Top Indoor Playspaces in San Francisco and Marin

indoor playspaces san francisco55 degrees, overcast and windy isn’t my idea of playground weather (although it doesn’t deter my jacket-hating toddler). With summer here and the fog rolling in, it’s a great time to check out the indoor playground options in San Francisco. In need of an escape? There are also two wonderful spots just across the bridge in Sausalito.

Randall Museum

Neighborhood: Corona Heights
Address: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday
Cost: Free (donations appreciated)
Parking: Free parking lot
Children can play in a scaled down Victorian home, where they can put on puppet shows, read about our wild friends in over-sized colorful books, then follow foot prints on the floor to places where urban animals like to hide. The exhibit aims to teach visitors how to live side by side with wildlife so people and animals can both thrive within San Francisco ’s city limits.

Recess Urban Recreation

Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Address: 470 Carolina Street, San Francisco
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am–6pm and Saturday-Sunday 9am–1pm
Cost: Members get priority, but limited number of passes for non-members
Parking: Street
It’s a big and lively space — 3,200 square feet! — with an open floor plan so you can sit and play or relax & read a book and always have your child in easy view. Children, newborns, toddlers & preschoolers alike are crazy about the climbing wall and dancing under the disco ball. Every inch of the playspace has been carefully crafted to enhance your child’s intellectual and social development.

California Academy of Sciences

Neighborhood: Golden Gate Park
Address: 55 Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-5pm
Cost: Free with admission to Academy of Sciences
Parking: Garage
The Cal Academy Early Explorers Cove is an activity area for children ages 0-5 and their adult friends. It features a schooner (sailboat) for exploring the Galapagos, coral reef, infant tide pool (don’t worry it’s just pretend water) and farmers market. The play area can get busy on weekends and they limit the number of children, but there are art tables just outside if you need to keep the little ones occupied while you wait your turn.

Peekadoodle Kidsclub

Neighborhood: Fisherman’s Warf
Address: 900 North Point St, Suite F100, San Francisco
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
Cost: Membership required
Parking: Garage (validation available)
Visiting Peekadoodle is like visiting a San Francisco neighborhood, with a larger than life golden gate bridge, quaint Victorian and child sized cable car. The playspace is maintained around the clock by a team of cleaners who ensure that toys are washed and surfaces are sanitized.The center also has a wide variety of art, music and cooking classes for toddlers, drop in childcare, a preschool program and cafe with free wifi.

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Neighborhood: Sausalito
Address: Fort Baker, Sausalito
Hours: Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm
Cost: General admission: $12, Babies 6–12 months: $11, Under 6 months: free
Parking: Free parking lot
The Discovery museum features a mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Every curated detail of the exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Kids can navigate winding tunnels to develop physical & intellectual risk-taking skills and feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. There is also a play area for babies and toddlers with lots of padding for little crawlers and beginner walkers.

Playland Sausalito

Neighborhood: Sausalito
Address: 610 Coloma St, Bldg 6, Sausalito
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am-12pm
Cost: $10 for child for Sausalito residents, $12 per child for non-residents
Parking: Free parking lot
Playland Sausalito has something for everyone. The full sized gymnasium filled has 5 inflatable jumpies, kiddo cars and a whole lot more. They also provide fun music, air hockey table, tumbling mats and plenty of balls to play catch. Kids seeking a quieter setting can relax in the art room with reading tables, crayon books and three train tables. The best part? There is even something for moms: free wifi and magazines (almost as good as a day at the spa!).

Peek-A-Boo Factory

Neighborhood: San Francisco
Address: 2 West Portal Avenue, San Francisco
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30am-7pm; Saturday 9:30am-6pm; Sunday 9:30am-4pm
Cost: $10 per child or 5 visit pass for $45; 10 visit pass for $80
Parking: Street
Peek-a-Boo Factory is San Francisco’s premier indoor playground and birthday party destination. They offer 3 different play areas for children age 0–10 with a separate toddler play area for kids age 0 – 3. Their 3 level play structure will keep your child occupied for hours of fun. They even offer a toy library with the best children books, a train table, legos station, and a play kitchen if your child just wants some quiet time.

Play Haven

Neighborhood: San Francisco
Address: 254 Laguna Honda Boulevard, San Francisco
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 9am-3pm
Cost: $12 single visit; 5 visit pass for $55; unlimited monthly $79; additional for siblings
Parking: The Forest Hill Christian Church parking lot has parking; the residential neighborhood off Plaza Drive around the southeast corner from Play Haven has 2 hour limit parking.
Features include an art studio, sensory activities, imaginative games, dramatic play areas, and even a rock climbing wall. Table seating and free WiFi is also available throughout. Need a little quiet time for work or leisure? Enroll your child in one of our enrichment classes and enjoy our complimentary parent lounge equipped with work stations and comfortable chairs.


Looking for more indoor play ideas? Check out our calendar of kid’s drop in classes in SF and Marin.

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  1. Cadi
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