Summertime in Silicon Valley is synonymous with family fun. From San Francisco Bay to San Jose and over to Mountain View and Stanford, there are many attractions and opportunities to explore and enjoy. Reward your children for working hard in school and bond closer together as a family. Why not do something a little different?
Sailing and Wind Surfing
With the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay just a short drive from anywhere in the Silicon Valley, it is very easy and convenient to spend the day around the water. Families can rent a sailboat or take lessons at a wind surfing school at Crown Beach Alameda or Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. Certified instructors can teach young kids and adventurous parents how to catch the wind and sail across the shallow, calm waters of the Bay. Don’t worry if you fall off your board – everybody does.
Stanford Jazz Festival – 40th Anniversary Show
For the last 40 years, Stanford University has been hosting a summer jazz festival that draws big crowds from all over the Bay area as well as tourists from dozens of states and foreign countries. The show presents well known jazz artists as well as some very promising up-and-coming new artists. For about 6 weeks (June 22-August 4, 2012) the horns and woodwinds will be filling the air with jazz just about every day of the week. You do not need to be a student at Stanford University to get in on the festivities. Families and especially young children are more than welcomed to come and enjoy the party. There will be several “Early Bird Jazz for Kids” shows where children will be the focus of attention. Musicians will play all of the popular, well-know songs and the kids will have a chance to learn a little about jazz and the many instruments that are a part of the performance. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and as part of the show, kids will get a chance to play some of their favorite instruments. Who knows, there may be a budding jazz prodigy in your family.
Winchester Mystery House
Kids love Ghosts and haunted houses. Inside the Queen Anne style Victorian mansion that was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester there are eerie signs that there are supernatural forces all around. Sarah Winchester was the wife of William Wirt Winchester, the inventor of the Winchester rifle. Legend has it that the mansion was haunted by the spirits of individuals who lost their lives to the deadly weapon. While most people who know the story of Sarah Winchester do not believe there are ghosts in the house, there are some that do believe. On the U.S. Register of Historic Places, the mansion attracts curiosity seekers of all ages. You will have to take a trip to San Jose and get a good look to find out for sure.
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