LeRoy King Carousel

OPEN EVERY DAY, 10:00AM to 5:00PM
$4 per person (good for 2 rides)  |  $3 with museum admission


A Historic Treasure

The LeRoy King Carousel was built in 1906 by Charles Looff. For over 50 years it was a main attraction at the famed San Francisco amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach. The Carousel was installed in Yerba Buena Gardens at the Children’s Creativity Museum in 1998.

History of the Carousel

  • 1906 Constructed in Rhode Island by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. The carousel was intended to be installed in San Francisco, however it could not be due to the great 1906 earthquake and fire.
  • 1907 Installed at Luna Park, Seattle
  • 1913 Moved to San Francisco’s oceanside amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach
  • 1972 Playland-at-the-Beach closes. Carousel purchased by private collector and put into storage in New Mexico
  • 1983 Moved to Shoreline Village, Long Beach, CA
  • 1998 Purchased by the City of San Francisco, fully restored, and opened in its current location at Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) in Yerba Buena Gardens
  • 2014 Restored and renamed in honor of former SF Redevelopment Commissioner LeRoy King

The Children’s Creativity Museum operates the Children’s Creativity Carousel on behalf of the San Francisco Office of Civic Investment and Infrastructure (former SF Redevelopment Agency). Daily operations and maintenance of the Carousel are provided by MJM Management.

Connect with us and learn how YOU can be a part of this historic treasure!



The Children’s Creativity Museum is offering a unique opportunity for San Francisco families. Imagine gifting your child or loved one with the opportunity to name his or her own carousel animal, while also supporting creativity and innovation.

The Carousel Campaign allows individuals and businesses the opportunity to sponsor or adopt an animal on the historic 107-year-old carousel. You may select any name for your animal and a nameplate will adorn the animal’s pedestal for an entire year! This is a wonderful opportunity to honor your family or a specific family member while also unleashing the creativity of your children by allowing them to choose the name!

View available animals by rolling over the numbers with your mouse.
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Adopted animals on the carousel (as of May 9, 2014)

Alama Dingdong in honor of Hezzie by Austin Madison
Ashley by P.A. Corbett
Baby Zhang in honor of Tom and Beth Chang by The Tye-Chang Family
Beau by The Donovan Family
Big Tall Horsey in honor of Jane Lumen & Jack Mason Jewell by the Jewell Family
Blueberry in honor of James Wyatt Gardner by The Gardner Family
Boboy in honor of AJ, Ninja and Ricky by Maria & Henry Benavente
Boston Properties
Calista by Christine Herron
Chamois by P.A. Corbett
Chaya in honor of Chan Chak Fu by Josephine Chan
Clara Jane in memory of Clara Jane McLaughlin by Bryan Long
Coco in memory of Maria Socorro Velez “Coco” by Tania Zapata, Alex Torrenegra & Azul Zapata-Torrenegra
Come Play in honor of Luca by Gemma & Hector Membreno
Cutty by The Donovan Family
Dominique by Anonymous
Emma in honor of Emma Krach by Metta & Keith Krach
Imani Ruth Stevens by Eli H. Stevens
In honor of Caitlin & Evan McCormack by MJM Management Group
In honor of J.G. Phanachet Evans by Anonymous
In memory of Catherine W. Lane by Anonymous
Jac in honor of Jac Bennett by Metta & Keith Krach
Jake by P.A. Corbett
JD in honor of JD Krach by Metta & Keith Krach
Jean Marie in memory of Jean Marie Wildern by The Davis Family
Jordan by P.A. Corbett
Julette in honor of Julette Galo by The Donovan Family
King in honor of LeRoy King
lil’ Liza Jane by Krewe D’Agave
Lukee & EmmaBot by Anonymous
Maharlika in memory of Dolores Ramos by The Ignacio Family
Marita in memory of Marita Jorgensen by Ronald A. Jorgensen
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Travel Association
Shannon Violet Lily in memory of Eugene P. Moran by Anonymous
Southern Dream in honor of Katie, Ben, & Issy Southern by Annemarie Clark
Strawberry in honor of William Jackson Gardner by The Gardner Family
The Wythes Family
Yerba Buena in honor of Michael Nobleza by Cathy Maupin


  • Hours

    WED. - SUN., 10AM to 4PM