Unplanned Day Trip to San Francisco with Kids

Another holiday impacted by the remodel. Yesterday was the first MLK day that we were all four off, yet much like the holiday break, work on the house continued, and while we were happy it did, we still needed to get out. Without a plan, but needing to leave asap, we headed to San Francisco.

Mission Dolores Park Helen Diller Playground

A reminder that six is still little

I've wanted to take the kids to this playground since it opened last year. They've run the grassy slopes of Mission Dolores Park after eating Bi-Rite ice cream, but that's because the only other thing to do was watch adults play tennis. Clover saw a spread on the new playground in Sunset magazine (this remodel has forced her to read my magazines due to the lack of stuff we're allowed in the house), and she's been asking to go for a few weeks. 

We got there early when the park was pretty empty. The bright sun was lovely on a winter morning. The kids loves the big slides. First they hit the twisty one, but the wide, straight slide got them moving fast. They probably went down it about 20 times. At one point, as I watched Clover slide, I heard the bongo drummers starting up – this is a San Francisco park, after all, but when I asked about Rocket, Clover responded, "He's playing the drums." Sure enough, there are drums built into the playground. Welcome to San Francisco. 

18th Street


Too early for ice cream or pizza, we got in line at Tartine Bakery for croissants and hot drinks. After, we walked to Bi-Rite Market for snacks later. (This is the spot to buy sandwiches, salads, and dessert for a picnic in the park.) Outside of the grocery, we came upon the solution to my hillside gardening woes: a seedbomb dispenser. With only two quarters, my grand landscaping plan was thwarted. The seedbomb is designed to toss into vacant, weed-filled lots, but that kinda applies to our hillside. We'll see what one bomb can do. 

Twin Peaks


Driving across town, I saw a sign pointing toward Twin Peaks and adjusting our course. I hadn't been since college, and it was always dark then, which meant the course was new to me, too. The kids loved looking out all over the city, pointing out AT&T Park, Marin, City Hall, USF, and Golden Gate Park. 

Lunch and Ice Cream

Tippytoes-icecreambar-2The kids wanted to return to the Ice Cream Bar for lunch. While it's all about ice cream, the grilled cheese on brioche with a side of sweet potato chips is not to be missed. The ice cream is good, too, with a good vegan selection. 



Ocean Beach


Skipping the beach on a gorgeous day is unCalifornian. Ocean Beach is a long stretch with tons of parking, but on busy days like yesterday, we ended up near the zoo before we found a spot. The weather was so lovely, people were swimming. 

Unplanned and beautiful.

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