The big house on Dolores' hill dedicated to yoga has been there way before yoga become a big thing on Oprah. I started going there in 1996, and have been in love with the place ever since. You can pay for 12 classes ahead, I think, or pay each session you go to. You have to check out the schedule of classes, though, to find one that suits your level. Also a yoga co-opt, this place rocks.
I enjoy shopping in small, locally owned businesses. That is why I like Ambassador Toys, they have alternatives to the very commercialized offerings at places like Toy'sRUs. Wooden toys, Tomas the Train, non-cartoon-based toys are to be found here.
Cliff's Variety store has been around for I don't know how long, and although Home Depot and Lowe's has taken over, this store is a great alternative if you need to find a quick solution to your broken home. And being in the Castro adds that much more impetus to go. I recently broke a pot and my plant was in desperate need of a home, so I rushed to Cliff's to get a stylish pot, much cheaper than the alternative at Pottery Barn.
Yes, this shop is dedicated to bringing you the best of the costume world. I recently bought a superwoman cape there, but the choices are much more exquisite if you can let your imagination wander. But they also have regular adult batman, spiderman, wonderwoman costumes too.
CONS: might be a little on the pricey side.
This is a very good vet clinic in the city. I first went here with my cat Amos, and received excellent check-up care. They were very gentle with him, as he was a scaredy cat, and made him feel calm. Dr. Hershberger shares the clinic with Dr. Alex Herman, and I prefered Dr. Herman, but both are very knowledgable and the staff are great with animals too.
CONS: it is kinda out of the way from most residential areas, on S. Van Ness.
The Alcatraz tour is one of those tours that if you live here you only go on if you have relatives coming to visit. On a sunny day, the ferry ride is pretty, and for history buffs the tour can be very interesting. But kids might not get all the history, and walking through the cells can only entertain to a point. I wouldn't really recommend this tour unless you have a fascination with prison history.
The Zeum is both an interactive museum and entertainment outfit for children. Best for children 5 yrs. and up, this is a hands-on, creating museum that lets children explore their creative side by making arts and crafts and other objects.
If you are in SF, please do yourself a favor and visit this exquisite museum. Excellent collection of Asian and Oriental arts. Very good collection of religious and cultural artifacts from both Hindu and Budhhist traditions. Please check this museum out.
The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park offers a century old green house with marvelous fauna inside. Very pretty flowers are on display, along with various plant species. The outside area is a wonderful picnic or ice cream-eating park area. Nice to come here to escape city life.
The boardwalk is a great place for family to enjoy summers together. They have a very good mix of rides for adults and for children. My son loves coming here and enjoying a beautiful day out in the sun with everything a boardwalk should have: rides, games, sugary snacks and a beach.