OK, so Amy Graff put together this great list, in the form of a slideshow. It appeared in her terrific blog post in The Mommy Files blog on SF Gate.
Since I used to work with lead at the steel mill, my memory isn’t what it used to be (and never was, according to my mom). So I wrote down a slightly abbreviated version of her list, for easy reference in those moments on the weekends when we’re at a loss for things to do in this amazing city!
Whether you live here, or are visiting, this is a great list of well-known activities, along with plenty of hidden gems.
There isn’t much rhyme or reason to what I left out, other than the omissions were the more obvious ones we wouldn’t forget anyway: Cal Academy, ride a Cable Car and so on.
So for those of you that would like to keep it handy, here is a slightly shortened version of what Amy put together. Thank you so much Amy, you just made our summer better!
Family Concert at SF Symphony
Go for Ice Cream, original Swensens, others
Walk the Golden Gate Bridge
Check out City Hall Dome, tallest in the US
St Francis Fountain: traditional Soda Fountain
Build Sand Castles at Baker Beach
Row boats on Stow Lake
Mission Dolores, oldest intact bldg in SF
Julius Kahn Playground
La Victoria Mexicana bakery 24th & Mission
Fly Kites @ Crissy Field, SF’s first airport
Hike the Coastal Trail
Dolores Park & New Playground
Look for wild Parrots on Telegraph Hill
Mission District Balmy Alley Murals
Moon Bridge, Japanese Tea Garden
Attend Singalong at Castro Theater
GG Park Childrens Quarter playground, first playground in the US!
Meet animals at Randall Museum, 11:15 every Saturday
Kidsfest at Flax Art – Check for schedule
Mitchells Ice Cream
Brunch at the Ramp, watch boats, eat Nutella
Sand Dollar hunting on Ocean Beach, early morning
Fire Dept Museum
Bullet Train kids meal at Mifune in Japantown
Yerba Buena Bardens play circle
YB Ice skating
Bike closed streets in GGP Sundays
Lands End trail, Cliff House to Legion of Honor: see three shipwrecks
Harmon observation tower at Deyoung: free!
Cartoon Art Museum class
Battery Chamberlin GGNRA. First full weekend of month, demo
Canon loading demo at Ft Point
Asian art museum family programs
Angel island picnic
Volunteer at SF foodbank
Glide Memorial Church, singalong
Hyatt Regency Lobby
GG Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown
Childrens night Giorgios pizza inner richmond: kids make own pies
Fruity popsicles at Bi-Rite, no waiting in big ice cream line
Balcutha tall ship at Hyde St Pier
Precita Eyes art class, bernal heights
Alemany farmers market: musical Saw lady: Saturdays
SFMOMA Family Sundays
Stern Grove performances
Glen Park: Bird & Beckett books, live jazz, big selection of kids books
Winfield st slide
tea party at Lovejoys Tea Room
Carl Larsen Sava pool: nice, clean public
Hang Gliders at Fort Funston
Museum of the African Diaspora
Ride the Little Puffer Train at the SF Zoo
Street Car Museum (not same as Cable Car Museum)
Ferry Ride to Sausalito for Lunch & Ice Cream
City Streets Events
Riding MUNI to wherever you’re going: our kids love it
Walk around AT&T Park when no game: free admission!