Enjoy music, dancing, nature and animals all weekend long. See some very skilled dancers at Afternoon at the Ballet, and get rockin’ with The Hipwaders & Alison Faith Levy in concert. Play kickball and sleep outside at the Father Son Camp Over, and do the Dad Dance at Dads Day on the Farm!

San Francisco

Penguins+Pajamas Sleepover
Kids will listen to the evening songs of the rainforest birds, see an after-hours planetarium show and fall asleep in their sleeping bags in the museum. In the morning they will have breakfast at the Academy Café. Sat., 6:00 pm – Sun., 8:00 am. San Francisco. $99/Non-member. $79/Member. Ages 5 – 17. Event details.

Afternoon at the Ballet
This San Francisco Youth Ballet performance will include Swan Lake, Act II, performed by former principal dancers with the California Ballet Company. SFYBA students will also perform to music from Coppelia and Don Quixote. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. $14 per person. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

The Hipwaders & Alison Faith Levy
Kick off the summer with The Hipwaders and Alison Faith Levy (“Sippy Alison” of The Sippy Cups) at a rock ‘n roll dance party for kids and families! Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Berkeley. $8 per adult. $5 per child. Babes in arms, free. All ages. Event details.

Tree Tales for Kids
Go on a special tree-themed tour of the UC Botanical Garden, and then sit back and enjoy storytime. Bring a picnic lunch to make the day complete, and take home a Father’s Day keepsake. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. $10 per adult. $5 per child. UCBG Members, $7 per adult & children, free. All ages. Event details.


Caribbean Steel Drums
Meet Clifford during his 15-minute appearance in Festival Plaza. Then hear the Caribbean Steel Drums play reggae, calypso, jazz and pop tunes. Fri., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Sausalito. $10 per non-member. $5 per member. Under 6 months, free. All ages. Event details.

Father Son Camp Over
Dads and sons will have fun playing kickball, eating a barbeque dinner, setting up their tents and sleeping under the stars. Games and activities will go until 10:00 pm, with more fun continuing in the morning. Sat., 6:30 pm – Sun., 10:00 am. Corte Madera. $25 per person if sleeping over. $11 per person if not sleeping over. All ages. Event details.


Palo Alto World Music Day
Palo Alto World Music Day is a music festival that takes place every year on Father’s Day. Join in this tradition, and hear live Blues, Rock, Jazz and more! Sun., 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.

Dads Day on the Farm
Sing and dance with the whole family on this outdoor musical adventure! See The Banana Slug String Band perform as they incorporate music, theater, puppetry and tons of audience participation. Do the daring Dad Dance! Sun., 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Los Altos Hills. $15 per person. Under 2, free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Bay Area Discovery Museum