Are you ready to rock the weekend? That’s good because there’s a lot to do from digging some awesome kids on electric guitar in Downtown San Jose to celebrating the long-awaited re-opening of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You can also pick cherries right off the tree in Brentwood, read up at an Oakland book festival or spend the afternoon at a Charlotte’s Web inspired county fair. As that famous spider would say, it’s going to be a “Terrific” weekend.
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Wanna Get Wild? That’s totally cool
SF Zoo’s Kid Fest is happening, everyone. It’s a super fun event for the whole family with exclusive wildlife presentations, live music, face painting and more. Plus, attendees get private access to the Elinor Friend Playground and Sculpture Learning Plaza. Tickets include food, beverages and parking. For the first time, SF Zoo Members receive a discount on admission. So, you know, go wild! Fri. 6-8 p.m. San Francisco Zoo. $35-$50; Children under 3 are free. All ages. Event details.
Improvise at This Family Jazz Concert
Your little’s ears are sure to love the sound of big bands at the new SFJAZZ center. These pint-sized concerts are affordably priced for families and a great way to introduce jazz to kids in a beautiful, inspired setting. The final performance of the season is the Fats Waller Birthday Celebration with Daniel Handler, Marcus Shelby & Friends. South, the restaurant at SFJazz, will be serving Saturday brunch. The matinee is followed by an interactive workshop limited to 50 participants and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign ups take place at a table in the lobby on the day of the concert. Sat. 11 a.m. SFJAZZ Center. $5-$15. All ages. Event details.
Say Hello To The New SFMOMA
It’s been a long time, little art lovers but the totally renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is finally re-opening its doors with triple the gallery space and plenty of great new indoor and outdoor features. In addition to being the largest modern museum of art in the US, this revamped space has an awesome gift shop with the best modern books and toys as well as new restaurants and cafes to help keep little tummies satisfied. And just when you didn’t think it could possibly get any better well, admission is now free for any visitor under 18. Daily. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays SFMOMA. $19-$22; 18 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Put a Cherry On Top Of Your Farm Outing
It’s cherry season and the most satisfying way to enjoy these sweet spring beauties is by picking your own. Salvador Family Farm is open for U-Pick Season and in addition to picking fruit families can picnic and visit with farm animals, too. Next up, cherry pie. Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Salvador Family Farm, Brentwood. Admission is free. All ages. Event details.
This Festival Is An Open Book
This year at the Oakland Book Festival kids will want to head straightaway to an awesome dedicated children’s area on Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of City Hall. Under the oaks and on the grass, just for kids, there will be performances by Children’s Fairyland, writing activities hosted by Chapter 510 and the Department of Make Believe, “favorite-stories” read by librarians from the Oakland Public Library, author readings courtesy of Kidquake, and book-making projects with artists from the Museum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA). There will also be child-friendly live music in the amphitheater (Oakland Youth Chorus and Hip Hop for Change) and food trucks on adjacent streets. Sun. 11 a.m. -6 p.m. Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Free, all ages. Event details.
This Storybook Fair is TERRIFIC
That’s Some Pig! And that’s likely what you’ll be saying after visiting the Charlotte’s County Fair that was inspired by Charlotte’s Web, the classic book by E. B. White. The Mill Valley Community Center will be transformed into an old-fashioned county fair complete with petting zoo, square dancing and carnival games. All proceeds from this Storybook Ball benefit Mill Valley Public Library children and teen programming. Sun. 3-6 p.m. Mill Valley Community Center. $50 per person, 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Insert All The Heart Eyed Cat Emojis
Hey cat lovers of all ages, the Second Annual Catapalooza is on. This events benefits the Marin Humane Society and will feature cat-centric activities, a cute little kitten corner, a Purr-veyors market; kids zone, music, food and beer garden. Admission to the festival is free but presentations and a meet-and-greet (and Q&A) with the oh-so world famous cat celebrity Lil Bub ranges from $25 to $100.m. Sun. 11 a.m.- 4p.m. Marin Humane Society, Novato. Free to $125. All ages. Event details.
This School Is Gonna Rock You
School of Rock San Jose is a group of seriously cool and crazy-good kid musicians. In this newest performance called Rock 2K they’ll rehash some of the most memorable songs from the early parts of the 2000s such as Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, System Of A Down, Jimmy Eat World and Avril Lavigne. We salute you! Fri., 6:30 p.m. Theater on San Pedro Square. $15; Lap infants are free. All ages. Event details.
Make A New Friend at Sesame Street Live!
Sunny days are just ahead. That’s because Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends are welcoming new pal Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies. Shows take place on Sat. at 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday shows start at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. City National Civic. $15-$85. All ages. Event details.
Earn Your Wings At This Family Fest
Join the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society for a day of adventure, science, birding, hiking, and discovery. Kids can learn to geocache and search the trails for bird-themed treasures, go on a winged-creature discovery hike, meet birds, bats and insects up close and participate in arts and crafts. An early bird walk starts at 9 a.m.. Advance registration for that event is required in advance here. Activities start about every hour. Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food onsite from a food truck. Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Skyline Ridge OPen Space Preserve. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kemenda And Crafts at Japanese Culture Day
Hidden Villa Farm is celebrating Japanese Culture Day with traditional arts, performances, crafts and activities such as calligraphy, flower arranging and tea ceremony demos, a cool kendama contest, games, kids’ craft activities and origami. If all of that makes you hungry try JapaCurry and Paradise Shave Ice, too. The event is free but there’s a $10 charge per vehicle. Parking is limited so carpooling is encourage. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hidden Villa Farm. $10 per car. All ages. Event details.
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