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Presidio’s Greatest Lists: Five Fun Family Experiences in the Presidio

Friday, Jul 08, 2016 Category Family Special Events; Nature and Science; Recreation and Wellness

​Schools out, the fog's rolling in, and it's the perfect time of year to explore the Presidio while bonding with your wee ones. We have a selection of some super fun summer activities to satisfy both the big and little kids in your pack.

Weeknight Dinner at Presidio Twilight​

For many busy parents, "What's for dinner?" can sound like nails on a chalk board by the time Thursday rolls around. If you're searching for a reprieve, then search no more – Presidio Twilight is to the rescue! Where else could you order lobster rolls, grass-fed beef sliders, kimchee fries, AND a cheese pie…all while the kids play soccer within earshot with a few of their new best friends? Presidio Twilight has it all for kids of all ages. Come out to Main Parade Ground Thursdays through October 6th, 5-9 pm, for Adirondack chairs, cabanas, fire pits, an eclectic array of food trucks…and a cocktail or two to help stave off a summer visit from Karl the Fog. This might be the best way to jump start your family's weekend. Bonus: Full bellies, fresh air, and hours of uninhibited play can make for an easier bedtime. 

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Connect with Nature without Ever Leaving the City

The antidote to an overdose of screen time is a bike, bus, or car ride away into the forests, prairies, dunes, and wetlands of the Presidio. The decades-long – and ongoing! – restoration work in the park makes it the perfect place for city kids to make deep connections with nature. And we've got 24 miles of trails and 800 acres of open space for families to explore – the only question is where to begin! One suggestion: start at the Presidio Nature Lab in the Presidio Officers' Club, and make this your trailhead. Through interactive exhibits, the whole family can learn how to use all their senses to experience nature throughout the park. A kiosk offers trail and adventure maps, as well as a suggested walk to see, hear, and smell everything you learned about in the lab. Check the calendar of events for guided monthly nature walks that begin at the Officers' Club, head out on a self-guided walk, or blaze your own trail with the entire family in tow.

More information about Presidio Nature Lab >>

Two Discoveries at Crissy Field

Two Discoveries at Crissy Field

Before or after splashing in the water along the Crissy Field waterfront, take the kids to a hands-on science program at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, located in the historic Coast Guard station. Here, you'll learn about plankton, crabs, and other interesting creatures of the bay. To register, contact mark.oates@noaa.gov. Or, if your brood is ready for a true family fitness challenge, how about scaling the 45-foot wall together at Planet Granite? In a glass-walled, historic airplane hangar, enjoy parent-child belay lessons, which teach parents how to work the ropes as their little monkeys reach new heights. Tip: When you need a break from family time, they offer Friday date-night drop-off for kids aged 6 to 13.

Learn more about Crissy Field >>

Download the Summer (Sand)Bucket List for Kids and Families

Summer SandBucket List

If you're overwhelmed by the possibilities, don't worry – we've made it easy. The 2016 Summer (Sand)Bucket List for kids and families​ offers pre-planned adventure for four kid-perfect day trips to the park. Each three-hour experience showcase nature, history, and playtime. Bathroom locations and snack breaks are factored in…so download, exhale, and explore! 

Download the 2016 Summer (Sand)Bucket List for kids and families​ >>

Work Together to Help Build a Sustainable Future​

Reuse, reduce, recycle is a familiar refrain for this generation of kids, but nothing connects you to the earth quite like digging down in it and getting your hands dirty. Introduce your future stewards to the Presidio Nursery's volunteer program, open to families every Wednesday and Saturday. Managed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust, this ambitious nursery grows tens of thousands of plants a year for use in habitat restoration projects throughout the park. Drop-ins welcome (kids younger than 7 must have a dedicated adult chaperone), rain or shine, for seed collecting, weeding, transplanting, and more. Come with long pants, close-toed shoes, hats, and sunscreen, and go home with dirt under your nails and a big smile, knowing you've made a difference. Keep your eye on the calendar of events for future dates of the Presidio Trust's family-friendly Presidio Park Stewards program, which includes a snack break and story time.​

Learn more about ​volunteering in the park >>​​