Gold: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Families can have a blast on the rides, see a puppet show, pet animals or attend one of the educational programs. 748 Story Road, San Jose. 408-794-6400. happyhollow.org.
Silver (tie): Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. 408-840-7100. gilroygardens.org.
Silver (tie): Hidden Villa. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650. hiddenvilla.org.
Bronze: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 831-423-5590. beachboardwalk.com.
Gold: Hillbarn Theatre and Conservatory. This community theater company performs plays and musicals and offers classes and camps for children. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411, ext. 2. hillbarntheatre.org.
Silver: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730. sancarloschildrenstheater.com.
Bronze: Pacifica Spindrift Players. 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica. 650-359-8002. pacificaspindriftplayers.org.
San Francisco and Marin
Gold: Music Time With Megan. Megan Schoenbohm teaches interactive family music classes throughout the Bay Area and has made award-winning children’s albums. 330-353-5656. musictimewithmegan.com.
Gold: Oakland Zoo. See more than 750 native and exotic animals, ride a train or a gondola, explore acres of outdoor space and learn about California’s native species at this family favorite. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525. oaklandzoo.org.
Silver: Little Farm, Tilden Regional Park. Tilden Nature Area, north end of Central Park Drive. 510-544-2233. ebparks.org/parks/tna/default.htm.
Bronze: Children’s Fairyland. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-452-2259. fairyland.org.