Related Articles: Sports & Recreation, All

Activate Your Weekend

Nighttime Fun for Active Teen

These articles -- Break Out of Your Movie Mold, Theater!, Activate Your Weekend, Shake It! -- are a mix of teen-friendly venues and events. They were written to fill in the lack of all ages venues and clubs listings in the media. Because there are not enough places for teens to hang out, they often end up at their friendsí houses or doing things their parentís would not approve of. With these articles, we hope to expose high school students to places where they can have fun and be safe at night. Note: These venues also have 21+ events. Please check the individual event to make sure it's for ages under 21.


Yerba Buena Skating and Bowling Center
A place for all ages! How often do you find an ice skating rink and bowling alley right next to each other? If you havenít checked out these venues yet it looks like this summer they will stay open later. Whether it be bowling a ball on another personís lane or watching your friend on the ice rink while he/ she falls flat on their face, these are great places to hang out with your friends and create new memories.

With the average budget of high school students ranging from $12.00-$20.00 you can easily go to these facilities and spend time with your friends without blowing a wad. With an entrance fee of $8.00 and $3.00 to rent skates you can skate all night long. Donít want to spend that much? Then go on Wednesday nights for free skate rentals and only pay for admission! Do you want to bowl also? Why donít you bring five friends along and only spend $10.00 each with a bowling lane and a pair of bowling shoes for an hour.

Yerba Buena Center is a great place to hang out with your friends. Attempt to gracefully skate across the icy rink, or bowl a personal best, or release your inner child at the playground or the carousel, or even find the artist in you as you observe the exhibits in the Zeum. After enjoying one of these attractions, take a stroll up Fourth Street and youíll find that youíve arrived at the Sony Metreon, where you can watch a movie or challenge your friends in a dance off by playing Dance Dance Revolution in the arcade.

Directions: It is advised to take BART to Powell to this venue because parking is very hard to find and parking lots tend to be very pricey.

BART: Take BART to the Powell Street Station. Walk up Market Street (east toward the Ferry Building) to 4th Street. Take a right and walk down 4th Street (south) to Folsom. The Ice Center is on Folsom, between 4th and 3rd streets.
Transit First!

Muni Metro : Twenty-eight Muni lines drop off within two blocks of The Yerba Buena Ice Skating & Bowling Center. They include: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9X, 12, 14, 14X, 16AX, 16BX, 21, 30, 31, 38, 38L, 45, 66, 71, F, J, K, L, M, N.

Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Rink
This skating rink is quite well known to local San Franciscans; it is only open during the holidays so be prepared for crowds. This particular ice skating rink is outdoors. You can enjoy skating with friends, family, or your date while skating under the stars. Even if the sky is filled with the usual fog, twinkling Christmas lights surrounds the rink. Experience the holiday spirit at this rink with anybody and have a great time.

When: Sun.-Thu. 10am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-11:30pm
Note: This ice rink is only open during the winter, not year-round

Mission Cliffs
Mission Cliffs is a great place for working out. As unappealing as working out may sound, Mission Cliffs creates an atmosphere that makes it enjoyable. The main attraction is, obviously, the climbing walls. Countless routes on each wall offer a constant challenge. If youíre a beginner, thatís just fine. With plenty of different walls for people at different levels, routes are marked on each wall with colored tape. Beginners are encouraged to first climb the wall, without a selected route. Rock climbing doesnít just give you a physical workout; it works your brain as well. You must use your mind and problem solving skills to find the best and most effective route to the top of the wall. If you donít want to climb, learn how to belay. There is a belay safety class, recommended for first-time climbers (must be at least 14 years old) and costs $28 including a day pass, equipment rental and the class fee. The class teaches basic top rope climbing, knot tying, and the proper use of belay equipment and is offered throughout the day. Mission Cliffs is conveniently located at the corner of Harrison and 19th Street in the Mission District. The closest BART Station is at 16th and Mission. From there, walk three (major) blocks east to Harrison and then three more blocks south to 19th.

When: Mon.-Fri. 6:30am - 10pm Sat., Sun. 9am - 7pm
How much: approximately $25(for non-members), for more detailed pricing and discount days, visit: http://touchstoneclimbing.com/mc_pricing.html

Ghost Hunt Tour
Are you looking for a scare tonight? Think you can handle any scary movie? Well then why donít you and a few friends try out the three-hour ghost hunt tours? Take a tour in San Francisco of the most notorious haunted places and meet the enchanting ghosts that call them home. And donít worry, everyone has always returned home.

Public transit recommendations to the Queen Anne Hotel:
BART, exit Montgomery Street, use MUNI #2, #3, or #4 on Sutter Street, get off at Octavia, the Queen Anne Hotel is on the northeast corner
When: Year-round. Every night at 7pm-10pm.
How much: $20 per person, kids under 16: $10.
Note: The Ghost Hunt is not recommended for kids under 8.

Pizzeria SFO/ Kimballís Carnival
Paired with Kimballís Bar and Grill, this Jack London square restaurant doubles as an all ages pool hall. It is located in a large warehouse, with plenty of seating and more than a dozen pool tables. There are huge televisions covering the high walls constantly showing sports events live and classic. The food is fairly expensive and although they serve a variety of sports themed dishes, pizza is the best type of dish they provide. It is a perfect place for sports fans or any group of friends to hang out at night. It can be a good way to spend money as long as you stay away from too much food. Pool tables are $8 for an hour.

In the neighborhood are also Jack London Cinemas, Yoshiís Jazz Club, and plenty of other restaurants. Pizzeria SFO is accessible from 12th Street BART Station with a bit of a walk, or is close to the 72 AC Transit bus line. There is a large parking lot nearby.


In a group effort, the byline "SFS Staff" is used. The writers involved in this article include: Jason Hwang, Robby Myers, Misha Hurd, Taylor Wong, Randy Zellerbach, Zak Mandel-Romann, Greg Fleischut, Mike Shenk.