The Bay Area is not only home to super cool peeps, awesome events and killer views. It’s also the home of furry friends, flying feathery folk and sea bound creatures. Kids have tons of chances this weekend to learn all about the animals who share this habitat. From hikes to Deer Island to Nature Detectives and campfire chat covering bats, outdoor education is a clever and cool way to learn a little and have tons of fun.


San Francisco

Summer Gardening Fair
Summer is in full swing and it’s the perfect time to learn about plants and gardening. The Summer Gardening Fair will be filled with green-thumb enthusiasts and the kids will have plenty of room to play. Join a gardening club, buy some plants or just enjoy a day in the garden. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

40th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Coming into 40 years of celebrating Asian-Pacific Culture in San Francisco, families can have a blast in Japantown during the two days of exciting activities, kids arts and parades. Look for the dragon shaking it’s mane and head for Children’s World to experience games and a look into the Asian culture. Sat., & Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details. 

East Bay

Fox Fanatics At Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Learn all about Grey Foxes, how they love to eat fruit, climb trees and more! Teachers use interactive games and exploration to learn during class. A two hour, super interactive event. Fri., 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Walnut Creek. $30/General. $24/Members. Ages 4-6. Event Details.

Nature Detectives: Awesome Jellies
Wiggly, floating sea creatures that do more than just sting! Become a nature detective and learn all about jellyfish(now known as sea jellies). Kids will also sing silly jelly songs and make a jelly to take home. Reserve a spot, sign up online! Sat., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Hayward. $7. Ages 3-5. Event Details. 

Anthony Chabot Campire Program Presents: Bats: Furry, Flying Friends
Sit down round’ the campfire for a fantastic outdoor evening. Find out more about bats, how they fly, where they sleep and what they eat! Sat., 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Castro Valley. Free. All Ages. Event Details

South Bay

Summer Outdoor Movie Nights: Shrek
Join everyone’s favorite green ogre on a adventure with a wise-cracking donkey and a brave Princess Fiona in Shrek. Park of the Summer Outdoor Movie Nights in Mountain View, popcorn and refreshments will be served and don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair for prime viewing! Movie begins at dusk. Fri., 8:30 pm. Mountain View. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Family Stargazing Party
Enjoy a summer night under the stars with stargazing experts. Start at 8:00 pm by enjoying a super awesome show with Dave the AstroWizard and then head out to check out the night skies through massive telescopes. See constellations, galaxies, and star clusters. Don’t forget a blanket, chair and flashlight. Sun., 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm. $8/Per Person. Kids 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Mill Valley Library Presents: Jonathan Kathrein Talks About Sharks
Great White Shark attack survivor and local Marin resident Jonathan talks about his experience and how coming face-to-face with one of the ocean’s oldest predators changed his life and gave him more respect for earth’s creatures. Get ready for an inspiring talk at the Mill Valley Library! Fri., 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Mill Valley. Free. 5 and Up. Event Details.

Nature For Kids: An Evening At Deer Island
Take a slow walk up to the ridge-top and enjoy a healthy picnic dinner. Look and listen for creatures of the night. Talk about owls, bats, coyotes and many other animals who start the “day” just as the sun sets. Sat., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

What will you be doing this weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

Image Courtesy Shkumbin Saneja via flickr