If school isn’t already out for summer it will be soon. We’ve got some ideas on how to fill those lazy days away from the chalkboard from a movie under the stars to a bike ride to support a good cause and a new exhibit with your favorite Doc. Just one warning—with all this fun, summer break is going to fly right by.

photo: Andria Lo/Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco

The Contemporary Jewish Museum Turns 10!
Join the Contemporary Jewish Museum as it celebrates 10 years of community with free admission, live music, gallery performances, art making, mini tours, kids’ activities and more. Sun. Event details. 

Celebrate World Oceans Day
Visit the Aquarium of the Bay and the Sea Lion Center at PIER 39 to enjoy special educational programming, free admission for children 12 and under (June 8) and to help clean up the beach at Aquatic Park (June 9). Educational programming during this special weekend will focus on raising awareness of the importance of the oceans and will encourage visitors to find solutions to preventing marine litter. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Paddington 2 at The Presidio
Grab a blanket and head to the Presidio YMCA for some food trucks and an outdoor showing of Paddington 2. Food trucks arrive at 5:30 p.m., movie shorts start at 6:30 p.m. and the feature film begins at 7 p.m. There will be bubbles and face painting before the show to keep the kids busy. Fri. Event details. 

Party it up at the Inaugural Ghirardelli Square Festival
Come celebrate the inaugural Ghirardelli Square Festival where Beach Street will be lined with arts & crafts, live entertainment, festival food favorites, craft beer & wine and fun for all ages, along the breathtaking bayside Aquatic Park. The free event will feature special musical performances, public art and hands-on experiences from the Exploratorium. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Concerts in this Beach Cove Rule
Crawl over to the Crab Cove Visitors Center for free music and family fun as the sun sets over the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will stay open late, hosting activities on the deck starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Parking is available on Webster St. or Crown Beach lot at Otis. Fri. Event details.

Dance in the Streets of Port Richmond
The summer-long street series brings a variety of musical acts to historic downtown Point Richmond (Park Place between West Richmond and Washington Avenues). In addition to free music, every concert features arts and education booths, face painting for children and dancing in the streets. Fri. Event details. 

South Bay

Get Healthy with Doc McStuffins
Be among the first to be transported to Doc’s backyard clinic where the kids can help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients in Disney Junior’s interactive exhibition, brand-new at the Children’s Discover Museum of San Jose. In addition to the 100+ exhibits offered at the Museum, your family will enjoy special doctor-in-training themed activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Fri. Event details. 

A Spoonful of Sugar Sing-Along
Your journey to Cherry Tree Lane and the rooftops of London begins with a “practically perfect” vocal warm-up at this singalong for all ages. Then, a host will reach into her magical carpet bag to show you how to use the props in your fun pack including a spoonful of sugar and your own umbrella to help you take flight when you are taught the choreography from “Step In Time” and other great songs from the movie. And once the film starts you can “chim chim-in-ey” with a theater full of chimney sweeps, suffragettes and dancing penguins who love this movie as much as you. Thu.-Sun. Event details.


Feel Free To Get Curious
Tackle cool science brain teasers and shake paws with California animals at CuriOdyssey’s free Community Days. Community Days are typically crowded in the morning and early afternoon. Avoid the crowd by visiting later in the day. Sun. Event details.

Pedal for a Cause
The 15th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Bike Ride, hosted by Peninsula Velo Cycling Club, is the largest kids’ bike ride in the nation. Each year, over 500 children 12 and under pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their “win,” each child happily receives a medal, ice pop and goody bag. While the event is free, children participants raise pledges for the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Sun. Event details. 

North Bay

STEM Superheroes: Amazing Athletes
Discover the STEM behind your favorite sports and athletic activities, like basketball, dance and golf, at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Children will also get a chance to explore what makes great athletes even better, including the equipment that they rely on and the nutrition that helps them perform at the highest level. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Hike and Discover WWII History in the Shadow of Mt. Tam
Join Ranger Joanne on a 2-mile walking tour of the area surrounding the Bay Model to experience what life in the shipyards was like from WWII. Dress in layers, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and a snack. Rain cancels. Sat. Event details. 

—Kate Loweth