An Educational Spring Break

During April, finding educational activities for kids during Spring Break can be challenging. Five days of keeping the little ones not only entertained, but also stimulating their curious minds has proven to be stressful for many parents.

Farms and Camps at Half Moon Bay

My kids enjoyed their field trip to Johnson Farm at Half Moon Bay. This educational experience will introduce kids to farming and food production. Through guided tours geared towards age level of children, teachers and families can choose “Harvest Time”, “Lets Explore Trees”, “Spring Planting”, “Into the Forest: A Study of the Redwood Forest” , and “Simple Machines: Learn them at the Farm”. The cost per person is $7 for K-2nd Graders, and $13 per person for others. To reserve a tour, call 831.338.0422.

Our kids also enjoyed the Lemos Farm at Half Moon bay. Located on 12320 San Mateo Road , the Lemos Farm is offering their First Annual Summer Farm Camp for ages 5 – 9. Each week long session is $400 and it includes Pony Rides, Scavenger Hunt, Laser Tag, Hikes, arts/crafts, Train Rides, Petting Zoo, and OK Play Corral. The camp is open Saturdays & Sundays year round, and reservations can be made from 650.726.2342.

Sonoma County

Safari West on 3115 Porter Creek Road is private ranch for breeding African animals by Peter Lang and his wife Nancy. The park is open to the public for tours, and offers over 30 luxury tent cabins with decks, heaters, and hot showers, all nestled in a giraffe and antelope enclosure and a giant catfish lake. The site is a resident for over 700 animals and is certified by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Reservations are required, and the price is $68 for adults, and $30 for children with additional for lunch and dinner. For overnight stay, the lodging is $170-$260 Sun – Sat. Booking can be made online or by calling 1.800.616.2695.

Santa Rosa offers these family-friendly stops to round out your trip. For nature lovers, visiting Sonoma County Farm Trails, “Harmony With Horses Programs” at the Full House Farm, Charles M. Schultz Museum and Research Center (for Peanuts fans), Sonoma Traintown, family wineries of Sonoma County , and Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory. Each provides a learning opportunity for young children to explore nature, get acquainted with wildlife, and enjoy what the Spring season offers! Recommended by the Bay Area Parent Magazine, check more personal reviews here.

Aquariums and Planetariums

Our kids love the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Their favorite penguins, sea otters, wading birds and underwater sea creatures come out to play. Take guided tours, or enjoy the scenery at Monterey Bay . Tickets are $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.

San Francisco offers great educational museums such as Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, Cal Academy of Sciences on 55 Music Concourse at Golden Gate Park, and the Zeum Children’s Museum at the Mosconi Center. Children can play with educational games and enjoy exhibits ranging from microbiology, astronomy, and the digital age. Zeum also features a giant carousel, a bowling alley, and a skate center. Tickets to Zeum are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets to the CalAcademy are $29.95 for adults and $19.95 for children.

San Jose residents can enjoy astronomy shows at the Fujitsu Planetarium or a guided tour of the Lick observatory’s 36-inch refracting telescope and 120-inch reflecting telescope located atop Mt. Hamilton . Check the weather for visibility and bring a warm jacket!

This Spring Break, if your family loves to explore the outdoors, star gazing, bird watching, or hiking bring your kids to any one of the above locations for a fun-filled adventure!