Oh the wonderful things you can do. You can build a kazoo! And that’s just one of the sweet happenings around the Bay this weekend. Take in some fine art and then make your own at the DeYoung. Or maybe your more in a felting mood? Take your kids out with you on a date night to this art opening. Enjoy a concert popular among the preschool set, or is a classical concerto more your style? Head to some local parks to explore an underground room at the Presidio or flex yourself and give something back at a beach clean-up. Plus if you’re really feelin’ beachy, take a tide pool trek or a tidal walk. And if you’d rather see nature from the flip side, don’t miss the grand opening of a giant bugs exhibit. Whatever you chose to do, grab your family and your camera and get out there and play.
Make a Kazoo at the Children’s Creativity Museum
The Children’s Creativity Museum’s DIY studio is open for little hands to craft their own kazoos, using cardboard tubes and wax paper. Kids can cut, paste, color, and personalize their very own kazoo. Bonus! It’s one of the quietest instruments your kids can play. Fri., 10 a.m. -12 p.m. San Francisco. $11/include admission; children 2 and under are free. 0-5. Event details.
Doing and Viewing at the De Young
Go on a family-centric tour of the museum and then get handsy with some art. Arts and crafts projects that correspond with current exhibits give kids a new appreciation for the museum’s collection. Bonus: members get their own session, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. Sat., 10 – 11:30 a.m. San Francisco. $10/adults; $7 13-17; children 12 and under are free. 4-12. Event details.
The Last Gun of the Presidio Tour
How can a 50-ton gun simply disappear? Learn this and more while helping load and aim the last operational gun of its kind. Photos of the century-old Endicott system batteries in action are on display in an underground cartridge room. Sat.& Sun.,11 a.m. – 3 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Felted Rug Workshop
Head over to the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive for three days of art-in-action. Kids can join artist Ashley Helvey make her felted drawing rug. On Saturday only, you can also show your braiding skills by assisting artist Fritz Haeg with his braided rug! Fri, Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Berkeley. $10/adults; $7 13-17; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Extreme Bugs Exhibit Opening Day
Celebrate the opening of the Xtreme BUGS exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science! Race cockroaches, play with a robotic scorpion tail, and make an anatomically correct ladybug sculpture. Follow an ant trail using only your nose and a special scent. Get buggy! Sat.10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. $12/adults; $9/children 7-18; $6, children 3-6; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Oakland Youth Orchestra 50th Anniversary Season
The Oakland Youth Orchestra kicks off its 50th anniversary season with this free concert for all ages. Including a bit of Rimsky-Korsakov and Elgar’s Cello Concerto, come support the dynamic youth orchestra and expose your little ones to the classics! Sun., 1 – 3 p.m. San Leandro. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Tidepool Trek at Pillar Point
The whole family can enjoy exploring the bounty of sea creatures left behind at low tide at Pillar Point. Spot sea stars, hermit crabs, anemones, sculpins, nudibranchs and sometimes even octopus. Sat., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $25/person. 4 and up. Event details.
The Fresh Beat Band at San Jose Event Center
Get Up and Go Go to San Jose for a concert by The Fresh Beat Band, those Nick Jr. all-stars, Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout. This live concert packed with upbeat music to the will delight little fans everywhere. Sat., doors open at 4 p.m., concert starts at 5 p.m. San Jose. $24.50-$59.50. All Ages. Event details.
King Tide Hike
Take the kids out for a ramble along Gallinas Creek, and learn about tides and the sea level rise in Marin County as well as the unique Gallinas Watershed. You can even bring the (well-behaved) family dog. Fri. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Yoga in the Park and a Clean Up Day at McNears Beach
Start your day with two hours of service: cleaning up McNears Beach Park, then transition into a 45 minute yoga class, suitable for all ages and abilities. Then enjoy lunch! Bring a mat or towel for yoga, and dress ready to get muddy for the clean-up portion. Lunch is provided! Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
vision/color/love art opening at MINE Gallery
Bring your little aficionados to the opening reception of Gallery Mine’s vision/color/love show. They’ll be sure to appreciate artist Nick Wildermuth’s neon still lifes, Nicole Cameron’s surrealistic approach to the heart, Richard Dietrichs impressive sculptures, and bright colors of Sherry Petrini’s work. Sat., 5 – 8 p.m. Fairfax. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What are you and your family up to this weekend? Tell us below!
Photo credit: Children’s Creativity Museum