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Playground Review: Elinor Friend Playground at San Francisco Zoo

Elinor Friend Playground

Sloat Blvd & Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94132

Pros:

  • Separate areas for toddlers, preschoolers, and older children
  • The toddler section is fenced in
  • Infant swings are available in both the toddler and preschool sections
  • Lots of fun themed climbing structures
  • Adults can play with their toddlers on the preschool section climber and on larger slides

Cons:

  • Even on sunny mornings the playground equipment can be very wet
  • A lot of the area is unshaded
  • Some small structures seem like they should have movement but don’t

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Family Outing: Exploratorium

Exploratorium

Pier 15, The Embarcadero & Green St.

Visiting the Exploratorium is a great outing for San Francisco families with kids of various ages. It doesn’t really have enough activities targeted at the smallest tiny humans to recommend it as a typical toddler outing, but if you are taking a group of kids, here are the best suggestions for what to do with a toddler while there.

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Play Space Review: Recess Urban Recreation

Recess Urban Recreation

470 Carolina St, San Francisco, CA 94107

I first took my tiny human to Recess when he was 8 months old. I visited as part of the Golden Gate Mother’s Group (GGMG) monthly weekend free play. I have returned for many similar visits as he has become a young toddler.

Pros:

  • Separate gated space for crawlers and new walkers
  • Large variety of age appropriate toys and activities
  • Offers a variety of classes and other services for parents
  • Has toddler friendly snacks for sale

Cons:

  • Layout of the larger section can create trip hazards
  • It would be hard to watch kids in both sections at the same time
  • Membership or day pass typically required for entry
  • Sensory lab not open during GGMG weekend play hours

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