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Fun for All Ages

In addition to Berkeley's numerous educational and interactive museums, young visitors can enjoy creative arts adventures and outdoor activities all across town.

  • Adventure Playground

    1600 University Avenue

    Berkeley Marina, CA 94710

    (510) 981-6720

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Adventure Playground is recognized as a "Top Ten" playground by National Geographic. Climb on the many unusual kid-designed and built forts, boats, and towers. Ride the zip line or hammer, saw and paint. (Parks, Recreation & Waterfront)

  • Aquatic Park

    80 Bolivar Drive (between Ashby & University Aves.

    Berkeley, CA 94707

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Aquatic Park provides opportunities for bird watching, boating, hiking trails and biking trails around the lake. A Frisbee Golf Course plays through in the meadows. There is also a fitness exercise course, "Dram Land for Kids," a playground featuring extensive wooden castles, walkways and other structures, as well as a habitat for avian and aquatic life. Limited parking available on the east side of the park.

  • Berkeley Ironworks

    800 Potter Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 981-9900

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Berkeley Ironworks is one of the largest Touchstone gyms and boasts incredible climbing terrain along with a varied assortment of additional offerings.

  • Berkeley Playhouse

    2640 College Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 845-8542 x 381

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    Neighborhood Elmwood

    Berkeley Playhouse is a theater for all ages presenting a year-round season of musicals, as well as a music conservatory offering a range of educational instructional classes in music performance skills. Situated in the Elmwood District, with many restaurants and shops nearby. Visit our website for schedules, information and tickets.

  • East Bay Vivarium

    1827-C Fifth Street

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 841-1400

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    The East Bay Vivarium is one of the largest reptile specialty stores in the Nation. We offer the most diverse selection of reptiles in the U.S. with quality service and experience. Our inventory includes snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, tarantulas and much more! Not only do we offer healthy, high quality animals, but we also have all the supplies you need to keep your herp healthy and happy. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm

  • Habitot Children's Discovery Museum

    2065 Kittredge Street

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 647-1111

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    The East Bay's Discovery Museum for young children. Our hands-on exhibits and drop-in art activities are perfectly tailored for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Habitot offers children's classes and camps, preschool field trips, birthday parties, parenting classes and parent support groups. Come and play! Check website for upcoming events and free admission days. HOURS: Fall-Winter, Mon-Thurs 9:30am-12:30pm; Fri-Sun, 9:30am-4:30pm PRICES: CHILD- $8.00 (under 12 months free); ADULT-$7.00 (Seniors/Disabled - 10% discount); Call for Groups

  • Indian Rock Park

    950 Indian Rock Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94707

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    One of Berkeley's rugged rock parks providing great views and challenges for early-level rock climbing. Indian Rock was dedicated for park purposes in 1917. Dick Leonard, the "father of modern rock climbing," and noted environmentalist David Brower, founder of "Friends of the Earth," learned rock climbing and developed their own mountaineering techniques at Indian Rock. Park facilities include picnic area with BBQ, fireplace and grassy play areas.

  • Kite Flying at Cesar Chavez Park

    11 Spinnaker Way

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    90 rolling acres and 1.5 miles of paved trails. Built on the site of a former landfill, the park offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a marina setting with spectacular views of the three bridges, Alcatraz and Angel Island. Great for kite flying. Home of the Annual International Kite Festival in July.

  • Lake Anza

    Canyon Drive @ Wildcat Canyon Road

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 843-2137

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    Just up the hill from North Berkeley, Tilden Park's Lake Anza is a favorite getaway. Its sandy beach is open to the sun and sheltered from the wind, with lifeguards posted during the swim season. Ample parking, wheelchair accessible. There is a beach access fee to the swim area, which has changing rooms. Cafe on site. Swimming is generally prohibited November through March. Beach Access Fees: $3.50 age 16-61; $2.50 age 1-15; $2.50 seniors 62+ or disabled; FREE under 1 year

  • Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial Drive

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-5132

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    Visit the Hall to combine an awe-inspiring view of the San Francisco Bay with hands-on indoor and outdoor science exhibits. Kids and families can build bridges and buildings, interact with animals, climb giant structures, and view a planeterium program or 3-D movie.

  • Merry-Go-Round

    Tilden Regional Park

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 524-6773

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    Tilden's Herschell-Spillman merry-go-round is a splendid antique carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride. The calliope plays music to make any child's heart sing. The facility offers wheelchair accessible snack stand, restroom and parking. Hours: 11am-5pm - Weekends Only Please visit our website for additional information.

  • PIER 39

    Beach Street @ the Embarcadero

    San Francisco, CA 94133

    (415) 705-5500

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  • Planetarium at Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial Drive

    UC Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-5132

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    Explore the skies in our interactive planetarium, where questions and activities are part of the program! Our geodesic dome is installed with a state-of-the-art projection system. The 50-seat planetarium is wheelchair accessible. Public Planetarium Program is presented every Saturday and Sunday, plus most holidays. Daily programs are also offered Monday-Friday during the summer and during special holiday weeks. Saturday Night Stargazing: Weather permitting, we hold public stargazing every 3rd Saturday of the month, year-round.

  • Shorebird Park Nature Center

    160 University Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 981-6720

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Shorebird Park Nature Center is the first municipal straw bale building in the United States. Here you'll find a 50-gallon salt-water tank, a 30-gallon freshwater tank and displays on marine mammals and birds. The center itself is a display on green building. The Visitors center provides information on recreation, marine conservation and education.

  • Steam Train Rides

    Grizzly Peak Blvd. & Lomas Cantadas Rd.

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 548-6100

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    Neighborhood Surrounding Area

    The Steam Train offers rides along the scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train. Parking, drinking water, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.

  • Tilden Nature Area & Little Farm

    North End of Central Park Rd.

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 544-2233

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    Neighborhood Surrounding Area

    Learn about Tilden's surprising variety of plants and animals through the nature programs as the Little Farm and the Environmental Education Center (ECC) in Tilden Nature Area, both accessible to disabled persons. Dogs are not permitted in the Tilden Nature Area.

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