Hope your Mother’s Day was excellent; just another 364 days until you get a break. Luckily, we’ve got some great events lined up to help you pass the time. Catch Alison Levy, formerly of Bay Area faves the Sippy Cups, in a solo performance at the Noe Valley Rec Center. Or Ethel Williams-ize your littles and take in the Merionettes synchronized swimming expo. Find another pool-side seat for Water Safety Day in Marin. And Dads, take your daughter out for the National Daddy Daughter Tea. Some day soon she’ll be choosing malls over muppets.

San Francisco


New Growth 2011
Check out Root Division at their New Growth 2011 exhibit of art made in the Youth Education Program. Root Division works overtime to educate and encourage kids in the arts. The opening reception of their exhibit features live music, food, and hands-on activities for kids. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $1-$20. All. Event Details.

Triple Crown of Yo-Yo
Head over to Washington Square Park to watch the Triple Crown of Yo-Yo featuring 3 minute freestyles from some of the best yo-yo artists in the country. How many tricks do you know? Introduce the littles to this classic kid hobby and maybe you’ll be walking home “around the world.” Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Free. All. Event Details.


Storybook Ball
If your little jumps at the chance to fancy dress, come out for the Storybook Ball. This event supports the children and teens programs at the Mill Valley Library, and is a first-rate spot for poofy dresses, hair ribbons, and little suits with bow ties. The Ball includes eats, dancing, a magic show, party favors, and more. So shine your shoes, do your do, and join the dance. Sun., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. $50/person (in advance only). Ages 4-9. Event Details.


Let’s Move, Novato
Couch potato, be gone, and darken Novato’s doorstep no more. Let’s Move, Novato aims to activate its denizens and accelerate their heart rates. Take a free class at the gym or participate in the bike safety course or jumpy house. This day has something for everyone so no one should be sitting on the sidelines. Move it! Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All. Event Details.


Green Street Fair
Have some sustainable fun at the Burlingame Green Street Fair. Play eco-friendly games and make crafts that teach you about the environment. See demos from environmentally-friendly vendors and learn how you can make your house more “green.” Treats and live music round out this day of eco fun. Sun., 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Free. All. Event Details.

Bike to Bay
Hope Technology School invites you to break out your two-wheeler for a family ride fundraiser. Bike, blade, scooter, or skateboard your way along the Renzel Trail. Fun activities keep you motivated along the way. Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. $20/person. All. Event Details.

East Bay


Moraga Community Faire
Party it up at the Moraga Community Faire. Scale the climbing wall, pretend you’re on the moon at the bouncy houses, and decorate the streets with chalk drawings. Above all, celebrate your community and families. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All. Event Details.


Kids ‘n’ Kites
Be early to the Kids ‘n’ Kites Festival and get a free kite. The first 3,000 kids receive a free kite to ride the winds at this annual festival. Catch live performances, a play area, and food stuffs. Bring your suits for a pre-season Splash at Aqua Adventure Waterpark. That 40-foot slide is calling your name. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. $5 for Aqua Adventure Waterpark. All. Event Details.