Events Listings

Kids-East Bay Through October 3

Tuesday September 21, 2010 - 02:28:00 PM

"GOING 4 GREEN FESTIVAL," -- Sept. 25 and Sept. 26. A  

family-oriented street festival and celebration all about going green,  

featuring vendors, games, presentations, food, crafts and more. See website  

for complete details. Event takes place at Jack London Square, Oakland. 


festival featuring live music, fashion shows, kid's fun, wellness activities,  

food and drink, dancing and more. Event takes place on College Avenue between  

Alcatraz and Manila. 




"Kidsfaire," Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. One of California's largest  

children's events, featuring acres of fun with nonstop family entertainment  

including Clowntown, Sports City, and visits from Barney. See website for  

complete details. $5-$8. 

4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. (925) 426-7600, 


ARDENWOOD HISTORIC FARM Ardenwood farm is a working farm that  

dates back to the time of the Patterson Ranch, a 19th-century estate with a  

mansion and Victorian Gardens. Today, the farm still practices farming  

techniques from the 1870s. Unless otherwise noted, programs are free with  

regular admission.  


"Blacksmithing," Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Watch a blacksmith turn iron into useful tools.  

"Horse-Drawn Train," Thursday, Friday and Sunday. A 20-minute  

ride departs from Ardenwood Station and Deer Park.  

"Animal Feeding," Thursday-Sunday, 3-4 p.m. Help slop the hogs,  

check the henhouse for eggs and bring hay to the livestock.  

"Victorian Flower Arranging," Thursday, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Watch as  

Ardenwood docents create floral works of art for display in the Patterson  



"Potato Harvesting," Learn the spectacular history of  

this New World native as you dig with your spade and help find the spuds. 

"Country Kitchen Cookin'," Sundays, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  

Enjoy the flavor of the past with treats cooked on Ardenwood's wood burning  

stove. Sample food grown on the farm and discover the history of your  

favorite oldtime snacks. 

"Horse-Drawn Train Rides," Thursday, Friday and Sunday,  

10:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Meet Jigs or Tucker the Belgian Draft horses that pull  

Ardenwood's train. Check the daily schedule and meet the train at Ardenwood  

Station or Deer Park. 

"Toddler Time," Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. Bring the tiny  

tots out for an exciting morning at the farm. Meet and learn all about a new  

animal friend through stories, chores and fun.  

"Animal Feeding," Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. Feed the pigs,  

check for eggs and bring hay to the livestock. 

$1-$5; free children under age 4. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  

34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. (510) 796-0199, (510) 796-0663, 



Alphabet Rockers, Oct. 3, 3 p.m. $4-$6.  

1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. (510) 525-5054, 



"Monthly Craft Night," 4-5 p.m. Last Friday of every  

month. Each month features a different themed craft.  

Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacifica Ave., Pittsburg. (925)  




AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM -- The museum's permanent exhibition of  

internationally renowned automobiles dated from 1897 to the 1980s. The cars  

are displayed as works of art with room to walk completely around each car to  

admire the workmanship. On long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution is  

a Long Steam Tricycle; an 1893-94 Duryea, the first Duryea built by the  

Duryea brothers; and a 1948 Tucker, number 39 of the 51 Tuckers built, which  

is a Model 48 "Torpedo'' four-door sedan.  


"International Automotive Treasures," An ever-changing  

exhibit featuring over 90 automobiles.  

"A Journey on Common Ground," An exhibit of moving  

photographs, video and art objects from around the world exploring the causes  

of disability and the efforts of the Wheelchair Foundation to provide a  

wheelchair for every person in need who cannot afford one.  


Free Public Tours, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Docent-led guided  

tours of the museum's exhibitions. 

$5-$8; free for children ages 6 and under. Wednesday-Sunday, 10  

a.m.-5 p.m. 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville. (925) 736-2280, (925)  



CHABOT SPACE AND SCIENCE CENTER State-of-the-art facility  

unifying science education activities around astronomy. Enjoy interactive  

exhibits, hands-on activities, indoor stargazing, outdoor telescope viewing  

and films. 


Center Admission: $14.95; $10.95 children 3-12; free children  

under 3; $3 discount for seniors and students. Telescope viewing only: free.  

Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday,  

11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Also open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. after June 29. 10000  

Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510) 336-7300, 


CHILDREN'S FAIRYLAND A fairy tale theme park featuring more  

than 30 colorful fantasy sets. Designed especially for children ages 10 and  

under, there are gentle rides, a train, the "Peter Rabbit Village,'' puppet  

shows, story-telling and lots of slides and animals. Admission price includes  

unlimited rides, special shows, guest entertainers and puppet shows.  

OLD WEST JUNCTION -- Children's Fairyland's newest attraction is a  

Wild West-themed town sized just for children, with a livery stable, bank,  

jail and a water tower slide.  

PUPPET SHOWS -- Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  

All shows are at the Open Storybook Theatre. Free with regular Fairyland  


ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER -- Activities on Saturday and Sunday, noon  

to 3 p.m.  

ANIMAL OF THE DAY -- Saturday and Sunday, 1-1:20 p.m. at the  

Humpty Dumpty Wall. Learn about one of Fairyland's animal friends. 


"Arts and Crafts," Noon-3 p.m. Event features arts and  

crafts projects for children and their families. $6. 

"Animal of the Day!" Saturdays and Sundays, 1-1:20 p.m.  

Come up close and learn about Fairyland's creatures. 

$6; free for children under age 1; $2 for a Magic Key. No adult  

admitted without a child and no child admitted without an adult. Summer (June  

through Labor Day): Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and  

Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fall and Spring: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.  

to 4 p.m.; Winter: Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CLOSED DEC.  

25-JAN. 4. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. (510) 452-2259, 


CRAB COVE VISITOR CENTER At Crab Cove, you can see live  

underwater creatures and go into the San Francisco Bay from land. You can  

also travel back in time to Alameda's part. The goal is to increase  

understanding of the environmental importance of San Francisco Bay and the  

ocean ecosystem. Crab Cove's Indoor Aquarium and Exhibit Lab is one of the  

largest indoor aquariums in the East Bay. 


"Sea Siblings," Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Explore  

the natural world and take part in a theme related craft. Designed for the  

3-5 year old learner. Registration is required. $4. (888) 327-2757. 

"Sea Squirts," 10-11:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  

Discover the wonders of nature with your little one. Registration is  

required. $6-$8. 

"Catch of the Day," Sundays, 2-3 p.m. Drop by to find  

out more about the Bay and its wildlife through guided exploration and  

hands-on fun. 

Free unless otherwise noted; parking fee may be charged. 1252  

McKay Ave., Alameda. (510) 521-6887, 



the Oakland hills, the 50-acre Dunsmuir House and Gardens estate includes the  

37-room Neoclassical Revival Dunsmuir Mansion, built by coal and lumber baron  

Alexander Dunsmuir for his bride. Restored outbuildings set amid landscaped  

gardens surround the mansion.  

ESTATE GROUNDS -- Self-Guided Grounds Tours are available  

yearround. The 50 acres of gardens and grounds at the mansion are open to the  

public for walking Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Booklets and maps of the  

grounds are available at the Dinkelspiel House. Free.  

GUIDED TOURS -- Docent-led tours are available on the first Sunday  

of each month at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. (except for July) and Wednesdays at 11  

a.m. $5 adults, $4 seniors and juniors (11-16), children 11 and under free. 

Dunsmuir House and Gardens, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland.  

(510) 615-5555, 


FOREST HOME FARMS The 16-acre former farm of the Boone  

family is now a municipal historic park in San Ramon. It is located at the  

base of the East Bay Hills and is divided into two parts by Oak Creek. The  

Boone House is a 22-room Dutch colonial that has been remodeled several times  

since it was built in 1900. Also on the property are a barn built in the  

period from 1850 to 1860; the Victorian-style David Glass House, dating from  

the late 1860s to early 1870s; a storage structure for farm equipment and  

automobiles; and a walnut processing plant. 

Free unless otherwise noted. Public tours available by  

appointment. 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon. (925) 973-3281, 


HABITOT CHILDREN'S MUSEUM A museum especially for children ages  

7 and under. Highlights include "WaterWorks,'' an area with some unusual  

water toys, an Infant Tree for babies, a garden especially for toddlers, a  

child-scale grocery store and cafe, and a costume shop and stage for junior  

thespians. The museum also features a toy lending library.  


"Waterworks." A water play gallery with rivers, a pumping station  

and a water table, designed to teach about water.  

"Little Town Grocery and Cafe." Designed to create the ambience  

of shopping in a grocery store and eating in a restaurant.  

"Infant-Toddler Garden." A picket fence gated indoor area, which  

includes a carrot patch with wooden carrots to be harvested, a pretend pond  

and a butterfly mobile to introduce youngsters to the concept of food,  

gardening and agriculture.  

"Dramatic Arts Stage." Settings, backdrops and costumes coincide  

with seasonal events and holidays. Children can exercise their dramatic flair  


"Wiggle Wall." The floor-to-ceiling "underground'' tunnels give  

children a worm's eye view of the world. The tunnels are laced with net  

covered openings and giant optic lenses. 


$6-$7. Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday and  

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday-Tuesday. 2065 Kittredge St.,  

Berkeley. (510) 647-1111, 


HALL OF HEALTH A community health-education museum and  

science center promoting wellness and individual responsibility for health.  

There are hands-on exhibits that teach about the workings of the human body,  

the value of a healthy diet and exercise, and the destructive effects of  

smoking and drug abuse. "Kids on the Block'' puppet shows, which use puppets  

from diverse cultures to teach about and promote acceptance of conditions  

such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, leukemia, blindness, arthritis and  

spina bifida, are available by request for community events and groups  

visiting the Hall on Saturdays.  


"This Is Your Heart!" An interactive exhibit on heart  


"Good Nutrition," This exhibit includes models for  

making balanced meals and an Exercycle for calculating how calories are  


"Draw Your Own Insides," Human-shaped chalkboards and  

models with removable organs allow visitors to explore the inside of their  


"Your Cellular Self and Cancer Prevention," An exhibit  

on understanding how cells become cancerous and how to detect and prevent  


Suggested $3 donation; free for children under age 3.  

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. (510)  




salt marsh, the Center offers an introduction to the San Francisco  

Bay-Estuary. It features exhibits, programs and activities designed to  

inspire a sense of appreciation, respect and stewardship for the Bay, its  

inhabitants and the services they provide. The Habitat Room offers a preview  

of what may be seen outside. The 80-gallon Bay Tank contains some of the fish  

that live in the Bay's open waters, and the Channel Tank represents habitats  

formed by the maze of sloughs and creeks that snake through the marsh. The  

main room of the Center features rotating exhibits about area history, plants  

and wildlife. Part of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.  


"Exploring Nature," An exhibit of Shawn Gould's  

illustrations featuring images of the natural world. 


"Waterfowl of the Freshwater Marsh," 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join  

an expert birder to go "behind the gates'' to areas of the marsh that are not  

open to the public. 

"Nature Detectives," 11 a.m.-noon. An introduction and  

exploration of the world of Black-Crowned Night-Herons. Ages 3-5 and their  

caregivers. Registration required. 

"Weekend Weed Warriors," 1-4 p.m. Help the shoreline to  

eliminate the non-native plants that threaten its diversity. Ages 12 and  

older. Registration required. 

Free. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4901 Breakwater Ave.,  

Hayward. (510) 670-7270, 



"Shabbat Celebration for Young Children," Saturday,  

10:30 a.m.-noon. Join other families with young children to sharethis weekly  

Jewish holiday of joy and renewal.  

1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. (510) 848-0237, 


JUNIOR CENTER OF ART AND SCIENCE A center dedicated to  

encouraging children's active wonder and creative response through artistic  

and scientific exploration of their natural urban environment. The center's  

classes, workshops, exhibits and events integrate art and science.  

EXHIBITS -- Three educational exhibits are mounted in the  

"Children's Gallery'' each year. A docent-led tour, demonstrations, hands-on  

activities and art projects are available to school groups throughout the  


"Jake's Discovery Garden," Jake's Discovery Garden is a  

new interactive studio exhibit designed for preschool-aged children and their  

adult caregivers that teaches young visitors about the natural environments  

found in their backyards, playgrounds and neighborhoods. 


Free; programs and special exhibits have a fee. September through  

May: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

June through August: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 558  

Bellevue Ave., Oakland. (510) 839-5777, 


LAKE CHABOT REGIONAL PARK The 315-acre lake offers  

year-round recreation. Services include canoe and boat rental, horseshoe  

pits, hiking, bicycling, picnicking and seasonal tours aboard the Chabot  

Queen. For boat rentals, call (510) 247-2526. 

Free unless noted otherwise; $5 parking; $2 per dog except  

guide/service dogs. Daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. 17930 Lake Chabot Road, Castro  

Valley. (510) 562-PARK, 




"NanoZone," Discover the science of the super-small:  

nanotechnology. Through hands-on activities and games, explore this  

microworld and the scientific discoveries made in this area.  

"Forces That Shape the Bay," A science park that shows  

and explains why the San Francisco Bay is the way it is, with information on  

water, erosion, plate tectonics and mountain building. You can ride  

earthquake simulators, set erosion in motion and look far out into the bay  

with a powerful telescope from 1,100 feet above sea level. The center of the  

exhibit is a waterfall that demonstrates how water flows from the Sierra  

Nevada Mountains to the Bay. Visitors can control where the water goes. There  

are also hands-on erosion tables, and a 40-foot-long, 6-foothigh, rock  

compression wall.  

"Real Astronomy Experience," A new  

exhibit-in-development allowing visitors to use the tools that real  

astronomers use. Aim a telescope at a virtual sky and operate a  

remote-controlled telescope to measure a planet.  

"Biology Lab," In the renovated Biology Lab visitors may  

hold and observe gentle animals. Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 1:30 p.m. to  

4 p.m.  

"The Idea Lab," Experiment with some of the basics of  

math, science and technology through hands-on activities and demonstrations  

of magnets, spinning and flying, puzzles and nanotechnology.  

"Math Around the World," Play some of the world's most  

popular math games, such as Hex, Kalah, Game Sticks and Shongo Networks.  

"Math Rules," Use simple and colorful objects to  

complete interesting challenges in math through predicting, sorting,  

comparing, weighing and counting.  


HOLT PLANETARIUM Shows on Saturdays and Sundays.  

Programs recommended for ages 6 and up unless otherwise noted. $2.50-$3 in  

addition to general admission.  

$6-$12; free children ages 2 and under. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

University of California, Centennial Drive, Berkeley. (510) 642-5132, 


LINDSAY WILDLIFE MUSEUM This is the oldest and largest wildlife  

rehabilitation center in America, taking in 6,000 injured and orphaned  

animals yearly and returning 40 percent of them to the wild. The museum  

offers a wide range of educational programs using non-releasable wild animals  

to teach children and adults respect for the balance of nature. The museum  

includes a state-of-the art wildlife hospital which features a permanent  

exhibit, titled "Living with Nature,'' which houses 75 non-releasable wild  

animals in learning environments; a 5,000-square-foot Wildlife Hospital  

complete with treatment rooms, intensive care, quarantine and laboratory  

facilities; a 1-acre Nature Garden featuring the region's native landscaping  

and wildlife; and an "Especially For Children'' exhibit.  

WILDLIFE HOSPITAL -- September-March: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The  

hospital is open daily including holidays to receive injured and orphaned  

animals. There is no charge for treatment of native wild animals and there  

are no public viewing areas in the hospital. 


$5-$7; free children under age 2. June 16-Sept. 15: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  

Wed.-Sun.; Sept. 16-June 15: noon.-5 p.m. Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.  

1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek. (925) 935-1978, 


MUSEUM OF CHILDREN'S ART A museum of art for and by children,  

with activities for children to participate in making their own art.  

ART CAMPS -- Hands-on activities and engaging curriculum for  

children of different ages, led by professional artists and staff. $60 per  


CLASSES -- A Sunday series of classes for children ages 8 to 12,  

led by Mocha artists. Sundays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

OPEN STUDIOS -- Drop-in art play activities with new themes each  


"Big Studio." Guided art projects for children age 6 and older  

with a Mocha artist. Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. $5.  

"Little Studio." A hands-on experience that lets young artists  

age 18 months to 5 years see, touch and manipulate a variety of media.  

Children can get messy. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5.  

"Family Weekend Studios." Drop-in art activities for the whole  

family. All ages welcome. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. $5 per child.  

FAMILY EXTRAVAGANZAS -- Special weekend workshops for the entire  


"Sunday Workshops with Illustrators," Sundays, 1 p.m. See the  

artwork and meet the artists who create children's book illustrations. Free. 


"Saturday Stories," 1 p.m. For children ages 2-5. Free. 


"Saturday Stories," 1 p.m. For ages 2-5. Free. 

Free gallery admission. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;  

Saturday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 538 Ninth St., Oakland. (510) 465-8770, 


OAKLAND ZOO The zoo includes a Children's Petting Zoo, the  

Skyride, a miniature train, a carousel, picnic grounds and a gift shop as  

well as the animals in site specific exhibits, which allow them to roam  

freely. Included are "The African Savanna,'' with its two huge mixed-animal  

aviaries and 11 African Savanna exhibits; the Mahali Pa Tembo (Place of the  

Elephant), with giraffes, chimpanzees and more than 330 other animals from  

around the world; "Simba Pori,'' Swahili for "Lion Country,'' a spacious  

1.5-acre habitat offering both a savanna and woodland setting for African  

lions; "Footprints from the Past,'' an anthropology exhibit showcasing four  

million years of human evolution and an actual "footpath'' of the first  

hominids to emerge from the African savanna; "Sun Bear Exhibit,'' a  

stateof-the-art space the zoo has developed for its two sun bears; and  

Siamang Island, a state-of-the-art, barrier-free area that emulates the  

gibbons' native tropical rain forest habitat. Also see the Malayan Fruit Bats  

from the Lubee Bat Conservancy in Florida that are now roosting in trees at  

the zoo. In addition there are special exhibits and events monthly.  


"Valley Children's Zoo," The three-acre attraction  

offers a completely interactive experience for both children and adults. The  

exhibits include lemurs, giant fruit bats, otters, reptiles, insects and  

more. Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

"Endangered Species," An exhibit of photographs about  

the most endangered animals on the Earth and what can be done to save them.  

At the Education Center. Open daily during zoo hours. ONGOING EVENTS --  

"Valley Children's Zoo," Daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The  

three-acre attraction will offer a completely interactive experience for both  

children and adults. The exhibits include lemurs, giant fruit bats, otters,  

reptiles, insects and more. Free with regular Zoo admission.  

"Wildlife Theater," Saturday, 11:45 a.m.; Sunday, 1:45  

p.m. On Saturday mornings listen to a story and meet a live animal. On Sunday  

afternoon meet live animals and learn cool facts about them. Meet in the  

Lobby of the Zoo's Maddie's Center for Science and Environmental Education.  

Free with regular Zoo admission. (510) 632-9525, ext. 142. 


"Bedtime with the Beasts," through Sept. 19 and Sept. 25 through  

Sept. 26, 7 p.m.-9 a.m. An overnight program for youth (ages 6-18) and their  

chaperones. An Oakland Zoo education specialist will lead your group on an  

evening hike around the zoo where you'll get to see what the zoo is like  

after all of the guests leave. Program includes an optional educational  

wildlife video and continental breakfast. $60 per person; Minimum group size  

15, pre-registration required. (510) 632-9525. 

$7.50-11; free children under age 2; $6 parking fee. Daily, 10  

a.m.-4 p.m. Knowland Park, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. (510) 632-9525, 



parkland bordering Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo offers views of Mount  

Tamalpais, the Marin shoreline and San Pablo Bay. There are trails through  

meadows and woods, and along the bluffs and beaches of San Pablo Bay.  

Visitors can hike, ride bikes or take the park's shuttle bus to reach the  

1,250-foot fishing pier at Point Pinole. 

$5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle; $2 per dog  

(guide/service dogs free). Daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless otherwise posted.  

Giant Highway, Richmond. (510) 562-PARK, 



residents have several volcanoes in their backyard. This park contains Round  

Top, one of the highest peaks in the Oakland Hills. 

Free. Daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. 6800 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. (510)  




park includes an 80-acre lake and a four-flume waterslide, with picnic  

grounds and a swimming beach. Water slide fees and hours: (925) 829-6230. 

$6 per vehicle; $2 per dog except guide and service dogs. May 1  

through Labor Day: daily, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; shortened hours for fall and  

winter. Stanley Boulevard, one mile from downtown, Pleasanton. (510)  



SULPHUR CREEK NATURE CENTER A wildlife rehabilitation and  

education facility where injured and orphaned local wild creatures are  

rehabilitated and released when possible. There is also a lending library of  

animals such as guinea pigs, rats, mice and more. The lending fee is $8 per  



"Toddler Time," Learn about animals by listening to  

stories and exploring. Themes vary by month. Call for schedule. $7 per  


"Day on the Green Animal Presentations," Meet an  

assortment of wild and domestic animals. Wildlife volunteers will present a  

different animal each day from possums to snakes, tortoises to hawks.  

Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. 


Free. Park: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Discovery Center:  

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Animal Lending Library: Saturday-Sunday,  

10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wildlife Rehabilitation Center: daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1801  

D St., Hayward. (510) 881-6747, 


USS HORNET MUSEUM Come aboard this World War II aircraft  

carrier that has been converted into a floating museum. The Hornet, launched  

in 1943, is 899 feet long and 27 stories high. During World War II she was  

never hit by an enemy strike or plane and holds the Navy record for number of  

enemy planes shot down in a week. In 1969 the Hornet recovered the Apollo 11  

space capsule containing the first men to walk on the moon, and later  

recovered Apollo 12. In 1991 the Hornet was designated a National Historic  

Landmark and is now docked at the same pier she sailed from in 1944. Today,  

visitors can tour the massive ship, view World War II-era warplanes and  

experience a simulated aircraft launch from the carrier's deck. Exhibits are  

being added on an ongoing basis. Allow two to three hours for a visit. Wear  

comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb steep stairs or ladders. Dress in  

layers as the ship can be cold. Arrive no later than 2 p.m. to sign up for  

the engine room and other docent-led tours. Children under age 12 are not  

allowed in the Engine Room or the Combat Information Center.  


"Limited Access Day," Due to ship maintenance, tours of  

the navigation bridge and the engine room are not available. Tuesdays.  

"Flight Deck Fun," A former Landing Signal Officer will  

show children how to bring in a fighter plane for a landing on the deck then  

let them try the signals themselves. Times vary. Free with regular Museum  


"Protestant Divine Services," Hornet chaplain John  

Berger conducts church services aboard The Hornet in the Wardroom Lounge.  

Everyone is welcome and refreshments are served immediately following the  

service. Sundays, 11 a.m. 

"Family Day," Discounted admission for families of four  

with a further discount for additional family members. Access to some of the  

areas may be limited due to ship maintenance. Every Tuesday. $20 for family  

of four; $5 for each additional family member. 

"Flashlight Tour," 8:30 a.m. Receive a special tour of  

areas aboard the ship that have not yet been opened to the public or that  

have limited access during the day. $30-$35 per person. 

"History Mystery After Hours Tour," 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  

Explore the USS Hornet after hours and learn the history of this ship while  

it is illuminated in red lights used for "night ops." Also, hear stories  

about the ships' legendary haunts. Reservations required. (510) 521-8448  


$6-$14; free children age 4 and under with a paying adult. Daily,  

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pier 3 (enter on Atlantic Avenue), Alameda Point, Alameda.  

(510) 521-8448, 



$19.95-$31.95 General Admission; Season pass: $39.99-$59.99. Park  

closes in October and reopens in May. 1950 Waterworld Parkway,, Concord.  

(925) 609-1364,