What do peanut butter, cars, and botany all have in common? They are all on the weekend’s to-do list along with aquatic parades, concerts aplenty, family date nights, and nights out without the kiddos. And with so many things to do, it’s easy to see May out in style.

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San Francisco

Date Night at the de Young
Bring your entire family to the museum beginning at 6:30 p.m. when you’ll be able to drop your kids off for an hour of supervised play while you roam the museum and enjoy a glass (or two!) of wine. Includes admission for two adults to the Botticelli to Braque: Masters from the National Gallery of Scotland exhibit (this is the last weekend!) Arrive early for dinner at the de Young Cafe, which opens along with the museum at 5 p.m. Fri., 5-8:45 p.m. Golden Gate Park. $40/family. All ages; crafts are for kids ages 4-12. Event details.

SF Botanical Gardens Community Day
Enjoy a free, daylong celebration that features family activities including games, giant puppets and a sing-a-long; a variety of docent-led walking tours; a special stage featuring world music and dance performances reflecting the global nature of the collection, a photo booth and much more. There’s also food trucks so you can keep those tummies full while you explore and enjoy the beauty of the botanical gardens! Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Golden Gate Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Date Night Drop-Off with Peek-a-Boo Factory
Yes, you love the kiddos with all your heart and soul. But even the most doting of parents need a night off. Enter, Peek-a-Boo Factory (for the win!). With three hours of play in the maze of awesome slides and tumble mats, a special area just for the little ones, pizza dinner, crafts, and a wind-’em down story time at the end, we can pretty much guarantee they won’t notice that you’ve left. For kids ages 3-10. Sat., 6-9 p.m. West Portal. $35/child; additional siblings are $25 (first child is full price). 3-10. Event details.

2nd Annual Aquatic Parade
San Francisco Baykeeper, known for protecting and defending the Bay from pollution since 1989, announces their 2nd Annual Aquatic Parade. Participants swim, kayak, and row alongside surfers, boaters, sailors and all Bay enthusiasts on this colorful, noisy parade from the Ferry Building to the Ballpark. The swim is 1.5 miles and the paddlers travel 3.5 miles. If you prefer to keep your fins dry, head down along the Embarcadero to enjoy the aquatic adventure from land. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Embarcadero. $100 to participate; free for spectators. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Marsh Creek 8 Family Hike
Join Save Mount Diablo on a walking tour of the newly acquired Marsh Creek 8, aka “Big Bend.” The 51-acre park includes the Marsh Creek, beautiful blue oak uplands, and fantastic views. The 3-mile hike is moderate with just small hills. It’s usually warm over there and don’t forget your sunscreen, and a hat! Bring your own water and snacks too. RSVP’s appreciated to: Please see event details for directions. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Clayton. Free. All ages. Event details.

Annual Family Fun Day
A day of family fun sponsored by the Ecology Center, YMCA, the city of Berkeley, and BART, and held at the Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market. Enjoy games, contests, performances, and hands-on activities for all ages! Highlights include a farm animal petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, face-painting, puppet-making, and collaborations with the Berkeley Public Library, Science@Cal, artist Zach Pine, and East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. For the older kids in your family, the City of Berkeley will host a skateboard contest beginning at 11a.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Henry Haight Elementary Carnival
Henry Haight Elementary PTA presents their Spring Into Summer Carnival. Head to the school for food, games, crafts, raffles, and an art auction. Admission is free and game tickets are just .50 each. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Alameda. Free. All ages. Event details.

SF FlameThrowers vs. Los Angeles Aviators
More affordable than Warriors tickets, this pro frisbee match is a great way to get outside and enjoy a competitive sport with your crew. Cheer on the SF FlameThrowers at they take on the Los Angeles Aviators. Free parking and an easy walk to BART. Plus kids 10 and under get in free! Sun., 1-4 p.m. Oakland. $12/adult; $6/student, 11-17; children 10 and under are free. All ages. Event details.


Music on the Square
Looking for some big fun on a Friday night that won’t break the bank (like, at all)? Head to downtown Redwood City for the inaugural concert of this year’s Music on the Square, a free outdoor concert series that takes place on Friday nights from through September 4. This week kicks off with the SV House Rockers. Fri., 6-8 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus: Games
The chorus closes its season with Games, a concert featuring pieces like the them to the video game Civilization IV, and songs that revolve around the game of life and love. Come support the boys in before they leave to tour South Africa! Sat., 7 p.m. San Mateo. $27/person. All ages. Event details.

2nd Annual Parkside Car Show & Flea Market
Enjoy food, music, hourly raffles and free entry. Score on something unique at the flea market and check out the cars and motorcycles at the car shows: It’s a total two-fer. All proceeds benefit programs run by the Parkside Elementary PTA. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Firebird in Concert
Wow the kids with a trip to the theater for Firebird Dance Theatre’s Firebird in Concert. Stunning costumes and light will elicit oohs and aahs from the kiddos as the dancers of all ages perform pieces including pieces from the upcoming full-length production, From London to Neverland, as well as ballroom, Latin, and more. Sun., 5-7 p.m. San Jose. $25/person; children 3 and under are free on laps. 2 and up. Event details.

Fairy Tales: Music at the Mission
Beloved fairy tales re-imagined by composers, this enchanting concert incorporates a multi-media art show. Held  at Mission San Jose, the program includes Raveli’s “Mother Goose Suite for Cello and Piano”, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella Suite for Two Pianos” and Bolcom’s “Fairy Tales” among others. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.,7:15 p.m. pre-talk, concert is at 8 p.m. Sat., 6:45-9 p.m. Fremont. $28/adults; $25/students and seniors. All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Peanut Butter & Cupcake Story Time
ring the kiddos to hear Terry Border’s story about Peanut Butter and his quest to find new friends. Peanut Butter & Cupcake a sweet and sticky story they’ll  will love. Connect the dots, coloring activities and mazes will all be part of the excitement. Sat., 11-11:45 a.m. Corte Madera. Free. All ages. Event details.

An Evening at Stafford Lake
Join rangers for an evening of fun around the campfire. Take a short hike, hear stories, and sing-along to some campfire songs. Wear comfy clothes and sturdy shoes: hot chocolate and s’more fixins’ provided. Sat., 7-9:30 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marin Alfresco
Dance to the fun, funky songs of Wonderbread 5 under the stars at Marin Alfresco. Enjoy gourmet food and outstanding wines from some of Marin County’s finest, and contribute to a great cause: it’s a fundraiser for Osher Marin JCC Scholarships. Sat., 6:30 p.m. San Rafael. $125 and up. 21 and over. Event details.

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—Amber Guetebier