It’s fall ya’ll. You know what that means. It’s time to pack away the flip-flops and pull out the warm and cozy jackets. While summer fun is ending, the fall goodness is just getting underway. So whether you get your craft on, head to the theater or take your pet on parade there’s plenty to celebrate with this seasonal change.

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San Francisco

Get Happy at this Pop-up
The mall? That’s so 2015. Instead check cool off your shopping list by hitting up an San Francisco-maker pop-up at Oh Happy Day Studio. From kid’s wears to indie toys, party goods and more this one-day event features a dozen don’t miss vendors. But there’s more, hit up the snack buffet while the kids partake in made-for-them activities and book a photography session with Modern Kids Photography. Sat. Event details.

Visit Treasure Island Flea at its New Digs
Take the whole family on a hunt for something special at the Treasure Island Flea. This outdoor market boasts live music, some 15 food trucks and more than 400 vendors, featuring antiques and collectibles, vintage, indie designers and art. When the kids grow weary from shopping, check out face painters, stilt walkers, DIY community workshops, carnival games and more. And don’t forget, there’s a new development being built on the island and the flea is moving from Avenue of the Palms to  Ave. N & California Ave. (facing the East Bay). Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Splish-Splash Theater for Littles
From the familiar world of bath time and rubber duckies to sailing on the ocean and diving beneath the sea, this interactive theater experience invites babies, toddlers, and preschoolers to explore the wonders of water and discover what this precious resource means to us. Performances in Children’s Fairyland new, waterproof production space, Sept. 23 through Nov. 20. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Make Your Saturday Take off at Habitot
Looking for ideas for making your Saturday a real blast? On this family maker Saturday kids can make homemade gliders and airplanes. For ages 4-7, children under 4 can participate with adult assist. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

This Week Otter Be Fun
Come celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. This annual event takes place across the county as a way to recognize the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Come learn about these fuzzy swimmers through interactive learning stations, and arts and crafts. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Make it Great Today
Come check out what’s being built, made and created during Open Studio hours. NUMU’s Open Studio offers visitors of all ages a hands-on opportunity to explore, discover and create. Upcoming programs include drawing with a needle and thread, moon lanterns, book art, paper lights and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Take your Pet on Parade
More than 1,700 people, including hundreds of pet owners and their pets dressed in wild and crazy costumes, are expected for the 13th Annual Burlingame Pet Parade. Tots from St. Paul’s Nursery School in Burlingame will lead this year’s parade. Every participant will receive a souvenir ribbon. Fancy ribbons will be awarded for the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category). A “float” can be as simple as a decorated bicycle, wagon or kiddie car. Only non-motorized floats are eligible and each float must include at least one pet. Sat. Event details.

Lunch with the Sheep
Ever wonder what chickens eat for lunch? Kids can taste a root, come face to snout with a pig and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on an afternoon guided tour of Hidden Villas Farm and educational garden. Sun. Event details.


Duck, Duck, Father’s Goose
Uh-oh! There’s trouble in the nursery! Mother Goose has taken the day off and Father Goose must do all her chores, including the storytelling. Try as he might Father Goose just can’t get the stories right. Father Goose’s Tales is a modern retelling of nursery rhymes, stories and children’s songs through shadow puppetry. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Look Out Kids, It’s Nature!
Hey you, put down the iPad and head outside on an adventure. During nature for kids, an evening at Roy’s Redwoods, families can enjoy a quiet walk as the sun fades as they meander to a large meadow at the edge of the forest. Kids can look and listen for owls and participate in a discussion about the nocturnal raptors. Bring along a flashlight and dinner. Sun. Event details.

How are you celebrating fall? Share it with us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers