Oakland: Discover dinosaurs and try dim sum.
Oakland is a comfortable spot for families who want to share a connection with science. Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland Hills is the main draw with its focus is on astronomy and the space sciences. The facility is a WOW! All the fun is included in one spot. It features state-of-the-art exhibitions, observatory, planetarium, theater and interactive exhibits, all geared to learning together. Glimpse into the life of an astronaut; crawl into a black hole; see what happens when galaxies collide; take a simulated Moon-walk; gaze through the Chabot telescopes. Bonus points:
One of the theater options is DINOSAURS ALIVE- a global adventure of science and discovery that follows American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) paleontologists as they explore some of the greatest dinosaur finds in history. Wait for it!
This is the home of Bill Nye's Climate Lab featuring new games and activities, new avatars, and new ways to earn and use Climate Lab points (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA. (510) 336-7300 or www.chabotspace.org
). Eating out!
Sometimes eating out can be part of the adventure and while pizza may be a sure thing, I suggest Legendary Palace in Chinatown for dim sum. The atmosphere is comfortable, family friendly, and slightly chaotic. The egg tarts are hot and sweet; chase pork buns - yummier; sticky rice - the best; fried shrimp balls- scrumptious. (708 Franklin St. between 7th & 8th St. Oakland, CA. (510) 663-9188)