Oops, the kids are out of school. What to do, what to do. Here are a few items to keep you all entertained. Sesame Street Live is making its way back through Oakland. Take a break from the non-heat outside and watch your favorite Streeters on a trip overseas. If you’re looking for some festival fun, the Haight Street Fair is going on this weekend, and up in Fairfax they’re also having a festival and everyone’s invited. Bring your music-lovin’ ears because there are lots of tunes in this year’s line up. And drop the kids off at Peekadoodle while you peek through the Isharya sample sale. If you want to add a little shine to your look, this is the way to do it. Keep that shine in mind as you plan your summer doings and you’ll come up with some shiny, happy fun for you and the kids.
Pssst…On Tuesday, June 15 Ses Petite Mains is having a one-day sample sale on their adorable girls’ line at 554 Liberty St in San Francisco from 2-5 pm. Pass it on.
Muni Fair You Won’t Forget
Visit the country without leaving the city. The Giants County Fair comes back for its second summer of midway games, rides, and Sammy the Seal photo ops. Come by for fireworks and funnel cakes. June 11 – 20, see website for schedule, San Francisco, $5/ride, $20/unlimited rides. Read more.
Festivus for the Rest of Us
Charity and the JAMband kick off their summer season of JAMband Family Festivals with a CD release party for Putamayo Kids’ “Rock and Roll Playground.” These family beach parties are always out of sight with rollicking tunes and nearby eats from Beach Chalet. If you don’t make this party, be sure to catch at least one this summer; there’s a festival in July, August, and September. Sun., 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner!
This Friday the zoo is coming to your favorite eating establishment. Play Café is hosting a Pony Party with horses for the riding and bevy of farm animals for the petting. Your kids can get up close and personal with sheep, goats, pigs, and other squeakers, squawkers, and squealers. Just make sure they wash their hands before din-din. Fri., 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Oakland, $6/person. Read more.
60’s the New “40”
Fairyland—60? Really? You don’t look a day over 29. Fairyland’s celebrating its 60th anniversary this weekend, and you’re invited to the party. Come by and hear about Fairyland’s good old days. Check out “The Wind in the Willows” puppet show and meet Fairyland’s newest personalities and costumes. Fairyland’s still doing it right after all these years. Sat., 12:00 p.m., Oakland, $7/person. Read more.
A Fair for All Seasons
The San Mateo County Fair comes complete with all your favorite carnival rides–you know, the rickety ones that make you wonder when they were last serviced. Be sure to visit the animals and listen to some good tunes… when you’re not hanging upside down. June 12 – 20, see website for schedule, San Mateo, $10/adults, $8/kids 6 – 12. Read more.
Public Art for Everyone
The 40th Annual Art in the Park pops up in Washington Park this weekend. With plenty of arts and crafts vendors for you to sift through, there will be many a bauble and trinket to fill your pocket. Maybe the kids will pick up a Father’s Day gift? That is, if they’re not too busy with all the kids’ activities, including sky bungee jumping, live music, a magician, and a wax-hand making. Fun for all and all for fun. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Burlingame, free. Read more.
Chalk It Up to Fun
The Youth in Arts Festival is not only a fundraiser, but a fun-raiser. Bring the kids to see how these creative madonnari (street painters) transform the roadways into canvases d’arte. Saturday is Family Day with special performances and Children’s Avenue where kids can pick up some chalk and try their hand at a little street painting. Sat. and Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.
Swap It Out
As the detritus of childhood piles up around the house, oh how we parents love to hear the word “swap.” Bring your gently used, clean clothes, books, and toys over to San Rafael this weekend for peace.love.swap. Swap clothes for kids baby through teen as well as maternity goods and baby accessories. Anything unswapped will be donated to local charities. Feel good and get good while doing good. Sun., item drop off at 11:00 p.m., swap 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., San Rafael, $5/person. Read more.
Get Dad out of the house and enjoy a Sunday morning kid-free! Todd Davis, star of HTGV Design Star will help dads and kids build one of his kid-friendly projects using materials found around the house, as well as show off his award winning play scapes and sign his new book Handy Dad. Sunday 10 am -11 am, $5 per child or free if you purchase the book. Corte Madera. Read more