The merry, merry Month of May is here and from a hike in the Marin Headlands to a carnival in the heart of SF’s Chinatown to the first ever Silicon Valley Bike Festival, there are a ton of ways to enjoy the sweet spring weather.
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Free Kids Cooking Class at Williams Sonoma
Based on the bestselling book the 52 New Foods Challenge, bring your kiddos to your local Williams Sonoma store to learn some tips and tricks straight from the book. The class is free but call to reserve a spot. Click here to see Bay Area locations. Sat., 10-11 a.m. for most stores. Call your local store to confirm time, as they may vary. Union Square. Free. 3-13. Event details.
67th Annual Cameron Carnival
This year’s theme is Hawaiian, so this year you can visit the Islands in your own backyard. Kids can make crafts, including a kid’s bracelet-making table, enjoy balloon animals, a Dragon Dance performance, a kid’s jumpee, lots of games and prizes, food, massage, and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Children’s Day Celebration in Japantown
Celebrate Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, with cultural arts and crafts, a bounce house, games, taiko and more! Free event, some activities have a fee. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Japantown. Free. 2-10. Event details.
Head to New Traditions Elementary School for a Discovery Festival. Enjoy games, prizes, food, yoga, capoeira, animal encounters, graffiti art, community sculpture project, a cupcake walk, cake contest, SF Rock Project, Tree Frog Treks, Rock Band Land and much more. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Panhandle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Alameda Point Antiques Fair
Commonly know as the Alameda Flea Market, it’s 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! Sun., 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Alameda. $5/adult; children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
1st Saturday Make and See Art at Richmond Art Center
Join the Richmond Art Center for a free, first Saturday, bilingual art tour. Enjoy a guided tour of the galleries and a hands-on art making activity. Please meet the group in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room at the Richmond Public Library, Main Branch (325 Civic Center Plaza) at 3 p.m. and then walk as a group over to the Art Center. Sat., 3-4:30 p.m. Richmond. Free. All ages. Event details.
Car-topia at Jack London Square
Jack London Square rolls dozens of classic, exotic, old school, new school and muscle cars and trucks onto the Oakland waterfront, for Car-topia. Bring your little vehicle enthusiasts to see some of the coolest, rarest, and oldest cars around. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.
Playing in the Past Preschool Hour at San Mateo History Museum
Head 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! Fri., 11 a.m.-noon. Redwood City. Free. 3-5. Event details.
93rd Annual Children’s Parade and May Fete
Head out to the 93rd Annual Children’s Parade. Children of all ages will march down the streets in costume, with floats or with their school bands. Following the parade is the May Fete Fair, which includes vintage vehicles. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mid-Peninsula Parents of Multiples Spring Rummage Sale
Pregnant? Got kids? This sale is a great resource. You’ll find quality, gently used gear including strollers, baby gates, high chairs, and swings, along with toys, books, and tons of adorable clothes! Cash only. Sun., 9:30-11:30 a.m. San Carlos. Free. All ages. Event details.
1st Annual Silicon Valley Bike Show
Kick off National Bike Month with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Show. Ride your bikes there and get free valet bike parking (of course). The kiddos will love the Kids Space with face painting, balloon artistry, bicycle decorating, a kid’s bike parade, and parent-child chill out space. Food trucks, vendors, and tours of the exhibit Silicon Valley Bikes, too! Ride on! Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. San Jose. $5/adult; children 10 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, as well as the 1998 Disney film of the same name, this stage musical includes beloved songs from the movie like “Honor to Us All,” “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” and “Reflection.” Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., noon, 4, & 8 p.m., and Sun., 1 & 5 p.m. San Jose. $14-$18. All ages. Event details.
PJ Storytime at Diesel, A Bookstore
Pull on your PJs and bring your teddy bear to the bookstore, where author Dev Petty (I Don’t Want to Be a Frog) will be read a bedtime story. Get cozy in front of the fireplace, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies, get your books signed, and then head home for bed. Fri., 6-6:30 p.m. Larkspur. Free. 4-8. Event details.
Historic West Point Inn Hike
If you’ve not yet explored Mt. Tamalpais, here is the perfect opportunity to meet the Sleeping Lady on foot, bike or stroller as you journey along a gentle, level fire trail to the scenic 1904 West Point Inn, where you’ll be greeted with crafts and food. Sat., 10 a.m. Mill Valley. $10. All ages. Event details.
This Oak View Nursery School’s fundraiser offers a chance for kids to get up close and personal with fire trucks, dump trucks, police cars, tow trucks, a Coast Guard rig, and more! Plus meet the hometown heroes that drive these vehicles. There will also be baked goodies and drinks for purchase, and all money goes to the school! Sat., 9:30 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. $5/person; children 1 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Pt. Bonita Wildflower Hike
Join an experienced YMCA naturalist on a hike through Pt. Bonita in the Marin Headlands, exploring the wildflowers, plants, birds, insects and other friends in nature the park has to offer. After the walk, you can join Pt. Bonita YMCA for an (optional) lunch, which is $10/adults; $5/child. (The hike is free). Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
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