We’ve got a doozy of a fun kid-friendly weekend lined up for you so fasten your seat belts. We have a great roundup of events below…but, wait, there’s more! The Oakland Museum of California kicks off “PIXAR: 25 Years of Animation” this Saturday. Come by for a look behind the scenes at classic Pixar films. Bring the littles to meet their favorite Aussie pals, The Wiggles at the Wiggles Wiggly Circus in San Jose. Lastly, Peekadoodle is holding its first Summer Bash at Ghiradelli Square on Saturday from 10am-2pm. Bring your little ones (under seven) for big entertainment: live music, jumpy houses, train rides, and games. Look out for the Red Tricycle table and stop by to say hi (mention this email for a free pair of babylegs – while supplies last)!
Film Class Think your kids are too young for Stanford? Think again! Take to the lawn this Friday for a course in “Wall-E.” The Cantor Arts Center is screening this family flick on their lawn with treats available. Here’s one class your kids are sure to ace. Fri., 8:30 p.m., Stanford, free (Movie snacks and boxed dinners available for purchase.). Read more.
Burn Rubber Bust out the wheels for the Tour de Peninsula. TdP offers four different rides, including a 1 – 3 mile kids and family ride so everyone can be involved. After the ride, kids can take on Magic Mountain Playground with 6 slides and toddler fun. Bring a picnic and expect smiles; this is a fun day for everyone. Sun., 50 mile ride starts 7:00 a.m., Kids/Family ride @ 12:00 p.m., San Mateo, see website for registration fees. Read more.
Art in the Park The Out Side Art block party, a benefit for Root Division and San Francisco Parks and Trust, promises fun for the whole family with crafts, food, and live music. The main focus is a continuation of a mural started by the(in)famous Banksy, but you and your little can just have some fun in the Mission, painting outdoors and meeting other families in the community. Sun., 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., San Francisco, free ($5 suggested donation). Read more.
Step Sampler Get a sampling of dancing at ODC’s Summer Sampler. With a special family matinee, it’s a great chance to bring the littles out for some community and culture. Show up early for eats and chats. Sat., 4:30 p.m., San Francisco, $20/adults, $10/children under 16. Read more.
Blowin’ in the Wind The wind is blowing in Berkeley this weekend; come by the Marina to see hundreds of beautiful kites take to the air in the Berkeley Kite Festival. Featuring professional kite flyers, kite demos, and kite making, the littles will have a great time and be in awe of a sky full of color and crafts. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Berkeley, free. Read more.
History Comes Alive Imagine a museum come to life for a day. At the Great Pan-Kinetic Expo, it’s the year 1905—Teddy Roosevelt is in office, Edison’s still tinkering around in his studio, and Einstein’s taking lunch breaks at the chalkboard. Now your kids have a chance to meet these world-shaping characters; don’t miss this piece of history twice. Sat. and Sun., Vallejo, $12/adults, children 12 and under free. Read more.
MARIN & SONOMA
Shake Your Booty
Pack a blanket and picnic basket (a bottle of wine wouldn’t hurt, either) and head over to Sausalito to enjoy Mari Mack & Livin’ Like Kings at the Friday’s Night Jazz & Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito. Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sausalito Read more.
Very Fair-y Scoot over to Sonoma County Fair for excellent kid activities, food, and rides. Become part of the game at the PlayGround where there’s a life-sized version of CandyLand and HiHo Cherry-O. Visit the Kid Area for crafts, a dress-up area, and hands-on activities and crafts. Save time for all the shows, animals, and rides as well. Fifteen days of fun fun fun starts today. July 27 – Aug. 8, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (11:00 p.m. on Fri. and Sat.), Santa Rosa, $9/13 and up, $3/children 7 – 12, children 6 and under free. Read more.