Go for a run, fly a kite and sing the Blues all in one weekend! Kids can lace up their running shoes for the Munchkin Kids Run, and hold on tight to their kite strings at the Berkeley Kite Festival! Everyone can sing and dance at the Blues, Arts & Bar-B-Que Festival, and feed produce the zoo animals at Feast for the Beasts.

San Francisco

Munchkin Kids Run
Kids can run 1 mile, a 1/2 mile or a 100 yard dash, to benefit The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. All children will receive a T-shirt and a signature Dog-Tag medal, and enjoy finish line entertainment. Sun., 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. San Francisco. $25 per child. Ages 2–11. Event details.

Meet Sid the Science Kid
Bring a camera and take photos with Sid the Science Kid! Explore the new Earthquake exhibit, enjoy special programs at the Naturalist Center and take part in Family Nature Crafts. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $30 per adult. $25 per youth, student & senior. $20 per child ages 4-11. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Berkeley Kite Festival
Enjoy the excitement and artistry of stunt kite flying and giant creature kites. Kids can take part in kite making and a candy drop, and they will hear great music too! Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.

Feast for the Beasts
Bring fresh fruits and vegetables, such as apples, grapes and carrots, to help feed the Oakland Zoo animals! The first 250 guests to arrive will get to place produce in the elephant exhibit before the animals enter! Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Oakland. Free for members. See website for non-member admission pricing. All ages. Event details.


Insect Discovery Lab
Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks and whip scorpions! Learn about the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and arthropods. Sat., 11:00 am. Larkspur. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Campbell’s Jazz Soup in the Park
Come hear a fun blend of music from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s including jazz and swing. Dance and sing along and learn some new songs from the past! Sun., 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. San Anselmo. $12 per adult. $5 per child age 12 & under. All ages. Event details.


Blues, Arts & Bar-B-Que Festival
See live performances by blues musicians from the Bay Area and beyond, including Sista Monica, Andy Santana and Ron Hacker. The festival offers wonderful live music, a family area with an arcade for kids and delicious food. Fri., 6:00 6m – 8:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hansel & Gretel Puppet Show
This Dad and Me @ the Library event will include a presentation of Hansel & Gretel by Puppet Art Theater Co. Dads, moms, kids and all family members are invited to attend! Both drama and humor will make this a fun show for kids. Sat., 10:30 am. Pacifica. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of The Oakland Zoo