Oh Saturday, sweet Saturday, you’re close but still so far away. What to do on a Thursday with this house full of little people, begging for fun? Fortunately, several museums offer drop-in art programs.
There’s also open play and playgroups, storytime at a library near you, and farmers markets, to name a few. Peruse our list of ongoing Thursday activities for more ideas.
Music & Storytimes
CA Academy of Sciences: Animal Tales at the Early Explorer’s Cove
11:00 am Thursday and Friday
Free with admission (Children ages 4-11 $19.95, children 4 and under Free). Stories about nature and science for children 2-5 and their caregivers.
Paxton’s Gate Curiosity for Kids: Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sprout: Let’s All Sing Along Music Class 10:15 am
SF Public Library Branches:
Chinatown Library: Lapsit, 11:00 am – 11:30 am
North Beach Library: Baby Rhyme Time, 10:15 am – 10:45 am, Preschool Storytime, 11:00 am – 11:30 am, and Toddler Tales, 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm. All storytimes take place at the Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse at 661 Lombard.
Baby Rhyme and Playtime: 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Reading Buddies: Ages 5 and up. 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Toddler Tales and Playtime (Spanish/English) 10:15 am – 11:00 am
10:30 am – 11:00 am
Montclair public library: Toddler Storytime, 10:15 am – 10:45 am, and Preschool Storytime, 11:15 am – 11:45 am
El Cerrito: Lapsit, 10:15 am – 10:45 am, and Baby/Toddler Time, 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Kensington: Baby Bounce, 10:15 am, and Toddler Time, 11:15 am
San Bruno: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 am, and Itsy-Bitsy Storytime, (18 mos.-3), 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Belmont: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 am
San Carlos: Toddler Storytime, 10:30 am
Bay Area Discovery Museum: Music with Ms. Kitty
Sausalito; 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Members $5, General $6; Adults free with child
In this 30 minute program, kids can clap, jump, wiggle and sing along to the delightful music of Miss Kitty.
Larkspur: Preschool Storytime 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Novato: Baby and Me, 6-18 mos., 10:00 am
Mill Valley: Toddler Storytime 10:15 am – 10:45 am and 11:15 am – 11:45 am
San Rafael: Toddler Storytime, 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Sausalito: Family Storytime, 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (City Council Chambers)
In addition to these listings, be sure to check out our Roundup of storytimes in the Bay Area.
Art Museums and Hands-on Art
San Francisco Children’s Museum Side by Side class
9:30 am – 10:30 am; drop-in $22
Parents/caregivers observe their children and gain insight into the benefits of artmaking in early childhood development.
ARTifact: Thursday Drop-in Parent Date Nights
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Drop-off childcare on Thursday nights. Includes arts and crafts, a movie, and snacks; $30 per child.
ARTifact: Art Exploration Class
Art exploration class for children 3-6 years old (2 sessions, Monday-Friday).
Museum of Children’s Art: Weekday Drop-in Art (Tuesday-Friday)
Oakland; $8 per child, adults and members free; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Drop-in art for children 18 months and up.
Berkeley Art Museums and Pacific Film Archive
Free admission to galleries, public programs, and 5:30 pm PFA screenings on the first Thursday of the month. Remember: children 12 and under are free every day!
Free every first Thursday of the month.
Playtime and Fitness
The Bar Method classes with childcare
Marina; 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Take a class and get a workout while taking advantage of The Bar Method’s childcare offerings. Reservations strongly recommended!
San Francisco Gymnastics Tumblebug Program
Monday-Saturday 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.
Seesaw: Papa Meet Up
Chill with fellow fathers while your kids build a Lego tower or play dress up.
9:00 am – 10:30 am, Tuesday & Thursday
Playgroup focuses on children under the age of 3 and encourages active participation from parent/caregiver. $180 for parent and up to 2 children from the same family.
Randall Museum: Tree House Toddler Exploration Zone
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Junior Center of Art and Science: Jake’s Discovery Garden
Oakland; 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
A drop-in, interactive exhibit designed for 2-5 year-olds. Activities encourage “learning through play.” $2 per child, adults free.
SadieDey’s Cafe: Mother’s Helper Events
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.
Crocker Galleria Farmers Market (year-round)
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
North Berkeley Farmers Market (year-round)
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shattuck Avenue & Rose Street
Downtown San Rafael Farmers Market (April-September)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Marin Civic Center Thursday Farmers Market (year-round)
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Nature and Science
Conservatory of Flowers
Free Admission for children 4 and under every day.
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences: Daily Animal Encounters
Penguin Feedings: 10:30 am and 3:30 pm
Sharks and Rays: 1:30 pm
Live Birds of Prey: 2:00 pm on the living roof, as conditions permit
Recess Urban Recreation: New Mothers Support Group
10:30 am – 11:20 am
Free for Recess members, $10 drop-in. Targeted for babies 0-6 months and their parents.
Little Leapers Hands-on Workshop for Preschoolers and Caregivers
Oakland; 10:00 am – 11:30 am
This is a free program presented by the Junior Center for Art and Science and designed to help young participants prepare to successfully enter school.
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