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Kid-approved activities in San Francisco

Thursday, June 21, 2012 5:12:33 PM

Your kids may still be little, but you might already be sick of vacations filled with visits to theme parks and events that only humans under the age of 10 can fully enjoy. While you're planning your trip to San Francisco, make sure to include many of the region's kid- and adult-approved activities in your itinerary.

Get chef-y

Everyone can enjoy some hands-on fun, so why not use your San Francisco car rental to spend the day learning to cook some of the city's finest epicurean delights? Much tastier than playdough but just as fun to mold and shape, sourdough loaves are a treat for everyone. You and your family can surround yourselves in a sourdough lover's heaven at the Boudin Bakery's flagship store in the Fisherman's Wharf. According to The Learning Channel, a special bacteria that grows only within a five-mile radius of the region gives these loaves a particular flavor that can't be matched, and so is sure to delight even the pickiest of foodies.

TLC also recommends a visit to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, where you can not only watch how the origami-like treats are made, but fashion your own fortune into a cookie.

Try on your dream career

There are only a handful of people whose childhood dream jobs became a reality, so if you're like most of us, you still have some unfulfilled desires. Animal-loving parents will enjoy a chance to be a marine biologist/zoologist for the day at the Aquarium of the Bay, where families can buy a "Behind the Scenes" add-on to their regular ticket to see how animals are bred and fed.

Indulge in local vino

One of the biggest attractions of the area is the local vineyards. Although your kids likely won't enjoy sitting around a stuffy environment while you sip the local selections, there are several wineries in the region that cater to families. The Castello di Amorosa, for example, is modeled after a 13th century castle. While you enjoy the local grapes, let the kids explore the vineyard's towers and ramparts. Coloring books are also available to keep kids entertained during lull times, and children can share in the fun by sipping their own grape juice that is available specifically for minors.

TLC also recommends the Napa Valley Wine Train. A classic train journey that features coaches that could have come straight out of the mid 19th century, everyone is sure to have a great time while on board.

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