Struggling to get over the hump in the week while your kiddos climb the walls? Have no fear, there’s a slew of fun stuff to do with kids on a Wednesday in San Francisco Bay Area, from storytimes, to art classes, farmers markets (seasonal) and music classes. Read on!

Museums

San Francisco

Exploratorium: Free First Wednesdays
Free admission on the first Wednesday of the month. Due to capacity limits, groups of 10 or more are required to make reservations.
Regular Admission: Children 3 and under are free, children 4-12 $10; adults $15.

Marin

Bay Area Discovery Museum: Free First Wednesdays
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Free museum admission all day  on the first Wednesday of the month.

Peninsulia

CuriOddity at Coyote Point: Try and Tinker Workshop
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Science Explorers classes  features a different theme and includes activities that spark excitement and ignite curiosity.

CuriOddity at Coyote Point: Keeper Talk, Otter Feedings, Bobcat Feedings
11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm
Come see the frisky river otters, answer your questions about animal behavior, and watch the young bobcats chow down!

Nature, Science, Animals

San Francisco

San Francisco Zoo: Free First Wednesdays
On the first Wednesday of every month, admission to the Zoo is free for San Francisco residents only. Please show proof of residency through a valid driver license, identification card or utility, phone or other local bill, delivered to your home address.

Free Monthly Presidio Shuttle Tour: First Wednesday of the Month
Noon -1:00 pm
A tour of the park’s historic areas, wild open spaces, and hidden beauty with an emphasis on current Presidio projects. The shuttle visits the Main Post, Crissy Field, Fort Winfield Scott, the western coastal bluffs, and more. Space is limited, RSVP required. Reservations limited to 4 people per party.

Conservatory of Flowers: Free for children ages 4 and under any day of the week!
10:00 am-4:30 pm

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.

Storytimes and Music

San Francisco

Bookshop West Portal: Wednesday Morning Storytime
10:30 am
Weekly reading event for babies and toddlers featuring interactive songs and fingerplays.

Seesaw: French Storytime, First Wednesday of the Month
10:00 am-11:00 am
Free event for café customers. Geared for children five years and under but all ages welcome!

Sprout: Let’s All Sing Along Music Class
10:15 am-11:15 am

Storytime
4:00 pm-4:30 pm

SF Public Library Branches:

Ingleside: Family Storytime
4:30 pm-5:00 pm

Richmond: Baby Rhyme and Playtime
3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Marin

Bay Area Discovery Museum: Music with Miss Kitty
10:00 am and 11:00 am
In this 30 minute program, kids (ages 6 mo. – 5 yrs.) can clap, jump, wiggle and sing along to the delightful music of Miss Kitty.

Civic Center Library:
Toddler Storytime: Ages 2-3, 10:30 am – 10:50 am
Preschool Storytime: Ages 3 and up, 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Novato Public Library: Preschool Storytime,  11:00 am

Mill Valley Public Library: Family Storytime 11:00 am

Fairfax Public Library: Preschool Storytime 11:00 am

East Bay

Berkeley Public Library Central Library: 10:15 am and 11:00 am
Oakland Public Library Rockridge Branch: 10:30 am
First and third Wednesdays of the month.

Peninsula

San Mateo City Main Library : Family Storytime 11:15 am
City of San Bruno Library: Family Storytime 11:15 am

Be sure to check out our round up of Bay Area Story Times as well!

Hands-on Art

San Francisco

ARTifact: Art Exploration Class
An art exploration class for children 2.5-4 years old.

East Bay

Museum of Children’s Art: Weekday Drop-in Art
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Drop-in art for children 18 months and up.

Drop-In Playtime

San Francisco

ParentsPlace: Wednesday Morning Drop-in
9:30 am-10:45 am
Singing and group activities led by Jeni Clancy.

Randall Museum: Tree House Toddler Exploration Zone
10:00 am-5:00 pm

East Bay

SadieDey’s Cafe: Mother’s Helper Events
10:00 am-2:00pm
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:
noon-2:00 pm every Wed.
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

San Francisco

Kaiser Permanente Farmers’ Market
Geary at St. Joseph’s St., 10:00 am-2:00 pm

UN Plaza Farmers’ Market
Civic Center, 7:00 am-5:30 pm

Parent Resources

San Francisco

San Francisco City College: Child Observation Class
Locations and times vary.
Parents will be able to: Share concerns and expertise with other parents; Form bonds with other families at the site; Observe and participate in child’s play; Discuss developmental issues, resources and support for families; Develop strategies for parenting and supporting the developing preschooler.