This weekend is you can visit a world-famous talking train, head down the rabbit hole and be one of the first to read a new Dr. Seuss book, but that is not all (oh, no, that is not all!). Read on for our awesome it-list for you and the littles.
Wild Night at SF Zoo
Set up camp in the middle of the SF Zoo! Tour the zoo after-hours, meet a zookeeper, and eat pizza. Wake up in the morning to the sound of lions roaring and peacocks calling. It’s a summer sleepover the kids will never forget. Sat., 5:30 p.m.–Sun., 10;30 a.m. Outer Sunset. $90/person, members; $100/person general. 6 and up. Event details.
The American Craft Council’s SF Show
The ultimate arts and crafts display, featuring some of the area’s finest metal, jewelry, clothing, furniture, sculptures, beads, and more. From mini-hats to birdhouses, kids will love all the textures and colors. Plus they’ll get a chance to meet the artists and learn how they create. And mom and dad can pick up some truly unique gifts. Charm bracelet aficionados: do not miss this event! Fri.,10 a.m.–8 p.m.,Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sun., 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Fort Mason. $14/adults; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Lantern Craft at Potrero Hill Library
Craft stained glass style lanterns with colored tissue papers on glass, add wire to hang them (or make them tabletop candle holders). It’s a sweet little night light for the kiddos too. Presented by the Museum of Craft and Design. Sat., 4-5:30 p.m. Potrero Hill. Free. All ages. Event details.
Free Day at the Asian Art Museum
Part of Target’s First Free Sunday program, the Asian Art Museum is open, totally free, and totally awesome. In addition to touring the regular galleries and exhibits there will be storytelling sessions throughout the day, architecture tours, and even a family friendly yoga class! Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Irish Canyon Night Hike
See the wildlife of the Diablo wilderness by the light of the moon. Join Save Mount Diablo’s Land Conservation Manager, George Phillips, for a rare night hike through the spectacular 320-acre Irish Canyon which includes more than 400 species of plants and animals as well as two homestead sites. Meet at the park and ride lot at the corner of Peacock Dr. and Clayton Rd. in Clayton. RSVP required at 925-947-3535 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fri., 7-10 p.m. Clayton. Free. All ages. Event details.
Head to Alameda the best little beach town in the Bay for a free,live outdoor concert. Free beach balls, face painting, a bounce house, Henna artist along with local wine and live music. Proceeds from wine and raffle sales go to Alameda Education Foundation. This weekend: Pure Ecstasy. Sat., 5-7 p.m. West Alameda. Free. All ages. Event details.
Art & Soul Festival Oakland
The 15th Art & Soul Festival is two days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. There’s a family fun zone, a battle of the bands and more. Sat. & Sun., noon-6 p.m. Downtown Oakland. $10/adults; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Passeggiata in Half Moon Bay
Downtown Half Moon Bay takes on an Italian tradition: Passeggiata, an after dinner stroll to meet up with family and friends. Purchase a “passaporto” from one of the participating locations for $25 (or click here) which entitles you to discounts like free appetizers, discounts at retailers, movies, music, and more. Plus there’s live entertainment throughout the evening. Buonasera! Fri., 6-9 p.m. Half Moon Bay. Free. Passports cost $25. All ages. Event details.
Summer Outdoor Movie Night in Mt. View
Grab your blankets or lawn chair and head out for an evening of movie viewing outdoors. Now showing: Penguins of Madagascar. Fri., 8:30 p.m. Mt. View. 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.
Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Alice boogies down the rabbit hole into a Wonderland of adventures and music with familiar favorites from the original animated Disney classic including “The Unbirthday Song” and “Painting the Roses Red,” along with additional gems like “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Fri., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. San Jose. $12/adults; $6-8/child 2-11. All ages. Event details.
Big Screen Sunday: Dora the Explorer Pirate Adventure
Head to the South Bay’s most awesome kid’s museum for Big Screen Sunday to catch Dora the Explorer: Pirate Adventure, a 48-minute film. See it at 12:15, 1:30 & 3 p.m. and spend the rest of the day exploring the museum! The museum is open noon-5 p.m. on Sundays. Sun., noon-5 p.m. San Jose. $13. All ages. 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. Sat. & Sun., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Felton. $20-$24/person. All ages. Event details.
Learn to Saltwater Fish
Bring your kids to McNears Beach where rangers will teach the basics of saltwater fishing. Bring your own pole if possible: a limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. You won’t need a fishing license as long as you fish from the shore. No park entrance fee for participants. Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. Free. 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 The Van Animals. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
What Pet Should I Get? Book Release Party
A Celebration Reading with Marin County School Volunteers and the Marin Humane Society, this release party of the new Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get? includes a reading, face painting, a photo booth, poetry and art station, Cat in the Hat balancing game, pet adoption center and much more! Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Corte Madera. Free. 4-12. Event details.
Children’s Program at Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Muir Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
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