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Have fun with these low-impact, family-friendly activities that don't involve screens.

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Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station

BART Bike Stations are a safe and convenient way to park your bike while you commute. There are currently four locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each station offers slightly different services, including valet parking, self-service parking, bike rentals, bike repairs, classes and events.

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Alcatraz Island (GGNRA)

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

Biketopia

Biketopia Community Workshop is an all-volunteer cyclist-run nonprofit bike shop that provides bicycle education, repair services and a community space to connect with other riders.  They educate and empower the East Bay community to build, maintain and ride bicycles. Open Hours: Mon-Fri: 4-8:00pm

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

The East Bay Regional Park District began acquiring land for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in the early 1970s. Today, most of the mining district is within the Preserve's nearly 5,717 acres. The area is an ideal location for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Naturalists conduct a variety of programs relating the Preserve's natural and historic resources. One and one half hour-long, advance-reservation tours are offered seasonally -- see website for details.

Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals

Bike rentals, tours and accessories for people traveling with children. Various locations in North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf.

Buy Local Berkeley

Buy Local Berkeley encourages Berkeley residents to shop locally by promoting small businesses and public spaces. Through their Facebook page, they bring their mission of building community, creating job opportunities, vitalizing the local economy and creating a healthier environment.

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Parks are essential to the well-being of environments, economies and all people. California’s state parks and the recreational programs supported by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and its divisions of Boating and Waterways, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation, and Office of Historic Preservation, are gateways to these benefits and to opportunities to connect with families, friends, and communities.

Co-op Camp Sierra

"Traditional and nontraditional" family lodging. Varied activities and affordable prices.

Desert Survivors

Desert Survivors is a nonprofit organization that leads free backpacking trips and car camps for people of all levels of skill and fitness, as well as offering courses in beginning backpacking. Members of Desert Survivors are committed to experiencing and preserving the desert's unique beauty and value. The activities of the group fall into 3 broad categories: field trips, campaigning for desert-related issues and social events.

Downtown Berkeley BART Bike Station

BART Bike Stations are a safe and convenient way to park your bike while you commute. There are currently four locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Each station offers slightly different services, including valet parking, self-service parking, bike rentals, bike repairs, classes and events.

Earth Circus

Performance troupe utilizing live theater forms to create sideshows for a techno-industrial world.

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