Go fly a kite! Or jump in a pool and take a hike if that’s more your style. This weekend there’s plenty of outdoor fun in all points north, east, south, and west so take advantage of our mild weather (yes, we do consider fog mild) and have a blast with the family.
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Drop-Off Date Night at Peek-a-Boo Factory
Drop off the kids for an awesome evening of pizza, play, and crafts while you head out for a night on the town all your own. And as a bonus, before your date night, you can stop by Peek-a-Boo for a complimentary makeup touch up from Saks Fifth Ave. Book now because space is limited. Sat., 6-9 p.m. West Portal. $35/child; additional siblings are $25. 3-10. Event details.
Presidio Kite Expo
Head to this colorful, family-friendly festival featuring all things kite. Enjoy the artistry, diversity, and fun of modern flying. It will take your breath away! Check out the kite making pavilion (reserve your kite-making kit by emailing email@example.com), go on a gallery walk, check out kite ballet, and more! Sat., noon-5 p.m. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.
Y.U.M. Chef Cooking Class
Every month at the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market Y.U.M. Chefs offers kids a class that includes a tour of the market to see what is fresh and in season, and then a course in cookery to learn to make a delicious brunch with the ingredients procured. They provide the basic pantry, you provide some cash to spend at the market. And everyone gets to sample the creations. Class is held at the school on Guerrero. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Noe Valley/Mission. $35/class plus $5 to spend at market. 5-9. Event details.
Mission Walking Tour for Kids
With a toddler-in-tow and a stroller to push, going on a guided walk in the Mission might seem more like Mission Impossible. But with Wild SF Walking Tours your whole crew can take in the beauty and history of one of SF’s sunniest and most colorful ‘hoods alongside other urban-adventuring families, and be home by lunch (or nap time). Bonus: the tour starts and ends at two of SF’s finest playgrounds, so it’s really a win-win for the family. Space is limited so book now! Sun., 10-11 a.m. Mission. $15/person; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Point Richmond’s Summer Concert Series Kick-Off
Start off this summer concert series with two bands, SambaDá and Tom Rigney & Flambeau. Totally free, it’s held in historic downtown every second Friday from June to September. And the early start and end times mean you can still be home by bedtime. Fri., 5:30-7:45 p.m. Pt. Richmond. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Sound of Music
Head for the hills (which are, of course, alive with the sound of music) along with Maria and the Von Trapp children as the Contra Costa Civic Theater belts out the classics you love like “The Lonely Goatherd” “Edelweiss” and more, all from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. El Cerrito. $29/advance, $35/door adults; $15/advance, $20/door child 16 and under. All ages. Event details.
Jack London Square’s Market Building will be abuzz with local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, and more at the Jack-of-All-Trades market. Kids can dance their pants to the live music and roam the stands looking for treasure. Be sure and check out the DIY workshops and bring your pooch because the marketplace is dog-friendly! Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea at the Oakland Zoo
Grab your teddy bears and stuffies and head to the Oakland Zoo for Teddy Bear Tea. Learn all about Sunbears while enjoying a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to sunbears! When the fun is done, your child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Oakland. $12-$15/adults; $23-$26/child. 4-8. 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 Earl Thomas & the Blues Ambassadors, this weekend’s free outdoor concert at Courthouse Square. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Puppet Show and Preschool Open House
Lets Play In Spanish Preschools are having an open house that includes a puppet show and sing-along at 11 a.m. All parents and kids are welcome to head over and check out their Spanish Immersion program, play in the classrooms and meet teachers. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. So. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Poolside Sundays at the OFJCC
Head to the beautiful pool at the OFJCC for Poolside Sundays. 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. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Palo Alto. Free for members. All ages. Event details.
Storm the Library with the Family
Sail over to the treetop room at the Children’s Library in Palo Alto for a (free!) family date night filled with pirate-themed fun. Swashbuckling stories, music and more will be on the program for this special pirate’s night out. Advance registration is required! Fri., 6:15-7:45 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.
Addams Family Musical
Head to San Jose to see your favorite morbid family perform some show tunes. Learn what happens when Wednesday brings a “normal” boyfriend home. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. San Jose. $35-$40. All ages. Event details.
Dia de Portugal
Enjoy a day of entertainment, savor a variety of Portuguese foods and watch a traditional Portuguese parade at Dia de Portugal in History Park, where you’ll also find the Portuguese Historical Museum. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
All Ages Hike Through Tennessee Valley
If you want to show your kids the splendor of the Marin Headlands, there is no place like Tennessee Valley in Mill Valley. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, crafts and cookies on the beach on this guided trip lead by an experienced hiker and local mom. Sun., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mill Valley. $10/hiker; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson at Peek Kids Corte Madera
Third generation silhouette artist Karl Johnson will knock your socks off with what he can do in just minutes. Even the squirmiest of children can be captured in a beautiful, freehand-cut (yes! It’s amazing!) silhouette. You can get one silhouette or upgrade and get one for the grandparents, too. He even sells frames for the complete gift. Please reserve your appointment in advance by calling the store at 415-945-0100. Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Corte Madera. $25. All ages. Event details.
WildCare Family Adventure at the Audubon Center
Bring the whole family to explore Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary and its beautiful shoreline. Tour ten acres of coastal scrubland looking for birds, pass through a redwood grove, and even hit the shoreline to scot for leopard sharks. The views of the the bay, Mt. Tam, and The City can’t be beat. Plus WildCare will teach your kids the importance of preserving the natural habitat for the beautiful animals you’ll spot along the way. Sat., 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peter Pan at Mountain Play
Mountain Play Association’s 102nd season takes you to Neverland with their production of Peter Pan. Hike, bike, bus, or drive up the mountain with your pick-a-nick basket in tow for this wonderful welcoming of summertime theater. Spread out your blanket and enjoy the show, with a pre-show before each performance (12:30 p.m.) as well as puppet shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to entertain the kiddos. Yummy food and drink for sale. Parking is limited on the Mountain but you can park at one of two designated lots and take the bus with all the other fun-lovers! If you’re looking for the ultimate trip up the mountain check out our deluxe Father’s Day package here. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Mt. Tam/Mill Valley. $40/adult; $30/child 14-21; $25/child 4-13; children 3 and under are free; VIP upgrades available. All ages. Event details.
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