Farm

Rock City

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.
Train Town
Train Town
Lafayette Reservoir

Pretty Close

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.
  • Tilden Park Carousel
  • MOCHA Oakland - messy kids' indoor playspace

Oakland Zoo

A Drive
  • 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).
  • Marin Headlands - driving to Sausalito
  • Ano Nuevo State Park - the elephant seals' breeding ground from mid-December through March. 

Ano Nuevo

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