What is sweeter than ice cream? Maybe Hawaiian BBQ and hula lessons without the plane fare? Or perhaps Pixar soundtracks by a world-renowned orchestra? This weekend we’ve got a wild list of hot (and deliciously cold) happenings to help you enjoy the summertime. Read on for bunnies, villains, a gourmet social, and a ton of other ways to have fun with your kids.
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Pixar in Concert with SF Symphony
Join the San Francisco Symphony as they perform music from Pixar films while you and the kiddos watch the clips, including Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Cars, UP, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc. and Monsters University. Lots of photo ops for the kids and drink specials for mom and dad. Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. San Francisco. $35–$50/adults; $17.50–$25/children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Friday Nights at the de Young: Tango
Enjoy the museum after hours and experience tango music and dancing, drop-in art making, a prix-fixe menu in the cafe, and the observation tower at night. It’s like a date night you can bring the kids to! Fri., 6 p.m. San Francisco. $10/adults; $6/children 13–17; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
7×7‘s Big Eat
Head to the ball park for 7×7’s Big Eat. Mingle on the field noshing on savory and sweet bites from more than 100 local restaurants including Jardiniere, Park Tavern, Frances, A16, and Ice Cream Bar. Pair with beer, wine and cocktails, live music, and one of the finest settings in the Bay Area, and you just put the home back in home run. Sat., 12–4 p.m. San Francisco. $75; children 6 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Paper Poetry Garden Making at Museum of Craft and Design
Take a self-guided tour of the summer exhibition Joe Brubaker and The Exquisite Gardeners: A Visible Transparency Project, then make a 3D paper poetry flora using recycled books and book art techniques. Combine your family’s creations to make your own poetry garden. Sat., 1–4 p.m. San Francisco. $8/adults; $6/child. All Ages. Event details.
Villians Weekend at Playland-Not-a-Beach
Keep your eye out for notorious Disney villains hiding in the shadows throughout the Museum of Fun. Win prizes when you spot the bad guys and gals and enjoy the vintage games, arcade, pinball machines, magic shows, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. El Cerrito. $15/adult; $10/child. All Ages. Event details.
Pet Adopt-a-thon at Jack London Square
Mingle among the waterfront with more than 350 adoptable animals including dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, birds and reptiles, as well as canine demonstrations, pet vendors, $10 microchip implants for dogs, and kids activities all day. But don’t blame us if your household grows by the end of the day. Sat., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
National Ice Cream Day at Fentons
Join the Bay Area’s premier parlor in celebrating with a party with crafts, free BBQ, 4-H animals, and plenty of ice cream. Enter to win raffle prizes, eat junior sized sundaes at just $1.20 and rock out to a DJ spinning retro tunes. Sun., 12–3 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Sustainable Stories at the Pacific Film Archive
The PFA presents an animated film based on five different kids books—Strega Nona, The Lorax, Mary’s Birthday, Doctor De Soto, and Burt Dow, Deep Water Man—aimed at teaching kids about the impact we have on the world around us. The movie is followed by a thirty minute presentation by children’s author and illustrator, Elisa Kleven. Sun., 3:30 p.m. Berkeley. $9.50/adult; $7.50 children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Friday Flicks at Great America: Smurfs2
Great America’s Friday Family Flicks are on for the summer and this weekend’s pick is Smurfs 2. Arrive early to squeeze in a roller coaster or two: Kidzville features rides and play areas appropriate for your little smurfs. The park is open until 10 a.m–10 p.m., movies are at 8:15 p.m. Fri., Santa Clara. All Ages. Event details.
Movies in the Meadow at Bay Meadows
Kick back for a summer night and enjoy local brews and dinner truck-side, peruse products at a night market, play lawn games and enjoy face painting, and then hunker down for some pre-movie entertainment. Tonight’s flick is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (movie starts at 8:30 p.m.) Sat., 5:30–10:30 p.m. San Mateo. Free. Event details.
Free Shakespeare in the Park
Travel to Renaissance-era Padua, Italy for the 32nd season of Free Shakespeare in the Park and The Taming of the Shrew. Yes, it’s not exactly a kid’s play, but prior to each performance there is a 15-minute Green Show, starting at 7 p.m. which provides additional background on the play and Shakespeare’s world in an entertaining and family-friendly format. Spread your blanket and pack some cookies for the evening of free, professional theater. Sat., 7:30–9:30 p.m. Cupertino. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Oklahoma! at the Montgomery Theater
It’s closing weekend of this classic musical set in the wild west of Oklahoma Territory in 1906 includes dances, showtunes, and a true Western brawl. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m. San Jose. $14-$18. All Ages. Event details.
Kids Who Love to Cook at the Marin Farmer’s Market
Having trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? Bring them to the Marin Country Mart Farmer’s Market for a hands-on cooking demo and tasting with DirectionFive. With two 30 minute sessions (10:30–11 a.m. and 11–11:30 a.m.) utilizing the summer bounty of the Farmer’s Market, they’ll be begging for broccoli instead of kettle corn. Sat., 10:30 & 11 a.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Summer Nights: Pacific Island Night with HAPA
Spend a warm summer evening taking hula lessons, watching hula dancers, and listening to the gentle sound of the ukulele while the kids enjoy crafts and games in the kids zone. Bring a picnic or enjoy some Mouna Loa Hawaiian BBQ. Sat., 7–10 p.m. San Rafael. $25/adults ($22/advance) children 17 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Nature Crafts at Paradise Beach Park
Bring your creativity to Paradise Beach Park and make fun nature crafts with a ranger. Supplies and healthy snacks will be provided. Sun., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All Ages. Event details.