Both mazes and labyrinths have been in existence for thousands of years and over time have been adopted by different cultures throughout the world, including the Bay Area.
And here’s the good bit. It’s been proven that children who play with mazes and labyrinths experience a boost in motor development, creative thought and critical thinking skills. Happily, they are blissfully unaware of this and just see it as pure and simple FUN!
Local mazes and labyrinths:
Theological Seminary, 105 Seminary Rd, San Anselmo, has two types of labyrinths
Bernal Labyrinth, in the old quarry site on the southwest corner of Bernal Hill, San Francisco
Community Congregational Church, 145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon, magnificent view of San Francisco
Duboce Park, San Francisco
Grace Cathedral, Nob Hill, has an indoor and outdoor labyrinth
Hal Brown Park, Greenbrae
Land's End Labyrinth, sadly it is barely there but worth venturing to
Lake Merritt, Oakland
California Pacific Medical Center Labyrinth, Pacific Heights
Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze, Pier 39, San Francisco, $5 per person but very cool
Marina Labyrinth, Berkeley Marina
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Berkeley Hills, look for the Mazzariello labyrinth and a heart-shaped maze on Volcanic Trail.
There are a wide variety of mazes and labyrinths to appeal to different ages that range from fairly simple to extremely difficult. Have fun seeking out ways to enjoy this really fun activity with your kids wherever and however you choose. It is equally fun for kids and grownups alike.
* Some of the places mentioned are in places of worship and healing. Please make sure to be respectful of others who are using the labyrinths and mazes for meditation, religious, solace or therapeutic purposes.