Cheering on the Warriors, attending an event at Thrive City, or watching a cool performance at the Chase Center might be 100% enough activity for your family, but if you have time to kill or energy to burn, check out any of these seven fun things to do with kids around the Chase Center. (The Chase Center is less than a mile from Oracle Park where the Giants play.)
Entertaining Kids Around Mission Bay
Mission Bay Kids’ Park & Play Area
About a half-mile from the Chase Center (or a 9-minute walk on adult legs), Mission Bay Kids’ Park is a must-see in the Mission Bay neighborhood and is especially friendly to mixed-age families. The sunny, modern park has two playgrounds, one for toddlers and another for grade schoolers, a sandbox, a nature area, and lots of picnic tables.
The space has an overwhelming amount of play elements: slides, climbing walls, swings, seated spinners, hammocks, and bouncy things. I’ve never seen a playground with such a variety of features. The bigger kid area seemed to have some features that were geared toward older grade schoolers. A fence around the park keeps runners at bay.
We visited on a weekday morning and the play area was filled with about two dozen toddlers and preschoolers. It seems like a well-loved park. The only downside is limited shade and no restrooms on site (though public restrooms are available down the street at Mission Creek Park).
Location: Long Bridge Street & China Basin St, San Francisco
Thrive City Happenings
Thrive City is the plaza surrounding the indoor arena of the Chase Center. Year-round, cool things are happening. Thrive City loves to throw a party. In the summertime, there are outdoor movies for kids to enjoy. Summer 2022 was extra special because of the 4th Annual California Classic featuring Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat packed with NBA Draft picks, second-year pros, and more players competing to land their spot on an NBA roster. Autumn celebrations include a big thing for Halloween. The Christmas season includes Santa Claus, dancing, and snow. If you can’t make it to one of the official Winter Wonderland events (likely sold out!), you can still stop by to enjoy the massive Christmas tree and Santa Mailbox.
Mini Golf with Food Trucks and Green Spaces
This video gives you a sense of the space from an overhead perspective.
SPARK Social SF Location: 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco | Website >
Parklab Gardens Location: 1379 4th St, San Francisco | Website >
Cool Place to Shop for Swag
Families can bring their kids to Warriors Shop at Thrive City to pick out gear for kids and holiday gifts. A 10,000-square-foot store with the largest selection of Warriors apparel and the latest Nike gear on the plaza.
Location: Warriors Shop, 151 Warriors Way Suite 106, San Francisco at Thrive City
Ferry Ride to Mission Bay!
Make a trip to the Chase Center more special with a ferry ride to and from. Chase Center ferry service is available to and from Oakland and Alameda for all Golden State Warriors home games. Reservations are strongly encouraged. The SF terminal is at Pier 48 1/2, a half-mile north of Chase Center off of Terry A. Francois Blvd. The walk takes most passengers about 12-15 minutes. Plan your trip.
As you walk along the waterfront and look back at the Bay Bridge. Try to find your home on our side of the Bay. That should take some time.
Location: Pier 48 1/2 Lot #39, Shed A, off of Terry A. Francois Blvd, San Francisco
Room to run around
Right next to the basketball arena, adjacent to the waterfront is Bay Front Park. With rolling hills, basketball hoops, and chess boards, my family could happily touch all the things. It is still a work in progress.
If your family needs to run out some ya-yas before or after a show, Crane Cove Park might fit the bill. With seven acres of Bayfront park with a beach, it has a large lawn area, landscaped areas, a picnic area with grills, a lookout deck with views of the city and surrounding San Francisco Bay, and a beach area with direct access to the water for wading and kayak launching. No playground, though.
Crane Cove Park Location: 18th street and Illinois St, San Francisco
Museum of Craft and Design
About a mile from the Chase Center is the Museum of Craft and Design, MCD. MCD hosts a wide variety of visually stunning exhibits that showcase designers, makers, and artists through a distinctive series of craft and design-focused exhibitions and public programs. See if the current exhibits might be a good fit for your family.
Location: Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street (between 22nd and 23rd), San Francisco
More Food and Treats for Families
If you need to power up for a walk to the game or to make it back to your car, you’ll want to keep a few ideas in your back pocket. My kid loves cake pops at Starbucks. We also love to share a vanilla milkshake at Gott’s Roadside right at the base of the Chase Center in Thrive City. For more of a meal, check out Dumpling Time or the giant burgers and sandwiches at Gott’s.
Gott’s Roadside Location: 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco in Thrive City | Website >
Dumpling Time Location: 191 Warriors Way Ste 101, San Francisco in Thrive City | Website >
Big thanks to our sponsor, Golden State Warriors. Mission Bay has so much to offer families. Did we miss your favorite?