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Isotope

Whether you are a comic book collector, or a casual comic book reader, you will find a visit to Isotope worth your while. Anyone living in Hayes Valley who likes comics and graphic fiction, knows this place, and that is not just for its impressive collection of books, though it is very commendable. This lounge-cum-comic-book-store brings the best of both together to create a unique gallery-cum-reading-room kind of place, where customers can lounge around on the leather sofas while reading a book or two, or attend a live event featuring known names in the comic books business. What's more, you can tag along your furry four-legged friend to partake in this experience, since Isotope welcomes dogs.

San Francisco, CA, United States
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San Francisco Japantown

San Francisco Japantown Center is a major attraction that reflects Japanese regalia and arts and crafts through a number of showrooms, galleries and bookstores. Its almost like a mini-Japan in the heart of San Francisco. Also known as Nihonmachi, the area serves as a rich treasure of Japanese culture and tradition in the form of clothes, literature and the like, perennially stacked in the several stores tucked inside the center. Japantown also has movie theaters and hotels.

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Children's Creativity Museum

Young creativity is blossoming inside this space-age glass and metal cone. The Children's Creativity Museum is the place for budding kid and teen artists to hone their skills while also discovering new ones. Visual, media and performing artists are always on hand to interact with the museum's visitors. Children are encouraged to help with projects, including stop-motion animation, digital photography, and the cutting-edge, new media form of web casting. Do not miss the Charles Loof carousel (circa 1906); its hand-carved wooden animals have been restored to their original baroque perfection. There is also a theater on the premises used for various performances of different genres that stem outside the children's genre. This place is wonderful fun for the whole family.

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Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

The Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco offers the highest level of service and comfort. As a guest, you will sleep well in a spacious room and enjoy the various facilities. Whether for business or vacation, Four Seasons is the best option. You can always be sure to expect nothing but the best and it is this quality that sets this hotel apart from the others. The restaurant, Seasons, and the hotel spa ensure that all your needs are met.

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Museum of Ice Cream

This unusual museum dedicated to ice cream stands out from the word go. Invoking a feeling of being in some fantastical land is what this museum does and truly achieves. Characterized by color, candy, jelly and gems this museum is all things childhood and fun. A range of fun activity areas full of interesting and interactive exhibits are there to give you a memorable time. Sprinkle pools, generous tastings, selfie perfect installations and interactive exhibits are some of the key features of this museum. You can avail of the private tour of the facility and have the place all to yourself and your dear ones. This museum is often frequented by celebrities and bumping into your favorite star in this place would truly be the icing on the cake (ice cream).

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Shadowlight Productions

This is a modern troupe dedicated to the ancient Indonesian art of shadow puppets. The programs range from classic myths from Southeast Asia to modern interpretations of classic stories about Kublai Khan, to startlingly vibrant productions of contemporary tales such as their virtuoso performance of Joseph Marchs Jazz Age poem, The Wild Party. Most, but not all, are suitable for kids. All are magically beautiful. This company also welcomes audience members backstage after each show to see how the magic is made. Performances are at various venues around the Bay Area.

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Cable Car Museum

If you want to know how a cable car works, the Cable Car Museum is the place to learn. The world's first cable car rests here and with it a concise explanation of how those little cable cars make their way up those famous San Francisco hills. In an underground viewing area, you can look at the system's enormous cable wheels, which pull 11 miles (18 kilometers) of cable at 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) per hour. Closely examine the steel cables, gears, and pulleys that bring this city's most famous transportation to life. Don't miss the gift shop, where you can purchase your very own length of used cable!

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Chinatown Kite Shop

Do not let the small size of this store fool you, there are hundreds of different kinds of kites here. Some like the soaring Bugs Bunny, are not what you'd call traditionally Asian, but look around. The very traditional goldfish, dragons, and butterflies in vibrant colors are sold at economical prices depending on the size. Some ultra-modern, aerodynamic wonders are also available, including spirals that trail for several feet. A good selection of kite-strings and spools is also available.

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Lucky Strike

Finally San Francisco got itself a branch of this trendy bowling alley. Lucky Strike in SoMa offers 12 state of the art bowling lanes, a lot of giant projector screens, a 40-foot bar and private party rooms. If you get in the mood for a burger or a beer during your game, Lucky Strike also offers a great variety of drinks and food.

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Seward Mini Park

Tucked away amidst the houses of Seward Street is a set of concrete slides. The slides were built upon the designs of Kim Clark, who was only 14 years old at that time. What was once a vacant lot is today a mini park that thrills and delights children and adults alike. At the center of the park lies a pair of steep concrete slides that are perfect to be enjoyed by the entire family. Laugh till your sides ache and bask in the after-glow of the adrenaline rush that is sure to engulf you as you slide down the Seward Street slides. The park is open daily during daylight hours, and all adults must be accompanied by a child. You will find a few cardboard boxes at the park to ride down the slides, however you are always welcome to bring your own along.

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Oracle Park

Formerly Pac Bell Park, SBC Park, and AT&T Park, the Oracle Park is the first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since Dodger Stadium in 1962. The name may have changed several times, but the game always remains the same here. The San Francisco Giants' home features an inspiring nine-foot (2.74-meter) statue of America's greatest living ballplayer, Willie Mays, at the northwest corner of the stadium. An 80-foot (24.3-meter) Coca-Cola bottle with playground slides and a miniature replica of the park, located behind left field, has become a magnet for kids of all of ages.

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Small Frys

This bright and cheerful spot has a range of clothing for children. Specializing in cotton clothes, the store sells colorful outfits for infants and young children. In addition, the store sells a variety of jewelry and clothing accessories. Often, the store has a sidewalk sale with discounted items, but do not wait. Let the personable sales staff help you find whatever you need for the kids in your life.

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