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Listeners Weigh In: Best Places to Take Kids in the Bay Area

| February 2, 2014
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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

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Amanda Stupi is the Engagement Producer for KQED’s daily public affairs program Forum. In that role she turns the information shared during the hour-long call-in show into web-friendly content. Her writing has been featured throughout KQED.org, including on KQED Arts and News Fix as well as on MLB.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Examiner. Her radio work has aired on The California Report and Talk of the Nation. Stupi runs the @KQEDForum Twitter account and Forum Facebook account. Her personal Twitter account is @FiftyCentHotdog. She believes that Hostess products get a bad rap and that cereal can save the world. Reach Amanda Stupi at astupi@kqed.org.

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