Just when you thought you couldn’t take the suspense anymore—it happened. Summer has finally landed! It’s all sunshine, beach time, hikes and museums for the next few months so slather on the SPF and get ready because you’re not going to want to miss a moment of this summer kick-off lineup.

photo: Circus Bella

San Francisco

Get in the Ring for this Spectacular Act
Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with an entirely new production conceived and directed by Bella-founder Abigail Munn and international clown, Joel Baker. Set to original music by the ingenious composer/accordionist Rob Reich, who leads the stellar Circus Bella All-Star Band, the action-packed 60-minute show features static trapeze, rope walking, hula hoop, juggling, contortion, clowning, family foot juggling and more. Circus Bella partners with Prescott Circus Theatre, a youth development and performing arts program based in West Oakland, as a pre-show and opening act. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

March in the SF Pride Parade and Play in the Children’s Garden
On Sunday bring the kiddos and their scooters, wagons, strollers, backpacks, tricycles and any other form of transport for the littles and march in the Pride Parade. Join the Our Families Coalition (register and get meet up info by clicking here).Then head to the annual Family Garden at 11 a.m. for a party featuring art, face painting and a playground. Let the kids play and chill out with other Pride families. Or join the celebration all weekend at Civic Center from noon to 6 p.m. on Sat. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Sun., on Market Street from Beale to 8th. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Everything is Awesome at Brickfest
The exhibit will feature a large LEGO city plus other displays and models that will include a medieval display and Lego friends to name just a few. Many hours have been invested over the years, and this is the opportunity you can see it. Besides the exhibit, there is a playroom where young and old can build with LEGO. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Rock Out with Pete the Cat
Bay Area Children’s Theatre opens its 15th Anniversary Season with Pete the Cat, a lively musical romp inspired by the popular books by James and Kimberly Dean. Get ready to rock when the grooviest, guitar-slinging cat in town meets the Biddles and turns their lives into a “really, really, really big adventure.” Pete, who normally lives in a VW bus, finds himself housebound when he gets into trouble and is sent to the Biddle’s to learn some manners. But it doesn’t take long before he turns house arrest into a crusade to help Jimmy Biddle pass second grade. Sat.-Sun. Event details

South Bay

Chitactac Family Day
Celebrate the Amah Mutsun culture and discover the heritage of people who once lived at this ancient village site. Participate in hands-on activities, play traditional games and make unique crafts while learning about native plants and wildlife. Sat. Event details

Free Community Day at The Tech
Come get a taste of the hands-on exhibits and experiences with free admission to The Tech. Check out the Body Worlds Decoded exhibit and enjoy a film at the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater ($5 fee). There will also be special activities and goodies. Sun. Event details


Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!
See iridescent bubbles transform into decahedron carousels and ginormous torus geometric shapes with Tom Noddy’s Bubble Magic Show. Explore the science of bubbles in vibrant, foam eruption experiments. Marvel at the vibrant expanse of rainbow yarnbomb art lovingly crafted by Kints4Life. Make and step through immersive, body-sized bubbles. Fill the breeze and your imagination with a floating current of mini-bubbles with the San Mateo County Pride Center. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Lace Up for the Summer Scamper
Join the run at Stanford for the annual Summer Scamper 5k, 10k, and kids’ fun run, benefiting patients and families at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. The community is counting on you for help. Register to race, join a team, form a team, volunteer, or donate today. Sun. Event details.

Rock Your Socks Off at Kidchella 2018
Head south to Kidchella, a kid’s rock festival with stars such as Emcee Andy Z, The Hipwadersm Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies and Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock. Enjoy live music along with an inflatable play land in the heart of Redwood City. Shows vary by week. For those about to rock! Sun. Event details

North Bay

Honk a Horn and Ride a Rig
Explore vehicles of all types, including public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery and just plain cool vehicles all in one place! Children will be allowed to get behind the wheels, honk the horns and meet the people who help build, protect and serve our community. Games and face painting will also be included. Sun. Event details

Take Your Mimi Madonnaris to Paint the Streets
Watch the streets of downtown San Rafael come alive with art at the Italian Street Painting Marin. This year’s theme is Eternal City of Rome, and the fine art of street painting at Ciao Bella Roma. There’s live entertainment throughout the day, and there’s even an entire Children’s Avenue where kids 2-12 can get their own 2 x 2 ft. square and a box of chalk ($10) to be part of the fun! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kate Loweth