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creative kids activities.
We provide recommendations,
reviews, and resources on all
sorts of fun things to do in San
San Jose, Marin, and beyond!
Kiddie Koncierge: Resources - Attractions - SF
Resources: Attractions San
Want a museum? Want a rainy day place to go? The following list
should provide some good ideas!
Academy of Art University Car Museum, Van Ness at
Washington, San Francisco
Open Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons by
Call (415) 618-3720
This amazing collection of unique vehicles is usually reserved for
such elite events as the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance but
in between you can get up front and personal with these beautiful
works of art.
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
Open daily except for Christmas. M-Thu 10 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fri-
Sun, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tickets $14.95 adult, $8 for kids 3-11, $37.95 Family (2 adults +
2 kids) - discounts available with your parking ticket.
What? A bargain at Pier 39? Yes, once you get past the Pier 39
location and the $7/hour parking, this is a pretty decent aquarium.
You probably wouldn't ordinarily go unless you have out of town
guests, but once you are there, the displays are well-designed,
the kids can pet rays, sharks, and sea stars, and best of all are a
series of tunnels where you can get really up close and personal
with some of the sea life in the Bay and surrounding waters. We
had a great time.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco
Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco
1 Market Street, San Francisco
Noon to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays FREE
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Mon - Sat: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Tickets Adult $25.95, Kids 12-17 $19.95, Kids 7-11 $14.95, Kids
3 and under FREE. Admission FREE the 3rd Wednesday of every
The CAS combines a natural history museum, aquarium, and
planetarium in an innovative structure. There are ways to beat the
high price: bus or bike to the museum and get $3 off your ticket
price. San Francisco residents get in for free on weekends on a
rotating zip code basis. The full schedule of free days for
residents is here: http://www.calacademy.
Cable Car Museum, 1201 Mason Street
(at Washington) San Francisco
Open daily except New Years, Easter Sunday,
Thanksgiving, and Christmas,
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (April through September)
and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (October - March)
Hop off any Powell (Powell-Mason or Powell-Hyde), line at Mason
and Washington and check out this great museum of Cable Car
history. While you are there, go under the streets to see the huge
wheels and cables that make the cable cars move (of course, you
can also see them whirring in the cavernous building). This
museum has great historical photos, a very nice gift shop, and
tons of artifacts. One of our favorites
Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco
Children's Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum)
221 Fourth Street, San Francisco
Weds - Sun - 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco
Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco
Tues-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
Open daily except for Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open late Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Adults $10 Kids under 18, FREE
Come visit the latest entry to the San Francisco sky line. And,
while you are there, enjoy their great collections and programs.
Pretty much every Sunday, the CJM offers an immersive
experience tying a current exhibit with an art project - very similar to
the programs at the SF MOMA and the de Young. Family Gallery
Adventures are interactive, educator-led tours designed to engage
the whole family through stories, movement, art, and careful
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Open Tu - Su, 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Open until 8:45 on Fridays with special events and music during
The de Young is a great museum for the family. They have Friday
events during the summer, there are "Doing and Viewing Art"
classes every Saturday where kids are taken on a docent tour of
an exhibit and then taken to a workshop where artists lead the
children from 3.5 to 12 years through an art activity. All of these
events are free with admission. Note: JFK Drive is closed from
April - September to vehicular traffic BUT open to bicycles and
skaters! Also, visit the Koret Park - one of the BEST
playgrounds in San Francisco.
Exploratorium, Pier 15 San Francisco NEW LOCATION!
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Adults $14, kids 13-17 $11, Kids 4-12 $9 - Check your museum or
zoo memberships, they may have reciprocal privileges to this
museum. Check out our reciprocity guide for more details.
The Exploratorium just rocks. Period. For all ages. The staff put
together interactive, hands-on exhibits that teach as well as
entertain. Your child will get tired before they get bored. In
addition to the constantly changing "permanent" exhibits, there are
temporary special installations that are worth a trip by
themselves. The Exploratorium also has series of lectures,
activities, films, and other events virtually every weekend and
frequently during the week. Visit their site for more.
Make sure to check out their 16 outdoor installations at Fort
Mason! Click here for more details and locations: http:/apps.
Fort Point National Historic Park, San Francisco
Fri- Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Golden Gate Railroad Museum, San Francisco – CLOSED UNTIL
International Museum of Women, San Francisco
JCCSF, San Francisco
While not a museum, the JCCSF is a great place for family
activities, events, and entertainment even if you aren't a member
or even Jewish.
Legion of Honor, San Francisco
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco
Museum of the City of San Francisco, San Francisco
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco,
Open Tu-Sa, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Randall museum is a gem of natural history just between the
Haight and the Castro. Check out live animals, cool learning
exhibits, and a while raft of classes and fun drop-in activities on
San Francisco Museum of Craft + Design, 550 Sutter Street, San
Tues - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
The San Francisco Museum of Craft+Design interprets and
communicates contemporary work in craft and design. They
frequently host great family-friendly events.
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association and the
U.S.S. Pampanito, Aquatic Park (between Fort Mason and
Ghiradelli Square), and Pier 45 San Francisco
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. May - October
While the Maritime Museum Building is closed for renovations, the
submarine, U.S.S. Pampanito at Pier 45 (next to the Musee
Mechanique, and the old sailing vessels in Aquatic Park are still
open for visitors.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street, San
CLOSED UNTIL 2016 for construction
Open Mo, Tu, Fri 10:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Thur 10:00 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Sa and Su 10:00 a.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Kids 12 and under are FREE
SF MOMA is a great place to visit. The dramatic architecture is
certain to get your kids imaginations going and they regularly have
great exhibits in addition to their permanent collection. Before you
go, watch KiddieKoncierge for special activities at the Koret Center
on the 2nd Floor. This place is great with lots of kid-friendly
activities and staff to help bring the museum to life for your kids.
Most Sundays year-round, there is a family art activity in the Koret
Center. Make sure you check our current activities to see what's
Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco
104 Montgomery Street (if you are entering these coordinates into
a GPS, make sure to enter the 94129 zip code)
The Presidio of San Francisco (Just off the Parade Grounds)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Open Wednesday - Monday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Closed every Tuesday and on January 1st, July 4th, Thanksgiving
Day, and Christmas Day.
Kids 6-17: $12.50
Kids under 6 are FREE
For Directions and information, click http://disney.go.
For Tickets, click: http://secure3.gatewayticketing.
Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute, San Francisco
Wells Fargo History Museums, San Francisco, Old Sacramento
Sacramento (Downtown), Los Angeles, and San Diego
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Baker Beach, the Presidio, San Francisco
Demonstrations 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. First Saturday and Sunday
of each month
Built near Baker Beach in 1904, Battery Chamberlin was
constructed to accommodate the lighter, stronger, more powerful
coastal defense artillery developed in the late nineteenth century.
Today, Battery Chamberlin holds the last 6-inch "disappearing
gun" of its type on the west coast. On the first full weekend of each
month, you can take part in demonstrations of the gun and visit a
small seacoast defense museum at the battery..
Coca Cola Fan Lot at AT&T Park, San Francisco
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the summer (June, July
and August) Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
September through May
FREE with admission during Games and FREE when the team is
out of town and in the off-season.
For the baseball fans or just the family that needs to get some ya-
yas out of their kids, try the Fan Zone. The attraction includes 47
foot high slides, great views of the city, a Little Giants Park for kids
4-7 to play around in and more.
Musee Mechanique, Pier 45 at the end of Taylor, Fisherman's
Wharf, San Francisco. FREE
www.museemechanique.org/contact.html (Turn down the sound
if you visit the site as "Laughing Sal" will drive you crazy before
Open 7 days a week 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. on
weekends and holidays)
An old-time nickelodeon with cool mechanical arcade machines
from the old Playland near Sutro Baths.
San Francisco Zoo, Sloat at 47th (near Great Highway), San
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: adults $11, Kids 12-17 $8, Kids 3-11 $5
Check your museum or zoo memberships, they may have
reciprocal privileges to this museum. Check out our reciprocity
guide for more details.
The SF Zoo is a pretty good zoo. Their newly-renovated kids
section is very nice. Visitors can see raptors, reptiles, farm
animals, and bugs up close and the docents are very
knowledgeable. Outside of the kids area and the puffer train, the
Zoo is OK.
Golden Gate Park
Among the MANY great ways to spend a day here are
- The Koret Children's Quarter
- Boating on Stow Lake
- The Japanese Tea Garden. Our son RAVES about this place.
Julius Kahn Playground
Presidio, San Francisco
Koret Children's Quarter
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Chestnut between Webster and Buchanan, San Francisco Marina
Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants
It is somewhat pointless to put together a list of places to eat in
this epicurean paradise since 1) the list will be instantly out of
date and 2) most places no matter how tony, will have a plate of
pasta available for the finicky eater. That being said, for YOUR
enjoyment, it may not be a great idea to take your kid to Fleur de
Lys or Michael Minna's. So the following are a list of places that
WE like and have had good child experiences at. Bear in mind,
our child has been carted along to al sorts of places at an early
Gott's Roadside (Formerly Taylor's Automatic Refresher)
Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building, Space 6 (at the far North End of the building), San
Lunch and Dinner
Burgers, dogs, fries, and killer shakes for the kids, grown up
slads and sandwiches for the adults.
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