The pleasant fall weather has set in, and luckily for us in the Bay, it’s never too cold to have a picnic. This weekend, get out and about in the autumn breeze. Volunteer with the kids on World Kindness Day, joining forces with the East Bay Regional Park District and Save the Bay to preserve the habitats of our unique shore animals. Or hit the streets in the same generous spirit, helping San Francisco City Impact deliver 5,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to those in need. There’s a J.U.N.G.L.E. out there at Six Flags, where the Jointly Unified in a Nighttime Gay/Lesbian Event brings music, humor, and fun to the amusement park. Here’s more on upcoming fall fun throughout the Bay Area:
Two of the Bay’s favorite family bands, Octopretzel and Orange Sherbet, along with the Vaudeville Stage Troupe, take the stage for a lively sing-along, dance-along, and play-along at Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. Sat., 11 a.m., $8.50 in advance, $9.50 at the door. Event details.
“Sunny Sundays” with Ladybug Picnic
There’s more head bopping in store at the Ashkenaz “Sunny Sunday” series for kids. Ladybug Picnic is the highlight this week, with kid- and adult-friendly folk-rock sing-alongs, and two special singing and dancing young guests. Sun., doors open at 2:30, show at 3–4:30 p.m., $6 adults, $4 kids. Event details.
5K Turkey Trot
This race is meant for the whole family – even those still in strollers can be pushed along scenic Vasona Lake Park in Los Gatos. Children’s entertainment and activities are the runners’ reward at this Los Gatos-Saratoga Observation Nursery School fundraiser event. Sun., 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. racing, adults $30, children $20 (price includes water, snacks and t-shirts for some). Event details.
Family Concert with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Bullies, dinosaurs, and losing teeth are all worthy subject for song, and children’s singer Justin Roberts does them justice! Check out the award-winning singer and songwriter at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theater. Sun., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., $13 advance purchase, $15 at the door. Event details.
Family Hike and Campfire
The Headland’s Institute invites parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and siblings to the great outdoors for a family friendly hike and a S’mores-roasting campfire. Sat., 5-7:30 p.m., $10. Event details.
Party on Horse Hill
Pizza’s always a hit with the kids; this time their favorite food comes with the chance to work the land and learn about the evolution of horses with the help of Alto Bowl Horseowners’ Association and Bay Area Barns and Trails. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free. Event info.
It’s opening day of a new exhibit about the monkey we all love: Curious George. Come to the Contemporary Jewish Museum to learn about his creators while the kids play a storytelling game, bringing home an adventure journal. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $5-$10, youth under 18 free. Event details.
From Monkey to Mouse
Curious George isn’t the only cartoon character getting today’s attention. Mickey Mouse is the center of the conversation at a Walt Disney Family Museum talk, part of A Month of Mickey Mouse and Friends. Sat., 3 p.m., $12-$20, under six free. Event details.