From teddy bears and outdoor games, to music and dance, there is a celebration for everything this weekend! Listen to stories told by the “Beary Godmother” at the Teddy Bear Festival, and see a space alien puppet during Tommy’s Space Adventure Puppet Show. Learn all about a popular French holiday with Bastille Day activities, and take dance lessons at Salsa by the Lake.

San Francisco

Teddy Bear Festival
Enjoy puppet shows, story times with the “Beary Godmother,” take home crafts and special meet & greets with the Berenstain Bears. See the grizzly bears and polar bears receive special enrichment treats from their keepers too. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. All ages Event details.

CLIF Kid Backyard Game Playoffs
Join best-selling author and nature advocate, Richard Louv, and play backyard games designed by six inventive kids from around the country. Try organic snacks from CLIF Kid, and enjoy additional family entertainment. Sat., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Bastille Day
Kids can celebrate by tasting French bread and cheese, and planning their escape from the Bastille prison. They can make and decorate a French chapeau too, using recycled newspaper and fun fabrics. Sat., 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Berkeley. $10 per person. Under 1, free. Ages 0-5. Event details.

Salsa by the Lake
The grass will be turned into a giant dance floor, so get out there and learn to salsa! There will be free salsa lessons for everyone at this family-friendly event sponsored by Oaklandish. Bring a picnic, and make a day of it! Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.


Tommy’s Space Adventure Puppet Show
This family-friendly puppet show will tell the story of young Tommy who has always dreamed of meeting a space alien. Little does he know that his dream is about to come true! Sat., 11:00 am. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mexican Arts Festival
This festive event will feature interactive and bilingual hands-on fun for the whole community, including arts & crafts, games and a bounce house for the kids! Food will be available for sale. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Geronimo. Free. All ages. Event details.


Music on the Square
Come hear Bella Donna as they perform songs by Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. Introduce the kids to some classics at this fun outdoor venue! Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Marvelous Wonderettes
This charming musical trip down memory lane will feature hit pop-tunes of the 1950s and 1960s, including “Mr. Sandman,” “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party,” “Leader of the Pack” and many more. Sun, 2:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Habitot Children’s Museum