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- The Upper Crust Pizzeria
small pizza shop. great pizza, lasagna and salads. large single common dinning table. kids like to watch
the dough being rolled.
- 24th & York Street Mini-Park
Although it is a small park on a busy commercial street this park feels tucked away. On a hot day you will often find children splashing in the fountain to cool down. It is often filled with children yet somehow peaceful enough to read a book under the shaded picnic tables in the back corner. The picnic tables are great for eating lunch, a quick snack or even breastfeeding without being watched or judged. Parking is hard to come by.
- Alioto Mini-Park
A small cute park in the heart of the Mission. The park includes a community garden, lawn, gazebo, and a small playground. Great place to sit in the shade and eat a snack before heading back out into the Mission. Parking is hard to come by. This park is more of a rest stop than a destination.
- Yoga Tree
Jane Austin is the best postnatal yoga teacher in the city. My newborn daughter and I both enjoy her class very much. My baby enjoys seeing all the other babies and I enjoy being able to practice yoga in a baby friendly environment. Jane has official volunteer baby holders at every class to comfort any upset babies so mommies can easily focus on their practice. My daughter always falls asleep by the end of class due to all the excitement. There is no changing table in the however the bathroom has a large seating area that is good for changing and breastfeeding (before and after class). During class woman will feed and change in the yoga room (as needed).
- SF Public Library, Mission Branch
http://tinyurl.com/nx3qup. The direct line for the Mission branch Childrens Room: 355-2828
- SF Public Library, Mission Bay Branch
Beautiful new building with easy access to Muni and Caltrain. Bathrooms are clean however they are too small for strollers and the changing table in the bathrooms are oddly modern and therefore unpractical.They have several kids programs including a baby rhyme time and singalong on Thursday at 10am. I also suggest getting your child their own library card (no matter how young they are) since library funding is determined by the number of active card holders. Also unlike adults children are never charged late fees.
The pizza is excellent however the best thing going for Giorgios is that its so family friendly. I do wish however that there was more room to navigate with a stroller but I am not sure how that would be possible since this place is always packed. This place is usually a complete zoo with kids jumping around in the booths, spilling food and screaming. They also provide balls of pizza dough for the kids to play with which helps keep them somewhat entertained. They also have a great music selection on the jukebox but it is sometimes hard to hear. Parking in this neighborhood is impossible therefore I would suggest walking or taking public transportation. The bathrooms are not as clean as they could be so if you have little ones you might want to change their diaper prior to getting to the restaurant. Good news nobody will look at your twice no matter how crazed your child is acting.
- Jim Georgie's Donuts
- Birite Creamery
The best creamery in San Francisco partly due to their use of organic and local ingredients. Parking is hard to come by and seating is very limited. The line can be long on a nice day so be prepared. Since the creamery is right across the street from Dolores Park you might want to consider making an afternoon of it.
- Manga Mi
Wow there is actually a great well priced Italian food restaurant in Danville! Older kids enjoy sitting at the counter so they can watch the food being prepared. I have brought my infant here on several occasions and have sat indoors as well as on the patio. The kids' pizza is VERY LARGE so you might want to split it between two kids. Other great kids options include the lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs or the mac and cheese. The service is always friendly however it can be slow when they get really packed so consider eating here during non-peak hours. Adults be sure to order the bruschetta - it is amazing.
- McKinley Square Playground
- Franklin Park
Contains a recently built, good sized, gated play area. The new play area is a HUGE improvement over what was originally there however the rest of the park still needs to be improved. There is also a nice gated soccer field and sometimes a good game to watch. There is generally parking nearby during non-business hours.
- Jackson Playground
Great location near Whole Foods. Plenty of parking nearby especially during non-business hours. The playground which contains equipment for both smaller and bigger children is fenced off from the rest of the larger park. Nice friendly family vibe typical of Portero Hill. The larger park contains several sports fields, courts and a clubhouse.
- Kid Power Park
This park is an unexpected surprise! It is located on a small alley off Mission Street yet it is surprisingly quiet and peaceful. There are multiple play areas and plenty of space to sit down and relax. Parking is hard to come by.
- Parque Ninos Unidos
- McKinley Square
- Parque Ninos Unidos
- Potrero Del Sol Park
A great skatepark. This is not really a good park for children to play in due to the location (near freeway entrance) and the crowds of teen and adult skateboarders. However if you want to watch skateboarding with your child this is a great place to do it. Depending on the day/time you might see some beer drinking and pot smoking but I have only witnessed that a few times.
- Presidio Movie Theater
Has a FREE newly released Monthly Mom and Baby Movie the second Thursday of each month at 1:00pm. Check out: http://www.jillrusso.com/movie/index.php for more details.