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The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Thursday Nights (Ages 18+): 6:00–10:00 p.m. Monday: Closed except select holidays


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The Exploratorium is an incredible experience that came highly reccomended to me by many of my San Francisco friends.  This wildly imaginative intereactive museum is truly fun for all ages and sits right on the SF bay overlooking Treasure Island.  It's close to the notoriously touristy Pier 39 and several delicious dining options.

Toddlers will be wonderstruck as they stand inside a man made tornado, dig and build with magnetic sand, create mega bubbles, and so much more.  There are six exhibits: Observing Landscapes, Outdoor Exhibits, Living Systems, Seeing and Listening, Tinkering, and Human Phenomena.  All of them with their own unique charm, you could spend hours playing, experimenting, and observing with each installment.  

There are two places to buy food and beverages inside of the building: The Seaglass Restaurant and the Seismic Joint Cafe.  


For detailed parking information, check this link to their website.

For more tips on visiting with kids, check this link out.




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Emily Coleman
Emily Coleman is a Jersey girl born and raised who caught the outdoor bug upon moving to Vermont to pursue a degree in Adventure Education and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. She spent most of her years before college deeply entrenched in the world of competitive cheerleading before discovering a passion for outdoor sports including mountain biking, white water kayaking, bikepacking, backpacking, slacklining, rock climbing, and skiing. Having been surrounded by children her entire life in her mother's daycare, she always had a strong affinity for kids. She moved to the mountains of Jackson Hole after graduating to coach for the local Kayak Club during the summers and nanny in the winters. Becoming a part of the Happy Active Family team felt like the perfect collision of her passion for building strong community bonds and encouraging an outdoor lifestyle.
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