One of the perks to living in SF is that the city seems determined to let you be an adult-child for as long as possible. If you don’t want to grow up, there are events, restaurants, holidays and so on that will help you maintain your youthful sense of play and curiosity. So forget about the woes of adulthood and focus on the more positive aspects of being a grown-ass person, which is mainly that you can take yourself to the park. If San Francisco doesn’t already feel like a playground to you, here are four places that will ensure you forever think of the city as a place where you don’t have to take yourself too seriously.
Eureka Valley (above the Castro)
As an adult it’s hard to get back to those moments where things feel new and exciting like when you were a kid. Where the simplest things were exhilarating. But if you want to rediscover the simple joys of the slide, bring some wax and grab a piece of cardboard and scare the shit out of everyone watching by getting airborn on the turn of these cement masterpieces. Nestled in a small park above the Castro, you can swing from trees and rekindle your childhood enthusiasm for the cardboard box.
Lucasfilms in the Presidio, SF
This might not appeal to people who weren’t Star Wars nerds as kids, but if you were, childhood dreams do come true. Right in our very own backyard the closest thing to religion besides religion was born: Star Wars. On Saturday afternoons there are food trucks everywhere, so grab a kimchi taco or whatever and bask in the peaceful glory of Geaorge Lucas’s masterpiece.
745 Mission St, SF
This is a perfect place to escape on a lunch break or to relax in between museum hopping. It’s an oasis in a paved-over part of town. The waterfall drowns out city noise pollution so you can find your spot in the grass and watch all the hustle and bustle from your small tuft of man made bliss. Even if it’s just for 30 min.
1096 S Van Ness Ave, SF
Ok so this isn’t exactly an open public space, but it is a great place to enjoy childhood simplicity while also having an adult beverage.