Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New and Fantastic Playground at the San Francisco Zoo

This Summer my children and I visited the San Francisco Zoo. We hadn't been there in several years and were pleasantly surprised at some of the changes. One of the biggest changes was the all-new Elinor Friend Playground. It was, and is, fantastic.

The playground is accessible to special needs children.

 The playground is located next to the entrance of the Children's Zoo. It is 36,000 square feet and consists of three bio-regions. The first one is a river play area for toddlers.
River Play Area
The second bio-region is a polar area for preschoolers; although I don't know why they put an age limit on it, it's definitely good for older kids too.

The Polar "Bio-Region."

The last bio-region is a banyan tree climbing structure that is absolutely fantastic. It is designed with older kids in mind.

The Banyan Tree Play Area




There is so much to see at the San Francisco Zoo. My last blog featured the Washed Ashore Art Exhibit and my next blog will be about the zoo itself.

If you go: the cheapest way to go to the San Francisco Zoo is to purchase a yearly membership - a family membership is $115.  San Francisco residents can get a small discount on the non-member entrance fee, but other than that, you have to pay full price. These days tickets cost $17 for adults and $11 for children.  Click here to see the complete information on tickets.

But whatever you pay, if you stay all day, you will definitely get your money's worth and maybe, even have time to work in a nap. .


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