Jennifer, mom of 2, shares with us some of her favorite low-cost, kid-friendly things to do in the Bay Area and Sausalito! Thank you Jennifer!
Here’s my favorite day trip to suggest to families with kids ages 6-10 or so – rent bikes at one of the many bike shops on Fisherman’s Wharf, and ride along the Marina green in San Francisco up and across the Golden Gate Bridge, then down to the Bay Area Discovery Museum (free on First Wednesdays of each month). Play with us for an hour or two, and grab a bite to eat in our organic café, featuring Niman Ranch hot dogs for the kids, and locally-sourced Panini sandwiches and salads for the grownups. Continue on your bikes about a mile further to the adorable harbor town of Sausalito, and get an afternoon ice cream cone at Lappert’s, then take the ferry back across to Fisherman’s Wharf to return the bikes.
If your kids are smaller, or maybe not up for a day on bikes, you can take the ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito and catch a cab (about a 1 mile ride) to the Museum – our Tot Spot is exclusively designed for babies and toddlers 6 months – 3 years, and includes a stream to splash in, animal costumes for dress up, even water bed “ponds” with a huge goldfish tank above!
If you’ve rented a car, definitely come check us out, but I also recommend a “locals” beach – Rodeo Beach in the Marin headlands. On your way out of the Museum, instead of going back across the bridge, go through the tunnel out to the Marin Headlands. Rodeo Beach is big and sandy and often has driftwood to build forts with. Plus lots of surfers to watch, great hikes up the hill for fabulous views and exploration of the former military bunkers and more.
Jennifer Caleshu is the mom to a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old as well as the Director of Communications for the Bay Area Discovery Museum – the leading children’s museum that nurtures childhood creativity for kids ages 6 months to 8 years.