We’re knee deep into summer and things are going great so far. The thing is, this sunshiny, care-free season is about to get even better. From a friendly-fish musical to a paper airplane workshop and an awesome insect safari this weekend’s lineup is going to knock your tan lines right off.

Photo: South Conservatory

San Francisco

This Seussical Is So Musical
Bay Area Musicals!, the newest non-profit theatrical organization to join the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area arts community, closes out its second season with the heart-warming Broadway hit musical, Seussical. This imaginative and magical tale centers around the beloved characters from the world of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Fri.-Sat. Event details.

The Castro Is Alive With the Sound of Music
Sing-a-long to a classic, The Sound of Music. This musical fave will feature subtitles so that the whole family can sing out loud, really loud. Goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Get Printing With Plants
San Francisco Center for the Book comes to the Conservatory to teach visitors young and old alike the art of creating a naturalist notebook. Drop by anytime between 12-3pm to build your own small book and print the pages with colorful orchids, feathery ferns, and textured tillandsias. This event is part of Conservatory Curiosities, a summer series of free, outdoor guest demonstrations related to the plant collection inside. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

See Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Park
For the first time in its 35th year history, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting Hamlet for the first time. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. To learn more about Hamlet, check out the family-friendly green show performance starting at 7 p.m. each night. The regular performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Get Swimming to the Rainbow Fish Musical
It’s summer, so come and take a dip under the sea for The Rainbow Fish Musical. The performance is a world premiere based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. On Friday night performances, everyone gets a free slice of pizza before the show. Juice boxes and extra slices are available for purchase. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Make Your Paper Airplanes Really Take Off
Did you know that there is a top paper plane expert? It’s totally true and his name is John Collins. You can meet him and learn the secrets to making the fastest, furthest flying, tricked out paper airplanes. Collins, a world distance paper airplane record holder and a master paper airplane builder, has written several books on crafting the perfect paper airplane. The event is free with museum admission. Sat. Event details.

Rocks Your Socks off at Kidchella
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with stars such as Emcee Andy Z, The Hipwadersm Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies and Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. Enjoy live music along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Shows vary by week. For those about to rock! Sun. Event details.

South Bay

The Full Moon Is Out, You Should Be Too
Lunada Familiar at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose celebrates a community coming together. When the full moon makes an appearance, people in small towns across Mexico come together to share stores, music, poetry and more. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., performances are from 6-7:30 p.m. Open mic starts at 7:40 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Sundays are for DIY Fun Fun Fun
Feeling that summer itch for a little do-it-yourself? Then head on over to the San Jose Museum of Art for some creative family fun. Join in for an afternoon art event, full of sketching in the exhibition Fragile Waters: Photographs by Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly,accompanied by music in the galleries. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Creepy Crawlies and Insect Safari
Insects are separated by time and space. Insect Safari goers will explore the insects that inhabit the varied spaces on the Preserve. They will get up close and personal using the same tools that real entomologists use. Nets, magnifying loupes, forceps and vials will be used to capture, observe and release insects of Audubon Canyon Ranch. The insect safari will cover what insects are, why they are so successful and what roles insects play in the ecology. Students debrief, sharing the insects they have discovered, where the insects were found, and what they were doing. If resources permit, specimens may be viewed under a microscopy system. Sat. Event details.

For Folks Sake, This Fest Rocks
Join some of Marin Country Mart’s favorite pickers for a performance of folk, America, Appalachian and bluegrass music every Sunday afternoon at the mart. Bring a picnic or grab meals, snacks and sweets to go at the local mart faves from spots like Rustic Bakery, Belcampo Meat Co., Farmshop and Three Twins Ice Cream. Sun. Event details.

What’s rocking your summer so far? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers