My first business review is for The Children’s Creativity Museum. I love this museum because it appeals to both out-of-towners and San Francisco residents.
The Children’s Creativity Museum is conveniently located in downtown San Francisco and near all the major hotels. The last time I was there, I met a mom from Indiana with toddler twins (double trouble). Her husband was on a business trip and she decided to tag along. With a massive double stroller and two very active kids, she couldn’t possibly walk all the hills in this city and remember, taxis don’t have car seats! She said the Children’s Creativity Museum was a perfect solution! I didn’t get to talk to her for too long but I imagine her itinerary went something like this:
- Breakfast at Mel’s Drive In – Just on a few blocks away on 4th and Mission, this 1950’s diner was made famous by the George Lucas film, American Graffiti. If you could care less about the movie, you might instead like Mel’s because it opens at 6:00am and is laid back enough for children. Your kids will like it because the restaurant plays loud music and serves their meals in a cool Mel’s car. “Funnnnn, mom!”
- Playground at Yerba Buena – If breakfast is done before the museum opens, head over to the playground. It has play structures that appeals to a wide range of ages and pretty sweet views of the city skyscrapers. #PhotoOp
- Museum – Doors open at 10:00 am!
- Children’s Creativity Carousel – After your kids are done playing at the museum, stop by the carousel. You get a $1 off the ride with your museum ticket.
- Lunch –Next to the carousel is a small café with limited outdoor seating but you can also bring your food to the gardens for a picnic. If you rather be indoors, the Meteron or Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre food court has a lot of restaurant options.
- Nap! – The morning can kill at least 2-3 hours so your babies should be very tired by the end of it!
What I value most about this museum as a San Francisco mom is that it appeals to a large range of ages. For a toddler like Caleb, there is the Imagination Lab where you’ll find tons of building blocks, a drawing station, a puppet theater, and even a tiny indoor slide.
The Imagination Lab has enough space and activities to get all of Caleb’s sillies out! Two other toddler activities I haven’t experience yet but would like to highlight are the Early Childhood Education classes and the Creativity theater. The classes cover science, music, and art as well as some parenting discussions and workshops. The Creativity Theater has production shows for all ages. It is currently showing a new reggae children’s musical to the music of Bob Marley. Is this love that I’m feelin’?
As Caleb gets older, this museum can continue to cultivate his imagination and growth while teaching the highly relevant technology of our modern day. As the museum website puts it, the Children’s Creativity Museum “shifts the focus from media consumption to media production.” Older Caleb can make movies, edit pictures in Photoshop, create comics, and even learn some computer programming!
If you have visited this museum, let me know what you think of it. Otherwise, details are below for those who haven’t checked it out yet.
Children’s Creativity Museum
221 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opened Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
General Admission: $12. The 2 and under crowd gets in for free. You can also rent the San Francisco Library’s City Pass for free admission.
Carousel: $4 per person (good for 2 rides), $3 with museum admission