Elinor Friend Playground
Sloat Blvd & Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94132
- 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
- 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
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.
The Inner Sunset is a great neighborhood to explore with tiny humans of all ages!
Here is a breakdown by stage of some of my top picks in the area:
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.
- 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
- 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