12 Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Castro, San Francisco

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By Brittany Doohan

Silly adults, the Castro District is for kids! Well, maybe not — but there are still plenty of fun things to do in the Castro if you’re here with your little ones.


[Photo: Yelp, Manuela F.]

Helen Diller Playground
This playground is in the heart of Dolores Park (right below Gay Beach), and very close to great food and a beautiful view!

Church St & Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94114

[Photo: Yelp, Javier B.]

Seward Street Slides
These long concrete slides are a hidden gem in the city. These slides aren’t for tiny tots (you may slide down fast!), and adults must be accompanied by children. Bring a piece of cardboard, wear sturdy pants, and prepare for a joyous ride! Open 9am-5pm.

Seward St & Douglass St
San Francisco, CA 94114


[Photo: Yelp, Amy C.]

Cliff’s Variety
Cliff’s Variety is your one stop shop for all kinds of knick-knacks. Want to buy a toy for the kiddies or a staple mini rainbow Castro flag? Head to Cliff’s!

479 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 431-5365

[Photo: Yelp, C. N.]

Under One Roof
This store (full of fun toys, cards and other random goodies) is a non-profit that generates funds for community-based organizations that provide assistance to the HIV/AIDS and LGBT populations. Under One Roof has sold over $11 million in retail merchandise on behalf of these organizations!

518A Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 503-2300

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Are you a family of comic lovers? Head on over to Whatever… for a huge selection of your favorite comic books and fun toys.

548 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 861-9428


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Castro Theatre Sing-A-Long
Castro Theatre Sing-a-longs are a Castro family favorite! Costume contests, goodie bags and a night full of belting out songs from classic musicals. It’s a must-do!

429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

[Photo: Devil-ettes.com]

The Devil-ettes
These sassy all-American ladies provide good clean fun for kids of all ages! “These go-go goddesses have gained notoriety for setting the fringe a flyin' at their wickedly wild high-energy shows,” said the Devil-ettes website.

2215-R Market Street
Ste 177
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Mission Science Workshop
Get your science on at Mission Science Workshop! “Mission Science Workshop is committed to enriching the educational experience of low-income and historically underserved youth. We believe that through science, students can acquire a more intimate understanding of the world around them,” said the Mission Science Workshop website.

3750 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-1240


When you’ve got little ones, it can be tough to pick a restaurant that has a kid-friendly environment with appropriate menu options. Here’s a list of some delicious and affordable places you can take the whole family.

[Photo: Yelp, C.N.]

215 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 552-2469

[Photo: Yelp, Rico O.]

Squat and Gobble Café & Crepery
3600 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 552-2125

[Photo: Yelp, Jesal P.]

Cove on Castro Cafe
434 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 626-0462

After all that fun, take your kids to Bi-Rite Creamery (3692 18th St), a local favorite, for some delicious ice cream!