After the big 4th of July weekend, it might feel like it’s time to keep it local. Why not enjoy a mini staycation by traveling around the world and back in time without ever leaving the Bay Area? Read on for our top picks for this weekend’s entertainment. Ride on!
History for Half-Pints: Yosemite
Celebrate Yosemite: A Storied Landscape with the California Historical Society at their History for Half Pints event. Make a cork raft, learn about the plants of Yosemite, draw your own Keep Animals Wild poster, sing nature songs and go on a scavenger hunt. Sat., 12–4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Hot Buttered Rum Family Band at Oneg Shabbat
Come for the play date, stay for the live music: Hot Buttered Rum Family Band will rock the house at the JCCSF. Enjoy fun activities and celebratory cocktails. Conclude the day with Havdalah, a sweet send-off for Shabbat and a welcome to the new week. All are welcome. Sat., 3–6 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
My Lovey and Me Photo Shoot
Andrew Weeks photography will be setting up shop at Dottie Doolittle for a My Lovey and Me photo session. Bring your little ones and their favorite stuffie/lovey/dolly/toy and get a professional photograph to keep. Portraits are free with photo release. Sat., 1–4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown with Japan Day: an afternoon of exhilarating performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Feel the beat with Taiko drumming and Japanese classical and folk dance at the Peace Plaza. The Mall stage will showcase bonsai, ikebana, classical shamisen music, and shodo calligraphy. Sun., 1–6:15 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details
Dancing Under the Stars at Jack London Square
Let the kids stay up late this Friday night and head to Dancing Under the Stars. This summer series of free dance lessons and great music right along the water is suitable for all ages and all skill levels. Each lesson is followed by a dance party. Fri., 8:30–10:30 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Picture Book Movies at the Pacific Film Archive
The PFA presents a movie based on kid’s picture books, including Swimmy, Hot Hippo, Happy Birthday Moon, Where the Wild Things Are, and others. Special guest Julie Downing, author and illustrator of more than 40 kid’s books will host a 30-minute talk following the film. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Berkeley. $9.50/adult; $6.50/child. All Ages. Event details.
Turtles at Sycamore Grove Park
Who doesn’t love turtles? Ranger Dawn Soles hosts a meet-and-greet with several specimens of live turtles, and teaches kids about the many sizes, shapes, and habitats of turtles. Sun., 2:30 p.m. Livermore. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Bike4Breath Ride at Coyote Point Park
Ride as individuals, or ride as a team on a scenic route along the coast and peninsula: there’s a 10 mile, a 30 mile and a 62 mile ride (for the hardcore bikers!) All the proceeds benefit the lifesaving work of Breathe California. The finish site will feature a DJ, health expo, a kid’s zone (open from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.) with lots of fun activities, playground access, games, and crafts. Breakfast and lunch are included in the sign-up fee. Sat., 8:30 a.m. San Mateo. $55/adult; $35/child 18 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Block Party at Ronald McDonald House in Stanford
Join the Block Party benefiting the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Enjoy a petting zoo with and pooches from Furry Friends. Visit the Kid’s Spa for special manicures, face painting, and temporary tattoos. Plus arts and crafts like decorating picture frames, taking photos at the Selfie Station with Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes, and a high energy show featuring Ronald McDonald. Sat., 2–4:30 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Honor Chinese American Pioneers in Saratoga
This Sunday marks the opening day of the traveling exhibit Pioneering the Valley: The Chinese American Legacy in Santa Clara Valley. Head out to the reception zither music by Hong Tai and Tamkang drumming, which includes marital arts and traditional Chinese dance. Light refreshments served. Sun., 2 p.m. Saratoga. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Starduster Orchestra at The Cabin
Head to The Cabin down and take part in the 9th year of the Musical Festival by the Creek to enjoy a jumpee, face painting, other crafts and games, food and drink, and vintage classics from The Starduster Orchestra. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Diesel, A Bookstore invites kids to a pajama party with Jon Nichols and Tucker Nichols, brothers who authored Crabtree. Bring teddy bears, blankies, loveys, and snuggle up in their PJs while the Nichols brothers entertain them with a bedtime story. Kids can enjoy milk and cookies, too, and then head home to bed. Fri., 6 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Saturday nights in San Rafael just got more awesome with Osher Marin JCC’s Summer Nights, and this weekend is the kick-off concert. Pre-show yoga, on-site food from local restaurants, and a kid zone (and playground) with arts and crafts projects. Sat., 7–10 p.m. $25/adult; children 17 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.