SF Bay Area, you’ve done it again! From the symphony to a circus to a sunset celebration, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained all weekend long, rain or shine. Ride on!
photo courtesy SF Symphony
Music for Families: How Is Music Used?
The SF Symphony’s family program will include Rossini’s William Tell “Overture” and “Conversations with Beauty and the Beast” from Ravel’s Mother Goose in a kid-friendly program designed to enchant audiences of all ages. Through stories in music, animal sounds and more, look at music as a language and how it is used to tell a story. Sat., 2p.m. Civic Center. $15-$64. All ages. Event details.
San Francisco History Days at The Old Mint
For one weekend only, The Old Mint reopens its doors to become a history museum. Visit mini-museums created by over seventy local historic organizations, attend lectures and explore this historic landmark that at one time housed nearly a third of our nation’s gold. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
Explore the Ocean Date Night
Enjoy a night out while your kids have a blast exploring the ocean at Little Artistas. Kids will create works of art, play and learn all about the fascinating ocean. Dinner is included. And let them know if you are registering siblings! Sat., 5-8 p.m. Glen Park. $50/child. 3-6. Event details.
Free Community Weekend at Asian Art Museum
Join the Asian Art Museum in celebrating their 50th Anniversary with a free weekend full of art, activities and family fun. Check out dancers, live music, artist demos, acrobats and more. Create your own art and check out the latest exhibits. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Civic Center. Free. All ages. Event details.
See breathtaking circus combined with a unique European-based performance style, and featuring the Circus Spire Youth Troupe. Sat., 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., 1 & 5 p.m. West Oakland. $15-$40. All ages. Event details.
Oakland Museum of California’s White Elephant Sale
The OMCA’s annual sale is one of the best in Northern California with proceeds going to benefit the museum. With 17 departments (including books, toys, and kids’ clothes), there’s sure to be something for everyone. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.
Alameda Point Antiques Fair
The largest of its kind in NorCal, join hundreds of other treasure seekers to the island to browse over 800 antique dealer booths. See what baubles or collectibles your kids will find. Children under 15 are admitted free. There are food vendors here, too, so you won’t leave hungry. Sun., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Alameda. $5/adults, children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Preschool Hour at San Mateo History Museum
Come to the museum for First Free Fridays and let preschoolers get a chance to explore times past. It’s an exciting hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling. Each month explores a different theme! Starts in the Wells Fargo Learning Center. Fri., 11 a.m.-noon. San Mateo. Free. 3-5. Event details.
Tea Collection Sample Sale
Shop Tea’s globally inspired clothing for ages 0-12 at amazing prices at this sample sale. Parking onsite for $10 (cash only) but event takes credit cards and cash. Please bring your own bags and leave the strollers at home. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Micro Kickboard Demo at Cheeky Monkey Toys
The Micro Kickboard Bus is coming to town! Kids will enjoy a safety demo, fun activity stations, scooting, and the chance to win a scooter. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Menlo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, which makes for a car-free walk, run, bike, skate, stroll, or tricycle ride! With restrooms located strategically along the way (Edgewood Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and Filoli) and tons of places to stop and picnic. You can call the hotline in case of inclement weather to see if the event is still on: 650-361-1785. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.
Playful People Productions Presents Disney Cinderella KIDS, the timeless fairytale sprinkled with the magic of Disney and brought to you on stage by pint-sized players. Get your tickets to the ball now! Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. San Jose. $8-$15. All ages. Event details.
Mini Music Spring-Along
Join the fun at a Spring-along concert featuring Mini Music teachers. Get ready to sing and dance along to music your kids know and love. Sun., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mill Valley. Free. 0-5. Event details.
President Squid Book Reading
Join Aaron Reynolds as he explores the ideal qualities of leaders, diplomats…and giant squid. Squid knows all about being president. It means living in a big house, doing all the talking oh, and having a tie is crucial. He’s all set! In the next election, make a more informed choice. Vote for President Squid! Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Larkspur. Free. 4 and up. Event details.
Centennial Sunset Celebration
Join in the centennial celebration of our national parks with NatureBridge! Hike to find the perfect spot to see the gorgeous sunset while learning about the rich history of the Marin Headlands. After the hike enjoy campfire fun including sing-alongs, skits, S’more roasting and more! Sat., 5:30-8 p.m. Sausalito. $12. All ages. Event details.
Family Sunday 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 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Muir Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
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