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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Things to do with Kids on Spring Break in San Francisco

It's almost time for spring break! If you're looking for ideas - you'll find them here - especially if you're doing the staycation this year.

Check out the newly opened Walt Disney Family Museum. Read a review of the Walt Disney Family Museum here.

Plan some theme days, like 3 architecturally interesting churches, 3 local places to see sea creatures or find the best kid-friendly burger joint in San Francisco.

Beam me up, Scotty! See the Star Trek exhibit at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose through April 11th.

Check out the Bunny Patch at the SF Zoo, March 31-April 4th.

Play tourist and find some cheap things to do at Fisherman's Wharf. Don't forget to stop at Musee Mechanique, where for merely quarters, you can watch ancient toy machines do their thing.

Spend a few hours at the Japantown Center, where you can get funky pictures taken at Pika Pika, eat sushi from boats, get yummy crepes, explore Japanese home-goods and clothing, and pick out Japanese erasers and Hello Kitty stuff too.

Play tourist and take a fire engine tour or go to Alcatraz.

Check out the Planes & Trains exhibit at Hiller Aviation Museum, in San Carlos. It runs March 27-April 11th.

Go on a treasure hunt throughout San Francisco, looking for fabulous public art.

Take a day trip to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Make it more fun by taking the train there.

Indulge your sticker fantasies by touring Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory in Petaluma.

Go to a museum you’ve never been to (see my list on the right). Try a smaller one that’s less known, like the Randall Museum or Palo Alto Junior Museum. Check out San Francisco museums with family programming.

See the model trains at Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers. It's only here til April 10th.
Go to a theme park. Great America in Santa Clara opens for the 2010 season on March 28th. It's open Easter weekend, April 2-4. They have a new Planet Snoopy area.

It’s crowded, but head to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. See the 3-D bug movie, the planetarium, the aquarium, and albino alligators Bonnie and Claude.

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve has great tide pools! Spot the sea anemones, sea stars, hermit crabs and more.

Splash around at the indoor swimming pool/play structure at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center in Newark.

Come up with some creative things to do at home or in the neighborhood, with this list of 60 things to do with your kids.

Have a culinary day – tasting gourmet cupcakes, finding the best cakes and taiyaki or exploring San Francisco’s Ferry Building (kids love Taylor's Refresher and the Ciao Bella gelateria).

Take a day trip to Monterey. Here is Travel Savvy Mom's 5 family favorite things to do in Monterey.

Spend the day at Fisherman’s Wharf, eating Ghirardelli ice cream, riding the carousel at Pier 39, and looking at all the arts along the street.

Movie Day! Get some Netflix, library movies or a Redbox $1 rental and cozy up to the kids and popcorn.

Lastly, if you're heading to Disneyland, don't miss my post on Disneyland Spring Break Deals.

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