Let’s face it: summertime is fleeting. Make the most of it this weekend by playing it cool at an ice cream social or a Disney themed pool party; head out for an art walk or an evening concert; get supplies for next week’s craft projects, or just spend some idle time with the kids. Ride on!
American Craft Council’s San Francisco Show
Featuring some of the area’s finest metal, jewelry, clothing, furniture, sculptures, beads, and more (think mini-hats and birdhouses) kids will love all the textures and colors. Plus they’ll get a chance to meet the artists and learn how they create. And mom and dad can pick up some truly unique gifts. Charm bracelet aficionados: do not miss this event! Fri.,10 a.m.–8 p.m., Sat.,10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m–5 p.m. San Francisco. $14/adults or $30/3-day pass. Children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Obstacle Course CD Release
Rock out with your preschoolers at the release party for San Francisco mom Kristin Kellner’s debut album,Obstacle Course. Two sets: 12 p.m. and 3 p.m., featuring all eleven original songs plus family friendly rock n’ roll classics. And enjoy refreshments and tasty treats from Baby Bites. Sun., 12–4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Decoupage a Rainbow at the Children’s Creativity Museum
Learn the classic techniques of decoupage and create your own rainbow, or add to a collaborative project. After the class, explore the museum and its many interactive exhibits. (Class is included in admission cost). Sat., 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. San Francisco. $12; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
August’s History for Half-Pints at the California Historical Society
Make bear paws, claws, and Keep Animals Wild posters, and craft a Yosemite postcard in honor of the Yosemite: A Storied History exhibit. Learn about local plants, and play dress up in the California Costume Corner while singing along with musician Mike Santillan (2 p.m.). If you RSVP, it’s free! Sat., 12–4 p.m. San Francisco. $5/door; free for children 18 and under, members, and anyone who RSVPs. All Ages. Event details.
Mind Body Bump’s Night Out
Join the Mind Body Bump Wellness Group for a fun night out before baby comes! Enjoy food by Bee & Biscuit, get your palms read, do some art to help visualize your ideal birth, move your body, learn about integrative health care services, and meet other expectant moms. Bring your BFF, birth partner, spouse, or just you and the bump. RSVP to email@example.com. Fri., 6–8 p.m. Oakland. $10/single; $15/couple suggested donation. Expecting Moms. Event details.
Ravenswood Ice Cream Social
Head to the Ravenswood Historic Estate for an ice cream social. Spend a relaxing afternoon being transported to slower-paced time and learn what Livermore may have been like in the 1890s. Games, music, historic demos, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, and of course ice cream. All funds go to restoration of this historic landmark. Sun., 12–4 p.m. Livermore. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Picture This: Idle Time Film at Pacific Film Archive
Take the kids to a film based on some of the most beloved children’s books including The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells, and The Foolish Frog by Gene Deitch (narrated by Pete Seeger). Lea Lyon, award winning watercolorist and author, and writer Teri Sloat will follow the movie with a thirty-minute presentation on the wonderful world of leisure. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Berkeley. $9.50/adults; $6.50/children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Family Lunada at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
In small towns throughout Mexico, community members come together informally on the night of the full moon to share stories, poetry and music. Join other families in celebrating the Family Lunada tonight. Plus you can visit the museum after hours (don’t miss the musical staircase!) Fri., 5:30–8 p.m. San Jose. $12; children 12 mos. and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Chocolate and S’mores Bar at Half Moon Bay Ritz Carlton
After exploring the beach head over to the Ritz Carlton for a very special happy hour featuring a Hot Chocolate Bar & S’mores. Select from a premium assortment of chocolates with fun toppings including cinnamon whipped cream, homemade marshmallows, and toasted coconut. Bring your cup out to the bluff and take in the goodness. For an extra treat, buy a Recchiuti Confections S’mores Kit and make a gooey sweet in the fire pits. S’mores kits are $45. Moms and dads can spike their drinks for an extra $6. Fri. & Sat., 5:45–9:30 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $9/cup. All Ages. Event details.
Pop-Fiction in the Park
Head out to Brisbane for a Friday night concert in the park featuring Pop Fiction, a Northern California band performing pop hits from Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and that local fave Journey Fri., 5:45–8:30 p.m. Brisbane. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson
Head to The Reading Bug in San Carlos for your session and don’t worry: each session takes just minutes so even your wiggle worms can be subjects. You can sign up early here. Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. San Carlos. $25. All Ages. Event details.
Family Date Night at the Bay Area Discovery Museum
In addition to the later hours and special outdoor activities, this Friday enjoy the music of Blues Whale, a funky jam band from the Marin Headlands, playing a variety of classic covers from Muddy Waters to the Beatles, along with originals. Fri., 5–7:30 p.m. Sausalito.$12; $11/Babies 6-12 mos; infants 6 months and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Downtown San Rafael Friday Night Art Walk
Stroll along 4th Street in San Rafael and check out the open galleries between G Street and Lincoln, sip on wine and other refreshments, hear live music, purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts, and even find art and activities by and for local kids. Fri., 5–8 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Family Fun Night at Mill Valley Aquatic Center
Grab your little prince or princess for some swimming fun at the Mill Valley Aquatic Center’s Family Fun Night. Swimming, games, a jumpy house, arts and crafts, a raffle, and a showing of Frozen are all part of the summer festivities. Sat., 5–7 p.m. Mill Valley. $10/family. All Ages. Event details.
Gravity Car Hike in Muir Woods
Before there was an entrance for cars into Muir Woods, park visitors arrived by train or by the Gravity Car, which took visitors down the mountain. Join this intimate and moderate hike with docent Evelyn Rose to learn all about the Gravity Car of Mt. Tamalpais and the Muir Woods Railway. Hike begins at the Muir Woods Visitor’s Center. Space is limited so please call 415-388-2596 to secure a spot for you and the kiddos. Don’t forget water and snacks. Sat., 9:30 a.m–1 p.m. Mill Valley. $7/16 and up (park fee); free for children 15 and under. All Ages. Event details.
What will you be doing this weekend with the fam? Let us know in the comments below!