Kids will have a wild time this weekend learning about animals in all different ways. Bugs will become art at a festival where kids can Celebrate the Butterfly! Kids can even bring home their very own carnivorous plant as part of an Amazing Adaptations class. And marine life will be the topic of interest at the Discovery Day Open House.

San Francisco

Stories from Sonoma Mountain
This show will feature vibrant characters, infectious singing and dancing and stunning masks. Kids will be captivated by the storytelling, while learning about Native American culture. Fri., 7:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am & 2:30 pm. Sun., 11:00 & 2:30 pm. San Francisco. $15 per adult. $10 per child. Ages 6 – 11. Event details.

Celebrate the Butterfly!
Everyone can join in to celebrate the new mosaic by artist Dana Albany and the children and families of Mission Kids Co-op! Families can meet the artist, bounce in the jumpy house, do art projects and have a dance party! Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Amazing Plant Adaptations
In this workshop, kids will make and take home their own electrical adaptation game, and a carnivorous plant. Sat., 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Oakland. $65 per child. Ages 5-11. Event details.

Fall Festival with Radio Disney
At Ocean View School’s annual Fall Festival, activities will include carnival games, a giant slide, a pumpkin patch, arts and crafts, face painting and henna hand painting. Radio Disney will be stopping by to provide the music too! Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Albany. Free. All ages. Event details.


Breakfast with Enzo
Enzo Garcia will play two different sets of accordion, guitar and banjo music for the whole family to sing along to! Sun., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Mill Valley. $6 per person. Siblings under 7 months, free. Ages 0-7. Event details.

Discovery Day Open House
Families can meet scientists and learn about research in the San Francisco Bay and beyond. Kids can try science activities, touch live marine organisms, listen to underwater sounds off of the seawall and do art activities. Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Tiburon. Free. All ages. Event details.


Nursery School Halloween Fun Faire
St. Paul’s Nursery School’s annual Halloween Fun Faire will have games, crafts and a train ride. Tickets for the train ride and food will be available for sale at the door. Costumes are encouraged, but no masks please. Fri., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Burlingame. Free. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

Hoops 4 Hope
This exciting new event will raise awareness and support for childhood cancer research. Kids and adults can dribble courses around Stanford University, with activities for kids along the way, like face painting and figure-8 drills. Sun., 9:00 am. Palo Alto. $20 per person. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Sarah’s Science