SF for Kids
San Francisco Christmas Lights and Holiday Displays
Landmarks, major hotels and neighborhoods in San Francisco host spectacular Christmas trees and lights during the holidays. Here are some of the most photo-worthy. Kids will especially get a kick out of Tom & Jerry's tree in Noe Valley.
November Events in San Francisco
San Francisco in November 2013 hosts several kid-appealing events and activities that feature robots, science experiments, games, hip-hop, taiko drumming and arts and crafts.
Turkey Trots In & Around San Francisco
Thanksgiving-themed fun runs/walks in the SF Bay Area include short courses for kids, with costumes, ribbons and prizes.
Hanukkah in San Francisco
Hanukkah celebrations in the San Francisco Bay Area cater to kids and teens, with games, music, dance, arts and crafts activities and tasty treats. They're open to everyone (you needn't be Jewish) and nearly all of them are free.
Ice Skating in San Francisco
For kids with extra energy to burn, ice skating is a great activity. The Bay Area has pop-up outdoor rinks during the holidays and a year-round rink at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center.
"Batkid" Gets Wish to be Superhero in San Francisco
A Northern California boy who wants to "be Batman" will help the caped crusader battle crime in San Francisco for a day in November 2013, as planned by Make-A-Wish. The public is invited to cheer on "Batkid" at a City Hall ceremony.
San Francisco Halloween - Shows, Parties & Events for Kids & Adults
Besides trick-or-treating, what other things can kids do for Halloween in San Francisco? Check this guide to 2013 Halloween festivals, costume parades, pumpkin carving, shows and other family fun.
Free Summer Movies in San Francisco
A guide to free summer movie series in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2013. Most of the screenings are outdoors, and many of the films are rated G.
Free Summer Festivals, Events & Entertainment in San Francisco
Circus clowns, acrobats, puppeteers, live bands and hula dancers are featured in several of San Francisco's free outdoor summer performance series. The shows, in various parks and plazas, will keep kids entertained throughout the summer.
San Francisco Botanical Garden Wildflowers in Full Bloom
From mid-April until mid-May, the wildflower meadow at the San Francisco Botanical Garden is bursting with Crayola colors. There are special tours and activities for kids, too.
Earth Day in San Francisco
Earth Day events in San Francisco welcome kids with gardening and clean-up projects at beaches and parks and eco-themed games and arts and crafts.
Easter Brunch in San Francisco
Several of San Francisco's top hotels offer family-friendly Easter brunches that include visits from the Easter Bunny, egg hunting and other fun for kids.
Easter in San Francisco
Easter in San Francisco and the Bay Area is made for children. Several festivals in the area feature egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny (or his clones), games, egg decorating and parades.
CAAMFest Brings Food, Music to San Francisco Asian American Film Fest
The animated films "Astro Boy" and "The Monkey King" are playing at the March 2013 CAAMFEst formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival). There's also an exhibit of Astro Boy paraphernalia, including video games, comics and toys.
Celebrate Pi Day in San Francisco
There's no better place to spend Pi Day--3/14--than in San Francisco, where it originated. To celebrate the irrational, infinite number that begins as 3.1415, you can eat pie, try math puzzles, look for and learn about pi in the sky, and join other circular-themed activities.
March Events in San Francisco
There's lots for kids to do and see in San Francisco in March 2013, including a student arts festival, a series of puppet shows, a hike/search for frogs, Sunday Streets, and Union Street's Easter parade.
Chinese New Year Festivities in San Francisco & the Bay Area
The night-time, illuminated Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade on February 23, 2013, is a must-see for kids, with floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, firecrackers and a lively 270-foot-long golden dragon.
Black History Month Events in San Francisco
Black History Month in February is observed in San Francisco with plenty of kid-friendly events, including a couple of free-admission days at the Museum of the African Diaspora and music performances at the Bayview Opera House and San Francisco libraries.
Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Fado & Poetry in Jazz Center's Programs
Dave Holland, Regina Carter, Portuguese fado singers & poetry are among the plentiful and varied offerings during the first season of San Francisco's new jazz institution. The SFJAZZ Center also hosts classes and family programs.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in San Francisco
With schoolkids excused on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday (Jan. 21, 2013), take them to any of several SF Bay Area celebrations so they can find out what the holiday is all about. Many of the events also include watching another historic occasion, President Obama's inauguration.
Spending New Year's Eve with the Kids in San Francisco
Kids can celebrate New Year's Eve 2013 in San Francisco, too (with the adults)--at shows, concerts or a cruise.
Holiday Events and Activities in San Francisco - Things to Do from...
During the winter holidays, San Francisco and the Bay Area are bursting with ceremonies and programs for all ages, including Christmas caroling, ice skating, street fairs, many Nutcracker versions, and arts and crafts sessions.
Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and Other Holiday Events for Kids in San Francisco
During the holidays, San Francisco is bursting with fun events and shows for kids. This holiday guide includes music, dance and theater productions that'll entertain both children and the kid in you.
Free Christmas and Holiday Activities and Events in San Francisco
Entertaining kids during the holidays can be done for free in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides holiday festivals and parades, there are crafts-making sessions at the library. All you need to do is show up.
World Hoop Day in San Francisco
World Hoop Day, December 12, 2012, is celebrated in the San Francisco Bay Area by several hula hooping performances and sessions that are free and open to the public.
San Francisco Christmas Tree & Holiday Lights Turn On
Christmas tree lights and holiday light displays begin to switch on in San Francisco before Thanksgiving. Lighting ceremonies and celebrations often feature Santa, caroling, and entertainment and activities for kids.
Top Sailors Racing in America's Cup Series in San Francisco
Catch the world's best sailors during the America's Cup World Series races October 2-7, 2012. Marina Green is a hub for spectators, with interactive exhibits, fun and food for families.
Fleet Week – Blue Angels Soar Above San Francisco
As long as they're not afraid of loud noise, kids love Fleet Week in San Francisco, when the Blue Angels show off their daredevil air tricks.
Summer Reading in San Francisco - SF Public Library Offers Prizes, Entertainment
San Francisco Public Library's summer reading program in 2013 entices people to read and visit the library by offering rewards, raffle prizes, suggested reading lists and lots of non-bookish entertainment.
San Francisco July 4 Events
July 4 celebrations in San Francisco and other Bay Area cities are tailored to kids and families, with fireworks, parades, games and festivals. Here are some of the best offerings on Independence Day 2013.
Father's Day in San Francisco
Show your appreciation for the dads in your life by treating them to a special Father's Day activity, event or meal in San Francisco.
Asian Heritage Month in San Francisco
Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May offers a huge street fair, theater performances, and other special events with lots of kid-oriented activities in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Cirque du Soleil Dazzles San Jose
Cirque du Soleil's brings its latest big top tent show, Totem, to San Jose in March and April 2012. The amazing human feats and slapstick skits that are the circus' signature will captivate kids.
Discount on Cirque du Soleil Tickets in San Jose
Cirque du Soleil is offering a limited-time, big discount on tickets to its big top tent show. Totem, which was at AT&T Park in San Francisco a couple of months ago, travels to San Jose in March.
Dec. 25 in San Francisco - Events and Activities on Christmas Day
The shoppers have retreated and most buildings and offices are closed, but you don't have to be home alone with Chinese take-out on Dec. 25. San Francisco on Christmas Day offers several events and activities suitable for all ages.
Rock Music Festival for Kids at San Francisco Libraries
A San Francisco library-organized concert series geared toward children mixes rocking music and rhythm with literacy.
Free Summer Movies End in September
The many free summer outdoor movies series in and around San Francisco end in September, when the weather cools down. If you haven't taken advantage of them yet, you should--before they go into hibernation until next summer.
Father's Day in San Francisco - Special Events, Activities, Meals
For Father's Day, San Francisco has special activities, events and meals for kids to bond with the dads in their lives.
At the Exploratorium – Scott Weaver’s Amazing Toothpick Art
With just toothpicks and glue--and 3,000 spare hours over 34 years--Scott Weaver has created a ping-pong-ball labyrinth that's also a sculpture of San Francisco's skyline and icons. See how it works at the Exploratorium.
San Francisco Public Library Programs
The breadth and depth of the San Francisco Public Library's programs is impressive--and more so during the summer, when school's out.
San Francisco Summer Reading Program - SF Public Library Rewards Reading
The SF Public Library is encouraging kids (and adults) to read during the summer by offering carrots. How about a kite, a hula hoop, or a Kindle? To be a winner in the library's summer reading program, all you have to do is read.
Top Attractions for Kids
Places to amuse, enthrall and maybe even educate children.
Free Christmas and Holiday Events in the San Francisco Bay Area
Celebrate the holidays in the San Francisco Bay Area for free! Most of these free tree lightings, concerts, Christmas parades, holiday shows, festivals and other things to do are great holiday activities for kids.
Outings for Kids
Kid-focused outings in the city, suggested by About's Guide to California Travel.
Article Archive: Children in SF
Various articles and resources related to kids in the city.
Bay Area Attractions for Kids
Plenty of kid-focused attractions are just a short hop from San Francisco.
San Francisco Parks Rank No. 3 in U.S.
In a 2013 survey of parks in the 50 largest U.S. cities, San Francisco's are ranked in third place. But our parks are tiny and our playgrounds are few in number.
Mythbusters & Space Travel at San Francisco Library
The SF Library One City One Book program brings Mythbusters host Adam Savage to chat with author Mary Roach about space experimentation and research
SFMOMA Parties Until It Closes June 2, 2013
Before it closes for expansion from June 2013 until early 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is throwing a free, four-day party. June 2, 2013 is especially for families, with art projects for kids, hat-making and a parade.