Long week? Well it’s time to shake it off. The weekend is here and we’ve got a lineup that ranges from a run through the jungle, a whimsical children’s parade and a kite festival that is sure to take off.

Photo: Chicago Botanic Kites


San Francisco

Catch a Free Outdoor Flick with the Fam
What better way to kick-off the weekend then an outdoor movie night at the Presidio YMCA? Bring a blanket, chair, hey, you can even wear your jam-jams. Food trucks will be onsite as early as 5:30 p.m. along with bubbles and face painting. Short films start at 6:30 p.m. and the feature film Despicable Me 3 starts at 7 p.m. Register in advance. Fri. Event details.

Firefighter’s Family Bike Ride to Golden Gate Park
Pump up your tires, get a quick safety lesson, and let’s roll! The SF Bicycle Coalition invites all children and families to ride together along the off-street Panhandle Park bike and pedestrian path to a car-free JFK Drive. The SF Fire Department will station one of their trucks there for families to explore and enjoy. This event is free and open to adults and children with basic biking ability. Please bring your own bikes and helmets. Family bikes, trailers and babies on board welcome. An optional return ride is at noon. Sat. Event details.

San Francisco Zoo Jungle Jog
Gather your pack or pride to walk/run the Jungle Jog at the San Francisco Zoo. Take a walk on the wild side at this family-friendly event and enjoy a 5K course that takes you through the “jungle” which is home to over 2,000 endangered and rescued animals representing more than 250 species and lovely peaceful gardens full of native and foreign plants. Race entry fees include admission to the zoo so you are free to enjoy and explore for the rest of the day at your leisure. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Celebrate a Magical Day with Mom
Come to the party store Pippa & Co. in Berkeley to celebrate the launch of “My Mom is Magical,” a new children’s book written by the founders of San Francisco stationary company Hello!Lucky. Sisters Sabrina and Eunice Moyle will read aloud, then get crafty at a coloring station, enjoy cupcakes, temp tattoos and more. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

This Seussical is Musical
Horton the Elephant hears a noise coming from a speck of dust on a clover, and commits himself to protecting it – and all the tiny Whos who live on it. Young Jojo, son of the mayor, struggles to fit into Whoville society. Poor, plain Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love: the kind and compassionate, preoccupied and oblivious Horton. Through mishaps and victories, these colorful characters finally find what everyone seeks – their places in their world. In this “fantastical” musical for all ages, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are tested, proven and celebrated. Because, as everyone knows, “A person’s a person, no matter how small!” Fri-Sun. Event details.

Get Lost with the Lost Boys
Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up. The score includes classic Disney songs, such as “Following the Leader,” “You Can Fly,” “The Second Star to the Right” and “Yo Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.


First Family Friday Night at CuriOdyssey
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from Jason Movrich of Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Free with admission. Fri. Event details.

March to this Historical Children’s Parade
Head out to the 96th Annual Children’s Parade. Children of all ages will march down the streets in costume, with cool, homemade floats or with their school bands. Following the parade is the May Fete Fair, which includes vintage vehicles. Sat. Event details.

Hey Kids, Go Fly a Kite
Come out to Kite Day and enjoy a breezy afternoon full of fun for the whole family! If the wind is strong enough “Mega Fish”, a 46’ giant kite, might make an appearance in the sky. Volunteers from the Menlo Park Kiwanis will be help cook up hotdogs, while Menlo Park staff and volunteers will help guests assemble kites and get them flying. In addition to all of the kite action, there will be snow cones, face painting, a bounce house, petting zoo and more. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Park it for Free on Measure A Day
Marin County Parks including Blackpoint Boat Launch, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Miller Boat Launch, Paradise Beach Park and Stafford Lake Park are free on the first Saturday of each month this year thanks to Measure A. These free days will give the whole family a chance to explore each of these beautiful parks all year long. The county named this program “Measure A Days” because the loss in fee revenues will be offset by the Measure A funds approved by voters in 2012. Sat. Event details.

Labyrinth Community Build Day
Help artist Rachel Rodi create a beautiful mosaic for the heart of a new labyrinth at Hal Brown Park. Based on patterns found in nature, this monumental new feature of the healing garden will offer walking meditation and relaxation for years to come. Sessions from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.

How do you shake off a long week? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers