Six Things to do With Kids at UC Berkeley

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We love taking our kids up to the UC Berkeley Campus. It’s where I went to school and I get a little wistful when they exclaim that they’d like to go to that school too when they grow up!  We like to show off the campus so they feel comfortable with universities and they don’t seem so scary and big.  We want to show that universities are actually fun and exciting places where you can learn, adventure and picnic!  Of course, we don't hammer going to college into their happy little heads at this age, they just love the outing.  Here are our top 6 things to do with our kids at Cal.

1.  Visit the dinosaurs in the Valley Life Sciences building.  There are quite a few dinosaur skeletons there to peep, plus exhibits on humans throughout the ages.  Butterflies and tons of old microscopes are also on display to check out.  

 

Meet the T-Rex named Osborn.

Meet the T-Rex named Osborn.

Walk like a pre-historic human...

Walk like a pre-historic human...

2.  The Campanile (Sather Tower).  On a clear day you can get spectacular views of the bay.  Hours are:  Mon.-Fri.: 10:00 am-3:45 pm, Sat.: 10:00 am-4:45 pm, Sun.: 10:00 am-1:30 pm and 3:00 pm-4:45 pm. Cost $3, kids 3 and under are free.  Hitting the campanile around noon is fun for the bell tower tunes.  From the western facing steps at the base, there is also a fantastic view of the Golden Gate Bridge (if it’s a clear day).

The view from the top of the Campanile.

The view from the top of the Campanile.

The carillon. There are 61 bells weighing from 19 to 10,500 pounds. The carillonists play a little show every day at 7:50 am, 12 pm, & 6 pm, longer on Sundays at 2 pm.

The carillon. There are 61 bells weighing from 19 to 10,500 pounds. The carillonists play a little show every day at 7:50 am, 12 pm, & 6 pm, longer on Sundays at 2 pm.

3. Right next to the Campanile is the “Marry Poppins Building”, called South Hall. It’s the oldest building on campus built in 1873 and is the only remaining original building at Cal.  The girls like to visit it and sing songs from Mary Poppins.

Maren and Maisy on the steps inside of South Hall.  Beautiful wooden stair cases.

Maren and Maisy on the steps inside of South Hall.  Beautiful wooden stair cases.

4.  Participate in Research at the Berkeley Early Learning Lab.  The girls have been research subjects in countless studies here since they have been born.  It’s fun for them to get to play with the researchers and feel like they are doing productive work on campus!  Bonus, they get a prize and a little PhD when they leave. I love to see what is being studied in childhood development and see if the girls have made the leap yet to make more cognitive connections. See our past posts about research at Cal.

Maren a bit under 1 sitting in the expanding room.  It got bigger and smaller.  They wanted to see if a child her age would react.

Maren a bit under 1 sitting in the expanding room.  It got bigger and smaller.  They wanted to see if a child her age would react.

5.  Play on the circular sculpture in the grassy area at the north fork of Strawberry Creek. There are four others on campus as well.  Nice picnic areas.

6 things to do with kids at #UCBerkeley
Ready for school.

Ready for school.

6.  On the weekends when classes are out, we like to bring the girls into the different lecture halls to check out the classrooms or auditoriums.  In certain light, this adventure can provide some nice photos opportunities.

The University also has this pdf print out especially for visiting kids.  Any Cal tips we are missing out on?  Please leave a comment.  Be sure to subscribe via email, follow on Facebook & on Pinterest so you don’t miss out on any of our adventures. As always, thanks for reading.

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becky

I'm a part-time work from home, full time stay at home mom to two daughters and an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We are enjoying our last year before big girl school, playing with friends, swapping childcare to get the job done and getting crafty when we can fit it in. We live together in a wonderful community that we are truly thankful for and proud to be a part of. It takes a village and this is ours.