Feel like summer is slipping through the cracks? It’s a cinch to make the most of what’s left. Just read on for our weekend absolutely, not-to-miss, weekend must-dos.

photo: Grand Day Out with Thomas 

Laugh Along with the Caterpillar Puppets
Laigh Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids and parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse Amadeus who needs encouragement from the audience to fulfill his calling. A master puppeteer with a sly sense of humor, Leon keeps everyone entertained. Fri. Event details. 

Groove at the Stern Grove Festival
Bundle the kiddos up against the foggy chill, and let their dancing legs loose on perennial favorites like the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet. Moms and dads will love groovin’ to bands like Kool and The Gang, Nicki Bluhm and The Grabbers, Fantastic Negrito and more. Bring a picnic a get ready to bop. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Summer Sleepovers at Children’s Fairyland
It’s a campout like never before, with a little touch of magic added for extra special fun. Kiddos will make a run for those sleeping bags in order to attend the magical campout at Children’s Fairyland. Pitch a tents, spend the evening riding the Jolly Trolly at dusk, or enjoying a special performance. The next morning chow on a specially prepared continental breakfast. It’s a truly unique outdoor adventure. Sat. Event details.

Shakespeare or Space Wars (in the Park)
Samuel Peaches Peripatetic Players in Shakespeare or Space Wars is a homage to two classic star-crossed tales of daring and destiny. Expect the unexpected, the Peripatetic Players arrive with FluxWagon, a folding mobile stage, to present a spectacular show in the open air. The ensemble production features fantastical feats of theatricality, imaginative leaps (only after looking), marvelous moralities, and ever-so-catchy sing-songs. Sun. Event details. 

South Bay

The Full Moon Is Out, You Should Be, Too
Lunada Familiar at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose celebrates a community coming together. When the full moon makes an appearance, people in small towns across Mexico come together to share stores, music, poetry and more. Sat. Event details.

Chug-Chug to Thomas the Train
Peep, peep! Hey kids, Thomas the Tank Engine is roaring into town and choo-choo fans of all sizes won’t want to miss a ride on Sodor’s favorite train. The Friendship Tour2017 kicks off at Roaring Camp July 28-30 and August 4-6 and includes a 20-minute train ride, a meet-up with railway commander Sir Topham Hatt, live music, storytelling and an imagination station packed with activities. All aboard! Sat.-Sun. Event details.


U-Pick Dahlia Season is in Full Bloom
Aching to eek out all you can of summer? Then take a trip to the The Pescadero Flowery where u-pick Dahlias last through October. Among fields popping with more than 75 varieties of these bright and charming blooms is an awesome DIY succulent bar as well as gardening supplies, vases, jars and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Snap to this Family Art Day
Say cheese! Cameras aren’t required during this family art day to explore photography. Join in the fun, for a hands-on art making project and a live performance. Ideal for kids ages five and up, and their folks, too. Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Park it for Free on Measure A Days
Marin County Parks including Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park are free on the first Saturday of each year thanks to Measure A. These free days will give the whole family a chance to explore each of these beautiful parks all year long. Sat. Event details.

Go Zen with the Kids at the Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun. Event details.

What are your must-dos this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers