This weekend is one that will keep you on your toes. Explore the boundless playground of the Maker Faire and take in the gorgeous views on a Presidio Hike. Attend a gold-panning party in Oakland and a fishing derby in Tiburon. We’ve got enough awesome events here for you to pack your weekend with memory-making adventures. All you have to do is get out there and rock!
Photo of Kevin Mathieu’s LEGOJeep at Maker Faire by Orin Zebest via Flickr Creative Commons
Presidio Hike with Red Tricycle
If the only wildlife your kids have seen lately are pigeons, it’s time to take a hike…to the coast. Join Red Tricycle for a leisurely San Francisco hike from Fort Scott to Crissy Field’s Warming Hut Cafe.We’ll set up crafts for the kiddos near the cafe, and you can grab lunch there before hiking back to your car at your own pace. Sat.,10 a.m.-noon. Presidio. $10/hiker; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Heroes, Freaks, & Geeks: Short Plays by Short People
Head to the Brava theater for original plays written by fifth graders from SFUSD, inspired by works of art from the de Young Museum, and performed as staged readings by professional actors with music by The Write-Ons. Monsters fighting to fit in, trees making the sky cry, slumber parties that never end, and so much more from the inspired minds of kids. All proceeds from this event benefit the StageWrite literacy through theatre programs at SF elementary schools. Fri., 7 p.m. (wine reception at 6 p.m.) Mission. $15-$17 suggested donation. All Ages. Event details.
Justin Roberts Concert at the JCCSF
Bring the kids to a rock concert with Grammy-nominated Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Dance with the kids to his clever, funny songs about issues that matter to kids: from the monster under the bed to school picture day. Sun., 11 a.m.-1p.m. Presidio Heights. $15-$17. 3 and up. Event details.
Star of the Sea Festival
This festival and fundraiser for Star of the Sea Schools features food, games, crafts, a bouncy house, Touch-a-Truck, live entertainment and more. Admission is free, food and game tickets start at .50 cents and $10 for unlimited access to the Touch-a-Truck area (open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Also: pony rides!! Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Inner Richmond. Free. 3-13. Event details.
The Amazing Bubble Show
Hanging in the park with the kids and a jar of bubbles is a parents easy-fix for delight. Turn up the fun factor by spending a Sunday afternoon with the Amazing Bubble Man in Alameda. You’re guaranteed to see something unbelieva-bubble: from trumpets to centipedes, spaceships to volcanos, this show will have the kids (and you) gasping, laughing, and clapping for more. Sun., Two shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Alameda. $15/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.
OMCA Gold Panning Hoedown
Learn the difference between real and fool’s gold (and keep what you find) along with some square dancing moves with your little ‘49ers at the Oakland Museum of California’s Goldpanning Hoedown. There’s a bandana decorating station, and music with Evie Ladin and the Stairwell Sisters. And did we mention the whiskey (and lemonade) bar? Sun., noon-3 p.m. Oakland. $20/adult; $10/child ages 4-12, children 3 and under are free. Includes museum admission. All ages. Event details.
13th Annual Free Children’s Faire
Join the Community Child Care Council (4C’s) of Alameda County for this community kid’s fair. Visit booths including health, nutrition, child care assistance, library services, and more community services. Enjoy free arts and crafts and entertainment including music, dancing, a magic show, and even a special appearance by Elmo. Every child in attendance will receive a free book. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Hayward. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hayward Shoreline Clean-Up
The salt marsh needs your help getting rid of the trash. They will provide the trash bags and some gloves to loan, but bring your own gloves if you have them. Sat., 1-2:30 p.m. Hayward. Free. All ages. Event details.
Kara’s Spring Fundraiser
Head to this fundraiser for Kara’s crucial services: Kara provides grief support for children, teens, families, and adults. Live music, dancing, silent and live auctions, great food and drink and a special guest presentation by renowned children’s book author, Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon. Sat., 4-7 p.m. Palo Alto. $100/ticket. 10 and up. Event details.
Maker Faire 2015
It’s Maker Media’s 19th Maker Faire and 10th anniversary in the Bay Area, showcasing creative and resourceful people in the areas of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts and crafts. Gather with tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, farmers, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to share, explore and collaborate with what you’ve seen and learned at this all-encompassing fair. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. San Mateo. $15-45. All ages. Event details.
Burlingame Mother’s Club’s 6th Annual Flea
Find great bargains on gently used items, toys, furniture, clothes, and more for babies, toddlers and small children. Local vendors will also present new items, and there will also be a book exchange. And the best part? 100% of the admission fees go to charity (Home and Hope/Help a Mother Out). Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Burlingame. $3/person or $5/family. All ages. Event details.
Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s Family Sunday
This family museum day includes tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and sometimes even movie screenings. Theres always independent sketch time too! Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.
Let’s Play in Spanish Preschool Open House
Enjoy a free puppet show and sing along with Susy Dorn, creator and director of Let’s Play In Spanish and find out what this Spanish immersion preschool is all about. Puppet show is at 11 a.m.. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages (geared toward prospective preschoolers and parents).Event details.
Public Archeology Day
Bring the kiddos to a hands-on history day and dedication of the Lillian Gong-Guy Plaza. Join the Chinese Historical Society and Stanford Archaeology Center students and be part of mock excavation. Learn about screening, artifact identification and reconstruction. Sun., noon-4 p.m. San Jose. $5/person. All ages. Event details.
Coast Guard Expo
Watch Coast Guard dogs as they demonstrate how they detect explosives, witness helicopter rescue demos, take tours of Coast Guard vessels and the Coast Guard Station, and learn all about boating safety. You can get a free boater environmental kit and life jacket (while supplies last) and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mystery of White Hill Hike
Work up a sweat and learn about local history on this moderate to strenuous hike with Ranger Mike Warner. Look for the crash site of the B-17 Flying Fortress, a bomber aircraft from World War II. Discuss the mystery surrounding the site. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fairfax. Free. All ages. Event details.
Paradise Park Fishing Derby
Join rangers for the Marin Parks fall fishing contest. Prizes awarded for the first fish, the biggest fish, and the heaviest fish. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided first-come, first-served to beginners thanks to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, but you are encourage to bring your own pole. Park entrance fee ($10/vehicle) is waived for participants. Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sing Marin at the Marin Country Mart
After you’ve hit up the Farmer’s Market (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) for great produce, fresh bites, face painting, and kids crafts, hang back long enough to hear the chorus of sound beginning at 1 p.m. Sing Marin will perform vocal harmonies in the form of chorus, quartets, and more until 6 p.m. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.
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