Hi-ho, campers. Hope your summers are going well so far. If you haven’t made use of the family tent yet, start out slow with the Great American Backyard Campout, a good way to shake the dust off those lanterns and raise funds for a worthy cause. The fair’s in town in a big way! The Alameda County Fair kicks off in Pleasanton and the Solano County Fair rolls through Vallejo. Ditch your car for Oaklavía and take to the streets for some bipedal or “on pedal” fun. Watch out for great activities like the bicycle bunny hop or the “Thriller” dance tutorial. Pack your toolbox for a trip to Paxton Gate; the Geek Dad blog guys will lead you in a demolition derby, drawing a comic strip, or making a treasure map. Finally, got Pride? Celebrate with the masses and drop by the Family Garden for kid-friendly activities like face-painting, a playground, and arts and crafts. (Pre-register for the garden at http://familygarden2010.eventbrite.com/.) Enjoy these events and more this weekend in the Bay.
Put Your Art Into It
The Pacific Fine Art Festival is spreading out on Montclair sidewalks with works by artists and craftsmen from all over the western U.S. With one-of-a-kind sculpture, art, and jewelry pieces, the littles are bound to find something that catches their eye. What a great way to introduce them to the wide world of art. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. on Sun.), Montclair, free. Read more.
Hustle ‘Round the Bases
Feeling nostalgic for the baseball of yesteryear? The Athletics feel your pain. Disco over to the Coliseum on Saturday for a special ‘70s game with both the A’s and the Pittsburgh Pirates in retro uniforms, ‘70s music throughout the game, and a “YMCA” 7th-inning stretch. Show the kids how baseball used to be, and don’t be afraid to dress up yourself (bonus points for ‘fros). Sat., 7:05 p.m., Oakland, see website for prices. Read more.
Pack a picnic and break out the lawn chairs for Redwood City’s Movies on the Square. Kicking the season off with “The Wizard of Oz,” Movies on the Square features big screen fare every Thursday night for your viewing pleasure. Bring the kids, bring the pets, bring the noise! Wait, scratch that last one. Thurs., 8:45 p.m., Redwood City, free. Read more.
Ride Like the Wind
Ryan’s Ride, part of the Burlingame Criterium, raises funds for cancer survivors. This kids’ ride is a great way for your child to get involved in cycling, as well as raising funds for a good cause. Come out and cheer on the Criterium riders, then suit up the littles for their ride through town. Sun., Ryan’s Ride starts 10:20 a.m., Criterium starts 7:00 a.m., Burlingame, free. Read more.
¡Fiesta Your Family!
It’s a party! Or, more exactly, a fiesta! As if BADM wasn’t a party already, they’re throwing the doors open late on Friday eve for a Family Fiesta. Join Enzo Garcia and Bahia Son for some music and movement. Up the party with a Puerto Rican dinner served up by Sol Food restaurant. Fiesta over to BADM for some family fun in the setting sun. Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sausalito, members $5, general $8 (add $12 for adult dinners, $5 for kids). Read more.
Thinking about starting a backyard garden with the kiddies? Take in Sloat’s seminar on “Teaching Kids to Garden” to learn helpful tips on getting your kids to till the land, or at least water the flowerpots. (Note: Seminar is for adults, not children.) Sat., 10:00 a.m., Mill Valley, free. Read more.
Juno Your Baby’s a Star
The Juno Baby bus is on its way to San Francisco; bring the kids for some boom-chicking and baby-boxing (like beatboxing but more drooling). Enter the Rising Star Search and your little one could be the next baby on board the Juno stage. Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, free w/admission to Zeum. Read more.
Pretty Your Park
McLaren Park could use some love and you could use some breakfast. Hey—two great tastes that taste great together. Swing by McLaren’s pancake breakfast and help raise funds to add a play structure and information kiosks, upping the park’s usefulness and safety. Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., San Francisco, $10/adults, $5/children. Read more.