One of the reasons we decided to make the Bay Area home is because there are so many adventures just a short drive away. We had a blast on our adventure to San Francisco at the California Academy of Sciences on Sunday. Here’s a picture of the Steinhart Aquarium.
The Cal Academy of Sciences has so much to offer for all ages. There’s the Steinhart Aquarium, where we spent the majority of our time, a planetarium (but you have to be at least 5), an earthquake exhibit (this is S.F. after all), and a 4-story rainforest.
It’s a great science field trip for young ones since there is a lot of hands on exploration from the Early Explorers Cove to the discovery tide pool where young explorers can touch and examine sea animals, like starfish.
Even though we couldn’t go inside the digital dome planetarium, WJ enjoyed the planetarium presentation on our incredible, expanding universe.
Here are WJ and JA mesmerized by the “fishies”.
WJ was so excited to go to S.F. when we told him of our plans. His face lit up and he immediately asked “we’re going to ride the BART train, and then we get to go on Muni Metro?” Our response was “of course, we do!”
However, there was a moment of panic when we missed our BART train and considered driving to S.F. instead so we could take advantage of the member-only hour before the museum opened to the general public.
We smartly opted to take the later train as the journey there was definitely a big part of the adventure for our young ones. Even JA was excited by the train and signed “train” for the first time!
Another practical skill we were able to practice on our S.F. adventure is learning to read a map. I’ve been teaching WJ how to read a map as part of our geography practice and I soon realized that our BART train ride to SF was a great practical experience in reading a map.
On the way over, WJ could identify all of the BART stations on the map and he would announce each station as we were arriving, about 5 seconds before the conductor made the same announcement.
Then our train journey continued when we got to SF on the as we rode Muni Metro to the Golden Gate Park. WJ quickly learned to identify the train line by color and counted how many stops we had on the map before arriving at our destination.
The kids were pooped by the time we got home and both took 2-hour naps! Just enough time to complete our weekly grocery shopping and to have dinner ready for the young men when they awoke.