Oh, the Places You'll Go ... This Year!

Fall is here, and the kids are back in school. It might be time for that long-deserved day away. The library is a great resource for finding your get-away location.

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Perhaps a trip to the Historic BAL theatre in San Leandro or a day sauntering through the Napa Valley Museum followed by a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train would suit the bill. Maybe you'd prefer carnival games and penny arcades? How about visiting El Cerrito's Playland Not-at-the-Beach with exhibits and artifacts from the Sutro Baths and Whitney's Playland in San Francisco? Maybe the Pacific Pinball Museum in Alameda which teaches science, art, and history through pinball? If nature is more your thing, you could try the botanical garden at UC Berkeley, CuriOdyssey in San Mateo which is a native California animal zoo, or the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park which used to be the headquarters of the Peralta cattle ranch that covered much of the East Bay.

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"Now, wait one minute," you might be saying, "some of those sound downright educational!" You would be right.

If the end of summer means that your children go from being home all day to being home all day because you homeschool, the same resource can find you some wonderful field trips.

Discover & Go logoI'm talking about the Discover & Go program available free through your library. It offers "free and discounted passes to local museums and cultural institutions." You can reserve and print tickets online, searching either by venue or by date. Simply select "Reserve Museum Tickets" under "Using the Library" on our website. There's even a "How it works" video tutorial and a list of local free museums under the heading "Free Venues." The participating locations run the gamut from the de Young Museum to the Golden State Model Railroad museum, from the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles to the SS Red Oak Victory, built during WWII in the Richmond Shipyard and housing a Rosie the Riveter and Home Front Museum. Whether for education or fun (or a bit of both) Discover & Go offers plenty of choices, and you're sure to find one to meet your needs.


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