As summer comes to an end, there is still a lot left to celebrate! Science and birthday cake come together at the Exploratorium Party, while kids play and learn on the beach at Geology Rocks! All kinds of bicycles will be decorated and displayed in the Red Tricycle Bike Parade at Pedalfest.

San Francisco

Exploratorium Party
Kids can celebrate the 100th birthday anniversary of Frank Oppenheimer, the museum’s creator. At the Explorables table from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, they can make a spinning top, and there will also be plenty of birthday cake too! Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $25 per adult. $19 per child. 5 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Red Tri Blues Jean Bar Playdate
Does the idea of shopping for a new pair of jeans make you cringe? Take the stress out of finding the perfect pair of jeans by attending our exclusive playdate with The Blues Jean Bar. Thurs. Aug 23., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

Creativity Museum Animation Camp
Kids will create their own claymation movie! They will work closely with each other and the staff animator in a small group, to craft a short clay animation piece, while learning about every part of the process. Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $80 per child. Ages 6-8. Event details.

East Bay

Red Tricycle Bike Parade at Pedalfest
Families can celebrate with bikes, cycling, food and family. Kids are invited to decorate their bicycles at the Red Tricycle bike decorating station, and then ride their pride and joy in the bike parade! Sat., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Picnic Day
Kids will love playing old-fashioned games, getting their faces painted and watching ice cream making demos! Kids can run through the sprinklers to stay cool too on this beautiful mansion property! Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


End of Summer Reading Party
Kids can celebrate the end of summer and their reading achievements. Buki the Clown will entertain kids and paint their faces! Fri., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Anselmo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Geology Rocks!
Kids can explore rocks and play at the beach! They will learn about the geological history of the Marin Headlands, while taking part in interactive games and activities. Sun., 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Sausalito. $10 per adult. $5 per child. All ages. Event details.


Sun Kings Beatles Tribute Band
The Sun Kings will cover songs by The Beatles, such as “She Loves You” and “I am the Walrus.” This is a chance to introduce kids to these classic songs, as they sing and dance along at this outdoor venue. Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

North Fair Oaks Community Festival
The whole community can enjoy a day of live entertainment, arts and crafts, refreshments, rides and activities for kids. Everyone will enjoy the festive parade showcasing bands and classic cars. Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Pedalfest