California, here we come!

Drive your Oakland rental car to this city, the origin of the Free Speech Movement, where University of California, Berkeley student Mario Savio gave his famous speech against censorship. That's just one link in the chain that builds the hippie stereotype that many people have of this California town.

The arts are alive and well here, and sustainability and organic food are major factors in the thriving culinary scene. Chances are you'll spot some tie-dye clad university students around this welcoming town as you explore these sites:

Lawrence Hall of Science
Kiddos will love hands-on science fun at this University of California, Berkeley science center. Future astronauts will love the planetarium where they can learn about constellations, telescopes and what NASA is up to.

Mini meteorologists will love the Augmented Reality Sandbox exhibit where they can learn how to use maps and understand watersheds by creating their very own version of land with a 3-D sandbox.

Move the scoops and rakes across its surface to make it resemble a topographic map! Future veterinarians and zookeepers will love the Animal Investigations exhibits where they can view fossils and skeletons before checking out the live insect zoo. Whatever your kid is into, you'll find something for them to tell their friends about at this neat science center.

Adventure Playground
National Geographic has voted Adventure Playground as a top 10 playground in the U.S.! Drive your Oakland rental car to this Berkeley Marina location for an exciting outdoor adventure. This kid-approved play place encourages climbing and building in safe ways on the:

  • Zip Line
  • Forts
  • Boats
  • Towers

Kids ages 7 and up are welcome to play here. Anyone under 7 must be within arm’s reach of a parent. Individuals, or small families (less than four people) are invited to play here for free.

Any groups larger than that must call ahead to reserve time. Clothing worn here may get dirty from paint, sand and more, so dress your family in clothing they are willing to mess up. 

During the summer time kids 7 and over can even play without a parent. Check out the website for a list of do's and don'ts so your family comes prepared to have a blast!

California Memorial Stadium
Generations of University of California fans have gone to this Berkeley Hills stadium to cheer for their beloved Golden Bears.

The facility is surrounded by pine trees and a view of the San Francisco Bay Area as well as the three bridges. The stadium was renovated in 2011 in order to make it more earthquake-ready.

Stop by the Hall of Fame Room to honor the many GoldenBears football players who have earned this achievement. The rivalry between the Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinals is a yearly highlight in sporting fun, but wearing red in the stadium is considered traitorous! Be sure to wear your gold and blue.

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