Thank you for all of the great suggestions. I have some research to do and will post any changes and follow-up questions. A couple of quick notes, though:
1. I left out some detail on the back end of the trip, but I was planning Marin Headlands Wed. afternoon; Point Reyes, Muir Woods and drive to Monterey on Thursday; Monterey Aquarium Friday, then head back to SF for a Saturday return flight. I appreciate the Henry Cowell recommendation and will likely go there instead of Muir Woods.
2. I really want to go to Amoeba Music on Haight, but maybe since it's on the end of Haight closest to GGP I just go there after spending the morning and early afternoon in the park and skip the rest of the street.
I'll read up on the Mission Districts and park area restaurant recommendations. Thanks again.
I’m looking for feedback and suggestions in response to my current itinerary for a family trip to San Francisco scheduled in late March. I know there are a few ‘respond to my agenda’ postings in circulation right now, but I need to tailor my agenda to include kids. Important facts:
--We’re a family of five with three boys (ages 11, 5 and 5) visting from the Twin Cities area
Morning: We will either (1) take the Muni 30 from Union Square to the Exploratorium or (2) take the cable car to the Wharf and then pick up the Muni 30 from there
Breakfast: Honey Honey, Luques or La Boulange in Union Square area. Depending on transportation choices, also considering Hollywood Café in Fisherman’s Wharf or Home Plate on Lombard, which is near the end of the bus ride.
Lunch: Looking for something close to the Exploratorium before heading to Fort Point. Considering Pizzeria Avellino or Liverpool Lil’s.
Dinner: After Fort Point we’re going to Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m thinking we’ll eat at Scoma with In-N-Out Burger as a fallback if everyone is too exhausted.
I’m not committed to eating at the Wharf. One option is to move the North Beach dinner up a day to Sunday, then eat somewhere else on Monday.
Breakfast: Walk to the Ferry Building. Considering Boulette’s Larder, though might eat at one of the bakeries.
Lunch: After morning at Yerba Buena Gardens/SFMOMA, go to Yank Sing at Rincon Center
Snack: Golden Gate Bakery
Dinner: After returning from Coit Tower, I’m planning to eat in North Beach. I’m leaning towards Ideale. However, if we eat in North Beach on Sunday night then I will look for someplace closer to our hotel for this dinner. I’m open to suggestions here. Would Tadich Grill be inappropriate for children?
Morning: Either eat in Union Square or take bus to Haight and eat there
Breakfast: (1) one of the places in Union Square that we didn’t go to on Sunday or (2) Squat & Gobble on Haight
Lunch: Planning to spend some of the morning and some of the afternoon in Golden Gate Park (Conservatory of Flowers, Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden) with a break in the middle for lunch. I’m leaning towards Park Chow.
Dinner: After finishing up at the park, head to the Mission District. I want to take the kids to 826 Valencia then eat nearby. I’m thinking either Poc Chuc or Limon.
Agenda: Lombard Street, Twin Peaks, Sutro Baths, Japantown, maybe Baker Beach depending on time
Breakfast: Tartine Bakery – stop off between Lombard Street and Twin Peaks
Lunch: My wife loves Japantown and my 11-year old loves Sushi, so after driving around a bit we’ll stop for lunch at Japantown. I’m thinking Takara since I’ll need non-sushi options for the other boys.
Dinner and remainder of our trip (Point Reyes, Muir Woods, then south to Monterey) I’ll figure out closer to our trip, but I would appreciate any suggestions about restaurants or the agenda more generally.