We took my oldest on this trip when he was a bit too young (he wanted to walk on the train but you have to sit and watch the scenery) but we still had a great time. You ride in an open car train through the redwoods and stop twice (I believe) to get out and look around. It is beautiful and fun.
I have taken my three kids to this office since they were babies. We were introduced to it by our pediatrician when we had a dental emergency and they fit us in right away. They recently moved to a new office which is really kid friendly. The dentists can be a bit goofy, but I trust them with my children's teeth. The only drawback is I believe they are no longer taking Delta Dental insurance. My kids are taken because the first one was there before they stopped taking Delta Dental.
I took my son to one of the gymnastics classes and he enjoyed himself but I felt like it was a Gymboree ripoff and the teacher could not sing, which was very disconcerting for me. The best thing about it were the toys to play with and the art project.
I love going to Nob Hill. It is across from my husband's work so we go often. The prices are just great -- Tide laundry soap is $1 cheaper than at Target! They also have many sales and don't have a "club" that you have to join. The staff is friendly and helpful. I have ordered party trays from them for a birthday and got some great sandwiches as well. They have kid sized carts as well as the "car" shaped ones for the kids to ride in.
This is a typical paint your own pottery place. I went with a group and discovered I am a really bad painter! I might go again if a group invited me, but I wouldn't seek it out since I have enough mugs and vases to last me a lifetime already.
We visited this school about 4 years ago. It is a great location in the Haight and an interesting school, but in touring we found out that French nationals have first priority for entering the school. After a two hour tour of the school with many other parents we were told that there were no openings, and that many people apply when they are pregnant! Something they could have told us before we wasted our day visting.
I went to this "museum" with a friend who is a Pez collector about 6 years ago and it was very fun. It is housed with their computer business, or was. The Pez Museum is in the front. They have displays of their Pez collection as well as a videotape of a Pez collector's conference and some other Pez collectibles. A really fun place especially for the Pez collector or museum buff.
Filoli is a gorgeous garden with an indoor tour of the home. My in laws and kids love the outside but we were not all that welcome inside with the kids. They have a fun gift shop and garden center, and a new eating area that looks nice. They decorate and do special events for the holidays.
This is a very original local museum. You can go inside a plane, see some aviation history, and they even have a coloring/play area for the littler kids. The only drawback is it can be boring if you go more than once (as an adult). The time I went there were two moms who brought a picnic lunch and basically camped out at the kids area which was nice for them but annoying to me.
PROS: good indoor activity, original museum
CONS: the "regulars"
I have been in the FCMC for 3 years now and after trying out other local clubs, I've decided that this is the most friendly group in the Peninsula. It is pretty small, which makes it easier to connect, and everyone is really nice and helpful. One other club I joined treated joining a playgroup as a job interview and FCMC is nothing like this. There are no residence requirements so you can join if you don't life in Foster City (although most do live there). The only drawback I've found is that this group in particular is very playgroup-driven. That is, most club-wide information is distributed through the playgroups so if you are not in a playgroup you miss out on a lot.