Golden Gate Bridge Walk
It's on most "must do before you die" lists, so it's an unforgettable hit for kids of any age. Be sure to check out the new Visitor's Center on the south side, and have your kids check for sea lions and even whales on the walk over. If the wildlife isn't cooperating, be sure to point out Alcatraz, the most kid-friendly former state penitentiary in the world.Golden Gate Bridge — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
This spot is high on our list because of the newly renovated Lands End Visitors Center, the kind of indoor activity that won't get your kids all whiney and squirmy. Ocean Beach is a quick walk down the hill, too, and you can educate your kids on California native plants while using the trails since the plants are all marked.Lands End — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
There are many beaches in San Francisco (the nude option of Baker Beach might not be your top choice for a family outing), but no beach is as accessible, wide and long as Ocean Beach. Sun or fog, it's an impressive stretch of space for your kids to explore - see if they can find an unbroken sand dollar, a classic kid's treasure hunt.Ocean Beach — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Yuerba Buena Gardens
A perfect "safety" spot when you're shopping donwtown and clearly need a place for the kids to run and play. And the Metreon with its restaurants and movie theatres - and the first Target in downtown San Francisco history - has kid convenience written all over it.Yuerba Buena — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
You can't go wrong with the Exploratorium. This place is specifically designed for the imagination of kids, which means it is expansive, breathless, and curious. And with a new location opening up on the Embarcadero, it's an experience that's hard to miss.Exploratorium — Photo courtesy of Exploratorium Facebook Page
Golden Gate Park
Although most might think of Golden Gate Park as a hippy haven, this historic city park offers great activities for families, such as paddleboating and an amazing playground.Golden Gate Park — Photo courtesy of Golden Gate Park Facebook Page
Mission Dolores Playground
Newly renovated and centrally located, it's the newest and most popular playground in the city. Great people watching for adults, too.Mission Dolores Playground — Photo courtesy of Mission Dolores Facebook Page
Point Bonita Lighthouse
This excursion is one to dangle in front of the kids to encourage good behavior.Point Bonita Lighthouse — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy It's also a great place for kids to practice photography skills or for you all to take a family portrait.
What says "kids" better than chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate?Ghiradelli — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy. Ghiradelli Square, near Fisherman's Wharf and the cable-car turnaround is heaven for sweets lovers.
No better bonding family moment than hanging onto your kids as they gleefully ride up and down the hills of San Francisco in classic Frisco style.Cable Car — Photo courtesy of Cable Car Facebook Page