If school isn’t already out for summer it will be soon. We’ve got some ideas on how to fill those lazy days away from the chalkboard from a slithering snake celebration to a sandcastle contest and a musical out in the woods. Just one warning. With all this fun, summer break is going to fly right by.

Photo: South Padre Island

San Francisco

You’re Welcome for this (Moana) Sing-Along
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman, the epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, criticallylauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mother x Lonny Lounge at West Coast Craft
Mother Mag (mothermag.com) and Lonny are hosting a lounge at West Coast Craft, which brings together the wares and works of some 250 artists, designers and craftsmen and craftswomen. Come visit the mezzanine level of the show (near the back) for a special kid-friendly zone that parents can appreciate, too. Furnished by Room & Board, the space will feature a cool, modern living room that visitors can enter to win. Mother will shoot mama and kid street style from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The lounge will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Concerts in this Beach Cove Rule
Once a month on Fridays this summer, families can crawl over to Crab Cover Visitors Center for free music and family fun as the sun set over the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will stay open late, hosting activities on the deck starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a blank, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Parking is available on Webster St. or Crown Beach lot at Otis. Fri. Event details.

Get Your Sand Shovels Ready
It’s time for the Annual Sand Castle and Sculpture Contest at Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. That means families can get creative and plan a sandy sculpture of their very own or come admire the amazing work by others. Sand can start moving as early as 9 a.m. and viewing and judging begin at noon. Awards are handed out in youth, family and adult categories at noon. Mermaids? Sponge Bob? A Filet-O-Fish? The possibilities are endless! Sat. Event details.

South Bay

These Slithering Creatures are Cool
Slither on over to Rancho Del Oso for an incredible event all about snakes. You’ll learn the importance of snakes and get personal, such as how do they taste, smell, see and hear. Docent Diane Shaw will give a talk about snakes and Naturalist Jeremy Lin will lead a short informative hike to find snakes and other reptiles. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers and bring water and SPF. Sat. Event details.


Make an Itty Bitty Baby Date
Love those teeny fingers and toes? Now you can remember them for pretty much forever when you go to the Itty Bitty Imprint event at Tiny Tots. Itty Bitty Imprints crafts custom ceramic tiles that are imprinted, glazed, and fired, creating a unique memory to display. Orders take approximately eight weeks to complete. Sat. Event details.


March into Summer with this San Mateo Parade
Join the Spring Into Summer Parade to celebrate the opening of the San Mateo County Fair. A mile-long extravaganza of floats, bands, and festivities featuring floats, classic cars and marching bands. The route is one mile along Franklin Parkway to Delaware Street, ending at the fairgrounds, 1346 Saratoga Dr. Sat. Event details.

Rock Your Socks off at Kidchella 2017
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.

North Bay

Have a Midnight Summer’s Dream in Spring
Back by popular demand, BCAST (Bolinas-Stinson Children’s After School Theater) presents is again performing one of Shakespeare’s most popular productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Romp through the forest with ardent young lovers, mischievous fairies and a ragtag band of trades people as they encounter a night filled with wonder. Even kids that you might think are too young for a full Shakespeare production delight in watching mischievous fairies in this magical setting! Sun. Event details.

Be Our Guest for this Beast of a Musical
As if the Mountain Play weren’t magical enough, on Sundays through June 18th you can be a very special guest for the musical Beauty and the Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version combines the beloved story with all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman and new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Each day has a special theme with preshow entertainment. Doors open at 9 a.m. Shows start at 2 p.m. Sun. Event details. 

What are you looking forward to the most this summer? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers