Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem circles the Bay Area to find the best single-day outings for children. He’s selected and activity and an eatery suitable for wee ones in each area of the Bay.

South Bay

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 794-6400
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

With 60 acres of fun to be had, Happy Hollow is a must visit for South Bay kids. The park recently added more rides and animal attractions, so it’s worth a new look if you haven’t visited since your childhood. There is plenty to see to fill your whole day. Admission includes rides and attractions.
Free for kids under 2, General Admission – $12.00

Sonoma Chicken Coop
5925 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 997-1272
Sonoma Chicken Coop

This casual Almaden Valley eatery doesn’t just cater to kids. All items are made from scratch, and children eat for free on Monday and Tuesday.

East Bay

Bounce U
7073 Commerce Circle
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(925) 416-0888
Bounce U

Bounce U is a place where kids three and up can come and burn off off some of their energy. Kids can scramble, jump, slide and run through a variety of play obstacles. Group outings are available.
Open bounce session $8.00 per child, Children 2 and under are free.

Sadiedey’s Cafe
4210 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 601-7378
Sadiedey’s Cafe

This Oakland eatery serves a variety of fresh food for adults and little ones. Management takes pride in creating a safe place for kids go and play. There is even a quiet room to wind down.
Crawlers to age 5 are $5.95

San Francisco
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-0360

At the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Francisco, this massive museum will open children’s eyes to the wonders of science. Adults are sure to find some surprises of their own. Free to all on the first Wednesday of each month. Kids 3 and under FREE admission, ages 4 to 12 are $10.00

Blue Jay Cafe
919 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 447-6066
Blue Jay Cafe

Kids night is every night from 5:30 to 7:30. Among the most popular items on the free menu is fried chicken with mac and cheese.

North Bay

Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 289-7325
Marine Mammal Center

This functioning mammal hospital is an ideal place for children to learn about aquatic animals and the environmental factors that impact them.
The non-profit is free to tourists during visiting hours.

Wipeout Bar and Grill
Bon Air Shopping Center
Greenbrae, CA 94904
(415) 461-7400
Wipeout Bar and Grill

This family restaurant offers free pizza for tots on Tuesday. They also bring in a face painter and balloon artist to entertain the wee ones.

The Reading Bug
785 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
Phone: 650-591-0100
The Reading Bug

This Laurel Street hangout creates a magical atmosphere to cultivate a child’s love of literature. Free Storytimes every day but Monday, check website for information

Hola Mexican Restaurant& Cantina
1448 Burlingame Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 375-1000
Hola Mexican Restaurant

Three locations offer free food for kids all day on Monday’s. Enjoy Mexican staples like tacos, enchiladas and rice and beans. It’s a good bargain the rest of the week as well.
Kids eat free all day Monday

Blush Frozen Yogurt
1212 Donnelly Ave
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 558-8889
Blush Frozen Yogurt

This organic shop puts an emphasis on wholesome local ingredients. It’s a great place for a playdate, especially during Monday’s special kids offer. Kids Eat Free Monday Afternoons with an adult purchase.