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Places to Take Your Children to In San Francisco

After a long year of being stuck indoors, as the San Francisco Bay Area begins to reopen, it’s time to take the children out for some fun and safe activities. San Francisco is well-known around the world for its steep rolling hills, cable cars, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But, the city also has a place for families, with a long list of kid-friendly attractions that go way beyond the common tourist attractions.

From historic theaters to museums with hands-on experiences, San Francisco offers locals and tourists a never-ending list of things to do. And if you’re still not ready for indoor attractions - like the Exploratorium and the De Young Museum - the city is really known for clear skies to play outside.

Gorgeous beaches will entertain the children for hours, and the huge Golden Gate Park and the Presidio National Park offers families the opportunity to play in tree forts, row boats, and explore innovative playgrounds. The best part of the city is how easy it is to get around!

At Little Ducklings Clubhouse in the San Francisco, we know how important it is for children to get their playtime. We have an outdoor play area for the toddlers to enjoy the beautiful weather that we are fortunate enough to have year-round here in the Bay Area.

If you're looking for activities to enjoy with your children, here are the top 5 places to visit in San Francisco with kids, indoors and outdoors.

Aquarium of the Bay

PIER 39 The Embarcadero & Beach St

San Francisco, CA 94133

This interactive aquarium is for kids of all ages. It is located in front of Pier 39. You’ll see more than 20,000 marine animals like rays, sharks, octopus, jellyfish, river otters, and more.

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Beach St.

San Francisco, CA 94123

There are many reasons to avoid the tourist attraction Fisherman’s wharf, including crowds and expensive food and attractions. One spot we recommend is the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Kids can see the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, where a three-masted cargo ship and a paddle steamboat are docked. There’s also a sandy beach and many kids like to watch the boats from Aquatic Park.

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Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St.

San Francisco, CA 94111

Head to the Embarcadero and experience this center of all things science. Hands-on exhibits allow children to step inside a tornado, cut the rings on a 300-year old tree, and also build their own electrical circuits. Adults will love this place too!

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Baker Beach

1504 Pershing Dr,

San Francisco, CA 94129

Located below the rugged cliffs on the Presidio’s western shoreline, Baker beach is a good spot for picnics and sand castles. There are tables, restrooms, and grills located in the parking lot. There is also a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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South Park

South Park,

San Francisco, CA 94107

South Park remains one of San Francisco’s oldest yet lesser known parks in the city. The park underwent a $3.8 million renovation, with new features such as grass, benches, tables, meadows, cement walkways, and a custom universal play area.

Photo by Fabian Centeno on Unsplash

At Little Ducklings Clubhouse in the San Francisco Bay Area, we encourage fun and safe play. We have a backyard for children to play outdoors, along with various engaging activities such as arts and crafts, baby yoga, and more. San Francisco is a vibrant city full of art, so we want our children to be artists of their own. Yoga is fun for babies and toddlers and it helps them relax and have a peaceful sleep. We are also a Spanish immersion program, so we teach your Little Ducklings to speak Spanish. Interested in the other activities we offer?Schedule a virtual tour with us online or call us at 415-572-7601.

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