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Children express themselves, share ideas, and better understand their world through play… prep for rainy days and fall/winter birthday parties with this list of indoor play places in San Francisco.
Recess, located between Maripose St. & 18th St. in Potrero Hill, San Francisco is a whimsical play place for kids (especially great for toddlers) to interact and have fun in. You can book the facility for a birthday or drop in as a member. They have tons of toys and interactive play structures that’ll keep your little ones occupied and free wi-fi for adults (bonus!). Lots of street parking available if you arrive early and don’t forget your socks ~ they’re required for both kids and adults! Also, you can bring your own snacks or they have super tasty, organic snacks for purchase! My personal top pick when it comes to indoor play places in San Francisco!
Peekadoodle, located in Ghirardelli Square, is a fun, creative and clean place for kids to explore… and the staff are friendly and accessible. It is on the pricier side and a little small, so just be aware of that before you go so you’re not disappointed. Save a little by parking underground for $4 and by bringing your own snacks.
Studio Grow offers an educational play place and programs for your kid under 6! You can drop in anytime for open play or join for the music, story, or parachute program. What’s really nice about Studio Grow is that your admission cost covers everything your kids will want to do during your visit, not just one activity and you don’t need to leave at the end of class, your little ones are welcome to stay and play for no additional cost. Some activities your toddler might do at Studio Grow: build with blocks, blow bubbles, paint a picture, dress up, toss a ball, solve a puzzle, or climb a structure!
Bounce your heart out at House of air, this place really is so cool- it’s completely covered in trampolines. It costs $16 to drop-in, which I think is well worth it considering your kids will be completely pooped after an hour. Warning, this place isn’t really for timid kids/adults, it gets a little rowdy!
Play Cafe is a perfect spot in Oakland for families who are looking for a great place to eat and play. The place is well thought out so you can pretty much see your kid at all times which is ideal for little ones who like to wander. There’s also no limit to how long you can stay and no minimum food purchase. The ball bin is definitely a kid fav!
Playland in Sausalito is arguably the best bounce house facility in the bay area. Perfect for bouncing, sliding, and playing games in a clean & warm indoor environment. They have complimentary coffee and tea for adults which is always a bonus and they sell snacks for kids for $1 which is great! The drop-in price is $10 for Sausalito residents and $12 for non-residents.
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Currently in my final year at University I divide my time between school, work and play. I'm a lover of the west coast, yoga, spending time in the outdoors, entertaining family and friends, tea dates and spontaneous adventures. Live, Love, Learn.
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