What’s that? Is that… actual sun? In the summer time? Will wonders never cease?! Catch the next Sunday Streets in the always sunny Mission district. Families flock to Tiburon for the uber-friendly Friday Nights on Main. Look for free bike rentals, children’s programs at Garfield Square, pet training classes, arts and crafts, and yoga moves. Ohm!  Tea Collection’s sample sale at Fiddlesticks will bring out the moms in droves. Come by to swipe up your share of these too cute, unique kids’ clothes. And for you mariner types, bring the kids out for the Summer Sailstice festival on Treasure Island. Fun includes sailboat rides, a boatbuilding contest, and treasure hunts. For fab Father’s Day ideas, including a pancake breakfast and a pirate outing, click here. Hot town, summer in the city!
PS – If you’re a fan of The Poop, SF Gate’s parenting blog, you’ll want to pick up a copy of contributor Mike Adamicks’s new book, What I Would Tell Her: 28 Devoted Dads on Bringing Up, Holding on To and Letting Go of Their Daughters. Or better yet, stop in and say hello at his book signing on Friday.
San Francisco
The Harmonies of Nature
Gear up for another season of the Stern Grove Festival and check out the kids’ stage. This Sunday keep an ear out for Angelique Kidjo while the kids do some arts and crafts and shake to the rhythms of Amadou Diawara’s African drums. This summer’s schedule is full of awesome performers on both stages so be sure to take in this wonderful SF resource. Sun., kids’ stage activities start at noon, concert at 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
Where Do the Children Play
Friends of Dolores Park is working hard to get that new playground in. Help them out by partying down at their benefit with the Sippy Cups this weekend. Buy some raffle tickets for cool SF items like tickets to Burning Man and a g.c. at Samovar. Support your local sheriff and have a good time doing it. Sat., 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., San Francisco, free (donations appreciated). Read more.
East Bay:
Papas in Pup Tents
Spend some time with your favorite D-A-D this weekend at the 9th Annual Father’s Day Camp Out. The Hayward Rec department has got the holiday wired for you with games, sand castle building, hiking, bug collecting, and more. Not to mention le barbecue. Bring some warm clothes, a tent, sleeping bags, and room for memories. Sat., 2:00 p.m. – Sun., 11:00 a.m., Hayward, adult & child pair, $75, add’l child, $10. Read more.
The Dad Star
Taking a break from the heavens, the Chabot Space and Science Center honors more terrestrial entities this weekend with their Father’s Day brunch. Bring dad for tasty vittles in the Starlite Bistro, then hang out and browse the exhibits, or bring your “A” game for the Solar Car Challenge—design and create your own “green” mobiles out of Solar Legos. Vroom! Sun., 11:00 a.m. brunch, 1 p.m.  and 3 p.m., Solar Car Challenge, Oakland, see website for pricing. Read more.
South Bay

 

Music to Move You

If you’re on the Peninsula, head to downtown Palo Alto where Father’s Day is World Music Day and the downtown area is host to all kinds of musical acts – from jazz to blues, to pop, rock, Celtic, French and more.  With a start time of 3:00 PM, you can treat dad to lunch first at one of the many surrounding restaurants.  Sun., 3– 7:30 p.m.Downtown Palo Alto on University Avenue, King Plaza (City Hall) and other surrounding streets. Free. Read more.

Doggone Delightful

It’s dinner and a show at  Palo Alto Children’s Theatre with their Hot Dog Suppertime Shows. Pack a picnic and pick a spot on the grass to take in these local kids’ productions. First up is “Busytown,” an adaptation of the Richard Scarry books with Huckle Cat and all his friends. Chill out with these cool performances just right for a summer’s eve. Fri. – Sun., 6:30 p.m., Palo Alto, $10/adult, $5/child. Read more.


North Bay
Rock You Like a 12-Year-Old

Jonas Bros., look out! The kids of Kidzstock are headed your way. Come see these up and coming performers (ages 6 – 18) take the stage and strut their stuff at a day-long concert in Fairfax. There’s also face painting, henna tattoos, arts and crafts, food, and carnival games. Basically everything the under-18 set could ask for (and for grown-ups, how about a performance by special guest Joan Baez). Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., $25/adult, $10/kids 6 – 17, 5 and under free. Read more.

This Island’s a Rock
Still haven’t been to Angel Island? Well, now’s the time to do it—the kids will love the ferry and you’ll love the tunes. Angel Island Live is hosting bands most Saturdays in June with tunes as fresh as the sea air. Bring the bikes and tool around the island before heading into the cantina for eats and beats. Sat., Angel Island, free. 2-5 p.m. Read more.
—Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko