Best Hidden Gem
Gold: Mystery Spot. This gravitational anomaly located in the redwoods outside of Santa Cruz stuns and delights its visitors who come from all over the world. 465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz. mysteryspot.com.
Silver: Hidden Villa. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650. hiddenvilla.org.
Bronze: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. 510-296-4433. bactheatre.org/venues/SunnyvaleTheatre.
Bronze: Whimsy. 14510 Big Basin Way, #3, Saratoga. 408-898-3197. whimsy-saratoga.com.
SF and Marin
Gold: AT&T Park Tour. Go to places only the ball players go like the field warning track, the dugout, the batting cage and more. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. 415-972-2400. mlb.com/giants/ballpark/tours.
Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., San Francisco. 510-296-4433. bactheatre.org.
Bronze: Hike in Glen Canyon. Elk and Chenery streets, San Francisco. 415-254-8014. sfrecpark.org.
Gold: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Watch children perform. Past shows include Mulan Jr., Lion King Jr. and Shrek Jr. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730. sancarloschildrenstheater.com.
Silver: San Mateo County History Museum. 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 650-299-0104. historysmc.org.
Bronze: Filoli Historic House and Garden. 86 Cañada Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8300. filoli.org.
Gold: Children’s Fairyland. Delighting children and their parents since 1950 with whimsical storybook sets, gentle rides, friendly animals and live entertainment. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-238-6876. fairyland.org.
Silver: Castro Valley Fall Festival. Castro Valley Boulevard and Redwood Road, Castro Valley. 510-537-5300. edenareachamber.com/fall-festival.
Bronze: Castro Valley Light Parade. Castro Valley Boulevard between San Miguel Avenue and Redwood Road, Castro Valley. cvmeetinthestreet.org/light-parade.html.
Bronze: Bankhead Theater. 2400 First St., Livermore. 925-373-6800. lvpac.org.