Summer is still kicking out some awesome ways to enjoy the weekend with your family. From an apple fair to tomato picking to outdoor concerts, we’ve got a list of places and spaces to help you make the most of your days.
Photo courtesy Gravenstein Apple Fair
The Day the Crayons Quit
See this hilarious musical based on the bestselling, most beloved kid’s book,The Day the Crayons Quit at the Children’s Creativity Museum Theater. After the play, explore the amazing kid’s museum, ride the carousel or play in the playground. (Does not include admission to the museum). Sat. & Sun. at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. SOMA. $22/adult; $18/child. All ages. Event details.
History for Half Pints: Planes
Design your own flying machine, build a World’s Fair Palace and learn about drones, google goggles and more! You can also hear a story from Screen Actors Guild Book Pal, Teresa (1 p.m.) and sing and dance to songs about trucks and trains with musician, Mike Santillan at 1:30 p.m. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. SOMA. Free with RSVP. All ages. Event details.
Kids Eat Free at Hardrock Cafe
Check out the fresh and fun little rockstars menu at Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco at Pier 39, where kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal on Sundays. Stick around to ride the double decker carousel and take in the best views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Bonus: Receive validated Parking with meal purchase. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pier 39. All ages. Event details.
Morris Day and the Time at Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival’s summer concert series continues with a concert by Morris Day and the Time (remember “Jungle Love” as performed in Purple Rain?) Pack up a picnic lunch and head out to the grove early to score your spot and head over to the Kidstage area from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. for nature crafts, instrument exploration station, and a dance workshop. Sun., concert begins at 2 p.m. Outer Sunset. Free. All ages. Event details.
Tomato Picking at Smith Family Farms
If you’re looking to add some awesome to your sauce, head to one of the Bay Area’s most beloved farms, Smith Family Farms, in Brentwood for a day of tomato picking. Plus you’ll get to explore beautiful herb gardens, meet honeybees and even take home a plant for your own garden (or window box). Advance tickets required. No tickets for sale at event. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Brentwood. $10/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Goosebumps Weekend at Playland
Beware the (slightly) spooky Goosebumps themed treasure hunt at Playland, a penny arcade, carousel carnival and pinball museum all in one. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. El Cerrito. $15/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.
City Horse Kids Carnival
This festival includes table games, an animal fair, super slide, pony rides, face painting, balloons, a mechanical horse and many more activities the kids will love. Snap a keepsake photo in the photo booth, try to rope a cow and enjoy food and drink galore. The carnival benefits City Horse, a non-profit that kids get academic credit and learn life skills through horsemanship. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Berkeley. $1. All ages. Event details.
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with Andy-Z as the Master of Music and Play. Enjoy live music from The Hipwaders along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Art Museum Exploration for Kids
Fuel your little artists fire on this guided exploration of Stanford’s Anderson Collection with Art Dad SF, Sean Nowicki. Will your kiddo be drawn to Diebenkorn? Or is he more of a Thiebaud-in-training? Head down to this art expedition to find out. Advance tickets only. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. Stanford. $10/person. 5-10. Event details.
Overnight at the Tech Museum
Head to a sleepover at The Tech! Unroll a sleeping bag next to your favorite exhibit, and explore the museum after dark. Put on your PJs and watch an educational film in the IMAX Dome Theater (popcorn included) and have fun with hands-on STEM activities. In the morning you’ll wake to a continental breakfast. Sat., 6 p.m. through Sun., 9:30 a.m. San Jose. $79/members; $99/non-members. 5 and up. Event details.
Based on the book by Carlo Collodi, this vibrant musical follows Pinocchio, an “almost real boy,” and his father, Geppetto. Let’s hope that the final show of CMT’s 47th season ends with Pinocchio’s dearest wish coming true! Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., noon, 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 5 p.m. San Jose. $18/adults; $14/child. All ages. Event details.
The Marin Theatre’s production based on the beloved classic will introduce the kids to everyone’s favorite piglet Wilbur and his BFF Charlotte. Sat., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. and Sun, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. $22/adult; $18/child 14 and under. 5 and up. Event details.
Maker Saturday at Bon Air Center
Bring your tiny tinkerers to Bon Air Center’s Summer Maker Series where they can get creative and crafty, and you can get a little afternoon shopping done. Sat., noon-3 p.m. Greenbrae. Free. All ages. Event details.
Concerts in the Plaza
Sundays in August you can enjoy some afternoon music in the Mill Valley Plaza. Bring your lawn chairs and your dancing shoes (or dance barefoot!) This weekend enjoy Lorin Rowan & Caribbean Bleu and Linda Imperial Band. Sun., 2-3:45 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
42nd Annual Gravenstein Apple Fair
A weekend full of old-fashioned fun: live music on 2 stages,children’s corner, chef’s tent, artisan cheese tent (yes, an entire tent dedicated to cheese) a DIY arena and, of course, an abundance of heirloom Gravenstein apples. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sebastopol. $15/adults; $10/adults to who bike to fair; $8/child 6-12; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
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