Hi-ho! We’d thought we’d rattle off some activities to keep you occupied between end-of-school hoopla and planning for the summer (summer camps are filling up; tick tock!). If you catch a second to breathe, breathe in the cheap deals at the Parents of Multiples consignment sale; savings on clothes and baby gear might just net you another day of family vacation (Wally World, here we come!). Also, check out the East Bay Baby Fair with its temple full of baby vendors, baby gear, and baby baby-ness. And while you’re in the East Bay, 4th Street in Berkeley is holding Jazz on Fourth, a benefit for Berkeley High School Jazz. Come by for the cause, the eats, the shops, and the tunes. Fully prep your young’uns for the 99th Annual Bay to Breakers. While this event is Bay Area tradition at its wackiest, it also tends to be tradition at its… raciest (Avert your eyes!). Lastly, out in the ‘hoods, the Inner Sunset is holding its first street fair with music and activities until 8:30 p.m. Fit in some fun this weekend!

San Francisco

Hootenanny for Harvey

If you haven’t taken a peek at the new Harvey Milk Recreation Center, this is your chance. “Play Day at the Park,” a fundraiser for the new center, promises face painting, kids’ activities, clowns, BBQ, and more. Live music starts at 11:00 a.m. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

Portraits of Young Artists

The “Young at Art” festival at the de Young Museum showcases student creativity from all over SFUSD. Throughout the week, student works will be exhibited at the de Young, as well as dance, drama, and musical performances held in the Bandshell and at the Koret Theatre. Don’t miss this wonderful display from SF creative youth. Sat., May 8 – Sun., May 16, see website for schedule of events, San Francisco, free w/museum admission (Events in Bandshell are free.) Read more.

East Bay

Sweet Science

Want your kids more involved in science but not sure how? The Junior Center of Art and Science has an idea. Using the “catch more bees with honey” theory, the Junior Center offers its “Science of Chocolate and Ice Cream” workshop. It certainly isn’t rocket science to guess this event will be a blast with your little scientists. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Oakland, $5/person in advance, $8 at the door. Read more.

Kids, Kites, and Water Slides

Fremont’s annual Kids ‘n’ Kites Festival promises mucho fun for your little muchachos. Not only do the first 2,500 kids get free kites, not only is there live music, food, and crafts and activities, but (But!) the Aqua Adventure Waterpark next door is offering a pre-season splash with 40-foot waterslides. If your kids have to hear about the slides second-hand, next Mother’s Day might look pretty grim. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Fremont, festival is free, waterpark splash $5. Read more.


A La Art

A La Carte and Art are the name of the game in Mountain View this weekend. Come by for one of the first big festivals of the season. With live music, crafts, and food, there’s something for everyone including a climbing wall and remote control cars for the kids. There’s fun to be had at this day in the sun so don’t miss it. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mountain View, free. Read more.

Know Your Neighbors

Celebrate the history and cultures immigrants have brought to this country at San Mateo County History Museum’s Immigrants’ Day Festival. With performances, food, and music from local ethnic groups, Immigrants’ Day honors the varied traditions that make up the Bay Area. Sun., 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Redwood City, free admission, $5 for food tastings. Read more.



If the previous 4 have been any indication, the 5th Annual Saint Anselm’s Festival of Fun will surely be just that. Think rides, live bands, and face painting. Think game booths, food, and crafts. Think Fun with a capital “F.” Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., San Anselmo, free. Read more.

Hike Your Heart Out

Sing like a songbird in the great outdoors at the “Guys and Dolls” sing-along on Mt. Tam. Exercise your lungs hiking up the mountain then use them to their full capacity belting out your best version of “Luck Be a Lady.” Some voices are at their best only in nature, far (far) from the things of man. Sat., 9:30 a.m., Mt. Tamalpais, free. Read more.