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Rebounderz, Rohnert Park: The Indoor Trampoline Park and Family Fun Center is open to the public. Families can come by and enjoy the indoor playground area, bottles of water, free wifi and free electricity to recharge cell phones. The center is offering discounts on the trampolines and ninja warrior course. Doors are open until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 11 and will then reopen at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 12. More information on Facebook. 555 Rohnert Park Expy West, Rohnert Park.
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Families can enjoy the indoor playground area, free water, wifi and electricity to recharge cell phones at Rebounderz in Rohnert Park.
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Northern California Volleyball Association, Santa Rosa has created a Family Friendly Space in Santa Rosa. They have around 11,000 sq. ft of indoor space with padded flooring, 3 volleyball courts, a couple basketball hoops, bathroom, water and a great deal of volunteers to help, via Sonoma County Office of Education and Santa Rosa City Schools. The Children Museum of Sonoma County will be entertaining children and families here from every day from 9-5 until there is no longer a need. They are also offering over 100 ready-to-eat bagged lunches. Please call before arrival at 707-674-1024. 5621 Skylane Blvd, Santa Rosa 95403.
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California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco: The scientific and educational institution in Golden Gate Park welcomes Napa and Sonoma residents, and anyone else who has been affected by the fires. Check in at the ticket counter through Sunday, October 15th. More information can be found on the California Academy of Sciences Facebook page. 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco.
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Fundemonium, Rohnert Park: The toy, hobby, and game store in Rohnert Park is open and will have free play while schools are closed, with everything from Kid's Play Area, LEGOs, Tegu Blocks, and Board Games. Creativity prevails, as seen on their Facebook page. 579 Rohnert Park Expressway West, Rohnert Park.
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Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito: Access to the giant model of the San Francisco Bay is, as always, open to the public with free admission. The education center is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Find directions and more information on their website. 2100 Bridgeway Drive, Sausalito.
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Sports City, Cotati: While the Sport City Santa Rosa location is closed due to a power outage, the Cotati center is currently open with free supervised kids play for parents that need a safe space to drop off the kids while running errands, or simply a place to let the children enjoy some much-needed play time. The center offers snacks and water for kids, and accepts donations - unused toiletries, underwear and blankets are preferred - that will be delivered to evacuation centers in Santa Rosa. More information on Sports City’s Facebook page. 6700 Stony Point Rd, Cotati 94928. (Photo by John Burgess)
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Kids Party Central, Santa Rosa: Kids Party Central, located off Dutton Avenue behind Corby Auto Row, will have free open play hours on Thursday, October 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. More information can be found on their Facebook page. 327 Ohair Ct Ste B, Santa Rosa.
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Flying Frog Academy, Rohnert Park: The indoor parkour park off State Farm Drive in Rohnert Park is open all day Wednesday, October 11, and offer a free open gym for kids 6+. They open again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. They only have room for 30 people, so make sure to get there early. All participants must fill out a waiver, which can be done online or at the front desk. Check their Facebook page for updates - there may be an Open Gym on Thursday, October 12. If not, there will be regular classes. (Photo by Christopher Chung)
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The Brick Hutt, Rohnert Park: The toy store and Lego hobby shop in Rohnert Park is open until 5:00 p.m. this week, offering an opportunity for kids of all ages to escape the smoke and play with Legos. Learn more on their Facebook page. 5430 Commerce Boulevard, Rohnert Park. (Photo by Beth Schlanker)
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Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito: A "space for imaginations to run wild," the Bay Area Discovery Museum is offering free admission to all families affected by the North Bay Fires. All families have to do is tell the front desk that they are affected and they will receive free admission. The museum has indoor spaces for kids to play in and explore. The museum's daily drop-in programs have been moved inside and all outdoor spaces are closed. For more information, visit the museum website. Open Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 557 McReynolds Rd, Sausalito 94965.
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A few San Francisco libraries have air filters and are open, according to Mayor Edwin M. Lee: The main branch at 100 Larkin Street, the Chinatown branch at 1135 Powell Street, the Mission Bay branch at 960 Fourth Street and the Glen Park branch at 2825 Diamond Street are available. (Photo courtesy of Herbst Foundation)
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The Exploratorium, San Francisco: Explore the world through science and art by the bay. This "learning laboratory" opens their "hearts and doors" to all residents displaced by the Northern California fires, now through Sunday, October 15. Check in at ticketing when you arrive. Find more information on their website. Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening (Ages 18+): 6:00–10:00 p.m. Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St., San Francisco 94111.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey: For those willing, and able, to head further south, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is opening up the doors to those affected by the fires. The Environmental Conservation Organization is offering free admission to displaced families, now through Sunday, October 22. Bring up to 4 people and make sure to have a driver's license with proof of residence. Learn more on their Facebook page. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940.
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San Francisco Zoo: For those that live in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Solano or Mendocino Counties and have been displaced because of the ongoing fires, the San Francisco Zoo will have free admission now, through Sunday, October 15th. Details on their Facebook page. Sloat Blvd & Great Highway, San Francisco, California 94132
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Scandia Family Fun Center, Rohnert Park: The Miniature Golf Course, Batting Cages, and Arcade has a deal this Friday, Oct. 13, for $5.00 for six hours of indoor arcade play (no tickets or prizes will be available) and $10.00 on Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15. They also have deals for the batting cages and mini-golf course. Learn more on their Facebook page. 5301 Redwood Drive, Rohnert Park, California 94928
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Children's Museum of Sonoma County is closed due to the fires, but escaped serious damage. The museum staff will be will be entertaining children and families in the Family Friendly Space in Santa Rosa provided by Northern California Volleyball Association. More information here.
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de Young Museum, San Francisco: In light of the continuation of the North Bay fires, and subsequent air quality situation in San Francisco and the Bay Area, the de Young will offer free general admission this weekend to all. For those directly affected by the fires, or for those seeking to escape the poor air conditions, the de Young offers a free and safe space for visitors and their families. More information here. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco 94118.
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Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) invites North Bay residents who need a safe, calm space to visit free through Sunday, October 15. Just check in at the front desk to receive free gallery admission. 2155 Center St, Berkeley 94704.
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Habitot Children's Museum, Berkeley is offering free admission to families affected by the fires who may be staying with friends or relatives in the East Bay - just mention it at the front desk. 2065 Kittredge St, Berkeley 94704.
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