It’s festival season and the events are piling up. And you thought summer would be a chance to relax and cool your heels.
Come out for the new and improved, eco-licious Union Street Festival and vendor-shop for arts and crafts. Look out for kids activities and rides. If the kids won’t stop banging on everything in the house, bring them ‘round for Mini Non-stop Bhangra, the bestest place to practice your favorite Bollywood moves.
Take in SF’s Birth and Baby Fair . It’s their largest event to date and you can learn about your local prenatal, midnatal, and postnatal resources. Shop for maternity and baby gear, and talk to one of the night doulas (if only to dream… mm, sleep…). Enter the code “redtri” at ticket checkout and get 50% off. Habitot celebrates bath time with rubber duckie day! Expect rubber duckie races and arts and crafts. Finally, take a breath at Music in the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Visit Lakeside Park for an afternoon of beautiful flowers and music. And that’s just this weekend. Hold on tight while the summer swings into action!
P.S. This weekend, stock up on bibs, aprons, tablecloths, and more for wholesale prices at Mimi the Sardine’s June blowout sale. Head to their San Rafael outlet location this weekend for some steals. 999 Andersen Dr., Ste. 110, San Rafael, Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Growing in the Garden
This weekend starts a summer-long series of kids’ performers at Yerba Buena Gardens. Check the schedule to find out who’s going to be entertaining in the park. Then pack a lunch, pack the kids, and voilà: instant summer happiness! This weekend the Caterpillar Puppets are stringing up stories to get big laughs out of little kids. Fri. and Sat. through August, 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.
A Filial Philharmonic
If you want the greatest American composer to be more than just a lyric in a REM song to your kids (“Leo-nard Bern-stein!”), come to SF Symphony’s Music for Families to learn more about the man from his daughter, Jamie Bernstein, and Michael Tilson Thomas at this performance of “The Bernstein Beat.” Music for Families is a great way to introduce your kids to the wonder of the symphony. Sun., 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, see website for pricing (recommended for ages 7 and up). Read more.
Edible and Non-edible Art
Bring the littles by for the Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival—two great tastes that taste great together. The chalk contest is open to largest professionals and littlest amateurs; grab the sidewalk chalk and let your kid take a stab at greatness. Reward their efforts (and yours, for being such an encouraging parent) with a chocolate sampling of ice cream, mocha, and tandoori chicken (?). Bring your talent and taste buds for this event! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Berkeley, free. Read more.
East Bay Ticket
Oakland steps up to the festival plate with the Temescal Street Fair. Check out the Green Zone while nibbling on goods from some of your fave East Bay restaurants. The kids’ stage is full of great performers as well as carousel rides and arts and crafts. Don’t miss this East Bay entry into the festival fun times. Sun., 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.
Coleman for the Kids
Coleman Elementary School’s International Festival for Kids will raise funds and spirits this weekend. With hot auction items, vittles, activities, and a special area for toddlers, you’ll have to look hard for a reason not to go to this win-win event. Proceeds benefit Coleman’s art, music, and P.E. programs. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.
The Happy Feet Dance School re-envision those ruby slippers as tap shoes “The Magic of Oz” showcases the talents of Happy Feet’s students, from beginners to advanced. Come cheer on these munchkins as they dance on down the yellow brick road. Sun., 1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., San Rafael, see website for tickets. Read more.
Monster Garage Sale
What do you get when dozens of families with twins, triplets and more unload their best-loved baby and kids clothes, toys, furniture and baby gear?
The Marin Parents of Multiple’s Monster Garage Sale. Arrive early for the best picks. Sat., 9am to noon & 1pm to 2pm, Marin Catholic High School Gymnasium, Kentfield. Read more.
Bob The Builder
Can you dig it? All senses will be stimulated as boys and girls build, learn, and play in the Bob the Builder – Project: Build It exhibit as they help their favorite builder and his team of machines get the job done. Exhibit opens this weekend at the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museam. Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Jose, free with museum admission. Read more.
Bowl with the Boys in Blue
Serra Bowl offers kids a chance to bowl (for free!) with their favorite policemen. This Kops and Kids event is the kickoff for a summer of free bowling at Serra Bowl in Daly City and Bel Mateo Bowl in San Mateo; how fabulous! Bring the kids by and have a ball. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Daly City, free. Read more.
Alice En Pointe
Join the Peninsula Youth Ballet for their twirling, swirling take on “Alice in Wonderland… Then and Now.” With professional dancers as well as dancers from the PYB corps, this show will put the wonder back in Wonderland, and have your littles leaping out of the theater. Sat., 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., San Mateo, $30/adults, $20/kids 12 and under. Read more.
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