Summer’s in full swing this week with a number of music and theatre series gettingunderway just in time for the hot weather. Take to the car-free streets for Sunday Streets and ride through the park to the zoo. Double back and pull up at Park Chalet for a family concert from Charity and the JAMband. It’s warm outside and there’s lots for Bay Area kids to do, so slather on the sunscreen and get crackin’!

San Francisco

San Francisco Symphony Free Concert (pictured)
If you’re in the mood for some violins and cellos, take in some culture while you push the kids on the swings. SF Symphony’s free concert in Sharon Meadows is perfectly placed to satisfy both the grown-ups and the kiddos. As the littles shoot down cement slides on disintegrating cardboard boxes, you can hum along with some of your classical favorites. Sun., 2:00 pm, Free, All ages. Event details.

Creative Station at Root Division
On the 2nd Saturday of the month, the whole family can explore its creative side with Root Division’s Creative Station. Indulge in creative projects that include drawing postcards or creating origami animals. This evening of hands-on art is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Sat., 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Free, All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Foreverland at Crab Cove
Dance in the sunlight, or, at least, the sunset at Crab Cove’s evening concert from Foreverland, a Michael Jackson cover band. Bring a picnic dinner, your favorite PYTs, and beat it over to this show for great tunes in a great locale.  Fri., 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Free, All ages. Event details.

Camp Out at Pleasant Oaks Park
Spend a night under the stars with family and friends camping out at Pleasant Oaks Park. Enjoy games, s’mores, arts and crafts, music, and an outdoor movie. Then climb into your tent and snooze it up under the stars. Camping at the picturesque Pleasant Oaks Park is a great way to introduce your kids to camping. Sat., 3:00 pm check-in – Sun., 10:00 am check-out, $10/person. All ages. Event details.


Cars 2 Family Friendly Show
Bring your littlest littles to this family friendly showing of Cars 2. This is the 2D version of the film and the lights will be left on throughout the movie so no one has to worry about those “scared of the dark” blues. Tickets go on sale at 9:00 am. Sat., 10:00 am, $6.50/person, All ages. Event details.

Early Bird for Jazz
Catch the second installment of the Stanford Jazz Festival’s Early Bird for Jazz series for families. Keith Terry and the Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble are laying down phat rhythms to tap your toes (and everything else) to. Learn a thing or two about drumming  and get your kid involved in making beautiful music. Sat., 10:00 am, $5 in advance; $10 at door, Kids free, All ages. Event details.



Summer Nights Music Festival
Dance the night away at Summer Nights Music Festival. Check the schedule for money-maker shakin’ bands, then make sure you come early to get good seats, take in the pre-show eats, and spin around the floor with free dance lessons. The festival kicks off with Bluegrass Night where Hot Buttered Rum and Jugtown Pirates will pick you some plum tunes. Sat., 6:15 pm, $5-$20, All ages. Event details.


Summer Sunsets at BADM
The Bay Area Discovery Museum kicks off its Summer Sunsets series with Rhythm Child. Learn how to move and groove to drumbeats and rhythms at this exploratory music experience. Food trucks will be on hand to provide eats and Curious George will make an appearance as well. Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, $5-$10, All ages. Event details.