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A great family recreation center with the best pool in town (a diving board with 10 foot depth, great lifeguarding, excellent swimming lesson.

Holiday Event at Notre Dame de Namur University.  FREE

Scrooge Musical at Notre Dame de Namur University — a Gift That Keeps on Giving

Field (& Family) Trip Ideas for 5th Grade

California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. 
The California Academy of Sciences includes the Steinhart Aquarium, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Natural History Museum. Each offers exciting educational opportunities for students in all grade levels. 


Exploratorium, San Francisco THE BEST!

SFMOMA, San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art


The Sanctuary Visitor Center provides unique and engaging programs that allow students to see their connection to ocean habitats and wildlife.
Grades 4-6 Food Web of the Sanctuary.  Bring your class to the Gulf of the Farallones Sanctuary Visitor Center at the Presidio and you will open up an exciting learning opportunity for your students. Programs are two hours long, interactive, grade specific and correlate to state standards.   Students use hands-on exhibits inside the visitor center to discover how senses, life cycles, adaptations, and food webs function in the marine environment. Outside on the beach, students use observational skills to discover what makes this such a fragile world and actions they can take to help protect the ocean.

The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose
The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum-located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit learning resource established to inspire the innovator in everyone. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative technology for a more promising future.
 Spend a day at the Computer History Museum. Find out why computer history is 2000 years old. Learn about computer history’s game-changers in our multimedia exhibitions. Play a game of Pong or Spacewar! Listen to computer pioneers tell their story from their own perspective. Discover the roots of today’s Internet and mobile devices. See over 1,100 historic artifacts, including some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s.

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.
Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center is located in the beautiful Oakland Hills just off Highway 13 in Oakland, California. A Smithsonian affiliate, Chabot is an educational science center whose mission is to educate students of all ages about Planet Earth and the Universe.

This 86,000 square foot center offers interactive space and science exhibitions, immersive digital-dome planetarium shows, and giant screen MegaDome shows. Chabot is also home to largest research-quality telescopes open to the public west of the Mississippi.

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point, San Mateo
On January 15, 2011, Coyote Point Museum changed its name to CuriOdyssey.

Environmental Education/Inspiring the Next Generation of Critical Thinkers

We believe people learn more through experience and interaction. Rather than deliver information, we create opportunities through science and the outdoors for students to ask questions, engage all of their senses, and discover what makes their world work. Through this, students develop a greater appreciation for their world and are inspired to care for it.

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