Though it is best known as a college town, Berkeley is a great place to visit no matter if you’re in grade school, in grad school or haven’t been in school for decades. The city has a whole host of attractions to keep kids entertained and allow parents to have some fun and keep some money in their wallets.

Explicitly aimed at the under-eight set, the Habitot Children’s Museum was named the best museum for families by the Bay Area Parent Reader, and offers a wide range of hands-on play areas and exhibits for toddlers and young children. The museum provides a space for kinds to learn and create in a safe, friendly environment and even hosts parties.

Great for slightly older kids, the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley has a full calendar of science and math-related events, exhibits and classes that focus on fields as diverse as astronomy and nanotechnology.

And if you can’t get the kids into a museum and have access to a car, you can always take the short drive (about a half hour) out to Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo. The park may be on the pricier side, but its collection of marine life (which includes whales, sea lions, dolphins, and others) can’t be beat.