This weekend there are so many places to play, and so many plays to see! Bounce around a jumpy house and ride a train at the Ghirardelli Square KidsBash. Perfect your outdoor playing skills at Free Play Day on the Plaza. Have fun celebrating local agriculture at the Marin County Fair. And see kids perform in The Tortoise Who Flew show.

San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square KidsBash
Kids can kick off the summer at this fun party! Bounce in a jumpy house, climb a rock wall and take a train ride. Visit with local firemen and meet Hello Kitty too. Enjoy face painting and live musical performances. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Francisco. $20 per child ages 10 & under. Adults, free. All ages Event details.

Music for Families
Bring your kids to hear the San Francisco Symphony’s kid-sized classical concert designed for families. This will be an engaging and fun event, and a great way to pass on an interest in classical music to the next generation. Sun., 2:00 pm. San Francisco. See website for pricing. Ages 7 & up. Event details.

East Bay

Free Play Day on the Plaza
Learn to play the Oakland Parks & Rec way! Join in free games, activities, bounce houses and face painting. Everyone is welcome to celebrate summer by playing outside! Fri., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Tortoise Who Flew
A talented cast of Fairyland’s young performers will tell this tale with song and dance. See what happens when a tortoise hears the birds are throwing a party in the sky. He just needs to figure out how to fly, and how to land. Sat., 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm. Sun., 12:30 pm & 3:00 pm. Oakland. $8 per person. Under 1, free. All ages. Event details.


Marin County Fair
Celebrate the 67th Marin County Fair and their “Always Fresh, Fun and Local” agricultural community. Enjoy going carnival rides, trying tasty cuisine, meeting farm animals and seeing fireworks. Sat., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. Sun., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm. San Rafael. $16 per adult. $14 per senior or child. Under 4, free. All ages. Event details.

Magic Mike
The Bay Area’s Magic Mike will wow you with his amazing sleight-of-hand magic tricks and his wild and crazy personality! He’ll be bringing his adorable magical rabbit Sweet Pea along too! Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Busy Bee Dog Show
Watch this show combining silly dog comedy, colorful props and amazing stunts! The dogs have their show memorized, and they get started on cue once they hear their opening music! Fri., 3:00 pm. Los Altos. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

Stride & Ride
This inaugural festival will be an interactive fitness and health event for the whole family. It will include a free skate park and pro skate demo, a Stationary Triathlon, free fitness classes, a bicycle rodeo, a kids zone and music. Sat., 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Los Altos. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of the Marin County Fair