School may be back in session, but the weekends still remain for festivities and lots of fun! Kids and adults will have a sweet time trying cocoa filled treats at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Celebrating for a great cause will take place at the Children’s Hospital Party. And art and play time appreciation will be in full swing at the  Mountain View Art & Wine Festival.

San Francisco

Take 5: Art Break Day
Families can take an art break and make art for free with their communities! Art sites with an array of art supplies will be set up in San Francisco, San Rafael, Berkeley, and Oakland. Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco & other cities. Free. All ages. Event details.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
This two-day long celebration of chocolate will feature samples by some of the finest local dessert companies, and of course, Ghirardelli Chocolate! Kids will love the live music, chef demonstrations and ice cream eating contests! Sat., 12:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sun., 12:00 am – 5:00 pm. San Francisco. $20 for 15 tastings. All ages. Event details. 

East Bay

Children’s Hospital Party
Everyone is invited to help Children’s Hospital celebrate their 100th birthday at a Fairyland birthday party! Kids will enjoy story readings by authors such as Annie Barrows, and a musical performance by Asheba. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Oakland. $10 per person. All ages. Event details.

Solano Stroll Festival
The day will begin with a big parade. Afterwards, kids can watch stilt walkers and magicians, and get their faces painted. A special area for kids will include carnival games, giant slides, clowns and jugglers. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.


Miss Kitty Concert
Families can bring blankets and snacks, and listen to a fun outdoor concert by Miss Kitty. The kids will get up and sing and dance along as she sings fun and interactive tunes about trucks, trains, princesses and mermaids.Sat., 10:30 am. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Grandparents Day
The whole family can celebrate National Grandparents Day! Everyone will enjoy a special story time by children’s book author Jackie Broad, a live musical performance and a special activity in the Art Studios. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sausalito. $11 per person. Under 6 months, free. All ages. Event details. 


Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
Kids will love Kids Park, a special area full of great activities, including a NASA Mars Rover Curiosity exhibit, bungee jumping, hands-on art booths, fossil digs and carnival rides. Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Mountain View. Free. All ages. Event details.

Science Night
Kids will enjoy awesome hand-on activities that will literally spark their curiosity. They will learn about static electricity, electromagnetism and TeslaCoil. Pizza and drinks are included. Sun., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Palo Alto. $20 per person at the door. $17 if paid by September 5. All ages. Event details.

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of Mountain View Art & Wine Festival