Kids will stay entertained with arts & crafts, books and animals all weekend long! Little artists can make Japanese crafts at the Nihonmachi Street Fair, and see an outdoor art show at Art & Soul. Everyone will want to dance and sing at the Orange Sherbet Concert, and teach a dog new tricks at the Dog Day of Summer.

San Francisco

Nihonmachi Street Fair
All families can celebrate Japanese culture and friendship with live entertainment and delicious food. Kids will have fun in Children’s World, complete with Asian inspired arts & crafts and games. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Museums on Us Free Day
Bank of America cardholders can visit select Bay Area museums for free! Families will enjoy the Children’s Creativity Museum, Chabot Space & Science Center, Contemporary Jewish Museum, de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. Sat. & Sun. See museum websites for times. San Francisco & Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Art & Soul
Everyone can enjoy live music, circus performances and an outdoor art show. Kids will have an awesome time checking out the Family Fun Zone complete with carnival rides, an obstacle course, arts & crafts and face painting. Sat., 2:00 pm – 12:00 am. Sun., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Oakland. $15 per adult. $8 per senior & youth. 12 & under, free. All ages. Event details.

Summer Reading Celebration
Kids will celebrate reading with the library and a Circus Bella show. Kids can also play  games with Oakland Parks and Recreation, enjoy story time, arts and crafts, face painting and a scavenger hunt. Sun., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


Library Circus Finale
Everyone can come celebrate the end to the circus themed summer activities at the library. There will be lively music, lots of popcorn, circus games, face painting and ice cream! Fri., 3:30 pm. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange Sherbet Concert
Little music fans can sing and dance to a unique blend of tasty tunes by Orange Sherbet! This group will serve up delicious songs about waffles, pasta and rutabagas. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Good Morning Cow Wow
Kids can get up early for some farm work! They can milk beloved cow Cleo, learn fun cow facts and help feed and care for the dairy queen. Sat., 8:30 am – 10:00 am. Los Altos Hills. $20 per person. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Dog Day of Summer
The whole family can come to this dog-friendly open house! Dogs and their families can go on a Dog Day 5K Walk/Run, and enter a doggone dapper dog costume contest and best dog trick contest. The Kid Zone will have a bouncy house and playground. Sun., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Art & Soul