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Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa RosaCA 95403
70757944

Ages: 6 and up

Any Peanuts fan will enjoy a trip to Santa Rosa's Charles M. Schulz Museum. This museum showcases years upon years of the daily comic featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and all the Peanuts gang.

Mr. Schulz's studio, tools, and memorabilia are on display in the permanent gallery upstairs while other exhibits rotate through the lower level of this beautiful and modern museum. 

The museum welcomes all ages, but Miss Birdie bel...

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Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
OaklandCA 94619
(510) 336-7373

Ages: 6 and up

The Chabot Space & Science Center is located high on the tops of the Oakland Hills, a perfect spot to take advantage of the Center's telescopes, which are the largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi.

The 86,000 square foot center features interactive space and science exhibits, digital dome planetarium shows and MegaDome shows.  For a list of the center's current exhibits, click here, and for a ...

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The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S. Market Street
San JoseCA 95113
(408) 294-8324

Ages: 6 and up

The Tech Museum sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, the tech-based business mecca of California.  With over 250 hands-on exhibits in five themed galleries, The Tech Museum's goal is to inspire the innovator within each visitor.  Exhibits include piloting a robotic dog, floating in a space-age jet pack, designing roller coasters, producing movies, creating webpages, controlling computer-generated avatars, understanding power as gener...

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Children's Creativity Museum
221 Fourth Street
San FranciscoCA 94103
(415) 820-3320

Ages: 3 and up

Formerly known as Zeum, the Children's Creativity Museum uses multimedia technologies to nurture creativity and communication in children. 

Interactive exhibits explore animation, digital arts and music videos, among other things, and nearly each of those hands-on activities can be captured and kept for prosperity.  The super helpful employees of the museum will help visitors burn a copy of a stop-animation sequence to DVD, or email ...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
MontereyCA 93940
(831) 648-4800

Ages: 0 and up

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to over 550 species of sea life and has been a pioneer in rescuing and rehabilitating such life for over 25 years.

The daily activities — Kelp Forest feeding, penguin feeding, sea otter feeding, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's presentations — are anything but regular.  Because live animals are involved, visitors are never viewing the same event twice.

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California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San FranciscoCA 94118
(415) 379-8000

Ages: 4 and up

Located within San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, The California Academy of Sciences is the only place on the planet where you'll find an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest under one roof.

Explore a swamp; become an African animal expert; count the number of teeth on an albino alligator; step into the humid, 82 degree glass-encased rainforest, complete with glass elevator to see plants an ani...

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California Railroad Museum
125 I Street
SacramentoCA 95814
(916) 445-6645

Ages: 2 and up

Step back in time and learn firsthand how the railroad industry helped shape California's history!

The main exhibit building is over 100,000 square feet and houses 21 restored train cars and locomotives. Step aboard the beautifully restored Pullman sleeping car, the dining car showcasing the many different and very specific china sets used on railroads, and even the Railway Post Office car. Head upstairs to see an impressive collectio...

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Carnegie Arts Center
250 N. Broadway
TurlockCA 95380
(209) 632-5761

Ages: 4 and up

The Carnegie Arts Center has changing exhibitions of art by national and regional artists year-round.

Docent tours are available by appointment and can include art activities for children in groups of 5 or more. Family-friendly activities are presented each month, and there is a schedule of ongoing artdance and theater classes for kids, teens and adults.

There is always something new to do, to see, to learn at the Carnegie!

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Christmas Tea
15th & I Streets
ModestoCA 95354
(209) 578-1524

Ages: 3 and up

December 5
seatings at 11:30am and 2pm

Pinkies up!  Children and adults alike will delight in the experience of a Victorian tea held at the McHenry Mansion to celebrate the holiday season.  Fancy dress make this event even more resplendent.

Traditional tea fare will be served, but more finicky tea taste buds can also be accommodated -- the docents have at the ready an alternate choice of pb&j and apple juice.

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Exploratorium
3601 Lyon Street
San FranciscoCA 94123
(415) 561-0360

Ages: 4 and up

The Exploratorium is designed to provide children and adults with a way to physically apply sciences about which they may have only read.  The museum, located near San Francisco's Marina District, is large enough to spend most of the day wandering amongst the many exhibits.

Featured in the museum: 

  • The World of Motion (Heat, Motion, Mathematics)
  • Traits of Life (Life Sciences)
  • Listen: Making Sense of Sound (Sound and Hearing)
  • Mind (Thinki...
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