With temperate weather year-round, San Francisco offers tons of outdoor activities for families. Rollicking through Golden Gate Park is always an option, as well as playing in the sands of the Bay Area's numerous beaches: Ocean Beach, Stinson Beach, and Muir Beach, just to name a few.
But if that infamous San Francisco fog has blown in, and you understand Mark Twain's famous quote firsthand ("The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco"), then it's time to find some indoor fun. Studies show that the earlier kids are exposed to art, the bigger the payoff down the road. If you want quality time that's both an fun and educational, check out our list of family friendly museums.
If your kids are bubbling with energy and need some real "hands-on learning," spend some hours at The Exploratorium, a place specifically designed for the endless curiosity of children. If you'd like to get some area-specific history, The Cable Car Museum not only reveals the intriguing mechanism behind the city's iconic transport, it also frames San Francisco's history in a way that even kids will enjoy. If all else fails, then head to the universal cure for the boredom of children: The Walt Disney Museum. If Uncle Walt can't make museums interesting, no one can.