It’s the last weekend in July and Bay Area kids events are still piling up. Starting this weekend you can make your kid the happiest kid ever and spend a Day Out with Thomas at Roaring Camp Railroads. They’ll be singing your praises until they go to college. On Sunday, the Time Outs and Alison Levy (formerly of the Sippy Cups) play the Starry Plough at the Starry Day Matinee, so you can get your rock on and still make bedtime. Huzzah!

San Francisco

Kidsfest 2011 at Flax Art
What’s more fun than being a kid in a candy store? A kid in an art store! Kidfest at Flax gives your child a chance to try out lots of different materials and mediums. And this year’s theme is pirates. Come on a pirate treasure hunt and see what treasures await you. Arrgh! Sat., 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Summer Fun Day
Outdoor Nation provides big time fun for your family. Hula hooping, hopscotching, biking, games, prizes, and more. Come to Crissy Field and make a playground of the big outdoors. Sat., 12:00 pm-5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


East Bay

Berkeley Kite Festival
Featuring professional kite flyers, kite demos, and kite making, the kids will have a great time and be in awe of a sky full of colors and crafts. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Chevron Family Theatre Festival
The 5th Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival is a little bit of heaven in Walnut Creek. See plays, bands, jugglers, puppets and more. Work on arts and crafts, or dance it up at the family dance party. Ham it on the Kareoke Family Idol stage. There’s so many things to do at this festival, you’ll be wishing it was more than just a day. Sat., 10:00 am-4:00 pm. See website. All ages. Event details.



Mill Valley Scramble
Run the streets of Mill Valley and find the locations on the map. Can you visit all 30? Score the most locations and win, or take it slow and enjoy a stroll with your family, seeing how many locations you can cover. Sat., 9:00 am. $35/family with shirts. All ages. Event details.


MAMG 1st Anniversary Celebration
Join in the party at the Marin Alternative Mothers Group 1st celebration. There will be live music, face painting, and more, including a raffle that has prizes like a house cleaning team. Now, that’s our kind of raffle! Sun., 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.




Cantor Art Center Film: “Charlotte’s Web”
Bring the picnic blankets and lawn chairs for this family classic with a well-spoken spider and Zuckerman’s famous pig. Boxed dinners are available for purchase. Fri., 8:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


Gilroy Garlic Festival
Hope you’re not a vampire, because the Gilroy Garlic Festival is the place to be. With live entertainment, a Children’s Area, and tons of garlicky eats, you’ll want to catch this three-day party. Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am-6:00 pm. $8-$17. All ages. Event details.