Best Hidden Gem
Gold: Bankhead Theater. This theater in downtown Livermore hosts concerts, local opera, ballet and theater groups. 2400 First St, Livermore. 925-373-6800. lvpac.org.
Silver: Lawrence Hall of Science. 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510-642-5132. www.lawrencehallofscience.org.
Bronze: Sugar Sugar Bang Bang Candy. 725 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro. 415-265-3815. www.sugarbangbang.com.
Gold: San Mateo County History Museum. Housed in a 107-year-old courthouse, this museum tells the stories of the Native Americans, pioneers and entrepreneurs who made the Peninsula what it is today. 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 650-299-0104. historysmc.org.
Silver: San Carlos Children's Theater. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730. sancarloschildrenstheater.com.
Bronze: Filoli Park. 86 Cañada Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8300. filoliorg.
Gold: Whimsy. Parents can relax in the café area while kids enjoy the play area under the watchful eye of the play supervisors. 14510 Big Basin Way, #3, Saratoga. 408-898-3197.
Silver: Hidden Villa. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650. hiddenvilla.org.
Bronze: Mystery Spot. 465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz. www.mysteryspot.com.