Are you experiencing a mid-summertime crisis? If the excitement is starting to wear thin then we’ve got the cure. From ice cream sundaes to kid-style music and cosplay festivals, gardening classes and soccer games there’s are a whole lot happening to make everyone feel like a kid again this summer.

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Photo: Fentons Creamery

San Francisco

Get Your Cosplay On, Kids
Brought back by popular demand, the San Francisco Anime and Cosplay Festival is on, people. Take a look inside the festive world of anime and cosplay, brought to life via fun games and activities that both the novice and advanced cosplayer can appreciate. Oh, and don’t you forget to dress in costume! Sat. Event details.

Take Part in the AIDS Walk in San Francisco
Join others in the hopes of raising money to fight AIDS. Walk as a family, join a team or create one just for friends. Enjoy the beauty of San Francisco while giving back. There’s plenty of after-walk entertainment starting at 12:30 p.m. and a kid zone that opens at 10:30 a.m. AIDS Walk San Francisco benefits San Francisco AIDS Foundation  and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area. Last year’s event raised more than $2 million for local organizations. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Make this Play Part of Your World
Take a dip with your kids under the sea with this classic mermaid meets prince story. Ariel has always dreamed of leaving her underwater kingdom to see what lies beyond the sea. Relive this mermaid tail with fish, crabs and witches through the eyes of your little ones! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Gardening 101 for Littles
It’s no secret that kids like to get dirty and we’re pretty sure they’ll be even more stoked when they find out they get to garden, too. This class introduces your budding green thumb the basics of gardening. Shovels up! Sat. Event details.

One Sweet Tomato Fest
At the Ninth Annual Capay Tomato Festival kids can taste heirloom and cherry tomatoes and try local olive oil and honey and eat local. Ride the tractor tram, pet farm animals, make crafts and listen to some live tunes. There’s even an opportunity to make it an over-nighter on the farm! Sat. Event details.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Fentons Creamery
Fentons Creamery knows how to commemorate its 122nd year in business on National Ice Cream Day, with $1.22 Black and Tans all day long. What’s a black and tan you ask? Oh, well, it’s a mix of toasted almond and vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate fudge, topped with toasted almonds, whipped cream and, of course, a cherry. Fentons, which serves close to two million scoops per year also builds over 30,000 black and tan sundaes per year. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Dyeing to Try Indigo?
Explore the basics of dyeing indigo, learn new techniques, and practice creating patterns and varying color depth. Yards of muslin fabric will be provided, and participants are welcome to bring their own un-dyed cotton, linen, or silk fabrics as well. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy, as indigo will stain fabrics. Fri. Event details.

Watch the Earthquakes Shake the Field
Are you ready for some real football? The San Jose Earthquakes are getting ready to give their opposition o big old jolt. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Avaya Stadium in San Jose. Sat. Event details.

Meander a New Farm in Silicon Valley
Explore San Jose’s newest urban park and get a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s real our agricultural history. Meet at the visitor center to see items used on the farm in the 1890s, then take a short walk to learn about the park’s current farming practices and partners, where throughout the year everything from fruit trees to winter vegetable and wild flowers will be in bloom. Bonus: A summer farm stand is open Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Rock Your Socks Off at Kidchella
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with stars such as Andy-Z as the Master of Music and Play. Enjoy live music along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Shows vary by week and include the Hipwaders and Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. For those about to rock! Sun. Event details.

Sing Along With Lisa Loeb
The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the ’90s hit “Stay (I Missed You)” brings her wit, wacky humor, and creativity to the Bing. Spend an afternoon with Lisa Loeb when she offers—among other favorites—highlights from her most recent album, Nursery Rhyme Parade! With stripped-down melodies, rhyming vocals, and a strict adherence to traditional lyrics, the tunes are sure to jog even the most sleep-deprived parental brain. Sun. Event details.


This Class Doesn’t Bite
Did you know sharks help keep the entire food web in the oceans balanced? Check out Bay Model Visitor Center and learn how these major predators are highly adaptive survivors. Kids will get the scoop about shark’s many senses, adaptations, and how researchers study these remarkable animals through hands on activities. Sat. Event details.

This Festival is Big Time
The 36th Annual Big Time Festival is a traditional Native American trade festival at Kule Loklo, a Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. Throughout the day, families can watch all kinds of cool skill demos from basketry to clam shell bead making and more. Traditional dancers from the Intertribal Pomo group as well as a Pomo dance group will perform. Vendors will sell crafts, too. Bring a picnic! Free parking is available at Bear Valley Visitor Center, which is a .4 mile walk from Kule Loklo. No dogs and no alcoholic beverages are permitted. Sat. Event details.

Take Your Campouts Up a Notch
It’s not too late to get prepared for those summer camping adventures. Sunset Magazine Senior Food Editor Elaine Johnson will demonstrate how to construct the perfect campfire, expertly pack a cooler, cook on a campstove and create the perfect camping menu to for the whole family. Johnson will also share some of favorite family-friendly snacks and drinks and award merit badges for excellent camp skills. You can also pick up a copy of Camp Sunset: A Modern Camper’s Guide to the Great Outdoors that includes all these tips plus kids camping craft ideas and so much more. RSVP on the link below. Sun. Event details.

What summertime activity makes you feel like a kid? Tell us in the comments below.

— Chantal Lamers