OPEN DAILY, 10:00AM to 5:00PM
$4 per person (good for 2 rides)  |  $3 with paid museum admission
Click HERE to learn about our Winter Carousel Lighting celebration on Saturday, November 28, 2015.


The history of the LeRoy King 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 LeRoy King 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 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

Alama Dingdong in honor of Hezzie by Austin Madison

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

Boboy in honor of AJ, Ninja and Ricky by Maria & Henry Benavente

Boston Properties

Bridget’s Snowdancer in honor of All my Grandchildren, by Bridget E C Freeman

Calista by Christine Herron

Catherine Lane by Nicole McClain

Cayenne by P.A. Corbett

Chaya in honor of Chan Chak Fu by Josephine Chan

Chili by P.A. Corbett

Clara Jane in honor 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

Dusty by the Swig Family

Ella Marie, in honor of Ben, Michelle and Ella Thoma

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

Jackie Robinson by Rick Swig Family

JD in honor of JD Krach by Metta & Keith Krach

Jean Marie in memory of Jean Marie Wildern by The Davis Family

Julette in honor of Julette Galo by The Donovan Family

King in honor of LeRoy King

lil’ Eliza 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

Narcissus in honor of Ella, Omar and Azalea Jacobs by Katherine E. Akos and Harry L. Jacobs

Roxy by P.A. Corbett

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

San Francisco Travel Association

Shannon Violet Lily in memory of Eugene P. Moran by Anonymous

The Wythes Family

Yerba Buena in honor of Michael Nobleza by Cathy Maupin



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    10:00am to 4:00pm