Family Things To Do in the SF Bay Area for President’s Week

Next week is President’s week which means that school children of all ages will be on vacation. So what’s a parent to do? Here is a list of family things to do and places to go that will keep your children engaged without straining your budget.

Visit A Library
Visit the Dr. King Jr. Library in San Jose and go on a scavenger hunt. Stop by the Information Booth and obtain a listing of the Public Art Collection housed at the library. Popular items are the “”Wise Cracks”” and the Hatch (otherwise known as the Alice In Wonderland door) in the elevator. Details about each item and its location in the library are included in brochure.

See A Movie for $5 A Ticket
BlueLight Cinemas (Cupertino) always has family friendly movies. Admission is $5 every day.

Visit a National Park, Monument or Historic Park
There are a number of these in the Bay area, most of which are free or charge only a nominal admission fee. Visit Rosie the Riveter–World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond or Pinnacles National Park, home to the largest maternity colony of Townsend’s big-eared bats between here and Mexico.

Take Advantage of Your Reciprocal Membership Privileges
If you have a membership at a museum or zoo, then likely you have reciprocal privileges at other attractions in the Bay area, the least of which would be a discounted admission. For example, membership to the Tech Museum equals 50% admission discount to Zeum, Exploratorium and more.

See Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate! at HP Pavilion
Shows are scheduled for February 23 – 27, 2011. $25 tickets for Wednesday night are discounted to $15. Tickets are $15 – $75. Visit our sister site, for a list of discount codes and special prices.

Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS) Open Rehearsal
In preparation for the Friday night program, The Planets and Stars, OEBS has an open rehearsal including comments from Maestro Morgan about the myriad of details and nuances of creating a symphonic performance. February 24, 2011 at the Paramount Theatre, 3:30 pm. Free

3 for 1 Admission on Black History Day
The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are offering a 3 for 1 admission ticket on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Each venue is hosting an exhibit celebrating the musical heritage of African Americans. Admission at the Contemporary Jewish Museum or MoAD is $10 for adults and children are free.

What’s Free All the Time
Visit these locations any time of the year for free.
The Intel Museum (Santa Clara)
Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito)
The Randall Museum San Francisco)

Sources:, Contemporary Jewish Museum, US National Park Service, San Jose Public Library

Originally Posted on: 2/18/2011
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