Spend some time outside this weekend on a camping trip, learning about animals, and even seeing some exotic cars! Pack up your sleeping bags for the Great American Backyard Campout, and enjoy a hike and sitting around the campfire. Go on a pony ride and visit a petting zoo at Family Fun Day. See some vintage cars at Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance.

San Francisco

If There Weren’t Any Trees
Luckily you don’t have to imagine a world without trees, as you take a short hike along the Ecology Trail. Get to know the various trees that shape the Presidio, and find out how they got there. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:30 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Dance Class
Dance instructor Britt Van Hees will get the entire family moving and having fun. Learn some new moves to start your own family dance night at home! Sun., 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. San Francisco. $5 per person. $20 per family. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

East Bay

Great American Backyard Campout
Enjoy hiking and sitting around the campfire with family and new friends. The camping trip fee includes dinner, snacks and a continental breakfast. You provide your own camping equipment. Sat., 2:00 pm – Sun., 10:00 am. Oakland. $10 per person in advance. $20 per person at the event. All ages. Event details.

Fiddlekids Concert
Hear bluegrass fiddle, traditional American old-time, Irish, Scottish, Swing and jazz fiddling, performed by kids ages 7-14. The kids will also perform the dances they learned at Fiddle Day Camp. Sat., 11:30 am. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Make an Origami Zoo
Get crafty with the ancient art of origami, and learn to fold amazing paper animals! Please call the Mill Valley Public Library to register in advance. Fri., 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Family Fun Day
Enjoy live entertainment, fun classes, magic shows, dance performances and great food. Play on the Tumble Time Bus, take a trackless train ride, go on a pony ride and visit the petting zoo. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Brentwood. Free. All ages. Event details.


Silly Doggy! Story Time
Hear Adam Stowers’s tale about Lily and her brand new pet–a lost, loveable, and very large bear. She mistakes it for a doggy, as they share a fantastic day together. Sun., 11:00 am. Menlo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Concours d’Elegance
Come see a fantastic display of rare, vintage, and exotic cars that you may never get to see again! This family friendly event will include a diverse collection of vendors, exhibitors, food, entertainment and a silent auction. Sun., 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. Stanford. $20 per person in advance. $25 per person the day of. Under 12, free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Family Fun Day