Get Out and Play

Here we are in mid-October; are your winter boots ready? Check out the rain gear at Outrageous Outgrowns and the Parents of Multiples Consignment sale and get your littles outfitted for the rising waters. With the practical stuff taken care of, it’s time for some fun as Playland-not-at-the-Beach starts its Halloween fun with vampire and werewolf weekend. It’s sure to be a scream!

Marin

EXPLORE: Slide RanchFiona & toddler Teaching children about the environment and our impact on it is a lesson we can never introduce too soon. Luckily for kids (as well as parents who need a reminder), Marin’s Slide Ranch uses their farm as a tool to do just that. A spectacular organic and sustainable farm and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Slide Ranch is open to the public during daylight hours, free for you and your little ones to wander through the organic vegetable gardens, observe the goats, sheep and chickens that call the ranch home, and hike the breathtaking trails on the Marin bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Read more

Goblin Gathering
It’s here. The kiddie social event of the season – the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree. Expect hundreds of adorable costumed kids (and many adults too) shaking their booties to cool kindie rocker tunes from Abby and the Pipsqueaks and Brainy Tunes. Take a spin on the Spooky Train or ride a real pony. The kiddos will gift you with an extra-long nap after this outing.  Saturday and Sunday, Oct 17 -18, 10 am – 4 pm

Mothers Know Best
The Petaluma Mothers’ Club is hosting one of the most kid-friendly parties this side of Disneyland. A live snake show, “Museum on the Go,” a story time area, and toddler race track is just the start of their good helping of activities. Get there early for the costume contest!
Sun., Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m., 800 Reisling Rd., Petaluma

East Bay

Ice, ice baby!
Ready to put your kids on ice? Do it yourself at Jack London Square and skate for a cause, or let Disney do it for you and check out the skating princesses at Disney on Ice. Either way, chill out this weekend! Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17 – 18, see websites for times and costs.

When life gives you artichokes, make a salad
Help your kids learn to eat healthy and plant some veggies at the same time: The Botanical Garden in Berkeley is dishing up an awesome cooking class for kids that teaches them to reap what they sow, then fry it up in the kitchen. Sure to be a fun learning experience for the whole family.
Sat., Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Botanical Garden, Berkeley, $18/child (ages 7 – 12)

San Francisco

Festivus for the Rest of Us
Check out the view from some hilltops this weekend: The Potrero Hill festival and Bernal Heights’ Fiesta on the Hill aim to shake the city like maracas. Both fests feature tons of activities for the kids including petting zoos, arts and crafts, and live music. The hills are alive with the sound of partying. Sat., Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Missouri and Wisconsin Streets, Potrero Hill, Sun., Oct. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Courtland Ave., Bernal Heights

ABCs
In a quandary over where to send your children for preschool in San Francisco? Don’t despair. Head to Parent’s Place/JCC’s Preschool Preview Night. Over 100 San Francisco preschools, child-related agencies, and other vendors and exhibitors for parents’ and caregivers’ will be on-site. Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 – 8:00 pm $5. Free refreshments.

Free as a Bird
”Free” is music to your ears on the best of days, and with the holidays in the wings, it’s an outright symphony. Free Target Family Day offers you and your family a chance to take in the MOMA, MoAD, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Zeum for zero bucks. To enhance your free experience, they’ve added live music and children’s performances in Yerba Buena Garden. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Target’s playing Santa. Sun., Oct 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 3rd and Mission Streets, San Francisco