South of Market St.
Leroy King Carousel
- This historic carousel came from Playland-at-the Beach, an early 20th century amusement park at Ocean Beach. The horses on the carousel have been beautifully restored, down to the horse hair tails on the horses. Fun for the little ones.
Children's Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) -
This art and technology center has hands-on fun for children of all ages. In the Animator's Studio, create your claymation animations, or produce your own movies, music, stories, art creations.
- In the Children's Garden, relax in the playground
with a climbing structure, slippery slides and tubular slides, a sandbox (with water for your sand creations), a pint-sized hedge maze, and water to play in (don't drink it). Table and chairs in the shade.
Ice Skating Center and Bowling Center
- Older kids will want to try ice skating (year round), or go bowling. The 12 lane Bowling Center has kid-size bowling balls, and bowling classes.
Martin Luther King Jr. Waterfall
- On a warm day, this waterfall is a wonderful place to play. Dabble little fingers in the water, trace the water flow from the upper pool, down a series of "cataracts" into the lower pool. Go behind the waterfall several times (you might get a little wet). Next to the waterfall is the Esplanade
, a wide grassy area to run around. Bring a picnic and sit out in the sun like lizards.
SFMOMA (San Franciso Museum of Modern Art) – SFMOMA is a fun, fabulous museum for kids to experience modern art.
All the details for what to see and tips for visiting the museum with kids, on our blog: New SFMOMA
Salesforce Park – Rooftop city park, check out free games, art and reading carts, children's play area, colorful tables, chairs, grass for outdoor picnics, gardens from around the world.
Park is located on top of the Salesforce Transit Center, between 2nd and Beale Streets, Howard and Mission Streets.
The Metreon is perfect to pick up lunch or snacks, from noodles, to pizza, soup, sandwiches, crepes, Thai, Vietnamese, hamburgers, salads, vegetarian, cupcakes, and pastries. Eat in the food court, or go outside into the gardens and picnic on the grass in nice weather.