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Best places to take a 7 year old

AdamD Mar 3, 2012 04:55 AM

I will be visiting SF with my 7 year old son. Looking for unique places in the city.
I appreciate any and all suggestions!

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    AdamD Apr 10, 2012 04:33 PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions. We really did not have too much time to venture out as the boy was exhausted from our daily activities. We stayed in the inner sunset so we did Ebisu and kazu for sushi, some shabu shabu at home with ingredients from Nijiya, some wonderful steaks at home with some ribeyes my brother gets from somewhere in marin. We did ride the cable cars, do the wharf and were rushed to do a quick lunch at fog harbor before our bay cruise-nothing special but they did have a grilled salmon on the kids menu that was great for $7. Never made it over to the ferry building or Ghiradelli square.

    Spent a bunch of time in Japantown buying swords and ultraman toys-which is all the boy wanted! Had a nice lunch at one of the restaurants there in the mall, but the name escapes me at this moment (I will repost when I get the credit card bill).

    Great trip and thanks for the suggestions. I think we were blessed as we got 6 days of spectacular weather!

    1. wolfe Mar 5, 2012 05:48 AM

      Golden Gate Park for the California Academy of Science, the Tea Garden and the Carousel with a snack at the museum.

      The Carousel works if your trip isn't until after May 28.

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        AdamD Mar 5, 2012 06:30 AM

        Thanks, I probably should have mentioned it will be the first week of April.

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          rubadubgdub Mar 5, 2012 01:34 PM

          There is a carousel at Pier 39/FW.

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          rubadubgdub Mar 4, 2012 10:34 AM

          We had forgotten how much fun Fishermen's Wharf can be for a 7yo, especially the street performers. If you give in to this urge, I recommend eating a fresh crab from a vendor on the street. Boudin Bakery has a huge operation in the heart of the Wharf and it was nice to rest our heels in their upstairs restaurant, away from the crowds. We didn't eat there, but the menu covers a lot of bases including a whole crab for $33, which comes with sides, clean restrooms, and a great view of the bay.

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            AdamD Mar 4, 2012 04:03 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions, ice cream always works with a 7 year old!

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              absc Mar 4, 2012 06:58 AM

              My now 9 year-old loves both Bi-Rite and Mr and Mrs Miscellaneous. She's not a sushi fan, but loves Piccino for pizza and the Saturday market at the Ferry Building. Also, what about dim sum, especially if he is adventurous?

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                AdamD Mar 4, 2012 07:13 AM

                Dim sum is a possibility, he is definitely adventurous. Any suggestions?

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                  rubadubgdub Mar 4, 2012 10:28 AM

                  There are separate threads on "best dim sum" that discuss that topic to no end. I think Chinatown is fun for kids and I try to hit the fortune cookie factory @ 56 Ross Alley. The kid we were with had to be dragged from Grant St with its many giftshops. But thankfully Golden Gate Bakery is halfway down Grant and you can fortify with the best egg custard tarts in SF. Walk one street over to Stockton St. and it feels like a different world with its many Asian food markets, bakeries, and takeout joints, worth a stroll.

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              bgbc Mar 3, 2012 08:09 PM

              Ice-cream: Humphry Slocombe and Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous for unusual flavors and very SF locations/settings.

              Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
              2790 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous
              699 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                ML8000 Mar 3, 2012 12:05 PM

                Ghirardelli Square ice cream parlor or Swensen's ice cream parlor off the Hyde St cable car line.

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                  goldangl95 Mar 3, 2012 10:46 AM

                  Is there any food your 7 year old won't eat? Sushi, Indian, Thai etc. all on the table? What about budget? This persons itinerary that was just posted today is a good place to start:


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                    AdamD Mar 3, 2012 11:21 AM

                    Thanks for the link! He is open to anything except he does not eat burgers! His favorite are sushi bars and good, casual izakayas!

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                      rubadubgdub Mar 4, 2012 10:16 AM

                      We just entertained a 7yo last week and a highlight was a visit to Japantown. Some places that may appeal in the Kintetsu Mall: sushi from moving boats @ Isobune, udon with an egg flower@ Maki, Japanese curry @ On the Bridge, grilled squid set at the corner rest upstairs next to the stationery store (can't remember name, but it's next to the waffle crepe place); and outside of the mall: famous coffee crunch cake @ Yasukochi's Sweet Stop inside Super Mira market, spam and eggs @ Denny's, manju from Benkyodo. Nijiya Market is fun to browse, especially the sweets, beautifully packaged meat and fish, and prepared food aisles. We also idled in the mall on the first floor at the awesome sticker store, and on the second floor at Kinokuniya Bookstore (lots of cool Japanese mags and books) and at Pika Pika where we made commemorative trip pix using Japanese photo sticker machines. Next to the mall is the Sundance Cinema in case a movie might appeal and Dosa is across the street in case your mood changes to Indian.

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                        AdamD Mar 5, 2012 03:42 AM

                        Thanks for the tips. Mom is Japanese so we will definitely be spending some time there!

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