Virtual Science Center offers guests an interactive experience into the magical world of Virtual Reality.

Explore how this incredible technology works, learn why virtual worlds feel so believable, and choose from a selection of thrilling full-body VR experiences in this extraordinary pop-up science exhibit.

-from Heather Birchall, Virtual Science Center
2855 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: 4082075603

Founded in 1950, Children’s Fairyland is a Bay Area icon, once serving as an inspiration to Walt Disney’s Disneyland! Fairyland is a story book theme park, a wholesome space for families, where young children can create, imagine, play, and learn in a safe, stimulating, stress-free zone.

Children’s Fairyland supports early learning, with robust summer camps, educational programs, a digital learning resource, the Magic Tree, forty outdoor Storybook sets and 27 Talking Storybook Boxes where fairytales and fables come to life in English and Spanish with a Magic Key, a zoo with fifteen gentle animals, whimsical gardens, and four child-size rides.

Children’s Fairyland
699 Bellevue
Oakland, CA 94610
Phone: (510) 452-2259​

I’m sure you heard about room escape games by now. Established in 2014, EscapeSF is a well-known escape games company offering family-friendly games in downtown SF,  as well as offering an escape game delivered to your house.

Good for families with kids ages 10+

-from Andre, EscapeSF
602 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: 415-294-1718

FEED ZEBRAS! Escape to my 220-acre Lodge and Ranch. It’s a place where you can create memories through traditions to strengthen family bonds. I come from a close-knit Irish family, the 5th of 14 brothers and sisters. The name, 14 Oaks Ranch, came from each of my siblings selecting their own oak tree. The days may be filled with activities of safari, to feed the zebras, alpaca, buffalo, skeet shooting, archery, lawn game tournaments of shuffle board, horseshoes, bocce ball, cowboy golf… hikes to the creek or a hike to the Indian history showing how the native Indians ground oak acorns in grinding holes sprinkled near the creek. We invite you to build your experiential scrapbook.   Choose your own Oak tree to begin creating your special Family memories and traditions.  Escape from the hustle and bustle of life.  Come and enrich your Story and create your History… at 14 Oaks Lodge and Ranch.

-from Pat Murphy, 14 Oaks Lodge and Ranch
515 Butte Oaks Rd.
Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 714-624-7455

CuriOdyssey, is a non-profit science museum and zoo in San Mateo where over 180,000 kids each year play with serious scientific phenomena and observe wild animals. CuriOdyssey’s rescued native California wildlife include bobcats, river otters, fox, skunk, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Daily educational programs include bobcat feedings at noon, otter feedings at 1pm, and Animals in Action presentations by professional keepers

Now you can explore science anytime, anywhere, with CuriOdyssey’s At-Home Science center, designed to help children develop critical thinking skills and have fun! See amazing Science in Action experiments by CuriOdyssey’s educators and Animals in Action wildlife presentations by CuriOdyssey’s keepers. Register for Online Education, join Live Events  featuring science and music, do kid-friendly At-Home Science Experiments and find the perfect science kit, book or puzzle at the online CuriOydssey Shop. You’ll even find advice and tips from experienced homeschooling parents in CuriOdyssey’s Blog. Connect with science, wildlife and the natural world at CuriOdyssey’s At-Home Science

CuriOdyssey’s innovative, hands-on science exhibits and seasonal pop-up exhibitions inspire kids to explore the natural world. On the first Friday night each month, families enjoy live music, animals and science at CuriOdyssey’s First Family Friday Nights. CuriOdyssey offers online classes, summer and school break camps, S.T.E.A.M. classes and workshops.

-from CuriOdyssey, CuriOdyssey
1651 Coyote Point Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: 650-432-7755

Private Chef Club provides homestyle meals made from scratch and delivered hot. We were tired of takeout, but just a little too busy to cook dinner every night, so we hired a team of chefs to make meals that feel homemade. They’re healthy, satisfying, and never boring.

Our chefs are always working on inventive recipes you’ll love, so you spend less time worrying about what’s for dinner and more time enjoying dinner with your loved ones. Most of our meals have kid-friendly components. We collect feedback on every meal, and our chefs use it to make each dish even better the next time around.

We make it easy to solve dinner for the week with just a few taps. Each Friday we send a new menu for the following week. You can order in seconds, and dinner will show up at your door throughout the week. No subscription or ongoing commitment. Just choose the meals and nights you like and we’ll handle the rest.


-from Sally & Andrew, Private Chef Club

Looking to give your kids some more Facetime…with Mother Nature? Linsday Wildlife Experience is just the place!  Conveniently located in Walnut Creek, Lindsay Wildlife Experience provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife, right at home in the heart of the East Bay.

From hawks and eagles, to owls and reptiles, our wide range of more than 50 species of animal ambassadors are looking forward to meeting you! Come for the day and enjoy both indoor and outdoor presentations, feeding demonstrations, and  plenty of opportunities to touch the animals!

Lindsay Wildlife is also home to one of the oldest and largest rehabilitation centers in the United States. Our team of veterinarians, staff, and volunteers treats more than 5,500 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. While here, you can visit our Wildlife Hospital Behind the Scenes theater to learn how we care for wild animal patients.

Plus we offer a wide range of Preschool and Homeschool Programs and camps and activities during school breaks.

What are you waiting for?! Come see where the wild things are at Lindsay Wildlife Experience!


000002096-KP-JP5ZW33wpawJ3CO3-from Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Ave.
Walnut Creek, C 94597
Phone: (925) 935-1978

At CMC, we believe that the joy of making music belongs to everyone. Community Music Center has been providing access to music for Bay Area residents for nearly 100 years. CMC has two convenient locations in the Mission and Richmond Districts of San Francisco. Classes and lessons are taught by dedicated and experienced teachers at affordable rates.

CMC serves all ages and provides musical experiences to last a lifetime. Preschoolers are introduced to music through singing, rhythmic activities, musical play, listening, and beginning music instruments. Classes are taught by highly-qualified faculty, inspiring a lifelong love of music. CMC offers classes and camps designed for school-age children and teens in engaging group environments that emphasize cooperation, teamwork, skill-building, and fun. Private lessons taught are offered on over 30 instruments. Teen are welcome to explore “teen friendly” adult music classes.

Tuition assistance and scholarships are available for those who qualify.


-from Julie Steinberg, Community Music Center
544 Capp Street
San Francisco, Ca 94110
Phone: 14156476015

Ends+Stems is a meal planning tool that tells you what to cook! And, we do it in a way that reduces your food waste and saves money! I’m Chef Alison and I built Ends+Stems after my friends and community kept saying over and over “just tell me what to cook for dinner!” It turns out, that cooking isn’t the most stressful part, it’s deciding what to buy and cook that is overwhelming. It’s that hidden mental workload we carry. In addition, as a mom and a chef, I’m very concerned about the health of our planet and making sure my kids will grow up with clean air, water, and the cornucopia of foods I have known. Reports say that over 40% of food produced in the U.S. is wasted, and most of it, in our own homes. Parents care about this waste of food and money, but we’re often too busy for a sustainable overhaul. Considering these intermingling concerns, I designed Ends+Stems to help ease weeknight stress by writing delicous, quick, easy to cook recipes that fit together each week to use up everything you buy. The interactive grocery list makes shopping your favorite stores a breeze. The low subscription cost quickly pays for itself in reduced food waste!


-from Alison Mountford, Ends+Stems