The final school bells are about to ring but there’s still plenty of good stuff to learn this summer. The Bay Area is one big lab just waiting to be explored. Ready to make a trail or the ocean your makeshift classroom? We have all kinds of smart ideas guaranteed to earn you an A.
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Explore The Presidio Through Nature Crafts
Drop in for an imaginative, family craft-making event themed around the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage. Featuring different crafts every weekend, projects range from paper poppies to Spanish ceramics, a-maize-ing corn husk dolls, build a bridge, aquatic adventure, luminous lighthouses and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-4p.m.; The Presidio Officers’ Club. Free. All ages. Details.
Get Weird With Science
Get Saturdays off to a smarty-pants start with drop-in science classes with the Randall Museum at Mission Art Center. Topics vary each week from an egg drop challenge to making paper rockets, creating swinging bee buzzers and assembling sunprints with found materials. Sat., 10:30 a.m.; Randall Museum at the Mission Art Center. $3-$5. All ages. Details.
Join The Sweetest Beach Clean-up Yet
How many beach clean-ups end with sundaes? Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is partnering with Surfrider Foundation’s San Francisco Chapter for two beach cleanups at Ocean Beach on World Oceans Day from 10 a.m. to noon on June 5 and again on July 10. The clean-ups will help raise awareness about protecting the urban beach. Ghirardelli will thank participants with a sweet treat and voucher to use towards an Ocean Beach Sundae. Participants will meet at Stairwell 17 (across from Beach Chalet Restaurant), where Surfrider Foundation will provide supplies of buckets and gloves. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon; Ocean Beach. Free. All ages. Details.
Cut The Rug Every Friday Night
Grab your dancing shoes, kids. Dancing Under the Stars is returning to the Oakland waterfront for a summer of grooving at Jack London Square. If you’re ready to bop, rock or disco then join in the free outdoor fun on Friday evenings to learn several dances under the starry night sky including the Four-Step Hustle, Salsa, West Coast Swing and Line Dancing. Each week, professional dance instructor Bradley Montoya will take on a new dance with lessons at 8:30 p.m., followed by a mixed music dance party from 9 to 10 p.m. Fri., 8:30-10 p.m. Jack London Square. Free. Details.
One Stop Indie Mart Shopping
The bi-annual Patchwork is a modern maker festival at Jack London Square that combines local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music. Hand-picked vendors sell clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plushies, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath and body goodies and more. Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Jack London Square, Waters and Broadway streets. Free. All ages. Details.
This Mountain Fest Is a Real Roar
Local artists and musicians will fill the forest with sweet tunes at the Redwood Mountain Faire in the Santa Cruz Mountains at Roaring Camp. At this weekend-long woodsie festival visitors are treated to non-stop music on two stages as well as a children’s activities nook, face painting, bounce houses, locally made arts and crafts as well as food and Santa Cruz-made beer and wines. Top off the weekend with a train ride, which can be purchased for an additional fee. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Roaring Camp in Felton. $20-$45; children 12 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Take The Ocean Protection Plunge
Celebrate the wonders of the ocean during a festive World Ocean Day weekend at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on June 4 and 5. Special activities including live music, a family craft room, an interactive photo booth and much more – all included with aquarium admission. Sat.-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monterey Bay Aquarium. $24.95-$39.95. All ages. Details.
This Parade Is Full of Pride
Join the 4th annual San Mateo County Pride Festival at San Mateo Central Park. Enjoy a fun-filled day of live music, family friendly activities, local art and merchandise, entertainment, and local resources. This year’s theme is Pride without Borders: Embracing Culture and Diversity, which emphasizes the importance of recognizing how culture, race, marginalized sexual orientation, and gender identity overlap and affect our community. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; San Mateo Central Park. Free. All ages. Details.
Get On Board With This Lifting Festival
Helicopters are totally the jam. That’s why we know you won’t want to miss out on Helifest, which showcases all kinds of military, rescue, private and commercial helicopters. These aircraft are used for everything from traffic reports and power line maintenance to cliff rescues and national defense. Participating aircraft scheduled to appear include the CH-47 Boeing “Chinook,”Bell UH-1 Iroguois “Huey,” EC-145, Bell 47, Robinson R-22, R-44, and more. Over and out, little buddies. We’ll see you when you land here. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos. $10-$15; children 4 and under are free. All ages. Details.
Keep Calm, Jazz On
Jazz on the Hill is a day-long celebration happening outside the library at the College of San Mateo. One of the only free jazz festivals in the Bay Area, this event features live jazz with a great line-up of musicians who cover many genres of jazz from straight-ahead, blues, to Latin and more. This year Bluesman Charlie Musselwhite headlines along with Etienne Charles Creole Soul, and Lynne Arriale, Grace Kelly & Charenee Wade. Sat., 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. College of San Mateo. Free. All ages. Details.
Go for a Treasure Hunt
Google Maps, who needs it? On this Headlands Treasure Hunt families can search for clues and overcome challenges as they explore Point Bonita. X marks the spot. Think you can find it? Sat. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Point Bonita YMCA in Sausalito. Free. All ages. Details.
Go Zen At Green Gulch Farm
San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch farm is a beautiful retreat from the hectic city life, and the first Sunday of most months there is a special talk and program just for kids. Crafts, seasonal projects on the farm and garden, yoga, and ritual. Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Green Gulch Farm at Muir Beach. Suggested $10 family donation. All ages. Details.
We’re gearing up for summer. What do you have planned? Tell us in the comments below!