Best Play Spaces for a Cold or Rainy Day

It’s great to get kids outdoors, but sometimes the weather – like this current storm – doesn’t make it easy. The Bay Area has plenty of spots to burn off energy indoors. Here are some parent favorites.
Acrosports – Kids run, jump, crawl, swing, balance, bounce and climb at Open Gym times. There are separate open gym times for ages 4-6, 6-15 and children with special needs. Acrosports also offers classes, camps and party packages. Check website for details. $20-35. 639 Frederick St., San Francisco.
Bay Area Discovery Museum – In addition to an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge, this children’s museum has hands-on exhibits, art studios, camps and classes, and school programs. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-19. 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito.
Bumblebee Playspace – This 3,000-square-foot indoor playspace is designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It offers open play and private play options. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun.-Mon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10-16. 35500 Dumbarton Court., Newark.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose – This children’s learning museum includes hands-on exhibits exploring art, bubbles, water, air, natural world, mammoths and more. Reservations required for non-members. Open Wed., Thurs. and Fri. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. $14-15. 180 Woz Way, San Jose.
Chuck E. Cheese – It offers games and small rides for little ones as well as birthday packages. You can purchase play passes and food including pizza, wings and more. Multiple locations throughout the Bay Area.
Lawrence Hall of Science – Located on the UC Berkeley campus, this science museum offers a variety of exhibits and activities including a 3D theater, a hands-on biotech exhibit, a young explorer’s area, a planetarium and more. Open Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, under 2 free; 3D theater $4. 1 Centennial Drive.
Luv 2 Play – It offers an indoor playground, toddler area, baby area, soft climbing wall, games, a café and party room. Check website for prices and times. Dublin and San Jose.
Movement – In addition to 19,000 square feet of amazing rock-climbing walls, it offers fitness and yoga classes. Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Check website for prices. Locations in Belmont, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.
Pump It Up – This inflatable indoor playground focuses on birthday party packages but also offers open jump times including a glow in dark jump event for families. Check the calendar for times and prices. Multiple locations.
Rockin’ Jump – Play trampoline dodge ball, try the slam dunk zone and do flips and somersaults. It also has a variety of party packages. Check website for prices. Multiple locations.


A Taste of Latkes

In the Bay Area, winter holiday time is eclectic, rich in traditions from across the globe. Over the years, we’ve been invited to feasts of every variety. Come Hanukkah, my house is thick with the smell of potato latkes frying. I, for my part, am famous – at least among my boys and their hungry friends – for my potato latkes, which I always serve with applesauce made from apples from the first tree we planted when we moved into our house decades ago.

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