Travel season has just begun, as kids across the country have been sprung free from the clutches of their school for the next few months. In short order, your time off from work will also begin and with airline tickets in hand, you and your whole crew will take off for the City by the Bay, San Francisco. This city, blessed by views that are unfair compared to what other urban areas of America have to be content with, have long drawn travelers seeking a slice of the California life for themselves, if only for a week or so.
While you and your partner are obviously excited, you are concerned that your kids might get listless after the novelty of being in a new place wears off. The way to stave this off is to mix in kid-friendly destinations into your itinerary so that they will have several experiences they can treasure from their time in San Fran.
Let’s dive deeper into some of the best things you can do with your kids in San Francisco…
Science made fun at the Exploratorium
While many big cities in America have science centres that rank well among things to do for kids, the Exploratorium is one of the best museums of its kind in America, if not the world. Most of the exhibits in this center emphasize interactivity, not just dictating science in a boring manner, but it puts kids in the midst of it, turning a boring lecture into a game they won’t want to stop playing. Subject matters covered here include the environment, physics, biology, and more.
Ride a streetcar to Fisherman’s Wharf
Being one of the most enduring symbols of San Francisco (aside from “that bridge”), the streetcars that troll the streets of downtown are an excellent way to travel to one this cities’ most popular amusement attractions, the Fisherman’s Wharf. Here, a 7D theatre, a branch of Madame Tussaud’s wax museums, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and an endless variety of restaurants, ice cream parlors, and street food trucks await you and your underestimated kids, whom will leave here buzzing and beaming. As such, try not to visit too close to bed time!
Soak up the sun at Golden Gate Park
If saving money is the name of the game, get the most bang for your buck at Golden Gate Park, a treasured public space close to downtown that is completely free to enter. Whether you decide to explore the Japanese Tea Garden, take a paddle boat for a spin on Stow Lake, or if you simply want to fly kites on a stiff breeze by while looking out over the Pacific Ocean, an afternoon spent here is a valuable use of you and your kid’s time.