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East Bay
Ardenwood Historic Farm - Join in doing old-fashioned farm chores, ride a horse drawn rail road and tour the Victorian farm house. Located in Fremont.

Children's Fairyland - A delightful theme park where children's literature comes to life through whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals and wonder-filled puppet shows. Located in Oakland

Chuck E Cheese's - Games, rides, prizes, food and entertainment that will keep your preschooler entertained for hours. Located in Brentwood, Dublin, Fairfield and Hayward.

Habitot Children's Museum - A discovery museum for young children with hands-on exhibits, art studio and much more for you and your infant, toddler or preschooler. Located in Berkeley.

Holt Planetarium at Lawrence Hall of Science - Explore the skies in a small, friendly planetarium where questions and activities are part of the show. Located in Berkeley.

Jelly Belly Factory Tour - A free 40-minute walking tour will you show you a real working factory where 150 different sweet treats are cooked up. Located in Fairfield.

Kids Castle - an indoor fun center with a jumper, jungle gym maze, kiddie rides and games. Located in Newark.

Lawrence Hall of Science - A public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for your preschooler. Located in Berkeley.

Mt. Diablo State Park - Take in the amazing views at the summit (weather permitting) and don't forget to explore Rock City with its caves and sandstone formations. Find evidence of previous residents embedded in the rocks at Fossil Ridge. Located in Walnut Creek.

Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) - A drop-in art studio where your preschooler can explore his/her artistic side with hands-on projects. Located in Oakland.

Oakland Zoo - The perfect size zoo to introduce your preschooler to the world of animals. Located in Oakland.

Paradise Skate - Roller skating is back! Family fun & fitness all rolled into one. Located in Antioch.

Pixieland - An wonderful amusement park for the smaller child. Located in Concord.

Scandia Family Fun Center - Entertainment for the entire family with two miniature golf courses, indoor kids tunnel play area, Lasertag arena, go karts, waterbugs, rock wall, extreme air-bounce, baseball batting cages and an arcade. Located in Suisun.

Shadow Cliffs - The Rapids Waterslide park located at Shadow Cliffs which is a 266-acre park including an 80-acre lake and a four-flume waterslide. Located in Pleasanton.

The Silliman Family Aquatic Center - an indoor waterpark with a water play structure, a lazy river, a warm-water spa and two water slides. Hosts a special swim area for your preschooler. Located in Newark.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - A large amusement park that will keep you and your preschooler occupied the entire day - with animal shows, Thomas (the Train) Town and much more. Located in Vallejo.

Small World Park - Enjoy the beauty and family atmosphere of the park as you picnic, play or enjoy the rides. Located in Pittsburg.

The Jungle - Let your preschooler crawl through mazes of tunnels. Weekend days can be extremely busy - it can feel like a real jungle on those days. Located in Concord

Tilden Park - A regional park in the hills above Berkeley with a Merry-go-Round (closed until July '08 for renovations) and a steam train ride. Visit Lake Anza on a hot summer day while you enjoy the weather and your preschooler plays on the sandy beach. Bring some lettuce and celery to Little Farm - a working farm with cows, sheep, chickens, geese, rabbits, goats and turkeys. Located in Berkeley.

Prewett Family Waterpark - A waterpark with picnic facilities and free summer concerts. Located in Antioch.

Waterworld - A waterpark with a special area for your preschooler. Walk into the shallow waters of Wild Water Kingdom where your youngster can climb on turtles, walk into waterbrellas and climb a mini slide built just for little ones. Located in Concord.
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Greater Bay Area
Alcatraz Island - Take a ferry ride to the island across San Francisco Bay and visit the infamous federal penitentiary. View the (nesting) seabirds who are protected on the island. Located in San Francisco. 

Aquarium of the Bay - Journey through clear tunnels filled with 20,000 aquatic animals. Touch sharks, rays and sea stars. Located in San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf.

Bay Area Discovery Museum - A one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor children's museum which features hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special event and cultural festivals. Located in Sausalito.

Blessing of the Animals - Prayer and healing offered for your individual pet by Reverends Robert and Chitra Diamond. From 11 AM - Noon on 9/20/08 and every third Saturday of the month until Christmas. Located in San Rafael (Armory Drive across from Civic Center - next to the children's playground).

Children's Discovery Museum - 150 interactive exhibits will allow your preschooler to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live. Located in San Jose.

China Town - Experience the Asian culture as if you were in Asia. Located in San Francisco.

Exploratorium - A collage of hundreds of science, art and human perception exhibits. Located in San Francisco.

Gilroy Gardens - A horticultural theme park designed for families with young children and garden lovers featuring 21 rides, 27 attractions, 6 majestic gardens and the world famous Circus Trees. Located in Gilroy.

Great America - A large amusement park where you will be entertained an entire day - with 18 rides and attractions for the younger children in Kidzville and where the stars of Nickelodeon step off-screen and come to life in Nickelodeon Central. Located in Santa Clara.

Junior Museum & Zoo - Exhibits allow children to become physically involved. Admission is FREE. Located in Palo Alto.

Lemos Farm - A family farm with pony rides and train rides. Special Halloween and Christmas themes. Located in Half Moon Bay.

Marine Mammal Center - Visit the center where rescued marine mammals are rehabilitated and released. Located in Sausalito.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Experience the wonders of ocean life and learn more about the amazing fishes, animals and plants of the sea. Located in Monterey.

Muir Woods - Explore the outdoors by visiting this old-growth Redwood forest. Located above Mill Valley.

The Mystery Spot - Your perceptions of the laws of physics and gravity are questioned in this gravitational anomaly located in the Redwood forests. Located in Santa Cruz.

Nut Tree Theme Park - An amusement park that provides thrills for kids of all ages. Located in Vacaville.

Old Faithful Geyser of California - Uprising steam and bubbling water announce the geyser's explosive eruption of thousands of gallons of water. Located in Calistoga.

Petrified Forest - Step back in time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic, petrified redwood giants. Located in Calistoga.

Pier 39 - View the sea lions, enjoy a meal by the bay and ride the carousel. Located in San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf.

Raging Waters - Northern California's largest waterpark with an interactive water play area for the entire family. Located in San Jose.

Rainforest Cafe - Enjoy a great meal in an almost-real rainforest where elephants, gorilla's and monkeys "come to life". Located in San Francisco - Fisherman's Wharf.

Safari West - A wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience some of nature's most beautiful animals in their natural habitat. Reservations need to be made in advance. Located in Santa Rosa.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Voted the world's Best Seaside Amusement Park in 2007 with modern and classic rides for all ages - all on a mile of sandy beach. Located in Santa Cruz.

Train Town - Ride the train, visit the petting zoo, ride the vintage amusement rides. Located in Sonoma.

Yerba Buena Gardens - With a playground, a carousel, an interactive museum, an ice skating and bowling center and much more, this center will provide your preschooler with hours of fun. Located in San Francisco.

Winchester Mystery House - A 160-room Victorian mansion with many, unexplained oddities. Located in San Jose.

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