It’s hard to believe that Labor Day weekend is here (because where did the summer go?). We hope you are settling into distance learning with your school-age kids and making the most of all the awesome meal delivery services we have in the Bay Area. If the weather cooperates this weekend, use the extra day off and try out one of the outdoor activities that are going on from Mill Valley to San Jose.

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Visit the Presidio’s StoryWalk: The Hike
Read along with The Hike by Alison Farrell as you learn about nature in your national park. Find it along the Presidio Promenade. Start at the Presidio Visitor Center and follow the signs to the first panel, located at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd. and Patten Rd. Daily. Event details

Visit the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. The Garden includes a major collection of California native plants as well as plants from around the world. Pre-purchased tickets are required. Daily. Event details

Animals, Nature of Patterns & Illusions
CuriOdyssey’s outdoor zoo and outdoor science exhibits are open and meet California safety guidelines.Stroll through the lovely garden, see wildlife up-close and discover the beauty and science of patterns in nature with CuriOdyssey’s new outdoor The Nature of Patterns exhibit. Fri-Sun. Event details

Visit Muir Woods Without the Crowds
Book your parking spot reservation and visit Muir Woods without the usual crowds of visitors. The shuttles are not running right now so all parking spots are within walking distance of the Muir Woods entrance. Entrance numbers are limited to keep crowd numbers down. Daily. Event details

Bay Area Discovery Museum Is Open
Reserve a ticket online to check out BADM’s outdoor exhibits, exploration and new creative activities. The robust outdoor experience BADM will provide for visitors includes favorite exhibits like Lookout Cove and the transformed fishing boat, Faith. Fri.-Mon. Event details

Book an Hour of Private Play at Whirlygig
Whirlygig is open for pre-booked sessions of private play in San Jose. Families of the same household can have the full use of the space for either an hour or an hour and a half. Staff will have set out activities for you before you arrive given your kids ages and interests. Fri. Event details

Tour the Gardens at the Winchester Mystery House
Sarah Winchester’s Garden Tour is a self-guided and audio-led outdoor tour. Visitors will be able to explore the beautiful Victorian Gardens while learning more about Sarah Winchester’s story and iconic mansion. The re-imagined outdoor tour will be a completely touch-less experience featuring 20 stops throughout four acres of the beautiful Victorian Gardens. Daily. Wed.-Sun. Event details

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