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Visit Oakland

Oakland Zoo Spend a day with the emus and the elephants, and enjoy a few rides while you’re at it. Float above bison and giraffes on a gondola, take a spin on the carousel, and ride the mini train. Let the little ones gawk at the playful otters and turn into frogs by hopping across the Lily Pad Pond at the Children’s Zoo, then head to the African Savannah, where the lions roam. 9777 Golf Links Road, (510) 632-9525, oaklandzoo.org #FamilyTime FamilyTime Children’s Fairyland A leafy storybook-themed park for the smaller set, Fairyland—a Lake Merritt attraction since 1950—exhibits a sweet, old-fashioned charm. Young visitors explore an Alice in Wonderland rabbit-hole tunnel; ride a multicolored train that looks like it has chugged right out of a Little Golden Book; and wander past Little Miss Muffet’s garden, inhabited by real bunnies and goats. 699 Bellevue Ave., (510) 452-2259, fairyland.org @ordinairewine @leahhardesty @charlesnaut @mei_jenks @jillkarjian @symlink @feedthefishco @hedda_b Chabot Space & Science Center At this complex in the Oakland Hills, kids can construct Lego cars, touch a model of the sun and sit at the controls of a replica 1961 Mercury space capsule. On clear weekend nights, the observatory domes roll open for visitors to view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Wed.–Sun., 10000 Skyline Blvd., (510) 336-7300, chabotspace.org Blue Door Beads Plunder the pirate’s-treasure cache of beads and string your own adornments. The shop also teaches jewelry-making techniques (crafters 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult). 4167 Piedmont Ave., (510) 652-2583, bluedoorbeads.com The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Every weekend, gamers gather to play video games, from 1977’s Atari 2600 to more recent releases. Serious competitors gear up for Smash 4 or Street Fighter 5 tournaments. Sat.–Sun., 3400 Broadway, (510) 210-0291, themade.org Fentons Creamery and Restaurant The ice cream parlor/restaurant is a local institution; it even made a cameo in the Pixar movie Up. The Fenton family started a horse-drawn dairy business here in 1894 and, with a few changes (like cookies ‘n’ cream), the restaurant has been scooping out rich deliciousness since 1922. 4226 Piedmont Ave., (510) 658-7000, fentonscreamery.com Plank What do you get when you combine a bowling alley; a video game arcade; a bocce ball court; and a menu of well-made burgers, pizza and tacos? An adrenalized, fistpumping destination in Jack London Square for all ages— at least until 9 p.m., when you must be over 21. 98 Broadway, (510) 817- 0980, plankoakland.com Homeroom Get schooled in variations of mac and cheese that will satisfy appetites of all ages. Compare and contrast the Classic with the Gilroy Garlic or the Mexican Mac (chorizo and chipotle sauce). 400 40th St., (510) 597-0400, homeroom510.com; $$ 4 8 #o a k l a n d l o v e i t


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