Summer is in full swing which means you may have to make some tough choices: kites or bikes? Stars or rockstars? With an entire weekend packed with activities, no matter what you choose you’re sure to have some epic family time. Ride on!
Photo of Pedalfest by Dianne Yee via Flickr Creative Commons
Kid’s Walking Tour of the Castro
The Castro is one of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods but when’s the last time you explored it with your little ROYGBIVs? Join the wacky guides of Wild SF walking tours as they take a kid’s eye view on the Castro, from rainbow crosswalks to playgrounds to the history that is (literally) at your feet. Plus you’ll impress all your friends when your kid names her next stuffie Gertrude Stein. Totally stroller friendly! Sun., 10-11 a.m. Castro. $20/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Kidsfest with FLAX art & design
Celebrate the golden days of SF history with FLAX’s annual Kidfest. Come dressed in Gold Rush era costumes and get creative with themed arts and crafts including gold panning, rock painting and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hayes Valley/Midmarket. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kid’s Art Class in the Presidio
Taught by watercolorist Lynn Sondag, kids will participate in a “tunnel book” project, creating a “3-D” image and story that describes the habitats and life found in the Presidio. Anyone 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Class is in the Preisdio, but exact location of the class will be sent in your confirmation email, so you must register in advance. (Class is free.) Sat., 1-3 p.m. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.
Seesaw Summer Party and Record Release
Bring the kiddos to a summer party and record release for Cyclub, a rockin’ kids band who will perform live in front of a pint-sized audience. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Hayes Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
SF Ballet at Stern Grove Festival
See the SF Ballet perform pieces from African music to Beethoven. 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.
Berkeley Kite Festival
From the terrific food and arts & crafts booths, to the Kids’ Zone, free kite making and candy drop, the Berkeley Kite Festival has something for everyone. You don’t want to miss the live music, pony rides, petting zoo, kite battles, giant creature kites and so much more! You can and should go fly a kite!! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Berkeley Marina. Free. All ages. Event details.
ScholarShare Science Future Day
ScholarShare is teaming up with the Hall for Science Future Day. Meet and build Dash, the cardboard origami robot developed at UC Berkeley, then go on a hunt for real, live bugs. Because, science. Sat., noon-3 p.m. UC Berkeley. Included with admission: $12/adults; $10/child 3-18; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate all-things bicycling at Pedalfest. Kids will love the bicycle parade, daredevil stunt performances, and the Rock the bike pedal-powered stage with live music. Check out vintage and handmade bikes, pedal-powered food and even unicycles. Ride on! Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jack London Square. Free. All ages. Event details.
Music on the Square
Looking for some big fun on a Friday night that won’t break the bank (like, at all)? Head to downtown Redwood City for Music on the Square, the free outdoor concert series. This Friday’s band is Moustache Harbor: think Kenny Loggins on a Love Boat cruise. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Friday Nights at the Computer History Museum
Food trucks from Off the Grid and cool museum programs in an after-hours, block party setting. Adults get half-off admission and kids 12 and under are free. Fri., 5-9 p.m. Mountain View. $7.50/adults; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Poolside Sundays at the OFJCC
Relax on the outdoor deck, play water games, make art, and enjoy a bounce house and sports activities. Or just swim your day away. From noon-3 p.m. there’s also sandwiches, salads, and ice cream for sale (cash only). Members are free but they can purchase guest passes for non-members. And each Sunday even has a different theme: this weekend it’s a Luau! Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Palo Alto. Free for members; guest passes are $5-$15. All ages. Event details.
Shakespeare in the Park
Join the SFShakes festival for this year’s classic story of love between the youth of rival houses with Romeo and Juliet. Spread your blanket and pack some cookies for the evening of free, professional theater! Just don’t blame us if the next time your kid doesn’t want to take a bath you hear him curse you with, “A plague on both your houses!” Fri., Sat. & Sun., 7:30 p.m. Cupertino. Free. All ages. Event details.
Wipeout Cancer’s Sports Day for Charity
Play volleyball, ride bikes and tackle obstacle courses at the Wipeout Cancer Sports Day. Raise awareness and funds for cancer support and have a blast doing it. Sat., 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. San Jose. Cost varies by activity. 4 and up. Event details.
Day Out With Thomas
Head for the island of Sodor! Little engineers and their families can have the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine on the Celebration Tour of 2015. Snap a photo with Sir Topham Hatt® and enjoy a day of Thomas-themed activities at the Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables and coloring sheets. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Felton. $20-$24/person. 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 Summer of Love. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
Far West Fest
An all-day, all-star musical line up and Kidz Zone full of activities including kid’s musical acts and plenty of storytelling. Plus be on the look out for clowns, jugglers, and other circus acts across the festival throughout the day. The best part? Proceeds go to local Marin charities. Epic win! Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Pt. Reyes. $35-$40/adults; $10-$15/children 11-20; $0-$10/children 10 and under. All ages. Event details.
Star Hike at Mt. Burdell
View outer space from an open space on a short hike up Mt. Burdell with Ranger Mike. View the major constellations and hear the legends behind them. This is a moderate hike suitable for all ages but be sure and wear layers and bring binoculars or a telescope, a flashlight, blankets, water, snacks and star charts if you have them! Sat., 7:30-9:30 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
Summer Nights Outdoor Music Festival: The Lady Crooners
This awesome festival continues with a live concert, an entire Kid Zone full of crafts, a playground and more, plus food vendors and shopping. The line up this weekend includes The Lady Crooners. Sat., 7-10 p.m. San Rafael. $20-$28/adults; children 17 and under are free; VIP ticket packages available. All ages. Event details.
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