San Mateo County Activities: 

July Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Origami Club (July 1, 1pm-5pm) 
    Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    Learn to make cool origami creations.

  • Coding For Kids (July 2, 2pm-3pm)
    Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    This is a workshop for beginners with all materials provided. Make your own video game. All ages welcome. Ten students will be admitted on a first come, first-served basis.

  • Chalk Full of Fun on the Square (July 3, 8am-6pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Look at local artists’ chalk drawings inspired by Redwood City’s 150th anniversary. Through Tuesday.

  • Old-Fashioned Fourth of July (July 4, 10am-4pm)
    San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Children can hand crank vanilla ice cream and have a taste and then make traditional Independence Day crafts. Vintage films of the Peninsula will be shown. $3 adults, $2 students, under 5 free.

  • Free First Friday (July 7, 10am-4pm)
    2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Explore the San Mateo County History Museum and enjoy playing in the past.

  • Music is Magic Series: Tim Cain (July 7, 6:30pm-8pm)
    Magical Bridge Playground, Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
    Bring a picnic dinner and listen to this award-winning children’s recording artist. Series takes place every Friday through September.

  • Circus of Smiles Presents Gravity Defying Juggling (July 8, 1:30pm-2pm) 
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    Andrew Quick and Mr. Mustache juggle, flip and make unbelievable catches.

  • Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival (July 8, 10am-5pm)
    1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto
    Featuring both fine and functional art, this festival features 150 artists. There will be hands-on clay workshops for children and wheel-throwing demonstrations. Through Sunday.

  • Kidchella: a Kid Rock Series (July 9, 11am-1pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Andy Z serves as master of music and play, and the Hipwaders perform whimsical music. Series runs through September 10.

  • Music Time With Mariela Herrera (July 10, 11am-11:30am)
    Portola Valley Library, 765 Portola Road, Portola Valley
    This is an energetic, interactive, bilingual musical performance filled with the rich rhythms and sounds of the Bay Area.

  • Cowgirl Tricks (July 11, 7pm)
    Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
    See trick roping, comedy and whip cracking.

  • Reptile Show (July 11, 3pm-4pm)
    Pacifica-Sharp Park Library, 104 Hilton Way, Pacifica
    Meet Jungle James’ reptile, insect and amphibian friends.

  • Menlo Summerfest: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” (July 15, 10am-6pm)
    Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street
    The event features live music, art by 200 artists, food trucks, a fun zone for kids and thrill rides. Through Sunday.

  • Otter Feeding (July 16, 12pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch otters frolic and ask an animal keeper about their activities. CASA Volunteers and children get free admission by showing their CASA badge.

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum Nature Studios Workshop (July 17, 3pm-4pm)
    Pacifica-Sanchez Library, 1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica
    Explore properties and patterns found in nature through hands-on science and math. For ages 4-9. Free but reservations required.

  • John Collins, Paper Airplane Guy (July 17, 2-2:45pm)
    Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
    Come for a 45-minute presentation showcasing a variety of aerodynamic principles. Make your own paper airplane.

  • Family Fun Night: Coventry and Kaluza (July 18, 7pm)
    Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
    Watch hula hooping, acrobatics and juggling.

  • Tito Garcia (July 20, 6pm-8pm)
    Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo
    This performer plays salsa in traditional format with a West Coast tinge. Part of the Central Park Music Series.

  • Brisbane Concerts in the Park: Journey Unauthorized (July 21, 6pm-8:30pm)
    Brisbane Community Park, 11 Old County Road, Brisbane
    Bring the family to this concert of classic rock. Bring food or pick up something from food trucks. Summer series runs through August 18.

  • DRUMMM (July 22, 2pm-2:30pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    Join DRUMMM Rhythmic Events founder Jeni Swerdlow in an upbeat, hands-on celebration through rhythm. Express your own rhythms on a drum. Instruments provided. All ages welcome.

  • Animals in Action (July 23, 11am, 2pm and 3pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Witness animals engaging in all kinds of activities. Watch keepers doing enrichment activities including taking animals for walks or doing training sessions. CASA Volunteers and children get free admission by showing their CASA badge.

  • Didgeridoo Down Under (July 24, 2pm-3pm)
    Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
    This is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation.

  • Bri Crabtree’s Silly Circus Show (July 27, 7pm) 
    Easton Branch Library, 1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame
    This show features juggling, magic, comedy and puppets.

  • Bobcat Feeding (July 29, 1pm)
    1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch bobcats chow down and learn about their lives from their animal keepers. CASA Volunteers and children get free admission by showing their CASA badge.

  • LEGO Club (July 30, 1pm-3pm)
    Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae
    Use your imagination to build creative structures. LEGOs provided. Every Sunday during the summer.

  • 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.