It’s hard to believe the last weekend of May is here and June is upon us but you can enjoy every minute of it with our guide to help keep you calm, fit, and fully entertained. From Sesame Street to the land of fairies to downtown San Rafael and back again, read on for our top stops for your family this weekend.
SF Youth Ballet presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Join the talented cast of the San Francisco Youth Ballet at Mercy High School for an afternoon of romance, adventure, and fairies as they perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with music by Mendelssohn. You kiddos will be enchanted by the woodland wedding, mortal lovers, the King and Queen of the Fairies and the beloved troublemaker Puck all dancing across the stage. Sat. & Sun., 3 – 5 p.m. San Francisco. $15. All Ages. Event details.
Hi Five Sports Zone Grand Opening
Head to the Richmond to check out SF”s newest kids sports venue, a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art kids sports facility. There will be a DJ, live entertainment, games, drinks, food, sports and prizes. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Francisco. Free. 2-10. Event details.
The 2014 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
More than 2,000 triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and bay waters of San Francisco for the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Head down to the Marina Green where you can watch the start of the swim, and where you’ll see the end of the race. There will be a free Fitness Festival & Expo, with music, food, product demos, vendors and more. Sun., 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Free Day at Cal Academy
Take the kids out to check out this 400,000 square foot structure that houses an aquarium, a planetarium a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest all under a living roof. First-come, first-served so get there early and stay all day. Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend
Join Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome a new friend: Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Fri., Sat., & Sun., times vary. Oakland. $18-$35. All Ages. Event details.
Dipnetting in the Channel at Shoreline Interpretive Center
Dip your net into the channel of marsh water next to the building and see what animals are hiding there! From acrobatic mud snails to tiny baby crabs smaller the eraser on a pencil, the channel is full of surprises. A naturalist will guide your dipnetting and help you learn about what you are catching. Sat., 10 – 11 a.m. Hayward. $3. 3 and up. Event details.
Bunny Love at Ardenwood Historic Farm
If you love rabbits, you’ll love this power half-hour with the furriest fellows in town. Hop on over to Ardenwood Historic Farm and ask a friendly farmer all your bun-bun questions. This is drop-in, no registration required. Sat., 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Fremont. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Free First Sundays at Oakland Museum of California
Head to the Oakland Museum of California for a family free day. Kids will love SuperAwesome: Art and Giant Robot, and Record Store. Check out the special film exhibitions Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film, and A Cinematic Study of Fog in San Francisco. All the galleries are open to explore California history, art, and science, and don’t miss their cafe’s Sunday brunch! Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Pet-a-Paloooza and Strut Your Mutt Fashion Show
Pet-A-Palooza brings all things pets to Town & Country Village for a day of festive, four-legged fun! Pets and their human families will love the pet-centric activities including photos, a sketch artist and even a pet psychic. Enter your pooch in the Strut Your Mutt Spring Fashion Show Contest. Fair warning: there will be adorable pups for adoption. This event is free, participation in the fashion show is $20, with all proceeds going to Friends of the Palo Alto Animal Shelter. Sat., 12 – 4 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Guided Wildflower Walk at Edgewood Preserve
Join docents of Edgewood park to learn about the abundant wildflowers in bloom on this moderate 3 mile hike with frequent stops. Starts at the Bill & Jean Lane Education Center. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, and a snack for your budding botanists! Pack a lunch to enjoy after at one of the many picnic areas and scenic spots in this 467 acre park. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. Redwood City. $6/vehicle park entrance fee. All Ages. Event details.
Ballet San Jose Student Performances
Come see the end result of all the hard work by Ballet San Jose School’s students and teachers. There are two concerts: a one-hour show at 1 p.m featuring the tiniest dancers and advanced students, and a two-hour show at 6 p.m. featuring the pre-professional troupe. Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Jose. $15-$50. All Ages. Event details.
Hike on Mt. Burdell
Enjoy a mid-morning hike on Mt Burdell with Ranger Mike Warner. This moderate, 3-mile hike throughout the preserve teaches kids about the area’s natural resources, local history, and how the preserve came to be a park, all through fun, interactive activities. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks. Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event details.
May Madness Car Show and Parade
Check out hundreds of cool vehicles from hot rods to classics, mustangs and customs. With lots of live music including a Battle of the Bands, street dance party, and a parade led by San Rafael’s Davidson Middles School Cougar Marching Band. There will be food and drink and kids activities as well as lots of vendors. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Sat., 12 – 6 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Family Sundays 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 – 11:30 a.m. Muir Beach. $10/family suggested donation. All Ages. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend? Will you be playing inside or outside?
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