Ballpark for tykes

Get a splash hit at a Giants field just for kids

If your kids yearn to be just like the Giants, smacking long, arcing hits right into San Francisco Bay, pack 'em up and head to Barry Bonds Junior Giants Field, just south of SBC Park, on McCovey Cove.

Here in the glowing lights of the big boys' stadium, a statue of Willie McCovey overlooks a mini baseball field, and bronze plaques with the names of past Giants line the waterway. Nearby are kid-friendly spots like the Giants Dugout Store and, just north, wood-fired pizza at Amici's East Coast Pizzeria and cold scoops at Marble Slab Creamery.

Bring little ones to the park this month during baseball's All-Star break and dream about your own future all-stars. And experience the most glorifying game of catch you've played in years. ―Abigail Peterson

INFO: Junior Giants Field (open daily; free; Terry Francois St. at Third St.; 877/ 574-4268); Amici's ($; 216 King St.; 415/ 546-6666); Marble Slab Creamery (219 King; 415/896-2223)