It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve run out of new ideas to keep the kiddos entertained. No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of Friday goings on in the greater Bay Area , including storytimes, playtimes, museums and more. Read on.

Hands-on Art

East Bay

Museum of Children’s Art: Weekday Drop-in Art (Tues-Fri)
Oakland; $8 per child, adults and members free; 10:00 am-3:00 pm. Drop-in art for children 18 months and up.

San Francisco

Zeum’s Lil Z Program: A one-hour long workshop designed for kids 5 & under. Explore through a journey of collaborative music, storytelling, and creative activities. Lil Z’s get the museum all to themselves every Friday (10:00 am-11:00 am) BEFORE Zeum opens to the general public! Plus: Lil Z’s get a FREE ride on the Zeum Carousel!


Storytimes

San Francisco

CA Academy of Sciences: Animal Tales at the Early Explorer’s Cove
11:00 am Thurs./Fri.
Free with admission (Childen ages 4-11 $19.95, children 4 and under Free). Stories about nature and science for children 2-5 and their caregivers.

Marin

San Rafael public Library: Baby Time, 10:30-11:00 am

Larkspur Public Library: Afternoon Storytime for ages 4 and up, 3:30-4:00 pm

In addition to these listings, be sure to check out our Roundup of storytimes in the Bay Area.

Nature and Science

San Francisco

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission for children 4 and under every day.
10:00 am -4:30 pm

California Academy of Sciences: Penguin Feedings
Everyday, 10:30 am and 3:30 pm
Watch as Academy marine biologists feed and care for the Academy’s penguins and field questions from visitors.

Playtime

San Francisco

Sprout: Mommy and Baby playdate
10:30-11:30 am and 3:30-4:30 pm
Come spend time in Sprout’s play area and meet other moms and their kids.

East Bay

SadieDey’s Cafe: Mother’s Helper Events
Oakland, 10:00 am-2:00 pm every weekday
Paulette (straight from Fairyland) keeps an eye on safety and entertains children while you get a moment to relax. Parents are still responsible for their children but Paulette is there to help with interactive storytelling, singalongs, and dance parties.

Fitness and Exercise

San Francisco

San Francisco Gymnastics Tumblebug Program
Mon-Sat classes tailored toward Preschool ages (Little Bugs class), ages 3.5-4 (Busy Bees class), ages 4.5-5 (Grasshoppers class) and other age groups.

Farmers’ Markets

East Bay

Old Oakland Farmers’ Markets
8:00 am-2:00 pm