Recently, my daughter and I spent a night in the city along with a group of friends. Our "home" for the evening: the fun and hip Hotel Triton. The location couldn't have been more convenient. Out the door to the left was the Union Square shopping district. To the right was the gate to Chinatown. Across the street was a Starbucks, and right next door was Café de la Press which had great breakfast and pastries. And cable car stops were just a short walk away.
There are lots of activities for all ages in San Francisco. On our trip, we strolled through Chinatown, saw the musical Wicked, and visited the King Tut exhibit at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. If we had more time, some other activities kids love are a cruise on the bay, a tour of Alcatraz, walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, and shopping and eating on Fisherman's Wharf. And many other northern California attractions are an easy drive away, including beautiful coastline, giant redwoods, and wine country.