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The Pre­sidio is among the city’s most popular play­grounds, beloved by chil­dren and adults alike. Attractions in the park in­clude the Walt Dis­ney Fam­ily Mu­seum on the Main Post, which spot­lights the famed car­toon cre­ator’s life and art through in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits, sketches, mem­o­ra­bilia, lis­ten­ing sta­tions, an­i­mated clips and more. The re­fur­bished Pre­sidio Of­fi­cers’ Club prom­ises a fas­ci­nat­ing look at lo­cal his­tory with multi-me­dia dis­plays, mem­o­ra­bilia and on­go­ing archaeological work; in the Mesa Room, young­sters will mar­vel at lay­ers of ex­posed walls dat­ing back to the Pre­sidio’s ear­li­est days.

Stop for a snack at Ar­guello, chef Traci Des Jardins’ con­tem­po­rary Mex­i­can cafe in the Pre­sidio Of­fi­cers’ Club. There’s an af­ford­able kids’ menu, along with cook­ies, cho­co­lates and hor­chata ice cream for dessert.

With play equip­ment, sand­boxes, ath­letic fields and un­ex­pected Golden Gate Bridge views, Julius Kahn Play­ground is one of the Pre­sidio’s hid­den gems. Along the north­ern water­front, Crissy Field of­fers op­tions for shar­ing a pic­nic lunch, fly­ing a kite or build­ing a sand cas­tle. The House of Air in­door tram­po­line park is a great place to play on rainy days, and the neigh­bor­ing Bat­ters Box SF wel­comes slug­gers of all ages and skill lev­els.

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