If your scholar needs to tackle homework but you are both itching to get out of the house, why not trade the good old kitchen table for one of these prime study spots? We have rounded up a handful of local locations where your little learner will love to crack open their books. And most of them come with an added bonus: You can reward good work instantly with a fun hike, some outside playtime, a stroll through an exhibit or a delicious treat.homework-girlinpark_viaPixabay.com

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San Francisco

A no brainer, the San Francisco Public Library has about 30 locations all over the city and besides offering quiet spaces to study you can also get access to their interactive and fun online homework helper. Each library may be differently equipped so before you go, check that your location has what you need. Besides having access to books and more books, SFPL also gives you access to its extensive eLibrary – everything you might possibly need for your youngster’s research right at your fingertips. Don’t forget to get a library card!


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Precita Park Café in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights is a pretty sweet compromise if your kid needs an inviting spot to do homework and you crave an artisan latte. It’s cozy set up makes Precita a popular place for parents and kids to hang out together, enjoy a book or do some homework. Precita’s food is sustainably sourced and simply delicious. Reward your little one’s hard work with a slice of their handcrafted pizza or choose from a broad selection of artisan pasta dishes, fresh salads and more.


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An hot insider tip: the Yerba Buena Center for The Arts in San Francisco. Just across the re-opened SFMOMA and the Moscone Center. The YBCA offers a large free lobby with Wifi access and proper seating. The perfect spot to tackle those assignments while surrounded by heaps and buckets of culture. Why not take a stroll around the galleries afterwards to disconnect from the books?


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East Bay

The Berkeley Public Library with multiple locations offers quiet spaces to do homework. Got stuck on an assignment? Get help from the fun online homework helper. And you can reserve a computer in advance online. No better way to make it a smooth and efficient homework session.


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You need to have some kind of academic affiliation to be able to access The Berkeley Library University of California. But how about sitting outside in one of its open green spaces on campus? Memorial Glade offers first hand views of Berkeley’s signature tower. Faculty Glade is the spot for picnics and outdoor study. Or the Wickson Nature Area where you can hit the books next to a creek while admiring one of the oldest trees on campus.


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If you are looking for a spacious and welcoming café in Berkeley, Cafe Leila has plenty of inside space and a lovely outside patio. Family friendly, calm, with free Wifi, friendly staff. Bonus: Choose from an immense selection of teas, fresh juices and a broad variety of organic dishes and treats.


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This one allows multitasking. The Allegro Coffee Roasters is an extension of Whole Foods Market on Gilman Street in Berkeley, and offers ample sitting space in a lofty-like atmosphere. Bonus: Grab the groceries you need on the way out.

More recommended spots in the East Bay: Bay Farm Island Library in Alameda, Blue Danube Coffee House in Alameda, Julies Coffee and Tea Garden (with a very inviting outdoor patio) in Alameda.


The Marin County Free Library has free live tutoring and homework help besides offering spaces to work in a quiet environment.

And if you are craving the outdoors, Boyed Park in San Rafael. It is located right by the San Rafael Historical Museum. Grab a picnic table or sit under one of its shady trees and dive into school work al fresco. Homework finished? Go on a hike along the stream or toll around at the playground.


San Mateo Public Library. Insider tip: You can sit on the third floor, there is an outdoor terrace, connected to a cafe.


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City of Redwood City Public Library. You can choose from their four locations. Free Wifi and computers available. The Downtown location and Redwood Shores Branch Library also have private study rooms available, no reservation required.

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South Bay

Hana Haus, downtown Palo Alto, used to be a bookstore but now has open workspace areas to rent but also a café to work from.

You can try to find a green outside spot on Stanford University Campus if you are in the area. Lots of green and unique outside areas that offer great study spots.

Atherton Park in Atherton is a 22 acre garden setting with lots of outside spaces and spots to study. And when work is done, get a break by visiting the playground, the gardens or go for a stroll in its walking paths.
More suggestions: Red Rock Coffee House located on the second floor in Mountain View, with a strong community vibe. Philz Coffee on Middlefield or Alma in Palo Alto. 

Does your little [or maybe not so little one] have a favorite spot to do homework outside of home? Share your insider tip with us in the comments section below!

–Sabine Klensch