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NOPA (North of Panhandle)

NOPA (North of Panhandle)

One of the few areas to have remained untouched from the 1906 earthquake and fires, its Victorian homes among the city's oldest.

 

Welcome to NOPA (North of Panhandle)

 

If you're seeking a slice of history in the city, look no farther than Western Addition/NOPA. One of the few areas to have remained untouched from the 1906 earthquake and fires, its Victorian homes among the city's oldest. It is also the epicenter of the city's jazz scene and has significant ties to African-American music's history. It remains the go-to spot for amazing music and nightlife, with a relaxed and cool environment that occasionally gets a touch rough around the edges.

 

Why Moms Love It 

 

Moms like the neighborhood's modest size and proximity to two major business corridors: Fulton Street and Divisadero. It is ideally placed among neighboring neighborhoods such as Haight-Ashbury, Lower Haight, and Hayes Valley and everyday conveniences like Target and Trader Joe's. Additionally, the area's collegiate population provides a plethora of childcare options.

 

Local Family Favorites 

 

Alamo Square

 

Make a conscious effort not to sing the Full House theme tune as you approach the famed view of the historic Painted Ladies Victorian mansions and the downtown skyline behind them. The entire park was refurbished recently, including the playground, which provides excellent views while watching the children play.

 

Golden Gate Park 

 

A short walk down the panhandle will get you to Golden Gate Park proper and all it has to offer, whether it's biking or strolling along meandering paths, visiting the bison at the Bison Paddock, feeding ducks or boating at Stow Lake, or exploring one of the park's numerous other attractions.

 

Koret Children’s Quarter Playground & Carousel

 

This is America's oldest public playground, and it is continuously packed with local and visiting families stretching their legs or riding the famous carousel. It is situated in the southeastern section of the park.

 

California Academy of Sciences

 

This is a place that toddlers in the room will often visit, the rainforest exhibit and the enormous aquarium, where activities for both children and their parents are on hand. With one or two visits each year, an annual membership is well worth it.

 

de Young Fine Arts Museum

 

 To learn about various areas of the museum, the kids can participate in many activities, including toddler tours, art courses, after-school programs, summer camp, and a Saturday Studio Series. Enroll your family in our Saturday Family Art-Making class.

 

San Francisco Botanical Gardens

 

Families that like regularly scheduled activities such as storytime for kids and exceptional events such as flower piano frequently use this attractive, well-maintained urban oasis, which showcases 8,500 different kinds of plants worldwide.

 

Renegade Girls Tinkering Club

 

The Renegade Girls Tinkering Club is geared for children aged 5 to 11 and provides interesting summer camps and after-school programs that offer STEM principles through fun hands-on projects. There are gender-segregated and coed programs for all ages.

 

USF Athletics

 

The stadium is near Mason Street on the western border of the area, making it simple to observe the game. Affordable tickets that can be purchased directly and have easy-to-access seating will make you and your family feel right at home and ready to root for the Dons.

 

Manitas Cafe & Deli

 

Surprisingly, such a remote location offers so many restaurants. Manitas is one of my favorite neighborhood joints. This Salvadoran kitchen serves espresso drinks and deli sandwiches, along with their full-service lunch and breakfast menus.

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