Keep the good times rolling into the weekend with a picnic, county fair, overnight at the zoo or music festival. We guarantee that both parents and kids will love this extra-long weekend with all our recs below!
photo: Marin County Fair
Dine and Play at the Presidio Picnic
Head to the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, an expansive seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city and the San Francisco Bay, for this summer picnic gathering. In addition to the monthly dance performances, Presidio Picnic will feature the return of other family-friendly elements that visitors love: more than 30 international mobile food creators representing the best of the San Francisco food scene, free bike safety classes for kids offered by the Presidio YMCA, nature-based arts and crafts for kids, lawn games, yoga from LubbDubb, music and free bike valet by the SF Bicycle Coalition. Sun. Event details.
Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity
Uniquely personal yet universal, skin is the way we face our world. In the California Academy of Sciences’ latest exhibit, visitors are invited to dive deep into the shape-shifting, color-changing and ever-evolving science of skin. This exhibit explores skin as both a complex organ that serves as a living interface between organisms and their environment and a culturally significant characteristic that shapes how humans view themselves, perceive others, and interact with one another in a modern world. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Family Sundown Safari
Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, special behind-the-scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast and s’mores! Fri-Sat. Event details.
Llama Llama Live
It’s been a big first day of school, and Llama’s happy to be home and wearing his favorite red pajamas. After his bedtime story, Mama Llama tucks him in and pops downstairs. Llama’s toys try to help him relax, but he’s too wiggly. He needs a drink of water. But where did Mama Llama go? Why isn’t she coming? This original, world-premiere musical will have everyone doing the Bedtime Dance! Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Summer Music Festival
Celebrate summer at CuriOdyssey’s Summer Music Festival, the best monthly family night in the Bay Area! Relax with live band, cash bar and hot dinner for purchase while the kids play with fun, interactive science exhibits and meet CuriOdyssey’s wildlife up-close. Fri. Event details.
Playing in the Past
Join in this hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling held at the San Mateo County History Museum. The storytime is held in one of the Museum’s interactive exhibits with a different theme each month.. Fri. Event details.
Located in a pleasant outdoor setting overlooking Vasona Lake and Los Gatos Creek, the Vasona Vibrations Concert Series features local artists performing a wide variety of acoustic genres from Americana to zydeco. Sat. Event details.
Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit!
This exhibit based on the award-winning PBS KIDS TV series. will be at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose for the summer. Kids will step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” on this amazing scientific adventure as they investigate and discover everyday questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Marin County Fair
This North Bay fave includes a 10-foot Ferris wheel, daily juggling shows, barnyard animals and dance contests. Admission includes 28 free carnival rides along with the concerts, exhibits, puppet theater and nightly fireworks. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Visit the Martin Griffin Preserve
Visit this outdoor space for nature guide-led walks, activities and materials to open your eyes in a different way each week. Visitors are also welcome to hike our trails on their own, scoop up a newt at the ponds, peer at birds in Bolinas Lagoon through scopes, enjoy a picnic under the redwoods and more. Sat. Event details.