This beautiful July weekend is the kind that will make you feel like a kid again (and be happy you’ve got kids to do this stuff with!) You can travel back in time, visit Hawaii, take a sunset hike and learn to ride a bike. And that’s only a few of the awesome activities happening around the Bay Area. Ride on!
Photo of Kidstage Area at Stern Grove Music Festival
History for Half Pints: Trains
Celebrate the Summer of Motion with the California Historical Society. All summer long kids can learn about the planes, trains and automobiles of the Pan Pacific Expo Era (1915), and this Saturday’s History for Half Pints is all about trains. Activities include DIY cardboard trains; design your own World’s Fair Palace; 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.
SF Symphony Concert at the Waterfront
Head to Pier 27 along the SF waterfront for a free concert featuring Bryce Dessner’s (guitarist from The National!!) original work St. Carolyn by the Sea performed with the SF Symphony. The Symphony will also perform classic pieces by Beethoven and Stravinsky. Sun., noon-2:30 p.m. Embarcadero. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hawaiian Music at Stern Grove Festival
Hawaii’s top female vocalist Amy Hanaiali’i performs, accompanied nd the Stern Grove Orchestra. San Francisco’s own Halau ‘o Keikiali‘i performs hula kahiko and the ancient dances of Hawai’i. 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 starts at 2 p.m. Outer Sunset. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Day the Crayons Quit
You know what’s more awesome than seeing this hilarious musical based on the bestselling, most beloved kid’s book, The Day the Crayons Quit ? Seeing it at Fairyland! Tickets include admission to Fairyland all day. Sat., 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Oakland. $18/person; $14/Fairyland members (all tickets include admission). All ages. Event details.
Preschool Bike Party
Head to this preschooler bike event where you can buy and sell used children’s bikes and accessories, test-ride new bikes including balance bikes and trail-a-bikes, learn bike maintenance skills, and even a kid’s bike washing station. Learn all about teaching kids to ride, without the training wheels. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Emeryville. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Woodminster Summer Musicals “Kids Come Free” program lets a paying adult bring a child or teen (up to 16 years old) for free to any regular performance at including the beloved Mary Poppins performances based on the books by P.L. Travers and the Disney film. See one of your favorite stories come to life at a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the Oakland Hills. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 8 p.m. Oakland Hills. $28-$59. All ages. Event details.
The Amazing Bubble Man
Join the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) as he enchants your little ones with bubble tricks. Square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog inside bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and even people inside bubbles (using a volunteer from the audience!). Jet Black Pearl will accompany with her accordion. Sun., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. Alameda. $15/adults; $10/child 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
36th Annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Have a blast this weekend with arts and crafts, a family fun zone with rides, live entertainment, great food, beer and wine and more. You can park at Los Altos HIgh School and take a free shuttle from there; there’s also secure bike parking. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Los Altos. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hear it Live in Redwood City
Redwood City presents Hear it Live, an outdoor classical concert at Courthouse Square featuring a performance by Opera San José. Sun., 6 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details
Friday Nights at the CHM
On Friday nights the Computer History Museum extends its hours so everyone can enjoy one of the coolest block parties in Silicon Valley. Food trucks from Off the Grid and cool museum programs. Fri., 5-9 p.m. San Jose. $7.50/adults; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Just So Stories
See Rudyard Kipling’s classic stories of how things came to exist come to life on stage. Just So Stories include the four stories: “The Cat That Walked By Himself,” “How the Camel Got His Hump,” “How the Whale Got His Throat,” and “How the First Letter Was Written.” Sat., 11 a.m. Sunnyvale. $15. All ages. Event details.
Creekside Fridays at the Cabin
Head down to The Cabin and take part in the 10th year of the Musical Festival by the Creek to enjoy a jumpee, face painting, other crafts and games, food and drink, and this Friday music by Jerry Hannan. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
Friday Night Pajama Party at Diesel
Put on your PJs and grab your teddy bear for a PJ party with a bedtime story read to the kiddos in front of the cozy fireplace. Enjoy milk and cookies, get your book signed, and then head home in time for bed. Fri., 6-7 p.m. Larkspur. Free. 4-8. All ages. Event details.
Maker Saturday at Bon Air Center
Bring your tiny tinkerers to Bon Air Center’s Summer Maker Series. Get creative and crafty, learning to make all kinds of awesome things, from duct tape wallets to windsocks and more. You never know what new skill you’ll learn at Maker Saturdays! Sat., noon-3 p.m. Greenbrae. Free. All ages. Event details.
Deer Island Sunset Park
Join Ranger Mike Warner for a night hike at Deer Island. Meet nocturnal wildlife and enjoy the unique views of this wonderful preserve. This event is ideal for all ages. Degree of difficulty: Moderate. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. High fire danger cancels: Call 415-473-2816 with questions. Sat., 8-9:30 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.