Summer may be over but as you well know, Bay Area weekends are full of family fun. So put down those pencils and get the scoop on our picks for a super happening weekend.

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San Francisco

Lace Up for this Roller Disco Party
Pier 39 is rolling back (and forward, too) to the very year it opened, 1978. So what better way to celebrate than with a little (or a whole lot of) 70s disco, rolling skating to some fun and funky tunes. Bring your skates or rent a pair. Don’t forget to roll by the Museum of Craft and Design booth where kids can make crafts from 5 to 8 p.m. Limited availability. First-come, first-served basis. Fri. Event details.

See Hamlet for Free at Shakespeare in the Park
For the first time in its 35th year history, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is presenting Hamlet for the first time. Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, and Cupertino from July to October, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. Set in Denmark in 1559, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying Gertrude, his deceased brother’s widow. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


East Bay

Be Our Guest at this Musical
Be our guest under the stars during the Woodminster summer musicals series. This Disney classic comes to life in this romantic and beloved tale as old as time…This story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Snuggle with your Best Bear at this Teddy Bear Picnic
Love your teddy bear? Well bring him along to this special performance of Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Children’s Fairyland. In this adventure, you’ll join Teddy Bear as she packs a picnic and scampers off for an adventure in the forest. Kids will learn about all the foods bears eat, learn what grows in the forest and learn the obstacles these fuzzy creatures overcome every day. Shows at 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Purrr (or Bark) for the Paws for Paws Walk
Head on over to the 2nd Annual Paws for Paws Walk. Come with your family and, if you choose, bring your pet, too. Paws for Paws benefits the Menlo Park Police Foundation including youth-related sports programs and scholarships for victims of crime as the Menlo Park Police Department K9 Unit. The $35 family registration fee covers your canine and four family members. The $25 single registration fee covers your canine and one owner. All registrations include a goodie bag, one raffle ticket and an event souvenir for your doggie. Each additional canine is just $5.00. Sat. Event details.

Say Cheers to the Mountain View Art and Wine Festival
Head to Silicon Valley for a world class art and music festival with a vibrant, multicultural celebration of more than 600 professional artists and craftmakers. Enjoy handcrafted wares, live music, and a Kids’ Park with bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, face painting and hula hooping fun. For the grown-ups, there’s even a wine tasting tent. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


South Bay

It’s Community Day at Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Swim on over the Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz for a deep sea good times. Kids (and their folks) can interacts with sea stars and hermit crabs or come face to face with sharks! There are great exhibits outside, as well as a beautiful native garden overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, it’s all free on these special days! Fri. Event details.

Go Peep with Thomas the Train one last time
Everyone’s favorite train has rolled into San Jose and guess what? This cool chugger that’s been hanging out all summer long is about to say so long. You can catch Thomas at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose via Thomas & Friends®: Explore the Rails, an interactive exhibit created by Minnesota Children’s Museum. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and more. In the exhibit, children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles. The exhibit lasts through Sept. 10th. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


North Bay

Crack a Book Every Friday at this New Sausalito Storytime
Starting now you can get your read on every Friday at the Book Passage storytime in Sausalito store. Carson, the store’s bookseller, will read new and classic picture books that are sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Fri. Event details.

Learn to Skimboard at Upton Beach
Just when you though summer was over, it’s skim board lesson time. That’s right, head out to Upton Beach where kids can learn to skimboard with ranger staff. Kids will learn the basics through demos and practice, too. No experience is necessary and all levels are welcome. The event is ideal for kids around eight year old and up. A limited number of skimboards will be available. Sun. Event details.

What are you missing most about summer? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers