Hope you all are out enjoying the breeze and sun (and occasional fog) of summer time. The San Francisco Bay Area is full of activities to keep the little ones on their toes this weekend. In addition to our round-up of events below, catch The San Francisco Mime Troupe in their tour of (mostly) free events around town. Also, Alameda’s 26th Annual Art and Wine Festival takes place this weekend with a little for you, and a lot for the kiddos (think  petting zoo, pony rides, etc…) If that’s not enough festival for you,  get your fill at Gilroy’s iconic Garlic Festival. With a full children’s stage program and a litany of kids’ activities, the littles will be singing garlic praises. Online, check out the huge sale at Rikshaw Design starting today and finishing up Aug. 3.  Now, get out there and play!


Discover the Seven Seas Get shipwrecked at BADM and spend some time singing shanties on a desert isle. The second in the series of after-hours parties, this Friday sees BADM transformed into a pirate base with tales of dastardly deeds and songs of piracy. Sign up for the barbecue dinner and stay clear of the plank! Fri., 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sausalito, see website for prices. Read more.

Fun in the Water Head over to the San Rafael Yacht Club for some fun on the water. The Summer Water Festival features kayak and sailboat demonstrations, water games, live music, and barbecue. So much fun you might go overboard! Sat., 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.


In The Spotlight The Paramount Theatre screens “E.T.” this Friday, the movie that introduced Reese’s Pieces to a generation and showed friendship knows no boundaries. If you can see it again without crying (or even with; bring tissues!), take the kids to this classic tale of love and companionship. Fri., 8:00 p.m., Oakland, $5/person. Read more.

Theatre for the Whole Family The 4th Annual Chevron Family Theatre Festival is sure to be a good time with performers from around the nation. Multiple stages feature a variety of acts from fairytale theatre to the Sippy Cups. Look out for craft activities as well. Check the schedule and plan your day! Sat., 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Walnut Creek, see website for pricing. Read more.


Engine No. 9 Bring your Thomas-enthusiasts to the Hiller Aviation Museum for their model train show. Check out models of high speed train from Europe and take part in other activities and contests. Choo-Choo!! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Sun.), San Carlos, $11/adults, $7/children 5 – 17, under 5 free. Read more.

Mamma Festa! The Festa Foundation shows their love for San Mateo this weekend with the Festa Italiana Community Street Fair. Shop for gifts (for yourself or otherwise) while the littles check out the chalk art gallery. Watch the antique car parade tooling down the street then hit the children’s carnival with rides and bouncy houses. Sun., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., San Rafael, free. Read more.


Mysterious and Spooky Jump on the Magic Bus (Ninth Street Independent Film Center) for a movie matinee. “Kimba’s Cave” bills itself as a “creepy/funny Saturday morning kiddie show” and cites Tim Burton’s “A Nightmare Before Christmas” as a peer. Maybe not great for the littlest of littles, but older kids might like its breed of “zany.” Catch opening act the Monkey Butts for a sing-along/dance party. Sun., 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., San Francisco, $5/adults, $3/children. Read more.

Run for Fun While a marathon might seem daunting to those of the “little legs” faction, the Munchkin Kids’ Run is just their size. A run for charity, the 1-mile, ½-mile, and 100-yard dash starts near the finish line of the SF Marathon. Kids can run in the 5K race as well. All kid participants receive an official race number, t-shirt, and medal. Bring the kids for this fun way to participate in the San Francisco Marathon. Sun., 8:30 a.m., San Francisco, $25 (Registration fees benefit the SF Child Abuse Prevention Center.) Read more.

-Nicole Cooksey-Voytenko