This weekend marks the summer solstice, one of the longest days of the year, and we’ve got a list of great activities to help you soak up every last bit of sunlight. From bonfires to baby fairs, fun runs to cooking classes, here’s our top-picks for round-the-clock fun.
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E-Time with Family
At the Children’s Creativity Museum, discover ways in which you can effectively use an iPad to experience playing and learning together with your child. This class’s featured game is Angry Birds. Sat., 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free with $11 museum admission. 3-6. Event details.
Family Fest at Room & Board
Bring the whole gang to Room & Board for Family Fest, a day full of modern design inspiration. Check out Tea Collection’s new Bauhaus-inspired children’s clothing line, and enjoy kid crafting, snacks, and sips. Meet Katie Hintz-Zambrano, journalist and founder of Mother and Janette Yost Crawford of Sun + Dotter, and enjoy a feather headband tutorial (from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and a photo booth. Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Dog Day on the Bay
Enjoy barks and bubbles with a champagne brunch cruise hosted by Hornblower Cruises to benefit the Puppy Dog Tales Reading Program, an SF SPCA literacy program for at-risk kids. Support the cause and take in the sights on this two-hour, dog- and kid-friendly cruise. You and your guests will enjoy bottomless mimosas, yummy breakfast favorites and even a Bow Wow Buffet for the dogs. Sun., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. San Francisco. $97.25/adults; $58.35/child 4-12; children 3 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
The inaugural Origami-Palooza at the Japan Center Malls will feature an exhibit with exquisite origami, instructors to show you folds, a table dedicated to folding Paper Cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall, a paper airplane contest and an Origami Challenge. Sun., 1–4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Summertime Spiders at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Discover the complex world of the many spiders that live at the Interpretive Center, and learn about other plants and animals that call the marsh home. Sat., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Hayward. $7. Ages 3-5. Event details.
Bayfair Farmers Market 20th Anniversary Party
The Bayfair Center Farmers’ Market celebrates 20 years of serving the San Leandro community and you’re invited to the party. Enjoy local fruit tastings, cooking demos, giveaways, interactive kids activities, a ton of baked goods and the usual tantalizing array of fresh produce and gourmet food items. Sat., 9 a.m.–1 p.m. San Leandro. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What the Truck at Jack London Square
The Oakland waterfront will be filled with trucks of all kinds at What the Truck. Guests can explore food trucks, shopping trucks, glam trucks, art trucks, photo trucks, fashion trucks, a rolling florist, and even gaming trucks (mobile pinball anyone?). Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Shrek the Musical at Berkeley Playhouse
Join Shrek and Donkey as they rescue a feisty princess, battle a fearsome dragon, and save the swamp through live song and dance. Note: 5 p.m. Sunday performance is a pay-what-you-can. Sat., 1 and 6 p.m., Sun., 12 and 5 p.m. Berkeley. $34-$40/adults; $25-$30/child 6-12; $17-$23/child 3-5. 3 and up. Event details.
San Francisco Birth and Baby Fair
Whether you’re looking for a crash-course in parenting or just a place to shop the latest baby products, this all-day event has it all: free workshops on baby Sign Language, sleep techniques, cloth-diapering and more. Shop for chic clothing from local designers for mom and baby, enjoy mini massages at the Spa Lounge for Moms, run wild in the Play Area for tots, and meet and greet fitness instructors, massage therapists, doulas, lactation consultants and photographers. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. San Mateo. $8/advance; $10/door; children 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Disney’s Jungle Book for Kids
Venture into the heart of the jungle with this theatrical performance of Disney’s classic Jungle Book, for kids, by kids! This professional production showcases tiny tikes performing the story of Mowgli and his adventures with Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, and King Louie. Fri., Sat., and Sun. Times vary. San Jose. All Ages. $12/adult; $8/child 2-11 assigned seating; $6/child 2-11 floor seating; children under 2 are free. Event details.
Fire Fest Fundraiser
Grab your firefighter helmets and head down to Mission Blue in Brisbane for Mountainwatch’s Fire Fest fundraising party. Celebrate the Summer Solstice and help raise money for the protection of San Bruno Mountain while enjoying food, drink, music by The Elderberries, and short films about San Bruno Mountain. Sun., 4–8 p.m. Brisbane. $20. All Ages. Event details.
Summer Scamper Kids Fun Run at Stanford
The Lucile Packard Foundation hosts their annual Summer Scamper Kids Fun Run at Stanford University. Run, walk, jog, or skip your way through the Stanford campus and raise money for patients and families at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. After the race head over to the Family Festival for refreshments, entertainment, and lots of free high-fives. Register here. Sun., 9–11 a.m. Palo Alto. $15. 3-10. Event details.
Solstice Celebration at Muir Beach
So “so long” to the longest day of the year by listening to stories and singing songs around a bonfire at Muir Beach. Bring a warm coat and a mug for hot drinks. Sat., 6–8 p.m. Muir Beach. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Slow Is Fast Book Signing and Screening/Benefit for Marin Organic
Marin Country Mart is hosting a special fundraiser benefiting Marin Organic that will feature the story of Dan Malloy and his 58-day, 700-mile bicycle trip from Mendocino to Ventura and back again. After a screening of the 30-minute film there will be a book signing of Slow Is Fast, food from Belcampo Meats, Rustic Bakery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company, and a raffle for Patagonia goods. The $45 price includes the DVD and book as well as food and drink; $30 for the book only; or free if you want to just hang out and watch the movie. Sat., 6 p.m. Larkspur. $0-$45. All Ages. Event details.
Sunset Solstice Hike
Traverse the Big Rock Trail with park rangers and hike along the Lucas Valley Preserve to discover the best spots for sunset viewing on the longest day of the year. Be sure and bring a flashlight for the hike back, as well as water and snacks. Dogs on leash are okay. Sat., 7:30–9 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Culinary Dudes Cakes and Pies
Introduce the kids to the basics of cakes and pies—not just eating them, but baking them, too. There are both sweet and savory recipes on the menu, so the mini bakers will discover new and tasty ways to eat their veggies. The spoils will be sent home with the students, so hopefully mom and dad get a bite, too. Sun., 10 a.m.–12 p.m. San Rafael. $45. 4-12. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!