“It’s beginning to look a lot like…” rain here in the Bay Area. Can you name your local indoor play spaces? If not we’ve got some ideas, both indoor and out, to get you through the weekend…If you’re out near Lafayette and still chewing on your preschool cud, the Lamorinda Moms are holding their preschool fair tonight (6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Oakwood Athletic Club) with reps from 30 preschools in the area; come by and pick up some new info. There’s a whole lot of rockin’ going on this weekend with concerts from the Sippy Cups, Alphabet Rockers, and kiddie-fave Justin Roberts. Humming some new tunes, get the kids out for discount threads from the annual Tea Collection sale. And at the Soup benefit, where kids make the bowls and the food, you can take in some chow, take home a bowl, and take pride in helping out your community.

San Francisco:


EXPLORE: Batteries of Fort Scott, PresidioBattery Boutelle

When the kids tire of the neighborhood playground and need to let off some steam, take them to the old abandoned batteries of Fort Scott, in the Presidio. Fort Scott was established as a coastal artillery post in 1912 and housed seventeen functioning batteries until after World War II.  You can explore fifteen of them today in a beautiful national park with a rich military history. These batteries right along the Pacific Ocean offer great views for the adults and endless hours of entertainment for the kids—as well as a history lesson for all.

Battery Godfrey’s got nooks and crannies galore for a round of “hide and go seek.”   For more exploration, take the family on a chase to Battery Blaney and Battery Marcus Miller.

If putting on a talent show is more up your kids’ alley, Battery Boutelle makes an amazing stage.  Short staircases lead to elevated landings where they can dance, sing, or perform a play with the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge as the backdrop.  Don’t forget your camera!

Check out some real action at Battery Chamberlin on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month.  There is a live demonstration of its 50-ton rifle that is sure to please the eyes and ears of the adventuresome.  Your little historian will enjoy the underground cartridge room that is now a small seacoast defense museum.

Gobble Gobble Hey!

As we slalom into the holidays, we’re going to want all the dancing we can get. Candy and the Sweet Tooths get those feet moving with their Turkey Dance Party this weekend. Join this fun-loving band for some wing-flapping and waddle-wiggling! Sat., 3:00 p.m., Fort Mason, San Francisco, $18/person



Call to the Hills

Bring the littles by to meet the family… the Von Trapp family. If your kids don’t know “The Sounds of Music,” give them a crash course before catching this live show by Marin’s Youth Performers. With songs so infectious, you’ll be “Doe a deer”in’ all the way home. Sat. & Sun., 2:00 p.m., Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, $16 in advance


Literary Littles

At the Tiburon Peninsula Children’s Book Festival, your kids can meet authors of some of their favorite books like “Olive the Other Reindeer” and “Harriet’s Had Enough.” Pick up some new reads at the book sale while listening to live tunes and entering the raffle. Look out for games and eats too. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Del Mar gym, Tiburon


East Bay:

The Family that Bikes Together…

Is you family feeling the call of the open road… or bike path? Before you head out on your ten-speed hogs, it might be good to get a little direction. Join the East Bay Bicycle Coalition at the Family Cycling Clinic this weekend for a 2-mile jaunt and some notes on cycling safety and safely. Blinky lights free for every kid! Yay! Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Rosa Parks Elementary, Berkeley


Hang Out with Pixar(tists)

The Cartoon Art Museum is holding its sixth annual benefit at Pixar Studios on Saturday with behind-the-scenes looks at art from “Toy Story” and “Up,” comic shorts showing in the Pixar theatre, and Pixar artists on-hand to show your kids how to draw some of their favorite characters. Great fun for the kids and a great benefit for the museum. Sat., 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (family fun tier), Pixar, Emeryville, $35/individual, $100/family fun pack (2 adults + 2 children), call ahead; tix not available at door