Cinco de Mayo, the circus and sundaes are a great way to start off the month of May! Kids will learn all about paper cut-outs, tamales and mariachi music at Cinco de Mayo at The Mexican Museum, Cinco de Mayo at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach and at the Cinco de Mayo Festival & Tamale Cook-Off. Kids will be completely entertained at The Seven Fingers of the Hand Circus. And they’ll get full on frozen treats at the Talent A La Mode Ice Cream Social.

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San Francisco

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Children’s Day Festival
Families can celebrate the Japanese National holiday Kodomo no Hi or Children’s Day. This event will offer a wide variety of Japanese cultural games, arts and crafts, a free jumpy house, and cultural performances. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo at The Mexican Museum
As part of its free Family Sunday program, and in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, The Mexican Museum will be hosting a special Papel Picado (paper cut-out) workshop taught by local artist Carmen Lomas Garza. Sun., 12:00 – 3:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

East Bay

Cinco de Mayo at Playland-Not-At-The-Beach
Cinco de Mayo is cause for celebration, and families can get their fiesta on with Playland, a great place to party. Kids will take home their own Cinco de Mayo coloring pages too. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. El Cerrito. $10-$15 per person. All ages. Event details.

The Seven Fingers of the Hand Circus
Canada’s phenomenal circus troupe blends acrobatics, avant-garde dance, physical comedy, music and video projections. The family will be thoroughly entertained by this show which stretches the imagination! Fri., 8:00 pm. Sat., 2:00 pm. Sun., 3:00 pm. Berkeley. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Marin

Ocean Exploration Family Campout
Families can camp with an ocean view! Kids will join in farm activities, crafts, nature exploration and tide pooling. There will also be a campfire program under the stars. Sat., 10:00 am – Sun., 1:00 pm. Muir Beach. $75 per person. 2 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo Festival & Tamale Cook-Off
Everyone can enjoy a family-friendly afternoon on Cinco de Mayo with Ballet Folklorico dancing, mariachi music and a lively tamale competition. Kids will love Popo the Clown, bounce houses, games and crafts. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Sonoma. Advance tickets: $18 per adult. $8 per child ages 3-12. 2 & under, free. Day-of: $25 per adult. $15 per child ages 3-12. 2 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Peninsula

Teddy Bear Fair
There will be games, live entertainment and bounce houses. Real doctors and nurses will repair stuffed bears that kids bring by for a check-up! And the Adopt-A-Bear Placement Agency will help kids adopt for free! Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Cupertino. Free. All ages. Event details.

Talent A La Mode Ice Cream Social
Everyone can hear music by the Chamber Players Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, El Camino Wind Orchestra and Galbraith Honor Strings. The concert will be followed by an all-you-can-eat ice cream sundae party! Sat., 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm. Palo Alto. $15 per person. All ages. Event details.

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photo courtesy of the El Camino Youth Symphony