Savvy Franciscan moms, are you in search of new activities to do with your kids in the Bay Area? We rounded up our favorite spots for things to do with kids, kid-friendly restaurants and places to see around the Bay and of course the scoop on fun kids activities in San Francisco!

Come on, take your little Franciscan and start exploring the city!

Places to see with kids in San Francisco

Hyde Street Pier with kids:  At the Hyde Street Pier, six floating historic vessels are anchored for public view, including Alma, a scow schooner, Eureka, a four-story, 1890 ferry, and Balclutha, a real-life square-rigged ship, the likes of which are immortalized in bottles. A day spent down at the pier playing pirate is a worthy day indeed. Read more…

Jack London Square with kids: Old Jack London Square got a face lift a few years ago, and has attracted some great restaurants. It’s also located right on the waterfront so there is plenty to see.

Noe Valley’s 24th Street with kids: Noe Valley is renowned for its family-friendly atmosphere, and no place more so than 24th Street. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for a fun outing with kids (especially if you want to get some shopping done while you’re there.) Read on for a fun, kid-friendly introduction to the neighborhood.

Filoli Gardens with kids: Celebrate the return of spring by exploring the beautiful gardens at Filoli, a lovingly-preserved country estate in Woodside with a special family-friendly Mother’s Day Celebration coming up in May you won’t want to miss.  Walk through sixteen acres of gardens of all different kinds, visit the house itself, drop by the garden shop, and hike to the greenhouse where the little ones can pot a plant, decorate it, and bring it home. Read more…

Tiburon’s Main Street with kids: A fun and historic place to explore with kids. Take the ferry in for an extra treat and explore the sights to see and treats to eat for a family-fun day in the Bay Area. If you have kids who love trains, don’t miss the Historical Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum, then shop and eat and play all day.  Read on to find the best spots to visit.

Places to eat with kids in San Francisco

Eating Out with San Francisco Kids: Pack up the kids and take the family out to dinner! Red Tricycle offers Bay Area parents a list of cool, kid-friendly restaurants to choose from. From fine dining to fun cafes, read on to find the perfect restaurant for your family.

Puccini & Pinetti with Kids: Take the entire family to Downtown San Francisco’s hidden family gem for family-style Italian food. The kids menu comes with crayons and coloring pages, but the best kid-friendly activity that makes this venue a fun place to eat with kids is making your own pizza! Read on for more details on turning dinner out into a creative experience.

Best San Francisco Food Carts for Kids: Was there ever a better food medium for families than the food cart?  It’s like a treasure hunt, ending in a fuss-free gourmet experience. But many of the best local food carts can be tricky to find—and fickle about twittering their locations. We have done the leg-work for you and found some great spots you and your kids will love. Read on for adventures in pizza, crepes, deep fried PB&J, whoopie pies and more food your kids will love!

Best Bay Area Vegetarian Restaurants for Kids: Stay cool as a cucumber with these family-friendly vegetarian restaurants that not only serve healthy dining options but also offer a kid-friendly, relaxed atmosphere where your family will feel comfortable. Learn where to find creative salads and pizzas, organic non-GMO tacos, vegan tempura, rolls, inventive wraps and more…

San Francisco’s New Gourmet Brewery with kids: At the Social Kitchen & Brewery, parents can chill out with a glass of L’Enfant Terrible while kids enjoy tempura sweet potato fries served in a miniature bucket. Local and seasonal governs the menu and there is a great kid menu that includes faves like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, burgers, and small side dishes. Find more great restaurants for kids here…

Fun Indoor/Outdoor activities for kids around the Bay  Area

San Francisco Kids Favorite Puppet Shows Everyone loves puppet shows, whether they’re 3, 33, or 103. Happily, the traditional art of puppetry is alive and well in the San Francisco Bay Area, so don’t miss out and mark your calendars! Read more…

Bay Area Indoor Play Spaces for kids:  The Bay Area has a bevy of indoor play spaces that provide the perfect antidote to cabin fever. We’ve done the research to help you find the best indoor slides, climbing areas, pretend play areas, kids classes, and children’s story time, along with mom workshops, classes and lattes and a whole lot more. Read more…

San Francisco de Young with Kids: If you’re looking for an enjoyable outing for the whole family, look no further than San Francisco’s de Young museum in Golden Gate Park. They have Family Programs and Studio Workshops taught by professional artist-teachers. Don’t forget zipping to the museum’s top floor to take in the jaw-dropping 360-degree view of San Francisco (kids love elevators). And exploring the outdoor sculpture garden is a great kids activity. Read on for more information on program times and details.

Best Bay Area Wildflower Hikes with Kids: The spring wildflower display creates an Impressionist landscape, full of colors and fragrances ready for your kids to explore! Wildflower hikes are a child’s dream day out and we have the best ones across San Francisco, Marin, East Bay, and the Peninsula ready for you to get out and get walking.  Read more…

Day Trip to Half Moon Bay with Kids: Half Moon Bay is a snap to get to and offers ocean views, small-town charm, and lots of family fun. You’ll find miles of clean white sand for the kids to play in, the best tide pooling in California, harbor seal-spotting, kid friendly restaurants, and even pony/train rides, and a petting zoo. What more could you ask for on a beautiful spring day? Start planning your trip here…