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March 09, 2004



The Exploratorium is a great, kid-friendly museum in San Francisco:

Fisherman's Wharf is pretty touristy and cheesy, but the sea lions are always a huge hit with kids. Alkatraz is also worth doing, although I don't know how interesting young children would find it.

There is a children's museum called Zeum and a big carousel just a few blocks south of Union Square. It is right by a mall/movie theater called the Metreon that has a Where the Wild Things Are-themed restaurant and store on its fourth floor.

Up near Napa Valley (you will love it up there!) in Fairfield is the Jelly Belly factory. We went one day after wine-tasting and saw a bunch of families there. They do a great guided tour of the factory and give you free samples. Reminded me of the factory visits Mr. Roger would take.

Hope you have a great time in our fair city!


Katy -- you are a lifesaver! Thanks so much for the wonderful advice. CHILD mentioned the Beach Chalet restaurant. Is that a good idea with a toddler? We're thinking of meeting a friend, playing in Golden Gate Park and then heading to the Beach Chalet for lunch or dinner.


I haven't eaten at the Beach Chalet, but I think it would be family-friendly. On average most restaurants tend to be more casual than they are back east.

And how could I have left off Golden Gate Park? If the weather's nice, you'll have a great time playing there.


Thanks Katy. I love that the West Coast is more laid back. I'm no fashionista, so going to a city diner and seeing a sea of Uggs and Sevens is always kinda funny for me.


Score! Very cool Sandie! I wish you were coming to LA while you are on your CA jaunt :( I'd love it for the Schmoops to meet!

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