Children's Creativity Museum#20 in Best Things To Do in San Francisco
Families visiting San Francisco should set aside at least a few hours to explore the Children's Creativity Museum. The museum provides a variety of activities designed for kids, which cover topics ranging from animation to coding to music. The property also houses the historic LeRoy King Carousel, which has called several West Coast cities home before opening at this museum. (Tickets are $4 per person and $3 with paid museum admission.)
Past travelers say that the museum lives up to its name, though younger children will most appreciate and benefit from the exhibits. The Children's Creativity Museum shines particularly bright on San Francisco's rainiest days, as it provides visitors with cover and entertainment.
The museum sits in the northeast portion of San Francisco, near Yerba Buena Gardens. Because of its location near the city center, travelers can access the Children's Creativity Museum from the Powell Street Stations of the MUNI and BART public transit systems. There are also a variety of parking garages nearby for anyone who opts to drive. During the fall, winter and spring, the museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the summer, the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $12.95 per person, while kids 2 and younger can enter for free. Check out the Children's Creativity Museum's website for even more information.
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#1 California Academy of Sciences
Attention all traveling families: recent visitors said this is the perfect place to bring kids in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences brims with plenty of things to see, including an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and even a rainforest.
The Steinhart Aquarium is home to about 40,000 animals representing more than 900 different species, including a penguin colony from Africa, a swamp with an albino alligator, a shark lagoon and a separate 100,000-gallon tank that mirrors the ecosystem of the California coast. Meanwhile, the Osher Rainforest houses 1,600 animals, including 250 free-flying birds and about 100 reptiles and amphibians in its four-story complex. The Morrison Planetarium is known for its 75-foot-diameter screen, which screens "Tour of the Universe" shows daily. And the Kimball Natural History Museum boasts dinosaur fossils, an interactive science exhibit and a unique earthquake simulator.
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