How 4 Grown Adults + 1 Three Year Old Kid Do the Exploratorium, SF

Cathy is my sister Carol's best friend from junior high. Throughout high school, they were the ones who made me ditch class, dragging me out of English, driving me to Laguna Beach (while I slept int the back seat) so that we could enjoy a beautiful, sunny day in Laguna Beach. Cathy has since moved to the Bay Area where she lives with her husband and 3 year old son, Sal, who is just about the most creative boy I have ever met. (We were playing fire swords all afternoon.)

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, after lunch at Abigail's, the Barays took us to the Exploratorium, a hands-on science, nature, art, and technology museum where young and old can get lost among over 650 exhibits. Within the walls of San Francisco's landmark Palace of Fine Art, the Exploratorium is a place where you can spend countless hours being a kid again, where your mind gets to be set free, where adults can revert back to the time where they questioned things.

Now a few shots.
In line for tickets, this column/people display immediately catches our attention:

You walk in and you notice all these crumpled up pieces of paper that make up some interesting art:

Walking through:

I can appreciate the exhibits that challenge the way you think, that make you step outside of yourself, like this piano exhibit:

Something interesting to read:

The cabinet of cuteness:

The superstition obstacle course:

I liked reading about people's own superstitions...

though I'm not sure if these were appropriate, they were funny...

Mood lighting exhibit, where the lighting would change color and make you do wacky poses...who is that weirdo?

Sammy having some fun...

Of course, not everyone was enjoying the exhibits...hey, to each his own! Perhaps this was an exhibit simulating sleep!

Some other cool displays:

Overall, it was a great way to spend a few hours. I started to miss the sunlight and I got pretty exhausted jumping from exhibit to exhibit but I was happy I could experience one of the best, most interactive, hands-on museums I have ever been to.

Definitely a great place to take a date or your kid!

Thanks for an awesome time, Barays! Sal is one cool kid - I can't wait to hang out with you guys again.

Exploratorium
at the Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
Directions to the Museum (recording): (415) 561-0399

The Exploratorium is located in the landmark Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco's Marina district, off of Highway 101 near the Golden Gate Bridge. Free parking is available in the lot.

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Comment by PANDA JU on September 4, 2008 at 2:22am
ooooooh Exploratoriuuumm!!!
BTW pushing kids out of the way and hogging the sandstorm simulator get you in trouble
... I've heard.
Comment by alice on September 3, 2008 at 11:12pm
@Tony - Yeah, Cathy's husband works for Yahoo up north! I figured you guys knew each other...
Comment by alice on September 3, 2008 at 2:34pm
@roro - yeah...IN THE MUSEUM! i know they'll probably end up taking them down but i got a good laugh out of them. so wrong.
Comment by rp {|} // .MrPresident___++ on September 3, 2008 at 1:56pm
@Alice... haha where were the postits? in the museum? haha
Comment by alice on September 3, 2008 at 12:49pm
even after the happy meal? i thought i could never compete! thanks for the sweet comment. i can't wait to see prince sal again.
Comment by CatB on September 3, 2008 at 12:46pm
aw - we wish you were local so we could hang out more often. thanks for spending time with us doing kid-friendly activities.

and btw - even after getting the star wars happy meal - i asked sal while we were going to bed (night time tradition we have) what was your favorite part of the day - and he said "princess alice. she's pretty funny."
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