It’s crunch offically time, kids, so time let’s make every minute of summer count. Make the most of these carefree, warm sunny days with a Frozen sing-along, a way wild campout at the zoo or just a good, old fashion peanut-plenty minor league baseball game. If you’re ready to show the weekend what you’ve got check out all the happenings below.

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San Francisco

Spend a Wild Night at the Zoo
A campout with snacks with wild animals?? Why yes, come to the San Francisco Zoo for an overnight stay with lions, tigers and bears! Take a tour with zoo guides, listen to fun stories and wake up to the sound of peacocks. Kiddos 6-18 must have adult in tow. Pre-registration is required. Sat. Event details.

Let it Go at this Frozen Sing-Along
See your favorite ice princess shine on the big screen while you and the kiddos really “Let It Go” and sing-along with all the songs you know by heart. You can sing as loud as you’d like, with Olaf, Anna and that Kristoff as each Frozen song is accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along. There will of, of course, a dress-up costume contest and a goody bag at the (open) door. Sun. Event details. 

East Bay

Dig on Nature by the Camp Fire
This summer, head to Amphitheater at Sulphur Creek Nature Center for a night of nature, adventure and a cozy campfire made for marshmallow roasting. The theme of each night varies, from nocturnal hunters to suck-a-bug campfire, cricket predictions and bugs alive. Dress warm and get ready for a fun summer night out with your favorite critters of all kinds. Sat. Event details.

Bring Your Little Lucha Libre out for the Main Event
Unpredictable, action packed, and steeped in lore – Lucha Libre has long captured hearts with primal battles between good and evil. But it also has a tremendous cultural influence on art, film, and music. Distinguished by masked fighters, Lucha Libre is a mythical and deeply honor laden sport. Join the fun for a  family friendly afternoon of Lucha, great food by Calavera, great beer by Drake’s Brewing Co., and more in the heart of Oakland. Pro Wrestling Revolution is bringing the talent so come prepared for elemental battles. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Catch Spiderman (and his buddies) at Marvel Universe Live
Marvel fans, assemble for this live, action-packed battle to defend the universe from evil. This all new show unites Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before Loki gains control. This ancient artifact would allow Loki to achieve his eternal quest to crown himself ruler of the universe. Witness the cutting-edge special effects and immersive video projection in this legendary, live adventure. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Spring for Peanuts and Baseball Tix
Hey batter, batter. Summer means baseball season and San Jose Giants Games aren’t only a less expensive alternative to those guys up north but you can do some scouting of your own and predict who may get called up to the big leagues next. Residents can often pick-up free tickets from local businesses. Check out the schedule for special events, from post-game fireworks shows to a chance for the kids to run the bases and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Barn Dance and Work Day at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at 1 p.m.). At 2 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Sat. Event details.

See Hamlet at the Shakespeare Festival
For the first time in its 35th year history, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting Hamlet for the first time. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Walk the Old Railroad on this Mt. Tam History Hike
Did you know there’s an old scenic railroad along Mt Tamalpais? Now is a great time to explore this century-plus-old relic and hear about its history. This three mile moderate hike great for families with kids of all ages. Dress in layers and bring along lunch and water. Sat. Event details.

Bring Your Little Stars Out for S’mores
Families can celebrate the last bits of summer during a fun night out at Stafford Lake Park. Join rangers around the fire for s’mores and hot cocoa as you sing along to campfire songs about Marin’s history. Bring a flashlight, dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Park entrance is waived for participants. Sat. Event details.

What have you yet to cross off your summer to-do list? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers