Sponsor Happy Memories at the LeRoy King Carousel

Do you remember the joy of your first carousel ride?

What made that ride so special? Was it the sound of the organ music, the rush to find the “perfect” animal, or perhaps the motion that invited you to close your eyes and imagine yourself galloping across a field?

The Children’s Creativity Museum’s Looff carousel - renamed in 2014 in honor of San Francisco Redevelopment Commissioner and civil rights advocate LeRoy King - evokes that same feeling today and is one of the finest carousels in the world. Commissioned in 1904 and recognized as a signature attraction at San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach (1913 - 1972), our carousel exemplifies the Coney Island style, housing animals with vibrant expressions and elaborate paint work that inspire the creative spirit in us all.

A symbol of the spirit and resilience of San Francisco... 

Commissioned in 1904 and recognized as a signature attraction at San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach (1913 - 1972), our historic Looff carousel helped reinvigorate our downtown neighborhood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reinstituting carousel operations signaled not only a return to normalcy for children and families but a gradual return to prosperity for the nearby shops, restaurants, and small businesses that call Yerba Buena home.

Join us in thanking the 2021 Carousel Campaign supporters who helped us surpass our $25,000 goal!


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Susan Choe

Robert Churchill

Patricia Corbett

Bryan Day

The De Palm Family

Doug Engmann in memory of Sue Bierman

Bridget Freeman

Harlock Family & Friends in memory of Christine Fitzsimmons

Cal & Rebecca Henderson

Elizabeth Hurst

Mario Jerez

Joyride Pizza

Isaac Kos-Read

Cathy Maupin

The Milowitz Family

Jenessa Petersen

Teresa Pineda in honor of CCM Board Chair Eduardo Pineda

Richard Pon, CPA, CFP

Melissa Rich Skehan

Scott Rowitz

John Sanger

The Scott Family in memory of Mary Greene

The Tang/Roopnarine Family in memory of Eileen Lichin Tang

Anderson Tien

Liisa Turan-Walters

The Whitcanack/Deane Family

The Whiting Family

Yerba Buena Gardens Conservancy

The Zapata Family in memory of Maria Socorro Velez

The Zarem Family

Mark Your Calendars Now for National Carousel Day!

July 25, 2022, is National Carousel Day - and it’s the perfect time to celebrate our historic carousel and kick off our annual sponsorship campaign!

Year-long sponsorships give you the chance to personally name an animal or chariot in honor or memory of the important people in your life.

Plus, donations of any amount support free rides for low-income families and carousel operations not covered by ticket revenue. Join us by making your pledge of support today!

Show Us Your Carousel Journey!

Click the photo above to download our Coloring Sheet.