This weekend you can give something back at a cleanup at one of the Bay Area’s most beloved beaches or join the cause to make wishes come true. Plus you can catch a movie at the zoo, have tea with your teddy bear in the park and spend the night in a space museum. Read on for some of the top picks for weekend fun.
photo: Aquarium of the Bay
Sweet Coco Book Signing & Reading
Join Dandelion Chocolates for a special reading and book signing with Sweet Coco author, Jake Perez. Follow Coco on her journey to discover how chocolate is made inside Dandelion Chocolate’s working chocolate factory. Book is geared toward 4-8 year olds, all ages welcome. RSVP in advance. Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mission. Free. 4-8. Event details.
Hands-On Art at the Library
Join the Museum of Craft and Design for their first-ever activity at the Mission Bay Library and create art using your own hand print. Sat., 3-4 p.m. Mission Bay. Free. All ages. Event details.
Paper Airplane Contest and Origami-Palooza
Before and after the contest you can join in at Origami-Palooza where origami masters will be teaching more than 20 different types of creations for all levels of learners, including a special Paper Airplane Table with the Paper Airplane Guy and world-record breaking paper airplane designer, John Collins! Sat., 1-5 p.m. Japantown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Big Hero 6 at JCCNC
Join The Japanese Cultural and Community Center in a showing of Big Hero 6 and free refreshments to celebrate the last days of summertime. Sat., 5-8 p.m. Japantown. $3/members; $6/general. All ages. Event details.
Overnight at Chabot Space & Science Center
Enjoy a night among the galaxies at the Chabot Center’s Slumber with the Stars. Located high atop the beautiful Oakland Hills, your little explorers will love this exclusive evening of discovery and astronomy open just for Red Tricycle families. So grab your sleeping bags and your loveys and get ready for an overnight that’s out of this world. Advance tickets only. Fri., 4:30 p.m.-Sat., 9 a.m. Oakland Hills. $85. 4 and up. Event details.
Zoovie Night at the Oakland Zoo
Put on your jammies and enjoy an evening of animal close-ups and a “Zoovie” movie with the whole family. Bring your pillows, blankets and chairs and snuggle up in the auditorium as Roosevelt, the costumed alligator mascot, introduces you to some of the Zoo’s Education animals. After that, enjoy Disneynature: Bears while enjoying complimentary hot chocolate and popcorn. Feel free to bring your own snacks, too. Advance tickets only. Fri., 6:30-9 p.m. Oakland. $7. 3 and up. Event details.
The Wizard of Oz with California Symphony
Get your ruby slippers on and skip off to Oz with the California Symphony as they present the beloved classic film The Wizard of Oz on the big screen accompanied by the complete, live orchestral score. Fri., 8:30-10:30 p.m. Concord. $10-$75. All ages. Event details.
Join Red Tricycle and Plae Kids Shoes for a family-friendly 5k walk for Make-A-Wish foundation in the South Bay. Remember a loved one by dedicating your walk to them, or simply walk in support of all Bay Area wish children. Includes breakfast, fun kids’ activities, fundraising incentives, prizes and more. Participating in the Walk For Wishes is free for everyone, but fundraising is encouraged. Sat., 8 a.m. Mountain View (Google). Free. All ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea Party
Tots can bring their teddies (or other fave stuffies) to a Teddy Bear Tea Party! Enjoy activity stations including a magic sand imagination station, teddy bear activity table and even a playhouse full of stuffed toys! Delicious treats make the day complete, including edibles by Dina’s Sweet Creations.Enter the parking from Roosevelt and King Street. Event will take place on the green area next to the tennis courts and the playground. Advance RSVP required. Space is limited to just 15 kids so book now! Sat., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Redwood City. $12/child (adults are free). 2-5. Event details.
Petty Theft at Music on the Square
Looking for some big fun on a Friday night that won’t break the bank (like, at all)? Head to downtown Redwood City for Music on the Square, the free outdoor concert series that takes place on Friday nights from May 29 through September 4. Tonight’s show is Petty Theft. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Antony and Cleopatra
Silicon Valley Shakespeare performs Antony and Cleopatra, the epic love story of the Queen of Egypt and the Roman general in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater at Sanborn County Park. Fri., 7 p.m. Saratoga. $10-$22/adult; children 17 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Cars & Croissants at the Row
Spend your morning with 100|OCT (“hundred octane”) and their gathering of 100 exotic cars and their owners for a morning of auto-awesome. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Curiosity Friday at BADM
Monkey around at the museum with special programs to spark your curiosity, appearances by Curious George and interactive events. Participate in an interactive shipwrecked play, dance with Jelly Jam Time and groove to Asheba. Fri., 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sausalito. $13.95. All ages. Event details.
Beach Cleanup with Red Tricycle & Causecast
If you’re looking for fresh air, a beautiful setting and an activity that will make your mini-Muirs proud, join us for a Muir Beach Cleanup. Red Tricycle is teaming up with Causecast and the National Parks Conservancy to help restore the tidal lagoon and creek at Muir Beach, and we need your help! Work to remove trash and preserve the habitat of the animals that call it home including the California red-legged frog, steelhead trout and the endangered Coho salmon. It’s one of the most scenic “clean up times” you’ll find! Advance tickets required (all proceeds go to charity). Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Muir Beach. $2.50. All ages. Event details.
Grand Opening of Stafford Lake Bike Park
Join Marin County Parks in welcoming the public to enjoy the first phase of the Stafford Lake Bike Park, the North Bay’s first public bike park. Ride the trails, hear from guests of honor, mingle with park sponsors, listen to live music and enjoy refreshments. Just bring you helmets and a donation for the next phase of the park. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
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