It’s Pride Week and this weekend is a showcase of Bay Area diversity. From pizza to pioneers, animation to Ansel Adams, this weekend celebrates family, culture, and history. Be sure and check out our round-up of family friendly Pride Week events here, and get out there and enjoy the rainbow.
Raising Dough with Tony Gemignani
Join Tony and the crew at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana as they try to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest simultaneous pizza toss. You can be part of pizza tossing history! The best part? Proceeds from the event will benefit the Family House in San Francisco, which provides a home away from home for families of children with cancer and other life threatening illness. Sat., 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. San Francisco. $20/adult; $15/child; Free to watch. All Ages. Event details.
Roxie Kids Animation Screenings
Roxie Kids is an age-appropriate film series for families and film lovers located at the ultimate indie theater The Roxie. This Sunday will be Panda Go! Panda–Adventure of Panda & Friends by Hayao Miyazaki. Sun., 2 – 4 p.m. San Francisco. $7.50/adult; free for children 12 and under. All Ages. Event details.
Yosemite: A Storied Landscape at the California Historical Society
Gather the kiddos for a trip to Half Dome without ever leaving the city! It’s opening weekend of the CHS newest exhibit, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. Spotlight tours, a dress-up area, and more! Admission to the event is free, but please RSVP here. Sun., 12 – 5 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details
LGBT Garden at SF Pride
Show your pride away from the overwhelming parade crowd at the LGBT Family Garden located at the south corner of Larkin and Grove Streets. This safe haven for families will feature activities just for kids like craft stations, face painting, games, and a playground to romp around on. This alcohol- and smoke-free family event gets popular so pre-registration is suggested by clicking here. Sun., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Rainbow Arts Pride Week
Get crafty at this artful celebration where kids can make rainbow flags, banners, sculptures, and paintings. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Berkeley. $10/person; children 1 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Campfire Stories at Chabot Regional Park
Join park interpretive staff for some after-dark fun at the Anthony Chabot Campground Amphitheater. Games, songs, photos, stories and of course a marshmallow roast (bring your own) make this an old-fashioned night to spend under the stars with the kids. Sat., 8 – 9 p.m. Castro Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Waffle Iron Day and Tasting
Who doesn’t love waffles? But do you know the history of waffle irons and how waffles came to be? Visit Ardenwood Historic Farm’s Waffle Iron Day and Waffle Tasting to find out! Sat., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fremont. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Family Day at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
Enjoy a day of music, art, and film at BAM/PFA’s Family Day. Kids can play with 100 pounds of clay in the kids club, create a collages and stamps in the color, enjoy the a cappella ensemble SoVoSó’s (2 p.m.) and round out the day by watching animated films adapted from picture books (starts at 3:30 p.m.) The films will be followed by a reading and show-and-tell from local children’s book author Christy Hale. Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
School Daze at the Saratoga History Museum
Take the kids to school in the summer: this is the final weekend for the Saratoga History Museum’s School Daze exhibit. Photos and artifacts from school days as far back as 1850 and includes cool memorabilia like a desk and globe, vintage lunch boxes, and yearbooks. Share your own school memories with the kids: you know, like walking up hill both ways and typewriters! Fri., Sat., & Sun., 1 – 4 p.m. Saratoga. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Earlybird Jazz for Kids: Crosspulse Percussion
The Stanford Jazz Festival is in full swing, and they’ve got a special program just for the kiddos. Head down to the campus to see the dynamic Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble. This full-body band will have them jumping in the aisles and clapping along. Plus the early concert time means you’ll be done before lunch! Sat., 10 – 11 a.m. Stanford. $15/adults; free for children 17 and under. All Ages. Event details.
The Joy of Dancing at the Historic California Theater
You are never too old or too young to enjoy the Joy of Dancing’s 37th annual dance recital showcases dancers 4-76 years old who will perform ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary pieces. Sun., 11 a.m. & 5 p.m. San Jose. $20. All Ages. Event details.
Creekside Fridays at The Cabin
Head to The Cabin down and take part in the 9th year of the Musical Festival by the Creek to enjoy a jumpee, face painting, other crafts and games, food and drink, and live music by Close Enough. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Italian Street Painting Marin
Watch the streets of downtown San Rafael come alive with art at the California in the 1940s themed Pop-Up Gallery/street painting festival. Kids ages 2-12 can try their hand at street painting and contribute to the Children’s Mural Project. They can get inspired watching the teens of Masterworks Kids’ Art Studio in Corte Madera paint 1940′s animated movies (lots of Disney!). And everyone will love the twilight meet and greet: from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday you can check out the paintings in the evening light. Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. San Rafael.Free. All Ages. Event details.
Ice Cream Sandwich Demo at Marin Country Mart
Jennie Schacht, author of i scream sandwich will be at the Farmer’s Market demonstrating how to make some of her amazing combos, with fresh fruit like peaches and strawberries, Three Twins Ice Cream as well as home-made, and her own cookie creations. And of course, you’ll have to sample them to find out just how good they are! Sat., 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What’s on for your family this weekend? Will it be food, fun, or sun? (Or all three?!) Let us know what you’re up to in the comments below!
— Amber Guetebier
Photo credit: Italian Street Painting Marin