This weekend is a three-dayer for many of us, so you can pack even more into Saturday and Sunday, knowing you very likely rest on Monday. And the Bay Area is not shy of events for this Memorial Day Weekend: it’s also SF’s Carnaval celebration, Bicycle Sunday down in Belmont, and the grand opening of a new exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science: Science Fiction/Science Future. Plus picnics, parties, wildk hikes, crafts and a lot more. All you have to do is show up. 

Wild and Edible Plants Hike

Photo courtesy Adrianne de Ponte/Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

San Francisco

Poppy Craft at the Presidio Officer’s Club
What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than making poppies to honor those who have served their country? Head to the beautiful Presidio Officer’s Club to participate in this fun and enlightening craft. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Presidio. Free. 5-12. Event details.

Carnaval SF
Enjoy a weekend packed with global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts and more. This free, two-day festival and parade is packed with the best of Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. You can easily spend all day in Niñolandia, where children’s activities and more just for the littles await. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Parade is Sun., 9:30 a.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.

Farewell Party for Author Leuyen Pham
Beloved neighborhood author and illustrator LeUyen Pham is moving and Folio Books is throwing her a farewell party. Check out her latest kid’s book, There’s No Such Thing As Little, eat cake, and enter a raffle to win awesome prizes like original artwork from her books and more.  10% of proceeds during this party will be donated to Lycée Français de San Francisco. Sun., 3 p.m. Noe Valley. Free. 3-7. Event details.

Off the Grid Picnic in the Presidio
Unfold your blanket for another Picnic at the Presidio, complete with live music and free games. Over 25 food trucks will be in attendance, offering up tasty food cart nibbles. Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Presidio. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Chabot Space & Science Center Sleepover
Spend a night among the galaxies at the Chabot Center’s Slumber with the Stars. Located high atop the beautiful Oakland Hills, your little explorers will love this evening of discovery and astronomy. This sleepover is a special for Red Tricycle families only so grab your sleeping bags and your loveys and get ready for an overnight that’s out of this world! Includes activities, breakfast, and more. Fri. 4 p.m.-Sat., 11 a.m. Oakland Hills. $90/person. Children must be potty-trained. Event details.

Kidfest 2015
With dozens of activities for kids, tweens and parents including face painting, balloon art, bounces and crawls. Hundreds of arts and crafts booths and  non-stop entertainment on the community stage, plus  food courts, a zip line, rides, you might need to go to all three days of this festival just to take everything in. This year, Petfest is an add-on to the festivities on May 24. Sat. & Sun. Also Mon. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Concord. $7; $6 with can food donation. Children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Science Fiction/Science Future
Saturday is the opening day of this new exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science that brings to life innovations and inventions once thought possible only in films and books. Move objects with your mind, go invisible, teleport, robotics, and much more. Sat. & Sun. (Also Mon.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Berkeley. $12/adult; $10/child; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Wild and Edible Plant Hike
Hike into restricted areas of the shoreline to taste native and invasive plants that grow in the salt marsh. Learn about their historical uses by indigenous peoples and how they are used today. Sun., 11 a.m. Hayward. $6. 6 and up. Event details.


Palo Alto Children’s Theater presents Alice in Wonderland
Kids will love this comedy adaptation of the curious (and curiouser) adventures of young Alice and the many lively, silly creatures she meets in Wonderland. Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m. Palo Alto. $14/adult; $12/child. All ages. Event details.

Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays 
Tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings and sometimes even movie screenings are all a part of this family day at this museum located on the Stanford Campus.  There’s always independent sketch time too! Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sundays
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, it’s a beautiful day out. Ride on! Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Belmont. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Dragons Love Tacos Storytime
Kick it at the Blossom Hill Barnes & Noble for a reading of the hilarious and adorable kid’s book Dragons Love Tacos. No salsa allowed! Sat., 11-11:30 a.m. San Jose. All ages. Event details.

Los Gatos Ballet Presents Cinderella
Be ready to be enchanted as Los Gatos Ballet performs this classic fairy tale of rags to riches. Magnificent costumes, vivid colors, and imaginative sets make this one perfect for your own princes and princesses. Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sun., 2 p.m. Saratoga. $25/adult; $15/children 12 and under. All ages. Event details.


Slide Ranch Ocean Exploration Hike
Enjoy ocean-themed activities as you hike to the tide pools with Slide Ranch teachers as your guide! The low tide will reveal sea stars, anemones, and many other marine creatures. Each family will also receive a copy of the book Exploring Low Tide in Northern California. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Muir Beach. $25/person. Children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.

Parent’s Night Out with the Culinary Dude
If you want a night out but want to be sure the kids have a great time too, try a culinary class with local dad and chef The Culinary Dude. He’ll teach them complete prep, technique, and clean-up. So they’ll be fed and happy at pick up time (and so will you). There’s limited space so book now! Sat., 5-9 p.m. Tiburon. $65/child. 4-12. Event details.

3rd Annual Buddy Benefit Concert
Show your support for the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Buddy Program. Meet the ball players as they welcome their new Baseball Buddies into the Pacifics family! Performances by instrumental power trio, DangerAte, and Youth in Arts a cappella group, ‘Til Dawn. Sun., 6-10 p.m. San Rafael. $20/person. All Ages. Event details.

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–Amber Guetebier