It’s beautiful out and hopefully just the start of the Bay Area summer. Take in some of these events and you’ll be sure to enjoy yourself just as much as your kids. The 47th Annual Big Book Sale is almost a week long; if you don’t find time to visit, you’re not trying. With Smithsonian Museum Day, catch a moment at some of your favorite Bay Area museums. Lastly, visit Muir Woods for free in honor of National Public Lands Day. Whatever you do this weekend, have fun!

San Francisco

Journey to where the wild things are at AnimalPalooza! Get closer to nature with hands-on animal encounters, scientific exploration and fun childlife activities. Be sure to use the code redtricycle for $2 off your tickets via the Eventbrite website. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. $10/adults, $8/kids. All ages. Event details. 

SF Opera at AT&T Park
Come to the ballpark for a matinee showing of Turandot. Special kids activities before and during the show, like face painting, storytelling, singing, and a meet and greet with Lou Seal, will have your kids singing their own arias. Gates open 12:30 pm. Sun., 2:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Marina Family Festival
The inaugural Marina Family Festival offers bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painters, balloon artists, music, gourmet food trucks, and a beer and wine garden as well as local merchant sponsored booths and other family attractions. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Fall Free-for-All
A full day of free Cal Performances! See dance performances, hear music, watch a puppet show, and more. See the schedule for a full listing of performances, including a chit-chat with Jane Lynch from Glee. Big laughs! Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eat Real Festival
Awesome–it’s a festival about food! Bring your taste buds to the Oakland-version of the street food festival and seek out your favorite food truck. There’s also live music and storytelling should you get tired of eating. (Not likely.) Fri., 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Sat., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun., 11:00am – 7:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.


HeadsUp Summerfest
Support San Rafael schools and have a good time. HeadsUp Summerfest is a party with a purpose. Play games, kiss a pig, win a cake, and more. The kids can ride a pony and raise funds at the same time. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Blackie’s Hay Day
Bring the kids for a whole host of events like pony rides, games, face painting, a petting zoo, and more. This annual fundraiser raises money for the children and teens programs of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library. Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. $10/person. All ages. Event details.


Your kids can sidle up to their favorite big trucks, get their face painted, and do art projects. All in the name of Learning Links Preschool. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.

Jewish New Year Party
Make a shofar and use your horn to celebrate the coming of Rosh Hashanah. There will be crafts, entertainment, apples, and honey. Sweet! Fri., 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.