San Francisco Kids Weekend Events: May 21-22
Wow, almost the end of school already. Kids got restless feet? Well, the summer is picking up steam with these events and more on the way. The International Dance and Food Festival has lots of culture and fun to share with your kids. “The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Friends” is a classic kid good time. And the Pixie Park Spring Fair is rife with preschool activities—inflatables, face-painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and more. Summer it up, families; it’s quitting time!
Place in Your Heart
Sunset Coop Nursery School decided to skip all that festival/carnival business, and go straight for heavy hitting family music. Musical performances from Frances England & the Fascinating Creatures, Charity & the JAMband, The Devil-Ettes, and live silk-screening by San Franpsycho are yours for the taking at “Place in Your Heart,” a musical benefit. Awesome. Sat., 2:00 pm. $7 person; $25 family. All ages. Event details.
Seventh Annual Asian Heritage Celebration
Eat your way through Little Saigon at the 7th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration. Activities abound at this celebration with a parade, eating contests, a car show, Mah Jong, and kickboxing demos, not to mention a children’s play area, cinema showcase, and more. Come early and stay late at this wonderful, diverse celebration of Asian cultures. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Hidden Villa Ranch founders Frank and Josephine Duveneck at a day of old fashioned fun and games. Sack races, arts and crafts, pony rides, and blacksmiths are all on hand to add to your good time. Don’t miss the live music and barn dance. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. $10 person. All ages. Event details.
Oooeee, the Maker Faire. Think you’ve seen your share of new gadgets and baubles and doohickies? Well, think again because this place has gadgets and baubles and doohickies you’ve never thought of. With makers in all areas—food makers, craft makers, open source robotics for the home makers—there’s something for everyone. Truly. Sat.-Sun. See website for times and prices. All ages. Event details.
Shorts in Brief
See short children’s films from around the world at this mini-film festival. This precursor to the Mill Valley Film Festival Children’s Fest will whet your appetite for all the wonderful films coming down the pike. Sun., 2:00 pm. $5 person. All ages. Event details.
Third Annual YouthFest
The YouthFest Concert and Fair, put on by YouthGive, aims to help reduce world poverty. Live music and scavenger hunts entertain and educate kids about poverty and what they can do to help. Activities for preschool age kids will be held in Old Mill Park. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Discover first-hand how the Bay Area’s best food purveyors, farmers, and groups called ‘Sourcerers’ bring their magic to the table in a hands-on, madcap, fun experience at beautiful Jack London Square. Think “the Exploratorium with food!” Shoot meatballs out of a catapult into a vat of tomato sauce, milk a rubber cow, “throw” pizza dough like a chef, help make the world’s largest art-pop, kick a soccer ball filled with cream and make it into butter, enter a kid’s cook-off with famous chefs, and lots more. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bay Area Paddlefest
Row row row your boat at the Bay Area Paddlesfest. Try a number of different canoes, boats, kayaks, and paddleboards. Take a class on the water or watch a demo of new watercrafts. There are special kids classes and races, as well as arts and crafts and other activities. Don’t miss this great day on the water. Sat.-Sun., 9:00 am. See website for ticket prices. All ages. Event details.