If you are into carting your kid around in a bicycle, the loop around GG park has multiple playgrounds and good eats at various places (some might be a short bike ride away for one adult to go grab food). the loop we used to do included: (using lincoln and fulton since i get confused by mlk and jfk)
playground at 8th and fulton (clement st is close enough)
playground at 19th and lincoln (irving has a ton of options from 19th - 23rd)
playground at 45th and lincoln (the boat there is quite fun for young ones), coffee shops on judah, andy’s on lawton, good pastries
vicente st has goto at least three playgrounds between 19th and 48th. there are a couple of andy’s on taraval and some decent eats on taraval
oh and in berkeley, our favorite playground of all time: the adventure playground in the marina (check hours on website). vik’s is fairly close along with the 4th st corridor
Great thread—-plenty of parks I didn’t know about will come into rotation!
After spending time at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, the thought of driving and parking in Sausalito is horrifying. Murray Circle/Cavallo Point has a good brunch, but too costly to bring kids to. The museum’s restaurant, Beansprouts, has a “remixed from Costco products” kind of vibe, but is healthier, tastier, and not as pricey as most museums.
Caledonia street in sausalito is less touristy and has got at least a couple of good eating joints. We typically goto sartaj indian cuisine, a small mom and pop place which has been there forever (though there was a bit of break with some ownership ping-pong a year ago). Their aloo paratha and scrambled eggs (egg burji) are great. Closest to home style indian cooking, IMO
there is a also a fast casual french place next door which our kids have been to and liked
the playground near the library further down the street is not bad for the kids to let out steam (and learn to ride bikes, kick the ball etc)
Ensarro (Ethiopian) is within walking distance to Children’s Fairyland. There’s also a Bacheesos (Mediterranean buffet) across the street— I’ve not been to this location, but always thought their San Pablo location had fresh and decent food.
The concession stand at Fairyland is glacially slow. and has pretty bad food. Would be quicker to drive to the Whole Foods and return (or go beforehand)if a picnic is desired.
In Emeryville, there is a playground adjacent to the food hall. The food hall has got quite a few options including minnie bells (though open only for dinner on weekdays, much to my disappointment, since I was hoping to snag lunch from there before getting on Amtrak)