Free activities for the kids while in San Francisco
We are a family of 4 that live in the city of San Francisco. We are blessed to live in such a beautiful and culturally diverse city. The city can be pricey. Here are a couple of suggestions if you are coming with the kids and not much money.
First, our favorite spot to go is AT&T park. If the Giants are NOT in town, the back of the park is open to the public. That means the kids can go down the Coca-Cola bottle slide and use the mini baseball diamond. It is a great workout for the kids. The slides are for kids taller than 48 inches and the t-ball area is primarily for kids under 48 inches tall. The park is very seldom used outside of Giant's games. It is the best kept secret around. There is plenty of metered parking around the area of the ballpark
Our second favorite free activity is Yerba Buena Gardens park. This is hidden away behind the Merry Go Round you see on the corner of Howard and 4th Street. Walk behind the Merry Go Round and you will see the kids play area. There is a huge slide along with sand pits and fountains. The slides are rather big and you need to be 5 years or older to slide down. On occasion, there is park security making sure there are no under age kids going down the slide. While you are here, make sure you explore the garden surrounding the play area. They have a variety of flowers and plants to explore.
The next place we enjoy going to is Chrissy Field. It is in the Presidio and it has the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge (if it is a clear day, of course). The best way to get here is from Marina Blvd. Before Marina Blvd ends, make sure you stay on the right had side of the road to go in to Chrissy field. Follow this road until it ends and it should leave you directly underneath the Golden Gate bridge. There is a great park with wide open spaces. Bring a frisbee or paddle ball game. Also, don't forget to bring a jacket. It may be burning up in the East bay, but Chrissy field is notoriously cold all year long. I work in the Presidio and I have seen 10 days out of the year that was warm enough to go without a jacket. Really!!! Bring a jacket. Especially in the summer.
If you want to go to another park that has an outstanding play area and slides for the kids, take them to the Marina playground. That is on Chestnut Street between Laguna and Fillmore. It is right next to the Marina Library. The kids will have a blast in this playground. There are variety of activities for all ages. If you are hungry, you can go to one of the trendy and pricey restaurants on Chestnut street or you can try Baywatch Cafe. It is a good place for a well priced breakfast or lunch that won't break the bank.
Best of luck in you travels to San Francisco.