San Francisco from A to Z

A Little Yumminess - San Francisco Bay Area
February 27, 2018

Explore both well-traveled corners and hidden gems with this kid-friendly A to Z guide to San Francisco. Along the way, help the kids assemble their own customized alphabet scrapbook to remember their favorite sights, sounds and tastes. Grab a map, a camera, and plenty of quarters for the parking meter.... and go!

A - Academy of Sciences. Visit some amazing fish in giant aquariums, watch a penguin feeding and take a lunch break at the wonderful cafe.

B - Bernal Heights. Catch a patch of sun and a grab a sweet treat from Sandbox Bakery while you browse the shops

C - Crissy Field. Fly a kite, ride your bike and take in brilliant views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Pack a picnic on  sunny day or grab some hot chocolate at the Warming Hut when the fog rolls in.

D - DeYoung Museum Observation Tower. Float above the city and enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the city from the deYoung Observation Tower (no admission fee required).

E - Exploratorium. Feed the curiosity of everyone in your family with hands on science exhibits at the Exploratorium. 

F - Ferry Building Marketplace. Watch the ferry come in, shop some of the season's best produce on market days and sample flavors from around the world at the Ferry Building Marketplace. 

G - Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Wander the alleys of Chinatown then stop in at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for a taste test and to see how a fortune cookie is made.

H - House of Air. Jump, jump, jump to your heart's content on the giant trampolines at House of Air. 

I - Ice Cream. Hit one of San Francisco's ice cream hot spots: Bi-Rite Creamery, Smitten, Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous, Twirl and Dip Ice Cream Truck and The Ice Cream Bar.

J - Julius Kahn Playground. Plan a play date at an all-time favorite place to climb, swing, run and play amongst the gorgeous, green backdrop of the Presidio at Julius Kahn Playground.

K - Kids' Art Classes. Nurture young art lovers with free Doing and Viewing Art activities Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums. 

L - Lover's Lane. Take a picturesque bike ride along the Lover's Lane historic paved trail in the Presidio.

M - Musee Mecanique. Play old time arcade games, listen to some tunes on the collection of antique player pianos and visit Laughing Sal, the mascot of long gone San Francisco landmark, Playland at the Beach at the Musee Mechanique. (And admission is free!)

N - N Judah Streetcar. Take a ride from AT&T Park to Ocean Beach on the N-Judah streetcar. Make a pit stop at Java Beach or Outerlands Cafe at the end of the line before hitting the beach.

O - Ocean Beach. Play in the sand, bike along the Great Highway or just take in the colorful scene of surfers, kite boarders, and dog walkers.

P - Parklets.  Rendezvous with friends at a parklet, one of the mini urban gathering places dotted around the city in neighborhoods from Noe Valley to North Beach.

Q - Queen Anne Victorians. Learn about San Francisco history with a guided tour of the Haas Lillienthal house, a perfectly preserved Queen Anne built in 1886.

R - R & G Lounge. When Dungeness crab season hits, make a run for straight for R&G Lounge for one of the best versions of salt and pepper crab in the city. 

S - Stern Grove. Spread out a picnic blanket and take part in a beloved San Francisco tradition. Stern Grove's free summer concert series has been going strong for 75 years, but you can visit during the rest of the year to explore the wonders of this 63-acre hidden gem.

T - Taco Crawl. Set off on a taco crawl in the Mission district, but be sure to save room for dessert at Dynamo Donut, Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream or Mission Pie.

U - Union Square. Do some window shopping then let the kids play in the plaza right in the center of it all. Before you leave, duck into the Westin St. Francis lobby for a moment of old school San Francisco glamour.

V - Victorian San Francisco. Take a free walking tour offered by San Francisco City Guides from "Victorian San Francisco" in Pacific Heights to Golden Gate Park Stroller Walks or neighborhood guided tours.

W - Wave Organ. Experience an acoustical sculpture with a visit to the Wave Organ on the shores of San Francisco Bay.  

X - Xiao Long Bao. Make a visit to Shanghai Dumpling King to try the famous soup dumplings called Xiao Long Bao.

Z - Zoo. Take a trip on the miniature train and a ride on the carousel and have almost as much fun as seeing the animals at the San Francisco Zoo.

Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are the San Francisco Bay-Area moms behind A Little Yumminess, a family food blog featuring spiced-up recipes and kid-friendly food adventures. Check out our kid-friendly food adventures in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


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