With the first of the summer months underway, we’ve got to get out and play, play, play! If you’re in the mood for horseback riding or garden strolling, night markets or Mozart, here’s a list of uber-fun activities to do this weekend.
Kidfest at the SF Zoo It’s time for Kidsfest 2014: Monkey Madness. Head to the SF Zoo for a day of music, dancing, arts and crafts, magicians, face-painting, and more. Enjoy private access to the awesome new playground, the Dentzel Carousel, the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo, and the Little Puffer Steam Train. Food and drink will be provided throughout this fundraising event. Fri., 5-8 p.m. San Francisco. $100/adult; $50/child. All Ages. Event details. Mozart Madness with the SF Boys Chorus Join the San Francisco Boys Chorus for its spring concert: Mozart Madness. Listen to impressive chorale performances from the concert and graduate chorale as well as the prep, junior and other beginning levels. Sat., 2 – 4 p.m. San Francisco. $20-$40. All Ages. Event details. Books for Kids by Kids at the CJM Kick it in the Zim Zoom Family Room to listen to the whimsical, creative, and enchanting winning entries from the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition (a program of The CJM, SFPL, and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation inviting kids in grades K-12 to design, write and create their own books). A selection of books will be read by the author/illustrators themselves! Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adults; children 18 and under are free. 2 and up. Event details.
Jack’s Night Market Have dinner outside at Jack London Square this Friday! Jack’s Night Market is an evening farmer’s market and outdoor bazaar with fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan crafts, prepared foods, street performers, live music, and restaurants around the square open late. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend! Fri., 6-10 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details. Berkeley Playhouse KidStage presents Disney’s Mulan Jr. The Berkeley Playhouse’s Educational Program, KidStage, presents kids ages 8-13 performing Disney’s Mulan Jr. This action packed adapation of the film takes you back in time to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China. Fri., Sat., & Sun., times vary. Berkeley. $20/adults; $15/child. All Ages. Event details. Summertime Spiders at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center Discover the amazing world of the many spiders that live at the Interpretive Center, and learn about the other plants and animals that call the marsh home. Sat., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hayward. $7. 3-5. Event details.
Western Day at the B.O.K. Ranch The 29th annual B.O.K. Ranch Western Day fundraiser will feature horse riding demos, BBQ lunch by the Redwood City Fire Department, carnival games, live music, and more! All proceeds benefit the ranch’s therapeutic riding program which provides adaptive horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs, so grab your cowboy hats and get your little ponies there pronto! Sat., 12 – 5 p.m. Redwood City. $45/adults; children 12 and under are free. All Ages. Event details. San Jose Museum of Art’s Anniversary Community Day SJMA’s is turning 45 and your whole family is invited to the party. Lots of hands-on art projects and family music will be happening throughtout the day, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. After 4, the music takes on a more grown up vibe and cocktails will be served (but kids are still welcome!) There will even be an urban scavenger hunt and pop-up poems! Sat., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details. Cartoon Jazz in Half Moon Bay Tap your toes and wiggle in your seats to the sounds of Jeff Sanford’s Cartoonjazz Band Jazz Band where you’ll likely recognize many a tune: from Raymond Scott to the Simpson’s theme. Sat., 4:30 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $35/adult; $30/youth 21 and under. All ages. Event details.
Marin Parents of Multiples Garage Sale When your kids grow so fast you feel like you’re responsible for an economic upswing in your neighborhood, the Marin Parents of Multiples Club Garage Sale has arrived just in time. Baby clothing and gear, toddler toys, books, kids furniture, a wide variety of clothing and shoes for ages 0-10, plus maternity items and more. Sat., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kentfield. Free. All Ages. Event details. Nature for Kids at Deer Island Tromp along the 2.3 mile loop trail at Deer Island and be on the look out for abundant wildlife and late blooming flowers. Be prepared to see butterflies, insects of all kinds, lizards, birds, and trees. Bring your lunch and sturdy hiking shoes. Sat., 10 a.m – 1p.m. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event details. Open Days Garden Tour Marin County Take the kids on a four-garden tour of some of the finest home gardens in all of Marin. The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Marin County means that you can stop in and smell the roses at designated gardens in Sausalito, Belvedere, and Tiburon including the Jardin mar Centro and Pelicano gardens. Admission to each garden is separate and open hours vary, so you can visit on your own pace and visit one or all four. Sat, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Marin County: Tiburon, Belvedere, and Sausalito. $5. All Ages. Event details. What’s on your weekend family bucket-list? Let us know in the comments below! —Amber Guetebier Photo credit: B.O.K. Ranch