San Anselmo’s community orientation, pleasant weather and nearby proximity to San Francisco and wine country make it a popular place to visit and stay with families. With an abundance of parks and children’s attractions in town and in surrounding areas, visitors and residents of all ages will find something to do in charming San Anselmo. Whether you have children of different ages or just one, the entire family will find a lot for learning, exercising and having fun.
641 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, California 94960
Whether you’re hosting a party or having a family day, Doodlebug has plenty to do, from pottery painting, decoupage and mosaics to painting wood, canvas and more. The facility includes two party rooms and a well-equipped store for craft kits, art supplies and toys for you and your child. The studio is open everyday from 10 a.m. From Sunday through Wednesday, the studio closes at 7 p.m., while Thursday through Saturday, the studio closes at 9 p.m. It’s a good choice for children 2 years old and older.
1000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA
Memorial Park is San Anselmo’s most developed park. It has sports fields, tennis courts, grassy areas, a children’s playground and outdoor facilities. The Millennium Playground was built in 2000. It was designed by San Anselmo children and incorporates town themes, including the seminary tower, train depot and Town Hall tower. It is the perfect place for small children to play. Elder’s Garden, just adjacent to the playground, is great for all generations. Tranquil and relaxing, you can sit, think or play horseshoes, checkers or chess with others. The garden is also used for allowing school groups to learn all about gardening. The park provides bathroom facilities, picnic tables and water, making it a fun and easy place to take the family.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, California 94941
The Mount Tamalpais State Park is 6,300 acres of oak woodlands, redwood groves, grassland slopes, rocky ridges and chaparral. It offers visitors the chance to interact with nature and even catch stunning views of the Pacific and Bay Area from the peaks. Whether you and your family want to picnic, study California nature, see historic landmarks, hike, bike, camp or go horseback riding, the park provides plenty of opportunities.
Interested in astronomy? Take the kids on a monthly astronomy night, with stargazing and lectures. It’s a free event. In May and June, the Mountain Play Association hosts a Broadway musical revival in the Mountain Theatre. The park is open everyday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park closes at 9 p.m. in the summer.
Robson-Harrington House Gardens
1000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Lose yourself in the garden paths at Robson-Harrington House with your family. Play in the elaborate garden, picnic and explore the estate. Check out the estate wall, built from building rubble, as well as the estate itself, a Victorian mansion. Try to find sleeping owls and other signs of wildlife, all while enjoying the lavish surroundings with your family. Call the number above to schedule a reservation.