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Take your family on the quest of a lifetime - no passport necessary! Journey through five continents in one day, marveling at over 300 different species from the Egyptian Desert to the Amazon Rainforest at SeaQuest! Not your ordinary aquarium, SeaQuest brings animals and marine life out from behind the looking glass for up-close and personal experiences. Designed as a ‘Quest of Edutainment,’ visitors to SeaQuest enjoy realistically themed exhibits and connect with animals through various hands-on encounters. Feed sharks, touch stingrays and immerse yourself among the capybara, asian small-clawed otters, giant sulcata tortoises, large exotic birds, and thousands of other creatures along the way.  In search of a more daring experience? Enjoy walk-in aviaries, feeding caiman, or snorkeling in the premiere swim tank, filled with reef sharks, stingrays and hundreds of tropical fish. All SeaQuest exhibits and animals vary by location - check out the "Discover" section of the website for the location you plan to visit and learn more about the exhibits and animals you can expect to find. A visit to SeaQuest makes an excellent and affordable addition to any family vacation! Before you embark on this incredible adventure, grab one of these EXCLUSIVE CertifiKID offers, good at any one of SeaQuest's five locations nationwide!  40% Off an Adult OR Child Single Day Pass OR 30% Off an Ultimate SeaQuest Experience Package with extra perks that are exclusive to CertifiKID and not offered anywhere else! Each 30% Off Ultimate SeaQuest Experience package includes: Adult or Child Single Day Admission 4-Pack of Tokens: These can be used at snack stations to collect food to feed the animals, at the concession stands, for the mermaid experiences or for various activities throughout the aquarium. One 20-Minute Animal Whisperer Tour: A very special behind-the-scenes tour where you not only look and listen, but participate, too! Meet the REAL SeaQuest Animal Whisperers and assist them as they feed the different animals behind the scenes and in off-display exhibits not open to the general public. Find out what it takes to keep the animals at SeaQuest happy and healthy as you learn about Food Preparation, Habitat Maintenance, Medical Care, Aquatic Plumbing, Filtration and MORE! Choose from the following locations: SeaQuest Utah: Layton, UT (25 miles north of Salt Lake City). SeaQuest Las Vegas, NV SeaQuest Fort Worth, TX SeaQuest Littleton, CO SeaQuest Folsom, CA (23 miles northeast of Sacramento). COMING SOON: SeaQuest Roseville, MN (7.5 miles outside of downtown Minneapolis) - CertifiKID vouchers not available for purchase at this time, but coming soon! Photo credit: la la Photography
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Be a Hero! Help a Cause! Join the Run! The Super Run 5K Family Fun Run is coming to a metropolis near you in 2019! Click HERE to find your local Super Run event, and then grab a cape and your friends and family and fly out for this fantastic cause!  The Super Run is a family event (both a 5K Run and a 1K Run/Walk) and each 5K registration even includes a colorful super hero cape to wear as you run. You have the chance to be a real life super hero by supporting your local non-profit community. The whole family will enjoy themselves as you get exercise, support a cause that's important to you and enjoy other fun family activities like a moon bounce, magician, and food trucks.
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The Unreal Garden: this augmented reality experience brings Art o Life all around you, with the help of the HoloLens headset. You share moments of awe & beauty with your loved ones, as sculptures, plants and animals of pure light appear like magic addition to “normal reality”. Onedome, San Francisco’s brand-new destination for interactive and immersive experiences, features: Mixed reality experience lasting 25 minutes, features artwork from 9 artists including Android Jones, John Park, Scott Musgrove. Multiple dimensions blend the physical, sound, visual effects and groundbreaking artwork that you can interact with in Augmented Reality using the HoloLens headset. Please arrive at least 20-30 minutes before your scheduled ticket time. Onedome venue also offers an Elixir Bar and Lounge, a selfie mural, infinity mirror box, bio-sensor LED light ball, and 3D painting in VR. Street and public parking lots available within a few blocks. The Unreal Garden is restricted to visitors ages 11 and up. Wheelchair accessible
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Standing sentinel after clocking significant time in World War II and assisting with the recovery of Apollo 11 and 12 lunar landing crews, the USS Hornet now serves as an anchored museum where naval enthusiasts and curious citizens can wander her decks to gain insight into her past adventures on the high seas. The aircraft carrier is comprised of many levels of historical eye-candy, mixing curated exhibits with actual ship quarters such as the captain's bridge and in-port cabins. Visitors are led through the ship during these guided tours which are injected with wisdom from veteran docents or chatty seagulls. VIP tours include special spaces such as Combat Information Center (CIC), the Brig, the Torpedo Workshop, the Island Superstructure, and more!
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Have fun with a friend or family member while supporting a great cause and get some exercise while you're at it! Join ​The Great Amazing Race, America's Most Exciting Family-Friendly Adventure Race at one of their many upcoming events this spring! More fun than a 5K, you and your teammate will exercise your brain AND your body! Inspired by THE AMAZING RACE television show, 2-person teams race around a 1.5 mile cross country course completing a string of fun-filled physical and mental challenges. Instruction cards provided at each station describes a task that each team must complete before proceeding to the next challenge station. Teams compete against similar aged teams and strive to arrive at the finish line with fastest overall time to be declared the winners.  Choose your partner wisely because this race is all about the TEAMWORK. Be prepared to get a little dirty and wet - it's all part of the fun! Walk, jog, run - this challenge is open to participants ages 4+ at any skill level. Any team combo is allowed - adult/adult, adult/kid or kid/kid (1st grade and older). Teams will be sent out in timed waves every 10 minutes with kid-only teams going first, adult/kid teams second and adult/adult teams third. There are two courses to choose from: Recreation Course: for those who prefer to go at a leisurely pace. Competitive Course: for those who prefer a challenge and are physically active. Bonus: Up your chances of winning by donating two used pairs of sneakers for pediatric cancer and receive a free 2 minute time-saver token. (Max of 1 token per team.) This event partners with Max Cure Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of the youngest cancer patients and their families. For specific locations and event information, click HERE.
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The California Academy of Sciences, based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, rainforest, and natural history museum—all under one living roof. Inside one of the greenest museums in the world, visitors find exhibits and experiences that can only be seen at the Academy: including 40,000 animals living in the aquarium and a four-story rainforest filled with free-flying birds and butterflies. The museum also boasts one of the most accurate digital planetariums in the world, a variety of interactive programs and activities, and more. Size: There is a lot happening under the 2.5-acre living roof: walk past the massive T. Rex skeleton to see the 40,000 animals living in the aquarium, and check out the 90-foot glass dome rainforest, the 87-foot long blue whale skeleton, and more. Crown Jewel: The four-story rainforest with its free-flying birds and butterflies, exotic reptiles, amphibians, golden silk orb-weaver spiders, and enormous Amazonian fish. Eye Catcher: Claude, the beloved albino alligator. Catch one of the regularly-scheduled presentations to learn what it really means to be an albino alligator, and what swamp life is like for American alligators today. Hands-On Exhibits: Touch sea urchins in a discovery tidepool, and explore hundreds of specimens in the Naturalist Center. Don't Miss: Our colony of African Penguin as they waddle, splash, and socialize with each other. Planetarium: Experience the cosmos up front as the 75-foot dome displays one of the most accurate digital universes ever created. Planetarium show tickets are included in the price of admission and can be reserved at the planetarium kiosk. Giants of Land and Sea: Experience Northern California's natural wonders hands-on: guests feel their way through an immersive fog room, try to hold their balance in an earthquake room, virtually climb the top of a towering redwood tree, and examine several native specimens and fossils. Free with Daily Admission: Coral Reef Dive, Ssssnake Encounter, Quest for Curiosities, Swamp Discovery, and more. Check out the daily calendar on the Academy website to see the schedule.
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Subpar Miniature Golf’s whimsical indoor miniature-golf course features holes modeled after re-creations of NoCal and Bay Area landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Golfers can show off their putting skills by jumping into the Giants stadium or navigate the twisting Lombard street. Their ever-growing arcade area keeps button-smashers busy with vintage pinball machines and a pair of air-hockey tables, contributing to Taft's dream of turning the space into a family institution and community fixture. As he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "Every once in a while, you'll hear a giant cheer in the back by a group that sunk a (great) putt. It makes me feel really good, like 'We did that. That's us.'"
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It all began in 1928 with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, two old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, and a quick dip in dark chocolate. With these three simple ingredients, George Whitney created the first chocolate-covered IT'S-IT ice-cream sandwich. For the next several decades, he sold these treats exclusively to Playland at the Beach's passersby until the amusement park closed in the early 1970s. This setback didn't deter Whitney, though. Instead, it inspired him to open a tiny shop and continue making ice-cream sandwiches by hand for the San Francisco area's small local stores. More and more stores began clamoring for the treats, so the company started to expand until IT'S-IT Ice Cream made its way into freezers across more than 15 states. "If you’re not from the Bay Area you might be tempted to call the IT'S-IT just another ice cream sandwich," wrote one Google employee according to The Wall Street Journal, "But you’d be oh, so wrong." The traditional IT'S-IT sandwich with vanilla ice cream continues to be a staple, although chocolate, mint, pumpkin, strawberry, green tea, and cappuccino flavors can also be found. And, the company has expanded its selection to include a handful of other treats—scoops of ice cream lie sandwiched between over-sized chocolate-chip cookies, as well as dark-chocolate wafers. IT'S-IT's version of a sundae on a stick, meanwhile, features ice cream dipped in dark chocolate and then rolled in roasted peanuts.
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Onedome, San Francisco’s brand-new destination for interactive and immersive experiences, features: The Unreal Garden: this augmented reality experience brings Art o Life all around you, with the help of the HoloLens headset. You share moments of awe & beauty with your loved ones, as sculptures, plants and animals of pure light appear like magic addition to “normal reality”. LMNL: A labyrinth of 14 immersive and interactive rooms invites you to otherworldly explorations of curiosity, play and collaboration, where everything responds to you. LMNL is a 60-120 minute experience for all audiences and ages. Elixart Bar & Lounge: Taste the most exotic elixirs, from enlivening to rejuvenating and let hobbit house, waterfall and river invite you to a moment of peace and joy. After purchasing this deal, you will need to visit the website listed on your voucher to complete redemption.
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Guests can explore the wonders of the San Francisco Bay ecosystem and join the movement to protect this special place they call home. Aquarium of the Bay at PIER 39 is the home to over 20,000 animals found in and around San Francisco Bay and the California Coast. The 50,000 square foot aquarium features four main exhibit areas: Discover the Bay introduces guests to eight animal habitats and over a thousand species local to the Bay Area Under the Bay allows guests to experience what it is like under the bay as they walk through two large tunnels featuring giant seabass, swirling schools of anchovies, and multiple species of sharks, including the Bay’s largest predator – the sevengill shark Touch the Bay with touchpools offers a tactile interaction with sharks, rays, skates, and sea stars Otters: Watershed Ambassadors provides a look into river otters' daily activities, such as playing, swimming, romping, and rolling. Aquarium of the Bay is one of the six institutions of Bay.Org that reaches millions of Bay Area community members and visitors from around the world through education, advocacy, and policy initiatives. Visitors' memberships help Bay.Org lead “free” field trips for 25,000+ students from the Bay Area. The Aquarium of the Bay Memberships also give the bearers admission to the other institutions of Bay.Org, including Sea Lion Center at PIER 39, EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, and the Bay Model in Sausalito.
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Staff at 7D Experience equip audience members with laser blasters and 3-D glasses before strapping them into neon-yellow moveable seats inside a 20-seat interactive digital theater. Each of the Experience's current rides combines built-in roller-coaster movement with interactive shooting challenges in the XD DarkRide, and immerses players in a computer-generated onscreen experience through surround-sound and 3-D visual effects. Los Banditos surrounds players in a Southwest landscape, in which they defeat robotic cowboys, while Zombies! pits players against waves of undead in a digital apocalypse. At the end of each eight-minute game, the screen displays the winner's photo, allowing others to admire their score or tell them whether they'd look good with a mustache. For more information, see the ride page. Technology has reached a golden age, in which shooting with lasers is fun and exciting, but not yet lethal. Have a blast with this voucher.
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Alcatraz: The Breakout is Madame Tussauds’ first escape room in over 250 years of the brand’s history. Acatraz: The Breakout is a thrilling, one-hour escape room game where you will race against the clock to solve puzzles, decipher clues, and escape the most infamous prison in the world. Players try to crack the code before the guards catch them.

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