We've heard roughly 2 billion jokes about San Francisco and the Bay Area being home to a bunch of Peter Pans. Rather than run from the stereotype, today we've decided to embrace it. Tap into your inner kid and think happy thoughts as we show you how to get silly about town.


Wacka wacka

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Nothing can take you back like the sounds of people furiously playing the likes of Pac-Man, The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games. As soon as you put in your coins you'll be transported to the gloriously loud arcade/roller rink/bowling alley of your youth. Thanks to the fine folks at Coin-Op, the newest arcade-bar-restaurant in SOMA, you can live in the past and the present seamlessly. All three of the games mentioned above are there plus a whole lot more, including a photobooth to re-create those brace-faced non-glamour shots you took with your friends at the mall and movie theater. This time, at least, you're (technically) an adult and can have a drink while you play.

Where: 508 4th St., SOMA
When: Daily, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
More info: 628-444-3277; coinopsf.com

Church of 8 Wheels


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Skating at the roller rink — man, that was the jam growing up. (Or it was a terrifying evening of praying desperately that you don't wipe out in front of everyone invited to your best friend's birthday party.) Reminisce about those awkward-but-thrilling strolls around the rink with your crush, the glittering disco ball and the sweet moves at Church of 8 Wheels in Lower Haight. Get your groove on with old-fashioned skates and have a damn good time. And if you wipe out, we promise no one will make fun of you in math class tomorrow.

Where: 554 Fillmore St., Lower Haight
When: Fri. & Sat. See schedule online.
More info: 415-752-1967; churchof8wheels.com


Trust fall into the foam pit

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Maybe you took gymnastics lessons as a kid, or maybe you just attended a fifth-grade lock-in party at a gym that involved the likes of balance beams, foam pits and, naturally, pizza and orange soda. Go back to those days of somersaults and leaps at AcroSports, the gymnasium across from Kezar Stadium. On the last Saturday of every month it hosts an Adult Acro Fun Night where the grown-ups get to come out and play. Tumble, trampoline, pick up some circus basics and run like a wild child. If your acrobatics skills are a little rusty, don't sweat it: The night begins with a 20-minute warm-up and stretch that includes the basics of tumbling. Just like in fifth grade, the night wraps up with pizza.

Where: 639 Frederick St., Inner Sunset
When: Next event, tomorrow, Feb. 25, 8-10 p.m. See schedule online.
More info: 415-665-2276; Facebook

Pinot's Palette

Art class

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If you haven't yet been to a paint-and-sip party, you are missing out on a serious upgrade to high school art class. At Pinot’s Palette you'll discover you have skills to draw more than stick figures. Plus, the more you drink, the better your artwork becomes. (Kidding. Mostly.) Whether you're a master with paint and canvas or can barely freehand a straight line, a Pinot's Palette party is a great way to unwind with friends as you create a masterpiece you might just decide to hang up.

Where: 1981 Sutter St., Fillmore
When: Book or request a private party online.
More info: 415-279-8963; Facebook

Seward Street Slides


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An oldie but a goodie. There are few places in the city that will make you feel as young as the steep, twisty Seward Street Slides do. Just show up with a piece of cardboard and let the gravity do the rest. It’s one of those cool features that is so easily overlooked amid the city's hustle and bustle. (We do strongly advise that you wear pants.) Fun fact: You can thank community activism in the 1960s and '70s for the slides as well as San Francisco's many green spaces. The efforts to turn this small plot of land into a community park and garden, instead of developing it, helped change local legislation as well as the look and feel of the city.

Where: 30 Seward St., Eureka Valley
When: Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
More info: sfrecpark.org

By Mike Weiss

San Francisco-based marketer Mike Weiss has an undying love for sports, film photography and anything with gin. He's a firm believer that the West Coast is the best coast. Find him on Twitter @mikeini.