Young children will enjoy the pond in front of this picture perfect building which is home to ducks. Other than that, the building is more impressive to adults. School age children find the Exploratorium fascinating. The Exploratorium is truly worth a visit and is great on those cold foggy San Francisco days.
My kids just love going to the farmer's market where they get to try wonderful California produce at it's very best. The ferry building farmer's market is great for favoring and trying exotic foods and varieties. A gourmet cook's heaven. Children have a blast going from stall to stall trying the sweetest, juiciest fruit. However, the prices are steep. Go to Alemany Farmer's Market off Alemany Blvd at the junction of 280 and 101, and you will pay half. Nonetheless, the greatest breadth of hard to find varieties, the Ferry Building farmer's market just can't be beat. The view is stunning on a blue sky day. Parking is horrible, although the parking lot just north of ferry building does accept validation from any vendors or restaurants. Don't even think about parking on the street. Meters in the area are patrolled heavily even on weekends and usually only allow you park for 30 min to 1 hour.
Taylor's Refresher's serves up good burgers that should make any kid happy. They also have a wide selection of milk shakes and in true San Francisco fashion, they have taken fries and beers gourmet. This is a burger joint San Francisco style.
Besides being so centrally located, Ala Moana Beach is perfect for young children who are weary of big waves. Although mask and snorkel won't find much to look at, young children will enjoy the calm and relaxing atmosphere. Coconut trees provide good shade during the day time hours. This is also a great beach to "swim laps". In the parking lot there are usually a few lunch trucks where you can get two scoop rice dishes and not far away is Ala Moana Shopping Center where you can escape the heat and find some good food.
The Best Western Lighthouse hotel is an older hotel that was recently renovated to a more modern, comfortable state. Junior and full suites are available which can accommodate families. An outdoor pool is situated in the middle of the hotel. It has a wonderful location right on Rockaway Beach. The restaurant leaves something to be desired in terms of food and service, but Nick's restaurant across the street provides friendly service and good food. Rockin' Rob's around the corner is a 50's style diner that is great for families. Nearby trails allow you to walk or bicycle north all the way to the Pacifica Pier and Sharp Park golf course, or south to Linda Mar Beach. The location is near enough to San Francisco to do day trips to the city.
Named one of the Top 10 Best Family-Friendly Resorts in the USA by Child magazine (in 2006), this magnificent resort nestled in the foothills is a one-stop family fun destination. If you and yours can’t find something to keep you happy here, go home!
Situated on 220 landscaped acres, the resort offers 308 newly renovated (in 2006) first-class rooms and suites overlooking gardens, pools, a golf
course, and woods. This is the home of
the Senior PGA Tour, and the eighteen hole golf course is very challenging, yet forgiving. Warm up on the putting green, or perhaps try tennis (four courts), horseback riding, a jogging course, hiking, and biking (rentals available). Better yet, let the kids enjoy the petting zoo and incredible supervised Camp Ojai children’s programs (ages five to twelve) that change with the season and feature
a small-animal farm tour and pony
rides. Meanwhile, you can experience
the 31,000-square-foot spa facility—
featuring a full complement of deluxe
services such as hydrotherapy, massage,
facials, manicures, beauty, toning, aromatherapies, and more. Maravilla Dining Room and Oak Cafe open daily for all meals, but feasting poolside is our
favorite. Breakfast buffet ranks right up there, too. Be sure to call for special family packages and rates. A destination resort not to be missed!