We have some do-gooding opportunities for you this weekend, as well as some opps that will do you good. Kites for Cancer wings onto SF’s Marina Green with kites, goody bags, bouncy houses, and food and drink. Take a spin through SF Zoo on a Power Wheel at the Fisher-Price Play Weekend (Note kids under 14 are free all August long!). Berkeley Playhouse shows you a whole new world with their staging of Disney’s “Aladdin,” and Fairyland’s Children Theatre offers a play about the whys and wherefores of butterflies, or “Mariposas.” Sillybandz fanatics can meet up with like-minded souls this Saturday at the Sillybandz Swap at participating Borders bookstores.  Redwood City continues its series of Target family days with a Latin themed entry this Sunday. Look for piñata making, Latin music and food, as well as kids’ entertainer Andy Z and magician Heather Rogers. It’s a fiesta!



Home-Grown Fun SF Botanical Garden is providing you some up-close and personal time with butterflies and bees this weekend at their 12th Annual Summer Gardening Fair. Come by for a looksie at the flora and fauna and bring the littles for hands-on activities and fun in the garden. Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

A Fun Day Sunday The Children’s Theater Festival, part of the SF Theater Festival, features jugglers, clowns, ventriloquists, magicians, circus acts, and, generally, more fun than you can shake a stick at. Grab some lunch, grab a blanket, grab your little ones, and grab a place in front of the stage for this day-long pageant of fun. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, free. Read more.


My Little Ponies The Santa Clara County Youth Fair parades through San Jose this weekend with a train of animals including miniature equine play date. Come by for the livestock show as well as rides, games, and eats. Thurs. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., San Jose, free. Read more.


Wee Sing Join the Rugrats for a live, onstage adventure from some of Children’s Musical Theatre’s youngest performers. Tommy feels like the world is too scary while Angelica, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Chuckie try to change his mind (though it’s doubtful Chuckie makes too great of an attempt). With original tunes composed by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, this show promises fun for the whole family. Thurs. – Sun., see website for schedule and pricing, San Jose. Read more.



Old School Eats Livermore is taking you back with their annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social. Cones and hot dogs are the fare of choice at this community event. When they’re not eating, kids can talk to the animals at the petting zoo, take a pony ride, or get their face painted while bobbing along to live music and waiting to take a turn at the games. It’s fun with a capital Ice Cream. Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Livermore, free. Read more.

Musicals in the Park Woodminster Summer Musicals started up last month and continue through September. This month “The Music Man” hums his tune up and down the stage at Joaquin Miller Park, tickling your musical funny bone. Pack a picnic dinner and come early to eat with the sunset before the music starts under the stars. Aug. 6 – 15, 8:00 p.m., Oakland, $25 – 40. Read more.



Party for Peanuts The Peanuts Gang invites you to celebrate with them at the 8th Anniversary of the Schulz Museum, and they’re picking up the tab. Free admission, cake and ice cream, and a good time at the museum. Read through comic strips and achieve enlightenment by walking the Snoopy head labyrinth. Enjoy some time with Charlie, Linus, Snoopy, and the whole gang. Thurs., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Santa Rosa, free. Read more.


Music for Minors Looking for an easy morning outing with some sing-along music for your kids? The free James K performance at  Sausalito’s Robin Sweeney Park is your ticket. Bring a picnic blanket or pop into one of the fab Caledonia Street shops for lunch after the show. Sat., 10:30 am., Sausalito, FREE. Read more.

-Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko