Thursday, July 9, 2009

San Francisco - Exploratorium


The kids were tired out on the first day, and they didn't sleep well and enough. They woke up at 630am! That's 8.30am Madison Time.

It was a morning with clear sky. A good day to visit the Golden Gate Bridge!
However, with the kids not getting enough sleep, we thought we had better visit the Exploratorium, which was on our to-do list. With activities to engage them, they would probably forget their tiredness?

We went for a cable car ride since we were too early for the Exploratorium.


















We were impressed with how the cable car was turned around.

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The Powell and Hyde Line brought us to the Fisherman's Wharf, and from there, we could take a bus to the Exploratorium. How did know what bus to take? Well, we obtained a bus guide from the Visitor Centre the day before! We were glad we had the 7-day passport. Each cable car ride cost $5! The ride was fun, but not worth the money without the pass. The kids didn't quite enjoy the "windy" walk along Fisherman's Wharf and kept asking "When are we going the Exploratorium?".













The Palace of Fine Arts : Just beside the Exploratorium. Lovely pond. Lovely architecture. We had a snack here, under the warm sun, watching the ducks, before entering the Exploratorium.


















The Exploratorium : The men in the family, big and little, fell in love at once with this place! The kids were suddenly awake, and full of energy.









So much to do, so little time. Though we spent 5 hours at this place, there were some sections which we didn't explore. I was exhausted from the long hours of walking and standing. 














The boys (old and young) deep in concentration =)












Plenty of activities to keep the kids engaged.










Hands-on FUN!

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Look at my sand-drawing! Ooo-hooo!













Bubble-Fun! Is my head in the bubble?














Is the toilet bowl clean? Let's check the water =p









After a fun but exhausting day at the Exploratorium, I was actually amazed that somehow, we managed to find our way to Japantown! As usual, we had problem locating the bus stop when leaving the Exploratorium.
See the tiny words 'Bus Stop' on the pole?














We had a great dinner at a Japanese restaurant: Sashimi, sushi, miso soup noddles, yakitori, etc. Yummy! Thanks to dear hubby who suggested this restaurant. We found a shop similar to Daiso near the restaurant. We walked out of the shop with soup bowls and packets of Japanese biscuits.








Great fun, good food!
Sweet dreams =)

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