The California Academy of Sciences is expensive but worth a visit for families. Inside is an aquarium, planetarium, rainforest with butterflies and birds, natural history exhibits, and interactive science exhibits. There are also exciting temporary exhibitions such as “Skulls” happening in 2014. Be sure to visit the unusual green roof (entirely covered in plants). The museum is open daily 9:30-5:00 and Sundays 11:00-5:00. Tickets are $25-35 but free for ages 3 and
Palace of Fine Arts | The Palace was designed by renowned Berkeley architect Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition. After a major restoration in the 1960s, the building is now a theater venue.