Things to do in SAN MATEO with kids

If someone asked you what you think of when it comes to fun family days out in California, what comes to mind?  Los Angeles and enjoying the magic of Disneyland or testing your handprints on the Avenue Of The Stars?  

While these are great iconic options that your kids will love - what if we told you there was seemingly endless natural beauty to enjoy, like in the stunning Redwood Regional Park, and adventure filled Eureka moment at Six Rivers National Forest?   

What if we told you there were grand snow capped mountains ready to be played on - where you can ski your heart out at Mammoth Mountain or snowboard like a champ at Northstar California in Truckee?  

What about a place like Bodie Ghost Town where you can surround you and your family in the rich history of the Gold Rush Days - days that changed the course of Californian, and American, history?

California is not all about movies and glamour.  There are majestic mountains, exciting deserts, lush forests, and fascinating history…and it’s ready to be enjoyed and explored!

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  • Safari Run

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    (1 miles) San Mateo

    Only at Safari Run "The Healthy Entertainment Center” can you keep it Fun, Healthy, and Educational for your kids! Experience an unforgettable time with their giant climbing play structure, ...

  • Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia

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    (2 miles) Burlingame

    See the World's Largest Pez Dispensing Machine, an example of every Pez dispenser made, unique exhibits of other classic toys and more at this museum of memorabillia! Plus Toy and Banned Toy Museums.

  • CuriOdyssey

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    (2 miles) San Mateo

    A science and wildlife center where kids can explore both animal and science exhibits! Create a vortex, make objects fly, and meet furry, scaled and finned animals.

  • Golden Gate Railroad Museum

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    (8 miles) Redwood City

    Welcome to the Golden Gate Railroad Museum (GGRM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of steam and passenger railroad equipment, and the interpretation of railroad history in the ...

  • Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

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    (11 miles) Hayward

    Experience the unique environment in this San Francisco Bay salt marsh, with an interpretive center, family programs and nature!

  • Oyster Bay

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    (12 miles) San Leandro

    An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and ...

  • Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

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    (13 miles) Palo Alto

    A great little museum and zoo, with over 200 lives animals, and fascinating hands-on exhibits so kids up to 9 years can learn, create and explore - all in Palo Alto!

  • Oakland Aviation Museum

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    (13 miles) Oakland

    West Coast aviation history comes to life at this fascinating museum in Oakland with actual aircraft on display, as well as simulators and and interactive play area!

  • Mission Cliffs

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    (14 miles) San Francisco

    A welcoming and supportive environment for all levels of climber from absolute beginner upwards to give it a go. Offers after school and summer rock climbing programs for kids, plus teen climbing ...

  • Crab Cove Visitor Center

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    (15 miles) Alameda

    Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda features all new exhibits opened in April 2004. You can see bay creatures in the 800-gallon aquarium system, use interactive stations ...

  • The Randall Museum

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    (15 miles) San Francisco

    The Randall Museum offers a unique haven where children and adults can explore the creative aspects of art and science and make discoveries about nature and the environment by direct participation in ...

  • San Francisco Zoo

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    (15 miles) San Francisco

    Over 1,000 endangered, exotic and rescued animals await you at this amazing zoo in San Francisco!

  • The Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens

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    (16 miles) San Francisco

    Features up here include ice skating and bowling facilities, children's carousel and a child sized labrynth. They offer 2 adventure play areas, one with interactive water features the other with 25ft ...

  • Childrens Creativity Museum

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    (16 miles) San Francisco

    San Francisco's arts and technology museum for kids of all ages with hands on fun learning exhibits.

  • Golden Tee Golfland

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    (16 miles) Castro Valley

    Is golfing your style? Try your skills on one of our golf courses.Golden Tee is home of the hottest cutting edge games like Tekken 5 DR, Drum Mania V4, Guitar Freaks v4,Initial D 4 Mario Cart 2, DDR ...

  • The Cartoon Museum

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    (16 miles) San Francisco

    .The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms. This unique institution houses approximately ...

  • Oakland Zoo

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    (16 miles) Oakland

    The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit zoo home to over 660 native and exotic animals! Kids can experience feedings, and events, and learn lots of new things across the day!

  • San Francisco Railway Museum

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    (16 miles) San Francisco

    The San Francisco Railway Museum celebrates the history of rail transit in San Francisco and explores its significant impact on the quality of urban life in this great city throughout its storied ...

  • California Academy Of Sciences

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    (16 miles) San Francisco

    Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new ...

  • City Clues Family Adventure

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    (17 miles) San Francisco

    It's family treasure hunt time in San Francisco! Scour the city to find clues and complete your adventure, using tours designed especially for families.

  • Oakland Museum of California

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    (17 miles) Oakland

    A fascinating Californian cultural experience where families can explore various art exhibitions, as well as delve into Californian history and natural sciences.

  • San Francisco Cable Car

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    (17 miles) San Francisco

    Explore the city using it's iconic Cable Cars and Street Line, complete with the traditional poles on the outside that braver passengers can ride hanging on to!

  • San Francisco Cable Car Museum

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    (17 miles) San Francisco

    Overlooking the cable car workings themselves, the museum features three 1870s cars plus a wealth of memorabilia.

  • The Purple Crayon

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    (17 miles) San Francisco

    Purple Crayon is an arts and crafts studio for children and adults. We give parents an easy way to help their children express creativity. Everyone will enjoy coming to our warm, inviting space ...

  • Museum of Childrens Art

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    (17 miles) Oakland

    A fun, creative and interactive space in Oakland, California where kids can get creative, and not only learn about art, but MAKE it!

  • Bike And Roll

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    (17 miles) San Francisco

    The perfect way to explore San Francisco is on a bicycle, and Bike and Roll offers guided and self-guided tours for all ages so great for those active little ones in the family!

  • Childrens Fairyland

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    (17 miles) Oakland

    This is a 10-acre outdoor park in Oakland's Lakeside Park at Lake Merritt that features beautiful displays, rides, and entertainment inspired by children's literature. One of the many fun family ...

  • RocketBoat San Francisco

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    A thrilling high-speed rocket boat adventure across San Francisco Bay!

  • Pier 39

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Visit one of San Francisco's Premier Bay Attractions - a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 12 restaurants, and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages!

  • Aquarium Of The Bay

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay at this family friendly aquarium, with 20,000 aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sea stars!

  • Segway San Francisco Electric Tour

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Glide With the Original San Francisco Segway Tour Company- Since 2004 More fun than walking, more eco-friendly than driving -- the Segway is the best way to see San Francisco's Waterfront or ...

  • San Francisco Fire Engine Tours

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    An exciting day out for kids, and those kids at heart where you get to travel through the beautiful sights of San Francisco in a 1955 Mack Fire Engine! How cool is that!?

  • Madame Tussauds San Francisco

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Spend the day with all your favorite stars in the new San Francisco wax museum!

  • The San Francisco Dungeon

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Live actor shows, 200 years of history, 360 degree sets and a boat ride give kids the ultimate storytelling experience!

  • Blue and Gold Fleet Boat Tours

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    (18 miles) San Francisco

    Blue & Gold Fleet, the Bay Area's premier provider of Bay Cruise, Ferry Service and Motorcoach Tours, is located at PIER 39 in San Francisco. The famous one-hour Bay Cruise sails along the City's ...