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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ideas for Father's Day in the San Francisco Bay Area 2010

What to do for Father's Day in the San Francisco Bay Area this year?

The Contemporary Jewish Museum lets dads in for free on Father's Day. Kids are always free. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 1-3 pm. kids can make foil-engraved cards - drop in during that time. 736 Mission Street, SF (between 3rd and 4th)

Take in a recital to benefit the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Listen to soprano Angela Eden Moser and bass baritone, Paul Murray, Bay Area performers who will collaborate on of songs, arias and duets. Tiuckets ar $15 for the performance at Eden United Church of Christ in Hayward. The concert starts at 3 p.m.

Also in Hawyard, take Dad camping June 19-20th. You'll get a BBQ, and have the chance to fish, camp, look for bugs, roast marshmallows, take hikes, learn about Shoreline habitat and more. Cost is $75 for adult/child combo ($10 per additional kid, and $25 per additional adult).

If Dad loves a good street fair, head to North Beach for its 56th annual street fair. It runs Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ahoy Maties! It's time for the 4th annual Pirate Festival in Vallejo! Entertaiment by Capt. Jack Spareribs, the Seadogs, Court of the Pirate Lords and more. You can take the ferry there!

Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland offers a Father's Day brunch at their Starlite Bistro on June 20th, followed by a solar car challenge. Brunch is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and costs $10-15 plus admission. The solar car challenge is $10/kid plus admission. You'll design, build and race a LEGO solar car!

Both the San Francisco and Oakland Zoos has special Father's Day activities. The SF Zoo has a Father's Day Bikeabout, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. You'll get a continental breakfast and early morning bike ride around the zoo. Costs vary. If you want, spend the night at the zoo June 19th, and you'll be there for the rideabout without having to make a separate trip. The overnight starts at 6 p.m., and ends at 10 the next morning. Costs: $90-100 a person. At the Oakland Zoo, Dad can get a free train ride.

Take a Father's Day cruise on the Presidential Yacht, the USS Potomoc out of Oakland. The 3 hour Bay cruise goes from Oakland to San Francisco, around Angel Island and Alcatraz. It includes lunch and wine. Adult tickets are $75, kids 2-12 cost $40.

Visit the San Mateo County Fair.

Dads get in free to the new Genghis Khan exhibit at the Tech Museum in San Jose on Sunday! Khan features more than 200 13th-century artifacts from his reign - never before seen outside Mongolia. Discover the innovation, technological mastery and culture of one of the world's greatest statesmen and most misunderstood conquerors in this one-of-a kind exhibition. If Dad brings kids with him, he gets in free and only has to pay for the kids. And kids under 3 are free (so Dad + 2 year old = free outing). The rest of the museum is free with Khan tickets.

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