Online Resources for Activities:
- San Francisco Area Fun and Cheap
- SF Gate
- Via Magazine
- Redwood City Events
- Bay Area Kid Fun
San Mateo County Activities:
June Activities (previously in Newsletter):
Music on the Square (Every Friday through September 1, 6pm-8pm)
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
Enjoy a high-energy show that will get you dancing and having a good time.
Science Club (Every Friday, 4pm-5pm)
Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Experience hands-on science experiments using household materials.
Biggest Little Air Show (June 3, 10am-1pm)
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
Pilot John Collver gives a thrilling aerobatic flight performance with his full-sized 1944 SNJ. Also watch demonstrations of drones, quads, 3D aerobatic helicopters and other radio-controlled aircraft. With admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.
cityFEST (June 3, 10am-11pm)
Shell Boulevard from East Hillsdale Boulevard South to Balclutha, Foster City
Foster City’s largest event, this festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts booths, food vendors, live music and a Curiosity Zone featuring interactive activities and demonstrations involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Through Sunday.
Raptor Conservation Day (June 3, 11am-3pm)
CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
See these powerful birds of prey up close and meet several of California’s native species. There will be numerous kid-friendly activities. Included with admission: $11 adults, $8 children, $7 students 13-17.
Coding for Kids (June 4, 2pm-3pm)
Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
Make your own video games. This is a beginning class with materials provided. All ages welcome. Ten students will be admitted on first-come, first served basis.
Fun Sundays (June 4, 2pm-3pm)
Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., Half Moon Bay
Come for games, crafts and other activities.
San Francisco Free Folk Festival (June 10, 12pm-10pm)
Everett Middle School, 450 Church St., San Francisco
The festival offers music, dance, storytelling workshops, concerts, crafts, vendors and family activities.
San Mateo County Fair (June 10 through 18)
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
Enjoy the carnival rides, test your skill at midway games and listen to concerts by War, The Family Stone, the Oakland Symphony, Tower of Power, Smash Mouth and more. Parade begins at 10am on Franklin Parkway. Fair is 11am-10pm. $12 adults, $10 ages 6-12, under 6 free.
Sunday Streets: Sunset/Golden Gate Park (June 11, 11am-4pm)
City streets are transformed into car-free spaces for community health and connection. Bike, roller skate or walk and meet your neighbors.
Kidchella (June 11, 11am-1pm)
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
Andy Z will serve as master of music and play at this summer kids’ music concert series that kicks off today. Kids can dance and sing to live music and enjoy an inflatable play land. Through September 10.
Sounds of the Shores: Beach Boys Party Band (June 11, 5pm-7pm)
Marlin Park, corner of Neptune and Cringle streets, Redwood Shores
The Rip-Tides play vintage ‘60s-style rock as well as contemporary hits. Concert series runs through August 13.
Beginning Ukulele (June 13, 5:45pm-6:45pm)
Woodside Library, 3140 Woodside Road, Woodside
Bring your own ukulele and learn popular songs. A limited number of ukuleles will be available to borrow. For fifth-graders through adults. Every Tuesday through August 8. Free, but registration required.
Music in the Park (June 14, 6pm-8pm)
Stafford Park, corner of King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City
Check website for outdoor concert series lineup. Every Wednesday through August 16.
Red Panda Acrobats (June 16, 11-11:30am and 12:15-12:45pm)
Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, San Francisco
This troupe blends exceptional athletic skills with traditional Chinese music and dazzling costumes. https://ybgfestival.org/event/red-panda-acrobats-2017/
North Beach Festival (June 17, 10am-6pm)
Grant Avenue between Columbus and Filbert, San Francisco
This event features more than 125 arts and crafts booths, food, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, kids’ chalk art and much more.
Presidio Kite Festival (June 17, 12pm-5pm)
Presidio Main Parade Ground, Sheridan Avenue, San Francisco
This festival includes a build your-own kite booth, hands-on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites mega team flying, Taiko drummers and food trucks.
Palo Alto World Music Day (June 18, 3:30pm-7pm)
University Avenue, Palo Alto
This event features 50 professional and amateur musical groups performing jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian music and more.
John Collins: Paper Airplane Guy (June 20, 3pm-4pm)
Pacifica-Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica
This 45-minute show demonstrates a variety of aerodynamic principles. See planes flip, dive and zip through the air. For fourth-graders and up.
Kids Yoga (June 21, 4pm-5pm)
Pacifica Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica
Focus on building strength, self-confidence, flexibility and concentration. For kids 8-12. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat if possible. A limited number of mats will be available to borrow.
Free Community Night at the Exploratorium (June 23, 5pm-9pm)
Pier 15, San Francisco
Check out this famous museum that facilitates the exploration of science, art and human perception. Galleries focus on such topics as tinkering, seeing and listening and living systems.
Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon Fun For Kids (June 23, 2pm-4pm)
Presidio Officers Club, 50 Moraga Ave, San Francisco
Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, living history, a visit with Juanito the Donkey, archaeology, pottery making as well as music and dance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
Redwood Symphony (June 24, 7pm)
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
An all-volunteer orchestra performs favorites from the concert and movie worlds.
Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride (June 25, 10am)
Join the largest kids’ bike ride in the United States. Each year, more than 500 kids 12 and under pedal to the finish. Each child receives a medal, Popsicle and goody bag. Sign in before 10am, 10:30am start time. Registration booth is in front of Stacks, near Lorton and California, Burlingame.
Storytime (June 26, 6pm-7pm)
S. San Francisco Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave., South San Francisco
Enjoy stories, songs and action rhymes followed by a craft. For children of all ages.
Summer Science Festival (June 27, 1:30pm-3pm)
Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
Kids in first through sixth grade can attend this hands-on arts and science museum presented by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center. The event includes nature-related exhibits, the chance to learn about animal and plant adaptations, dinosaur bones, rockets, animation and more.
3D Printing After Dark (June 27, 6:30pm-8pm)
San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
Learn what 3D printing is, then select and print your own objects.
Central Park Music Series: High n’Tight (June 29, 6pm-8pm)
50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo
This four-piece party band plays classic rock, blues, jazz and country
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: http://www.eaa20.org/young-eagles.html
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.