Berkeley's Adventure Playground. (Patrick Buechner/Flickr)
Berkeley’s Adventure Playground. (Patrick Buechner/Flickr)

In hopes of spicing things up for Bay Area families, “Forum” asked its listeners, along with Amy Graff  of  “The Mommy Files” blog and Mike Adamick, author of “Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects: 25 Fun Do It Yourself Projects for Families,” to share their lesser-known and out-of-the-way kid-friendly outings.

Wow. Did listeners deliver. “Forum” compiled a complete list of recommendations on the show’s website, but here are three highlights from each region to whet your appetite.

East Bay

North Bay

A listener recommended Bolinas' Duxbury Reef as a good place to take kids tide-pooling. (Stefan Klocek/Flickr)
A listener recommended Bolinas’ Duxbury Reef as a good place to take kids tide-pooling. (Stefan Klocek/Flickr)
  • Duxbury Reef, Bolinas. Widely recommended as a great spot for tide-pooling.
  • Old Saint Hilary’s, Tiburon. Part of Marin County’s open space preserves. Good for picnics, hiking, bay vistas and wildlife viewing.
  • Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory, Petaluma. A chance to show your kids what was popular with kids in the ’80s (giant red heart stickers, anyone?) We’ll let you decide whether to listen to Duran Duran or A-Ha on the drive over; reservations are required.

San Francisco

  • Family Dance Class at ODC Dance School at 17th and Shotwell streets. Offered the last Sunday of every month, this class costs $5 a person, with a $20 family maximum.
  • Free concerts from San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. Concerts are held around the Bay Area and last 20 minutes, just long enough to pique an interest among the squirmy set.
  • SS Jeremiah O’Brien. A fully functional World War II Liberty ship docked at Pier 45, near Fisherman’s Wharf. An interactive piece of history tucked away near the tchotchke shops and seafood restaurants.

San Jose and the Peninsula

Listen to the show and view the complete list of activities:


Amanda Stupi

Amanda Stupi is an interactive producer for KQED News. She grew up in Northern California, where her mother would woo her inside on warm summer nights with promises of The Monkees and CHIPS. Stupi is fascinated with the intersection between popular culture and the fine arts. Her idea of artistic perfection includes The Beastie Boys' Check Your Head, Joni Mitchell's Blue, Bull Durham, several episodes of Cheers, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and most of Wallace Stevens' poetry. Stupi's life goals include watching every episode of Law and Order, finishing a screenplay and thanking her mom in an Oscar acceptance speech.

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