With all the groovy festivals and events in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before the kids got their very own day to party. Yup, better believe it….the 3rd Annual Ghirardelli Square KidsBash on June 30th is a day with the sole purpose of bringing joy and laughter to Bay Area residents under the age of 10. A great street festival peddling all things kiddo with a fab-o musical lineup, photo ops with Hello Kitty and much more. What could be better a kids day overlooking the bay?!

When to go: June 30th from 11:00am – 3:00pm

How Much and How to Get There: In a fun twist, parents are free. Those thrill seekers wanting try out all the games and ride all the rides can purchase tickets. Tickets are $20, or $15 with a minimum donation to Help A Mother Out, a locally founded, nationally-recognized grassroots organization bringing diapers to homeless and low income families.

Insider Tip: Get $5 off admission and Help a Mother Out! The KidsBash has set up a Virtual Diaper Donation; purchase a virtual box of diapers for donation for a minimum of $10, and receive $5 off a KidsBash ticket.

What to Do: The little princess of the house will dig the face painting and the nail art and everyone will love the crazy balloon creations by Fortune Kookie. The train will be chugging along down the Square and there will be games with prizes. Kiddos up for a real challenge will want to have a go at the rock wall and everyone will cheer during a special visit from the San Francisco Fire Department.

Need to burn off some of those snacks? Head to the stage for kids fave Mister Q, hit up the hip moving moves with ZumbAtomic Demos by Step It Up Dance & Fitness or let your kiddos have some positive thoughts and fun with Pal-ersize Adventures In Fitness & James Henry.

Insider Tip: Get there early so you can avoid lines, especially for the popular train rides and face painting. The dance floor gets packed so make sure you check out the schedule so you know when bands are playing.

What to Eat: Ghirardelli Square offers an awesome selection of grub-worthy spots. Lori’s Diner is a great spot for classic American fare such as hamburgers, fries and shakes. Is yummy comfort food something the fam would dig? The Pub – Bar & Grill offers southern BBQ dishes such as pulled pork sandos and kid friendly mac & cheese. For sweeties after lunch, take a stroll and a tasting test through the world famous Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, a kid’s heaven on earth, serving rich and delicious chocolate since 1852.

Insider Tip: Take a tour of the Chocolate Manufactory, where some of the original chocolate making equipment is on display. After the tour, feast on a hot fudge sundae or ask for a sample of the famous Ghirardelli Chocolate squares.

What are your tips for brining kids to the Ghirardelli Square KidsBash? 

— Gabrielle Cullen

photos courtesy of James Hall Photography