Midway through already? As any kid will tell you, summer goes quick. Catch the tail of this comet and take in some classic Bay Area kids activities like the San Anselmo Arts and Wine Festival and Connoisseur’s Marketplace in Menlo Park. There’s nothing like great eats under the sun, not to mention fun zones for the kids with face painting and bouncy houses. It’s time to get out in the sun!


Palo Alto Downtown Library Re-opening
Cut the ribbon on the revamp of the Palo Alto Downtown Library. The ceremony’s decked out with jugglers, cowgirls, puppets, and more. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate your local library. Sat., 10:30 am. Free. All ages. Event Details.


Target Family Day
The first version of Target Family Day highlights wildlife. Go on safari on Broadway and meet wild animals. There will also be art projects, live music, food, street performers, and more. Basically, this day is a party for your whole family! And mark your calendars because there’s three more. Sun., 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.



Far West Fest
So it’s like someone took all this awesome music and great food and kid-friendly activities and put them all together out in the sun, so you’d have a place to go to chill out and groove to tunes while munching on some yummy munchies. Does it get more fabulous than this? Sat., 11:00 am. $24 and up. All ages. Event Details.

MAGC Camp-out
Find a spot under the stars at the Marin Art and Garden Center. MAGC provides dinner, s’mores, music, storytelling, and games. You just have to show up with your kids and a tent. How hard could it be? Fri.-Sat., 4:00 pm. $20/family of four. All ages. Event Details.

San Francisco


The Family Sardine
Join the Family Sardine from the Picklewater Free Circus for an afternoon of circus antics, lessons, and spectacular shows. With a mix of professional and student performers, one of these years it could be your little clown in the circus. Sun., 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.



Rentacular Spectacular
Learn more about Rentalic, the grass roots tool-, toy-, whatever-lending network setting up shop in your neighborhood. Bring toys and unisex clothes for swapping, take part in a bocce ball tourney or soccer clinic, or just chew through your good time at the potluck picnic. Sat., 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.


East Bay


Splash Into Summer Open House
Nothing says summer like a row on a lake. Especially when it’s free! There’s free boat rentals all day at Lake Merritt to celebrate Oakland Parks and Rec summer programs. Grab some lifejackets and take the littles out on the water. Sat., 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Via Nova Children’s School Yard Sale
This forty-family yard sale probably has everything you’ll need, you just have to find it. Furniture, kids toys and clothes, baby gear, and more. This sale is so big, it takes up two weekends. Sat.-Sun. (and again, Jul 23-24), 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event Details.