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Bay Area Summer Bucket List: 100 Kid-Friendly Ideas

things to do with kids in san franciscoSummer is a chance to slow down and do more fun activities with the kids. Around the Bay Area, we’re never short on incredible things to do – both local favorites and popular tourist attractions. In addition to our monthly round-ups of kid-friendly events, we’ve compiled a summer bucket list of 100 family-friendly activities to try. 

Even if you only get to do a few of these this summer, consider your bucket list complete. But, if you’re up for the challenge, see how many you can do with your family, and let us know how it goes. Tag your photos with #SFMBSummerBucketList for a chance to see them shared on our Instagram page. 

Things to Do Around Home

1. Make popsicles

2. Bake cupcakes

3. Put bubbles in your water table

4. Host a neighborhood BBQ

5. Have a water balloon fight

6. Build a fort

7. Make slime

8. Play with bubbles

9. Go for a family bike ride

10. Set up a lemonade stand

11. Fly a kite

12. Go roller skating

13. Make ice cream sandwiches

14. Eat watermelon

15. Plant an herb garden

16. Visit a fire station

17. Draw with sidewalk chalk

18. Have a family movie night

19. Volunteer at a local charity

20. Have a tea party

21. Play family charades

22. Make S’mores

23. Play in a sprinkler

24. Complete a family puzzle

25. Play on a slip and slide

26. Have a living room dance party

Things to Do Around the Neighborhood

27. Play miniature golf

28. Go bowling

29. Visit a Splash Pad

30. Complete an Escape Room

31. Go to a batting cage

32. Visit a Farmer’s Market 

33. Take a ferry ride

34. Visit the Bay Club

Things to Do Around San Francisco

35. Watch a movie outside at a Film Night in the Park

36. Go to a Giants baseball game

37. Picnic at Alamo Square

38. Visit the Randall Museum

39. Picnic at Off the Grid, Presidio

40. Visit the Walt Disney Museum

41. Visit the Children’s Creativity Museum

42. Ride the carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens

43. Visit the SFMOMA

44. Picnic in Dolores Park

45. Walk through a street fair

46. Watch a matinee in a kid-friendly theatre: Cinemark Movie Clubhouse (West Portal) or Alamo Drafthouse (Mission)

47. Take pictures at Baker Beach

48. Bike around Golden Gate Park on a Sunday (streets closed to cars) 

49. Rent paddle boats at Stow Lake

50. Visit the California Academy of Sciences

51. Visit Park Chalet’s kid-friendly beer garden

52. Go to the SF Zoo

53. Listen to music at the Stern Grove concert series

54. Visit Pier 39 

55. Go to the Aquarium of the Bay

56. Tour Alcatraz

57. Visit Chinatown

58. Ride the Cable Cars

59. Get an ice cream sundae in Ghirardelli Square

60. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge

Things to Do North of SF

61. Go to the Bay Area Discovery Museum

62. Visit the Marin Mammal Center

63. Visit the Marin County Fair

64. Hike Muir Woods

65. Picnic at Samuel P. Taylor State Park

66. Eat fresh oysters at  Tomales Bay Oyster Company

67. Go wine tasting (yes, with the kids)

68. Go to Train Town

69. Lounge by the pool at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

70. Go to the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

71. Visit Lake Sonoma

72. Visit Safari West

73. Tour the Jelly Belly Factory

Things to Do South of SF

74. Watch the surfers in Half Moon Bay

75. Ride a pony at Lemos Farms

76. Hike The Dish

77. Go to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

78. Play games at the Area 151 Arcade 

79. Tour the Hiller Aviation Museum

80. Have fun at the Magical Bridge Playground

81. Go swimming at Rinconada Pool

82. Go to Off the Grid at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company

83. Visit CuriOdyssey

84. Spend a day of fun at Gilroy Gardens

85. Explore the grounds of Filoli

86. Visit the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

87. Camp at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

88. Go to Roaring Camp Railroads

89. Tour Live Earth Farm

90. Visit the Santa Cruz Pier

91. Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Things to Do East of SF

92. Go to the Oakland Zoo

93. Visit FairyLand

94. Visit the Lawrence Hall of Science

95. Tour the USS Hornett

96. Feed the animals and ride the steam train at Tilden Regional Park

97. Hike Mt. Diablo

98. Go on rides at California’s Great America

99. Go berry picking at Bacchini’s or other farms

100. Play bocce ball in Livermore

Remember that if you have a membership to a museum, you may enjoy reciprocal membership or discounted admission at other museums in the area, so ask before you pay! You can also check this list of free museum days.

Print out our Summer Bucket List and see how many you check off before summer ends! 

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One Response to Bay Area Summer Bucket List: 100 Kid-Friendly Ideas

  1. meike July 26, 2018 at 2:54 am #

    great thanks for sharing

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