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March 09, 2004

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Katy

The Exploratorium is a great, kid-friendly museum in San Francisco:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/

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.
http://www.zeum.org/

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!

Sandie

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.

Katy

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.

Sandie

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.

Lisa

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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