Memorial Day weekend and summer is here! Cue the fog! Before we get lost under the big gray blanket, here’s a few activities you might want to take in. The Asian Pacific Heritage Festival at the Bay Area Discovery Museum promises to be chock full of their usual attention to detail and wonderful recipe of one part education to three parts fun. Look for live music and dance performances as well as tasty treats. The Larkspur Flower and Food Festival will be just that—gourmet eats and botanical bouquets. Making sure your senses are ready to do some extreme sensing. Finally, bring your ladybugs over to Sloat to make some costumes and release a few of their little red and black friends out into the world. Maybe they’ve got a picnic to attend.
See the World through Frog Eyes
Those Tree Frog Treks’ guys are always trying to change your point of view. Join them for Nature in the City this weekend where they walk you through Golden Gate Park, but not the park like you’ve ever seen it. Be on the lookout for salamanders, roly pollies, and ravens, as opposed to your usual in-line skaters and drum circle refugees. Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., San Francisco, free (ages 4 and up). Read more.
Breakin’ 3: Electric Grandmother
Build on those Wii dance moves at ODC’s family hip hop class. Come prepared to hip, hop, move, and groove. This feel-good family activity will have you out of your seats and up on your feet. Remember: the family that breaks together… usually becomes an act on a boardwalk.
Sun., 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., San Francisco, $5/person ($20 maximum). Read more. Read more.
Dancin’ in the Streets
This year the city of Sausalito and Sausalito Nursery School decided to join forces and make one big street faire for Bay Area families. The Caledonia Street Spring Faire will include lots of kid-friendly activities—from arts and crafts and jumpy houses to mini golf and dancing. Bring your A-game kids; this faire is for you. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sausalito, free. Read more.
Join those men in red for the annual Muir Beach Volunteer Fireman’s Barbecue—the one time a year they’re starting fires instead of putting them out. The bouncy castles will be out in force as will other kid-friendly activities and mouth-watering ‘cue. Proceeds benefit the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department. Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Muir Beach, $20/car ($10 goes towards coupons for dinner, drinks, or other activities). Read more.
I Love a Parade Firetrucks, horses, marching bands and free candy – who doesn’t love a parade? The Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade is just the right length to keep the kiddos attention and if you top it off with free kids activities afterwards at the Mill Valley Community Center, you have the perfect pre-nap morning outing with the family. PS – got early risers? Hit the pancake breakfast before hand? Monday, parade: 10:30 a.m. in downtown Mill Valley, Kids Activities from 12 – 5 at Mill Valley Community CenterRead more
Get Into the Groove
Spend a day with the “fam” listening to music while helping your neighborhood school. Groovin’ in the Grove is a day to night music festival put on by Sequoia High School to fundraise for their music program. During the day check out sets from local and high school musicians while noshing on food and drink for sale. And at night, find a sitter and put on your dancing shoes for performances featuring Mexican, Caribbean, and swing music, not to mention dessert! Sat., 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. (evening 6:30 p.m.), Redwood City, $10/person, $20/family, evening $30/person. Read more.
Music for the Masses
The Coastal Music Fest has a little something for everyone—pony rides for the kids and a Van Halen cover band for you… or vice versa. However you work it out, the fest is sure to please with fun tunes, a petting zoo, and the awesome scenery of Half Moon Bay. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Half Moon Bay, free. Read more.
Hear Me Now, Entertain Us
The 21st Annual Kidfest is just that—a fest for your kiddos. With music, arts and crafts, climbing walls, bouncy rides, go-karts, a Ferris wheel, karaoke, balloons, etc., this fest will Entertain for three whole days. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Concord, $5/person w/a can of food, $6 without (kids 2 and under free). Read more.
Take a Trip Overseas
Though Oakland’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival runs through June 5th, bring the kids this weekend for a family art workshop. Learn to make Japanese paper dolls, Cambodian masks, Korean kites, Lunar New Year puppets, and Vietnamese dragon mobiles. Stick around the ‘hood and poke around for tasty vittles. Sat., 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.