Summer’s kicking along in the San Francisco Bay Area; here we are almost midway already and it’s going fast! The possibilities for fun are endless this weekend. Kids under 14 can get free entry to SF Zoo by bringing their favorite plush bear. Meet real bears and hang out at the Teddy Bear Festival with cartoon bears and puppet shows. The Pi Clowns are yukking it up over at YBG; come by for some acrobatics, juggling, and laughs. In Sonoma County, visit Cotati’s Adventures in Candyland Kids’ Day Festival with live music, games, and a parade everyone can participate in. Visit the bunnies on Fourth Street in Berkeley when House Rabbit Society and Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary hold a rabbit adoption meet-n-greet at George. And design a boat out of cardboard, recyclables, and duct tape and see if it will hold water at Derby Day in Pleasant Hill. With so much to do the littles will wonder how they ever fit in school?


Target This Target is right on target with its Arts and Wonder Free Family Event. This weekend you can skate through the entrance of six local museums. Friday night the de Young is open late with its Bastille Day celebration, art projects, and a ballet performance. Saturday belongs to the Asian Art Museum and its journey from India to Japan. Sunday you might break yourself trying to get to SF MOMA, Zeum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and MoAD with art projects offered at each (including Haitian tooled metal sculpture). Make sure you eat your Wheaties and read up your Warhol because it’s going to be a long, artsy weekend. Fri. – Sun., see website for times, San Francisco, free! Read more.

Holka Polka Dots For new fun with some old tales, catch “Holka Polka” this Wednesday. Part Cinderella, part Little Red, with cameos from your favorite fairytale characters, this play will be sure to get a laugh from your littles. Wed., 11:00 a.m., San Francisco, see website for pricing. Read more.


Dance the Night Away Catch Tom Chapin as part of Palo Alto’s Twilight Concert summer series. Chapin’s great blend of musical styles and up-lifting original songs will have you singing well after dusk. Bring a picnic for the park to keep your little noshing and dancing all night long. Check the schedule to scout out other family friendly fare later in the summer. Sat., 6:30 p.m., Palo Alto, free. Read more.

Movie Madness Mountain View kicks off its summer movie series with “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” (which is patently hilarious). Bring your lawn chair and snacks and find a spot to take in this gem. Check the schedule for future flicks. Fri., 8:30 p.m., Mountain View, free. Read more.


Party Animals! Go to sleep to the sound of the lion’s purr and wake up to the trumpet of elephants. Spend a night with the denizens of Oakland Zoo and party it up with the animals. Make crafts, take a private sundown tour, and meet some animals up close before having a hot breakfast at the Island Café and taking another tour of the zoo. Fun for you, fun for the animals, fun at the zoo! Sat. – Sun., 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 a.m., Oakland, see website for prices (children 4 and up only). Read more.

Afri-Can! On Sunday get a Taste of Africa at Berkeley’s Habitot. While nominally a fundraiser for a new African exhibit, this event promises to be so much more with live music, African food, dancers and performers, and arts and crafts highlighting African traditions. Habitot continues to be a great Bay Area resource; come by for fun and to support this worthy cause. Sun., 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Berkeley, see website for prices. Read more.


Festive You, Festive Me, Festival! The San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival features two stages of tunes, over 200 artists, wine tasting, and food vendors. The Kid Zone offers a climbing wall, train ride, face-painting, slot-car racing and more. Bring the “fam” for this fun, free event. Sat. – Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., San Anselmo, free. Read more.

Music To Move To Andy Z, one of the Bay Area’s premiere kid musicians, is stopping by the Bay Club in Marin for silly songs and special stories. Take a trip to Andyland and your kids will meet some great characters while learning little lessons. Sun., 12:30 p.m., Corte Madera, call for prices. Read more.

Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko