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Bay Area Cultural Field Trips
These bay area cultural field trip destinations have been recommended by homeschooling parents and kids. If you have a favorite that isn't listed here please call us at 650-365-9425 or E-mail Homefires Editor. While we hope that this information is accurate, please do call to confirm.
762 Fulton Street, Suite #300, San Francisco, CA
Promotes and supports African and African American art and culture. Call for event schedule, fees.
660 California (at Grant Ave.), San Francisco, CA
A behind-the-scenes tour of Chinatown with native Linda Lee. See a private Buddhist temple, unusual herb shop, fortune cookie factory, tea room, food markets, and a historical museum. 7-day advance reservation recommended.
1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
The Grabhorn Institute is a nonprofit organization located in the Presidio whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate the use of Arion Press and M & H Type. Arion Press is the nation's foremost fine press limited edition publisher, and M & H Type is the oldest fully-functioning typefoundry in the nation. Together, our unique facility offers visitors a firsthand look at the traditional typecasting and bookmaking techniques — from the making of type from hot metal, through letterpress printing, to hand bookbinding — demonstrated by our trained craftspeople.
Students can learn the traditional methods by which books are made, from the first piece of type to the final stitch in the binding. We offer live demonstration tours of our historic typefoundry, letterpress print shop, and bookbindery every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. There is a fee of $7 per person to attend. Our gallery features exhibits of our recent publications and prints and is open free to the public.
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Permanent collections showcasing arts of over 40 Asian countries. Traveling exhibitions too.
Foothills College 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos, CA
Visit the gardens and learn about Japanese culture from the volunteer staff. The garden has been continually expanded and now contains over 70 varieties of bamboo planted on a two acre landscaped site. Bamboo gardens are open daily for self-guided tours.
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA
Changing exhibits of Chinese art and cultural artifacts. Chinatown walking tours - call for fee.
965 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA
The Society is the first such Chinese American historical society in North America. Houses the largest collection of Chinese American artifacts in the country. Traces the experiences of the Chinese American from the 1850s to the present. Features graphical panels with English and Chinese captions.
500 First Street, Napa, CA
COPIA discovery center explores, the benefits of wine, its relationship to food and its significance to our culture. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, COPIA offers visitors exceptional food tasting programs, art exhibitions and 3 ½ acres of organic edible gardens. The Edible Gardens are cared for using organic and biodynamic methods, without synthetic chemicals, pesticides or herbicides.
Fortune Cookie Factory
261 12th Street, Oakland, CA
Offers 15-30 minutes tour to see how a fortune cookie is made. The Fortune Cookie Factory, makes over 50,000 fortune cookies daily, shipping them to destinations as far as Australia, England, Japan and Hong Kong.
21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA
Considered to be the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Created in 1917 by gardener who worked for the Emperor. Imported dwarf pines and maples, curving pathways that wind past 2 tea houses, stone lanterns, koi ponds, wisteria arbors. Self guided tours available.
Telephone: 415-863-1444 ext. 310
Hostel Adventures are interactive, experiential education programs for youth and adults that encourage the exploration of our natural environment, our local communities, and other cultures around the world. From environmental education to cultural programs, travel workshops to mural art projects, Hostel Adventures are ultimately designed to promote environmental stewardship, intercultural exchange, and responsible travel.
There are four types of Hostel Adventure programs:
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA
The Walk through India program for children is a wonderful field trip for children in Grades 3-5 to learn about India in a very hands-on interactive way. The children really learn alot and have fun. We have several stations where they learn about Indian geography, history, yoga, art, culture, and food. One highlight is a large floor map of India where they "Walk through India" as we go through the geography and history of India from the Indus Valley Civilization, through the British colonial period and how Mahatma Gandhi led the way towards Independence.
1328 Stockton Street, (between Broadway and Vallejo) San Francisco, CA
Small children must be accompanied by an adult on this 5-10 minute tour to see how fortune cookies are made. This is really fun in the cramped, tiny space. The proprietors do a heavy sales pitch to get you to buy cookies -- which is okay cause they are so cheap.
151 3rd Street, (Fort Mason Center, Building D), San Francisco, CA
Houses collections and exhibits of the artistic expressions of Mexican and Latino people. The Mexican Museum is the only art museum in the Bay Area dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the work of Latino artists.
55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, CA
Museum concentrates on the culture, art and history of Napa Valley and its people. Ongoing exhibit: California Wine: The Science of an Art integrates science, agriculture, history, physiology and wine technology, in a multimedia program.
1000 Oak Street, (at 10th Street), Oakland, CA
Houses major collections of California culture, history and art with an emphasis on environment and ecology. Public offerings include festivals, family programs, tours, symposia and lectures.
Shakespeare in the Park
Your students will be engrossed by Shakespeare's gripping tale of the tragic consequences of misguided ambition. Mysterious dangers are foretold and hasty courses of action have dark consequences that affect both the individual and society.
This professionally-directed 55 minute show, performed in Shakespeare's original text, includes THREE WEEKS OF ONE-HOUR LESSON PLANS, written especially for teachers by director Rebecca J. Ennals. Her guides have been acclaimed as valuable resources in readily facilitating an enhanced understanding of the plot, themes, character motives, and language found in Shakespeare's writing.
An optional one-hour PLAYSHOP for students who want to dig deeper into Macbeth, and get some hands-on experience with acting, is also available (immediately before or after your show).
425 7th Street, Santa Rosa, CA
Changing exhibits, call for schedule. The Sonoma County Museum is home to the largest collection of preparatory works in the nation by renowned environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Since the opening of the Sonoma County Museum in 1985, the Museum's collection has expanded from the original 3,500 artifacts to nearly 25,000 items.