I know that a lot of us are more budget conscious these days and are always on the lookout for inexpensive ways to enrich our kids’ lives. Our family loves to go to children’s museums and zoos. We have a few memberships around the area. I would like to try to expose M to art museums and other cultural experiences, but it gets pretty expensive to pay for admissions all the time especially when I am not sure that he will like the experience or that we will stay for more than an hour. It makes me feel like I am wasting our resources.
If you are a resident of Alameda County and have a Alameda County library card, you and your family can take advantage of their wonderful program that offers free (in some cases, discounted admission) to various attractions. These can be reserved in advance (click on the link above the pic to find out more) and checked out for your use for a defined period of time. I have heard some other library systems are doing similar programs, but you will have to inquire to see if they are.
Here is the list of the museums and attractions that you can visit:
- Aquarium of the Bay
- Asian Art Museum
- Bay Area Discovery Museum
- Bedford Gallery
- California Historical Society
- Cartoon Art Museum
- Charles M. Schultz Museum
- Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Lindsay Wildlife Museum
- Marine Mammal Center (discount only)
- Museum of Children’s Art
- Museum of Craft and Folk Art
- Oakland Museum
- Oakland Zoo
- Pacific Pinball Museum
- San Jose Museum of Art
- Tech Museum of Innovation (discount only)
- UC Botanical Gardens at Berkeley
- USS Hornet
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Hope you have a great time exploring and learning with your kids!