The July 4th hoopla may be over, but summer still has lots of action in store for us. Skirting the end of the World Cup, is your team in the finals? Put on your colors and head over to the Lark Theater to see the semi-finals and finals on the big screen. GOOOOAAALLL! Catch the July edition of Sunday Streets back in the Mission. But, make sure you have something left for the JAMband’s Family Festival at Park Chalet. Think you can make a performance of “The Little Engine that Could” at Bay Area Children’s Theatre? This musical, acrobatic version of the children’s classic will have you chugging and cheering on this diligent little train. Finally, the blackberries are ripe! Get a basket and join the folks at Ardenwood Farm for harvesting. Yum yum, give me some!

San Francisco

A Full Week of Fun Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids is throwing a coming-out shindig for themselves! After months of construction they’re ready to party all week long with kid-friendly activities every day this week (and discounts too) from story time to science fun…be sure to check the schedule for daily events. The week culminates with a big Grand Re-Opening party on Sunday with lots of kiddo entertainment.  Come down to see the changes and partake of the partying. Free events daily this week, Re-Opening Party Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  San Francisco, free. Read more.

L’Chaim! The Jewish Music Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with a party for you. Kick your heels up at YBG to a day-long music set by various artists, and ready the little hands for an instrument petting zoo. Bring a picnic and your big ears! Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., San Francisco, free. Read more.

East Bay

Right Round Go round and round on the carousel of fun at Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round’s Party Palooza. It’s got every kid party element you can think of: cotton candy – check; face painting – check; ice cream – check; live music and performances – check! If you think they can handle it, bring the littles over for treats and turns. Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Berkeley, free. Read more.

Singing on the Seven Seas Argh, prepare yourself, mateys, for singin’ pirates! Gather ‘round for the tale of “Josephine the Pirate Queen” and her adventures with mermaids, ghosts, and genies. There’ll be swash-buckling swordfights and chanteys alike. Make this performance or we’ll see ye on the plank! Argh! July 7 – 10, 8:00 p.m., San Pablo, $15 ($10/students & seniors). Read more.

South Bay

A Fest with Zest The Arts and Wine Festival in downtown Los Altos is the definition of “something for everyone.” The Kidzone features rides, entertainment, and arts and crafts activities, while the main stage rotates through live performances from local musicians. With the littles occupied, maybe you can grab yourself a glass from one of the local vintners represented at the festival. Hooah! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Los Altos, free. Read more.

Target This Party The first of three themed Target family days in Redwood City celebrates Asian culture. Performers highlight the event with lion dancers, a kung fu demo, and dancers from the Fei Tian Dance Academy. Learn about wildlife with animal visitors from Wild Wonders, then check out hands-on art stations, cooking booths, and the bouncy house. Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Redwood City, free. Read more.

North Bay


A Little Night Music Take advantage of the late evening sun by enjoying a concert at the Osher Marin JCC. Their Summer Nights series will have your kids dancing in their sleep. This Saturday, join the Nigerian Brothers for some traditional West African folk music. Get there early and learn some new moves at the African dance lesson. Sat., doors open at 6:00 p.m., Marin, $25/public ($20/members), $5/kids 6 – 17, 5 and under free. Read more.

Artsy Sneak Peek & Picnic Visit the open house at the Headlands Center for the Arts for a peak into the life of the artist. The Center hosts yearly artists-in-residence from all genres and from all over the world. This weekend the public is invited to come and see what these artists have been working on during their stay. Rodeo Lagoon is a short walk from the Center; bring a picnic and make a day of this artsy outing. Sun., 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., Marin, free. Read more.

-Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko