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Neighborhood Spotlight: Presidio Heights

The Presidio Heights neighborhood has many wonderful spots to take tiny humans, from newborns to preschoolers!

Here is a breakdown by stage of some of my top picks in the area:

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Play Space Review: Early Explorer’s Cove at California Academy of Sciences

Early Explorer’s Cove

55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

One of the very first outings I took my infant on was a trip to the Cal Academy to visit the aquarium, but it wasn’t until a few months later that I learned about the Early Explorer’s Cove. This is a wonderful place for toddlers and preschoolers, and I think crawlers also can do very well here.

Pros:

  • Has a great animal, nature, and science focus
  • Capacity is strictly limited so it never feels too crowded
  • There is a platform treehouse with multiple types of steps and a bridge
  • Toys and books are rotated seasonally

Cons:

  • Overall smaller footprint than most play spaces
  • Very small infant section that can often be disorganized

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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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