Academy of Sciences, California - Consists of the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Natural History Museum. Golden Gate Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7145

Bay Area Discovery Museum - Hands-on exhibits for children. Climb on a fishing boat, learn to ride a unicycle, create clay animation movies. East Fort Baker, Sausalito. (415) 487-4398.

Basic Brown Bear - A small toy factory that hand makes stuffed toys and sells them at factory prices. Stuff your own bear. 444 De Haro & The Cannery (M, 13 & K, 2) (415) 626-0781

Blue & Gold Fleet - Spectacular 1-hour narrated tour of the San Francisco Bay. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz. PIER 39, (M,2) (415) 773-1188.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a fun-filled place where bear-makers from 3 to 103 can create unique stuffed animals. Let our Master Bear Builders help you choose, stuff, stitch, fluff, name and dress your very own bear, frog, bunny, dog, monkey or cat. Before you know it you will walk out, hand in paw with your new best friend. San Francisco Shopping Centre (415) 546-5119

Cable Car Barn & Museum - Displays the history of San Francisco's cable cars and the underground cables that pull the cars along the tracks. 1201 Mason/Washington (M,5) (415) 474-1887

Children's Playground Swings, slides, sandboxes, climbing structures and a restored, hand-painted Herschel-Spillman Carousel. Golden Gate Park (B-D, 10-11) (415) 666-7201

Earthquake Are you ready for the Big One? Experience San Francisco's original rock 'n' roll at Earthquake! California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park. (D,10) (415) 750-7145.

Exploratorium - An interactive science museum housed in the Palace of Fine Arts. Reservations are required for the Tactile Dome. 3601 Lyon/Marina Blvd. (E, 2) (415) 561-0360

Fort Point National Historic Site - Under the south portal of the Golden Gate Bridge, this museum provides a historical overview of the fort. Foot of Long Ave. (D,1) (415) 556-1693

The Great San Francisco Adventure - Feel an earthquake, fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, zip down Lombard St. at 60 mph. Shown on a giany Cinemax screen. PIER 39 (M,2) (415) 956-3456.

Hershey Factory & Visitor Center - Free tours showing the process of making Hershey chocolate from cocoa beans to candy bars. 120 South Sierra Ave., Oakdale. (209) 848-8126

Hyde Street Pier - The world's largest collection of historic ships (by tonnage) are berthed at the only "floating" National Park. Hyde/Jefferson (K, 2) (415) 556-3002

Jack London Square - At the edge of Oakland's waterfront is a world of fun and entertainment. Tremendous shopping and dining. Oakland. (510) 814-6000

Jelly Belly Visit the Jelly Belly Visitor Center and take the free factory tour. Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm. Visit the cafe, java bar and gift store. (800) 953-5592

Lawrence Hall of Science
- This user-friendly museum features interactive experimentation in geology, animal behavior and plant life. UC Berkeley. (510) 642-5134.

Morrison Planetarium - Star and sky shows in an indoor universe. Also, Laserium, a laser light and music show. Located at the Academy, Golden Gate Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7141

Monterey Bay Aquarium - This nonprofit aquarium is home to more than 6,500 specimens of Marine life indigenous to the Monterey Bay. Monterey. (408) 648-4888.

Museé Méchanique - Behind the Cliff House is a penny arcade museum displaying antique mechanical games. 1090 Pt. Lobos Ave/Great Hwy. (A, 7) (415) 386-1170

National Steinbeck Center - New interactive museum dedicated to the life and works of John Steinbeck. Art & cultural exhibits, museum store & cafe. One Main Street, Salinas (831) 796-3833

Old Faithful Geyser of California - One of only three Old Faithful Geysers in the world. Erupts every 40 minutes to a height of 60 feet. 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga (707) 942-6463

Paramount's Great America - 100 Acre theme park. All new-Xtreme Skyflyer, a human flight experience. (Seasonal) Santa Clara (408) 988-1776

PIER 39 - Home to over 100 specialty shops, 10 restaurants and family attractions including Turbo Ride, the Venetian Carousel and the sea lions. Beach/Embarcadero (M, 2) (415) 981-PIER

Red & White Fleet - Golden Gate Bridge Cruise. See & hear the best of everything from a Red & White boat. See the waterfront, Sausalito & under thr Golden Gate Bridge. Pier 43 1/2. (800) BAY-CRUISE

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum - This museum of the odd and unusual was inspired by the 1920s newspaper column "Believe It Or Not!" 175 Jefferson/Mason (L, 2) (415) 771-6188

"Round the Rock Tour" -- Red & White Fleet - The Alcatraz alternative! Narrated boat tour moves in close & cruises slowly around the infamous former penitentiary. Pier 431/2 (415) 447-0597

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park - Historic ships at Hyde Street. View figureheads, ship models, art, photos in the Maritime Museum. Polk/Beach (K, 2) (415) 929-0202

San Francisco Zoo - Home to over 1,000 exotic, wild and domestic animals. Visit the primate center, penguin island and children's petting zoo. Sloat/Great Hwy. (A, 13) (415) 753-7061

SkyDeck San Francisco's only observation deck. Spectacular views & multimedia kiosks featuring the City's history & culture. One Embarcadero, Battery/Sacramento (800) 733-6318

Steinhart Aquarium - Over 1,000 species of salt and fresh water fishes, reptiles, amphibians, marine mammals and even penguins. At the Academy, GG Park/8th Ave. (C, 10) (415) 750-7145

Submarine, USS Pampanito - Go below a real World War II submarine! Explore torpedo rooms, crew's quarters and more. Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf (K, 2) (415) 561-6662

Turbo Ride - Experience Turbo Ride, the ultimate thrill adventure! Fasten your seat belt for a ''motion theatre'' adventure movie! PIER 39/Beach (M, 2) (415) 392-TURBO

UnderWater World - America's first "under the sea" aquarium experience. An all-new 707,000-gallon aquarium. Walk inside an acrylic see-through tunnel. PIER 39 (M, 2) (415) 546-2700

USS Hornet Museum Explore this 900 ft. air-craft carrier renowned for it's role in WWII & the Apollo space missions. Located at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. (888) 865-2812

Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf It's all new! Visit your old friends and meet new stars. See the art and mystery of wax sculpting. 145 Jefferson/Mason (M,2) (800) 439-4305

Venetian Carousel - Enjoy a ride on this antique double-deck Italian-crafted carousel. Beach/Embarcadero (M, 2) 981-PIER

Zeum - A 34,000 sq. ft. model arts and technology center for kids 8 - 18 offering behind-the-scenes experiences in the visual, media & performing arts. Yerba Buena Gardens. (N,8) (415) 777-2800.

Hard Rock Cafe - All-American favorites, lively atmosphere, original rock 'n roll memorabilia. Lunch and dinner. Open until midnight Fri. and Sat. 1699 Van Ness/Sacramento (415) 885-1699

Planet Hollywood - A great choice for family dining. View movie trailers, 200+ pieces of Hollywood memorabilia. SF's new entertainment complex. 2 Stockton/Market (M, 7) (415) 421-7827

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. - Restaurant & Market The hottest new restaurant on the
pier! Open daily, lunch and dinner. PIER 39 (415) 781-GUMP

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