Yikes, can it really be only Tuesday? Whether the big kids are at school or you’re dealing with toddlers who aren’t in school yet, you might just be scrambling for something fun to do on a Tuesday. Here are our picks, from storytimes to art classes, to keep your kiddo occupied (and keep you from losing your mind!).


San Francisco

de Young Fine Arts Museum and the Legion of Honor:Free 1st Tuesdays
9:30 am-5:15 pm
Free to all visitors on the 1st Tuesday of the month. Keep in mind: Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. (Special exhibition fees may apply.) San Francisco students, public and private, can show student ID for free general admission to the museum.

Conservatory of Flowers: Free Admission 1st Tues. of the Month
10:00 am -4:30 pm
Keep in mind: Free for children ages 4 and under any day of the week!

California Academy of Sciences: Sharks and Rays
1:30 pm
Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium and learn about sharks and rays.

California Academy of Sciences: Penguin Feedings
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.

ARTifact: Art Exploration Class
Art exploration class for children 3-6 years old (2 sessions, Mon.-Fri.).

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

Giggle: Interactive Storytime

SF Public Library branches:

Noe Valley: Storytime for ages 0-3, 10:15-10:45 am and 11:00-11:30 am

Library Richmond: Toddler Tales 10:15-10:45 am and Preschool Storytime, 11:00-11:30 am

Bernal Heights: Family Storytime, 10:15-11:15 am

Glen Park: Storytime for ages 0-18 mos., 10:30-11:00 am

Parkside: Preschool Storytime, 10:00-10:30 and 11:00-11:30 am

Ingleside: Family Storytime, 11:00- 11:30 am

Sunset: Baby Rhyme Time and Playtime, 10:30-11:30 am

Ocean View:Preschool Storytime, 11:15-11:45 am


CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point: Tuesday Tales
San Mateo; Free with admission; 11:00 am
An enriching story, animal presentation, and exploration activity conducted by museum’s volunteers. A distinctive program for children 2-5 years old and their caregivers.

Burlingame Main Public Library: Toddler Storytime
Ages 3-5; 10:30 am

City of San Bruno Library: Bilingual Storytime
Ages 2-4 years old, 11:15-noon
Interactive storytime for speakers of Spanish, English, or both.

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


San Francisco

ARTifact: Playgroup
9:00-10:30 am, Tues./Thurs.
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.

East Bay

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.

Moms Meet & Greet: 5:30-7:30 pm every Tues.
Moms and kids can get together each week and enjoy 1/2 price admission. Moms get a choice of 3 free drinks (coffee, lemonade, or iced tea) and kids get to play together.

Farmer’s Markets


Novato Farmer’s Market
May 3-Sept 27, 4:00-8:00 pm

East Bay

Berkeley Farmers’ Markets
Adeline Street and 63rd Street
2–6:30 p.m.