Hey, June. Where did you go? Summer has a tendency to fly by. So this weekend make sure to stop and smell the wildflowers along a coastal hike, take a moment to check out the stars during a campout or wave your rainbow flag and celebrate diversity at San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade. Do what you can to take in all summer offers because it’ll be over before you can say, more s’mores please.
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March in the SF Pride Parade (and Play in the Family Garden)
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 12th Annual Family Garden for a party featuring art, face painting and a playground. Let the kids play and chill out with other Pride families. The Family Garden opens at 11 a.m. Sun., 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. Civic Center, Family Garden. Free. All ages. Details.
Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown. Head over for a day of performances, demonstrations, and workshops by Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Including taiko, shamisen, classical Japanese dance, folk dance, and more. From 4-5 p.m. there will be Obon Odori by Michiya Hanayagi, a traditional way of honoring ancestors. Sun., 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco. Free. All ages. Details.
Groove at the Stern Grove Festival
Bundle the kiddos up against the foggy chill, and let their dancing legs loose on perennial favorites like the San Francisco Symphony and Ballet. Moms and dads will love groovin’ to bands like Janelle Monáe, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The OJs and The New Pornographers. Bop on over early to Stern Grove from 11:30-1p.m. each Sunday for a special KidStage performance and activity before the main event. Stern Grove also offers “Kid Days” which are free 3 hr classes for kids, with themes ranging from Latin American music and dance to African drumming. For a more in depth experience, sign up for a 3-day kids camp (also free, but adults must stick around as well). Sun., 2 p.m. Stern Grove. Free. All ages. Details.
San Jose Kicks off its Annual Music in the Park Series
San Jose’s Music in the Park Summer Concert Series 2016 is about to make it’s debut. This concert series takes place once a month through through August. Shows include Los Lobos, Maxx Cabello, Jr., AC/DShe, School of Rock band “The Drought,” Ozomatli and more. Pack dinner, snacks and bring a blanket and chairs for this summer tradition. Fri., 5:15 – 9:15 p.m., Palaza de Cesar Chavez Park, San Jose. $10/adults; kids under 12 are free. All ages. Details.
Go Coastal on this Cool Hike
Lunch, snacks, binoculars, water bottle, SPF, all check! You’ll want to pack all these goodies for Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks. On these two hour natural history excursions you will explore the plants, animals, and geology of the spectacular coastal bluffs. Meet at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center. Sun., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz. Parking is $10. All ages. Details.
Free Day at the Tech Museum
Head to the Tech Museum for their free community day and explore the new exhibit, Cyber Detectives, presented by Palo Alto Networks. Pick up essential tools in the training zone, then solve crime in the mission rooms. Plus plenty of hands-on fun for the kiddos and for $5, a film in the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater. Sun., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose. Free. All ages. Details.
Score at this Warriors History Making Exhibit
Celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ 2015 NBA Championship and 2015-16 record-breaking season with 73 wins in Warriors Pride, Oakland Pride, a new installation in the Gallery of California History at OCMA. Get up close with authentic 2015 championship memorabilia and items worn by individual players. View a 2015 Championship Ring and a jersey signed by the entire 2015 Championship team. Before you go snap a selfie with large-scale images of Warriors players and celebratory snapshots from the 2015 championship parade. Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. OCMA, Oakland. $5-$15.95, children 8 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Sing Goodnight Construction Site
Everyone’s Favorite Construction Site … with Songs! Bedtime’s approaching, and the construction vehicles need their rest. But Crane Truck is afraid of the dark – what to do? The beloved children’s book comes to life in a world-premiere musical for all ages, presented by Bay Area Children’s Theatre. It opens at Fairyland’s Aesop’s Theater, with two performances daily on Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 28th. Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Children’s Fairyland, Oakland. $20/person. Includes park admission. All ages. Details.
Take Your Mini 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. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Downtown San Rafael. $10; $15/2-day pass; Kids 12 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Campers unite! Join Point Bonita YMCA for a nationwide campout event on in association with the National Wildlife Federation. Connect with nature and wildlife, while enjoying s’mores, hikes and other family-friendly camping activities. No camping gear of your own? No problem! All camping gear, including tents, sleeping bags, and pads will be available courtesy of Bay Area Wilderness Training’s gear library. Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. Point Bonita YMCA, Fort Barry, Sausalito. $25-$40. All ages. Details.
Take a Butterfly Hike
Get into the swing of summer with a nature hike that meets up at Rush Creek Preserve. This hike meanders along an open oak woodland at the edge of the San Pablo Bay wetlands. Kids can explore various habitats at the top of the ridge and wait (oh so patiently) for butterflies and other creatures to come visit. Bring a lunch, comfy hiking clothes and shoes and SPF. This hike is canceled in the event of high fire danger. Call (415) 893-9527 for cancellation information. Sun., 10 a.m.- 1p.m. Rush Creek Preserve, Novato. Free. All ages. Details.
Get the Low Down on This Coastal Excursion
The tidepools are a wonder to see but there’s more to this story. Marine Science Institute takes kids and families for a salty treasure hunt to learn the intertidal secrets of these shallow pools. The walk starts at low tide to reach the edges of Pillar Point as you head back to shore. There will be plenty to see from starfish to eels, urchins, crabs, fish and octopus. Space is limited so register in advance. Sat. 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. $20. All ages. Details.
Make Your Paper Planes Really Take Off
Did you know that there is a top paper plane expert? It’s totally true and his name is John Collins. You can meet him and learn the secrets to making the fastest, furthest flying, tricked out paper airplanes. Collins, a world distance paper airplane record holder and a master paper airplane builder, has written several books on crafting the perfect paper airplane. The lesson and demo last about 45 minutes and the event is free with museum admission. Sun., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos. $10-$15; Children 4 and under are free. All ages. Details.
What are your plans for this weekend? Please tell us below!
– Chantal Lamers