Giving your kids the opportunity to travel, try new things, and experience the world is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. While they won’t appreciate being dragged around antique shopping (who would?!) they will enjoy a kid-centric vacation. That means stimulating activities, sites that make them say “wow!”, and kid-friendly meals.
The city of Petaluma, just 30 miles from San Francisco, is known for its Victorian architecture and beer. Not exactly two things that come to mind when traveling with kids. All you need to do is look beyond and you will find that the downtown has been rejuvenated and has a ton to offer families. Get your kids out of the busy city and head to Petaluma for a kid-friendly vacation.
From San Francisco, head north on Highway 101 for 32 miles. It’s such a quick drive, your kids won’t even need their ipads or TV’s to keep busy. Have them look out the window and they will be entertained by the fields of cows and beautiful scenery on the relaxing drive up.
On your way into town, make a stop at Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Company. Mrs.Grossman has been a sticker aficionado all her life and has set up a sticker making factory in Petaluma that kids will love. Make reservations ahead of time for the hour long tour ($5-$7) to see how stickers are made, packaged and shipped. At the end, kids get free stickers and (of course) can buy more in the souvenir shop