San Mateo County Activities: 

August Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Fort Point History Tour (August 4, 11am-12pm)
    Fort Point National Historic Site, Building 999, Marine Drive, San Francisco
    Learn about the soldiers’ lives, the Fort’s unique architecture, the defenses of the Golden Gate and more, every Friday.

  • Caterpillar Puppets (August 4, 11-11:30am and 12:15-12:45pm)
    Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens, 799 Howard St., San Francisco
    Joe Leon’s eccentric menagerie of puppets draws audience members of all ages into familiar stories that take unexpected turns.

  • Music is Magic Summer Concert Series: Tim Cain (August 4, 6:30pm-8pm)
    Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
    This award-winning children’s recording artist performs more than 200 concerts a year.

  • Puppet Art Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood (August 5, 1pm-2pm)
    Belle Haven Branch Library, 413 Ivy Drive, Menlo Park
    This is a nutty version of the fairy tale featuring Little Red and her dog Fifi taking pepperoni pizza to Grandma’s house.

  • Around the Americas With 123 Andrés (August 6, 2pm-3pm) 
    Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway South, #104B
    Learn or practice English or Spanish while singing, jumping and dancing to Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés’ 50-minute high-energy, interactive show. Check website for appearances at other San Mateo County libraries.

  • Mad Science of Toys (August 7, 2pm-3pm)
    Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
    Tinker with technology and learn about the science behind some of your favorite toys. Use classic toys to discover the science of motion. Free but registration required.

  • Kids’ Air Faire (August 9, 11am-2pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Aviation professionals bring aircraft to the museum for a show-and-tell session. Learn how to talk and look like a pilot. Sit in the open cockpits of a Boeing 747, 737 and Grumman Albatross as well as general aviation aircraft. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.

  • Fantasy on Strings (August 10, 10:30am-11:15am)
    Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
    Go on a magical excursion with The Puppet Company and meet a host of 3-foot-tall fully-articulated marionettes, including a mama and baby dragon, dancing ducks and tap-dancing skeletons.

  • Movie in the Park: Finding Dory (August 11, 8pm)
    Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
    Watch this PG-rated animated film about an amnesiac fish who journeys to be reunited with her parents.

  • Magic Back to School Celebration (August 12, 11am-3pm)
    NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings St., San Francisco
    Come to the bookmobile for the annual backpack and school supplies giveaway. Children entering kindergarten to 12th grade are invited.

  • Bugs Day (August 12, 10am-1pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    See, touch and learn about captivating bugs from Beetlelady. Observe native wildlife and play with serious science exhibits in the new exhibition The Nature of Patterns. CASA’s get free admission, just show your badge at the door.

  • Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet (August 12-27, 4pm and 7:30pm)
    Sequoia High School Campus, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City
    The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents this tragedy about a Danish prince who must decide whether to commit murder to avenge the death of his father. Every Saturday, August 12-26, at 7:30pm; every Sunday, August 13-27 at 4pm.

  • Kidchella: Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock (August 13, 11am-1pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    This show will engage kids and families in dancing, jumping, spinning, wiggling, pretend play and other silliness to the strains of retro pop tunes.

  • Bay Area Wild (August 15, 1pm1:45pm)
    Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
    Docents from Wildlife Associates introduce wildlife living in the surrounding fields and forests. Animals who come for a visit may include a gray fox, a great horned owl, an opossum and a red-tailed hawk.

  • Happy Birds (August 16, 11am)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Check out this team of parrots, macaws and cockatoos who have been featured on The Tonight Show, Pet Star and The Ellen Show. Bird skills include riding a bike, playing basketball and skateboarding. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.

  • Music in the Park: Top Shelf (August 16, 6pm-8pm)
    Stafford Park, King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City
    Listen to Motown and classic soul favorites.

  • XStreme Science Magic: Eclipse Edition (August 17, 1pm-2pm)
    Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
    The program room will be converted into a planetarium with stars and light. Explore eclipse science and experiment with rocketry activities. For grades 1-5. Free but advance registration required.

  • CuriOdyssey Cinema Night (August 18, 7:30pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Enjoy an evening of endearing and thought-provoking short films selected by Exploratorium Cinema Arts, $10.

  • Burlingame on the Avenue (August 19, 10am-6pm)
    Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame
    This street festival features music, performances and hand-crafted products, including children’s fabric books, container gardens, photography and more. Through Sunday.

  • Pescadero Arts & Fun Festival (August 19)
    I.D.E.S Grounds, 22 Stage Road, Pescadero
    This festival promotes local artists and raises funds to benefit local youth programs. It includes live entertainment, a kids’ korral, handcrafted goods, country cooking and more. Through Sunday.

  • Fun Sundays (August 20, 2pm-3pm)
    Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., #104B, Half Moon Bay
    Come for games, crafts and more. Every Sunday.

  • Jelly Jam Puppet Time (August 22, 10:30am-11am)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Risa leads an interactive puppet show and asks the audience to become actors and dancers.

  • Alphabet Rockers (August 26, 2pm-2:30pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    This group’s new hip-hop concert, “The Playground Zone,” joins fun with social messages. Check website for other library performances.

  • Music Time with Mariela Herrera (August 26, 11:15am-11:45am)
    Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley
    Come to an energetic, interactive performance featuring multicultural music.

  • Backyard Science (August 26, 10am-5pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Get your hands wet and experiment with water flow. Catch sun images in your hand in a geodesic dome. CASA’s get free admission by showing their badge.

  • Otter Feeding (August 27, 12pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch frisky river otters frolic up close and ask an animal keeper stories about their lives during daily feeding. CASA’s get free admission.

  • Project STEM (August 30, 4:30pm-5:30pm)
    Brisbane Library, 250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane
    Children 8-12 can do hands-on projects involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

  • Young Eagles
    Young Eagles is run by the Experimental Aircraft Association at San Carlos Airport. On the 3rd Saturday of every month they give FREE flights to kids ages 8-17.  Each kid gets a 20 min flight and a quick lesson about the plane's controls, etc from the pilot. 
    To get your free Young Eagles flight, come to the San Carlos Airport Terminal Building (620 Airport Way, San Carlos) adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting). You will need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature. 
    For more information visit:

  • Drop-In Science Workshop (Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am)
    Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    Drop-In Science sessions each Saturday explore basic science concepts that surround us in our amazing world. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home the results of their work. $4/child. Children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Studio Art Making (Every Sunday 1-3pm)
    Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto
    Come out for 30-minute sessions at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm every Sunday in the Moorman Studio. Experiment with art materials and new techniques during sessions taught by professional art educators. Sign up for your session at the table near the indoor entrance to the Cool Cafe.

  • Donation Closet – Help one Child
    858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
    Help One Child's Donation Closet is filled with new items!  Check out the list to see if we have what you need for your CASA child!

  • Discover & GO:  Free Passes to Museums through San Mateo County Library!
    Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a San Mateo County Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.