That large gust of wind you felt a week ago was thousands of moms collectively sighing on the first day of school.  But how should the littles spend their hard-earned playtime? If you haven’t caught one yet, ODC is offering another Family Day full of free classes, like Salsa and Flamenco. Or take a peep at the family-friendly movies in the Indian Film Festival. If your kiddo is big into hats and spurs, gallop over to BADM on Saturday where Wells Fargo pays the way for the first 500 kids in western dress. Walnut Creek’s inaugural Family Fest should be a hoot with tons of entertainment for kids and parents. Get some volleys going at the QuickStart Tennis Festival in Alameda. And drop by Freight and Salvage for an afternoon of free music jams and lessons. All aboard for train days at the Los Altos History Museum where kids can take in all the model trains they can handle. While you’re in the area, take a night ride on Wildcat Railroad. Breeze into the cool weekend with these awesome activities.



Don’t Block This Party Party on Block 18, an annual block party on 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores, boogies down this weekend with lots of neighborhood sponsors and causes, like 826 Valencia, the Women’s Building, and BuenDia Family School. Come celebrate your neighborhood, or someone else’s neighborhood, and enjoy the good eats and tunes. Sat., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

Super-Short Shorts The Three-Minute Picture Show is holding its first-ever kids’ segment, Twinkling To-Do, with pictures made by children and families. Bring the kids to see what they could do with 3 minutes in 30 days. Sat., 3:30 p.m., San Francisco, $10/adult, $5/18 and under. Read more.


A Lotta Regatta Get a front-coast seat for the Great Schooner Race. This classic sailboat race sees tall ships taking to the seas to catch some wind in their sails. Make believe you’re early Californians seeing the schooners off the coast for the first time. Sat., 11:00 a.m., Belvedere, free. Read more.

Festive Art Bring the littles to the youth art tent at the Tiburon Art Festival for crafts, music, face painting, and tattoos. Bring the littles’ art to be put on display. Don’t miss this great day for celebrating art and fun. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Tiburon, free. Read more.


ETs in the Family Admit it—sometimes you feel like your kids are from a different planet. Have them dress the part at Habitot’s Family Alien Day. Come in your favorite antennae and spacesuit for prizes and out-of-this-world crafts and games. Sat., 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Berkeley, $8.50/adult, 12 and under free. Read more.

Dance with the Lions Oakland’s Chinatown Street Fest is the perfect “edutaining” way to have fun and learn about another culture. Bring the kids for two days of Taiko drumming, lion dancers, kung fu, and group performances from neighboring day cares. Have the fingers ready for hands-on crafts like paper dolls and dragon mobiles. Expect the fun because it will be here in spades. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Oakland, free. Read more.


Art Smart At the kids’ art studio at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, your kid will feel like an artisan. With resources and crafts to entertain the littles and the bigs, everyone will have a great time. Don’t miss the street paintings, live music, and tons of eats. Yum! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (art studio closes at 5:00 p.m.), Palo Alto, free. Read more.

Seasons Change Dance away those back-to-school blues at Hidden Villa’s End of the Summer Concert. You can’t help but groove to the catchy rhythms of Chelle & Friends and Orquesta d’Soul. Bring a lawn chair and snacks to recuperate before you bust a move again. Sun., 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Los Altos Hills, $10/car. Read more.

-Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko