San Mateo County Activities: 

September Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Music is Magic Concert Series: Cellista (September 1, 6:30pm)
    Magical Bridge Playground, Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
    Listen to this cellist known for her collaborations with artists across various media and her work with a variety of genres, including pop, hip-hop, classical and more.

  • Music on the Square: Pride and Joy (September 1, 6pm-8pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Dance to timeless pop and soul music. Pride and Joy is a Bay Area band known for its electrifying high-style shows.

  • Yoga and Meditation (September 2, 10am-11am) 
    Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton
    Learn techniques from a licensed and experienced practitioner. All ages are welcome to this class that focuses on beginner’s yoga, stress-relieving techniques and more.

  • Presidio Picnic (September 3, 11am-4pm)
    Main Parade Ground, Montgomery Street, Main Post., San Francisco
    Try food and drink from more than 30 vendors and enjoy free activities such as yoga classes, lawn games, a photo booth, bike riding lessons and more. Every Sunday.

  • Animals in Action (September 3, 11am, 2pm and 3pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Join animal keepers while they do animal enrichment activities, take animals on walks or do training sessions. CASA’s receive free admission, just show your CASA badge at entrance.

  • Pajama Storytime (September 6, 7pm-7:30pm)
    San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos
    Grab your Teddy bear and wear your pajamas for an evening of stories and songs. Every Wednesday.

  • Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet (September 2-17 and September 23-October 1)
    Hamlet speaks strongly about disenfranchisement, frustration and the need for action during troubled times in this tragedy. Sept. 2-17 at Presidio, Main Parade Ground, Montgomery Street and Sept. 23-Oct. 1 at McLaren Park, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive.

  • Menlo Outdoor Movie Series: Pete’s Dragon (September 8, 8pm-9:45pm)
    Downtown Menlo Park, Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park
    Grab a blanket or chair and snacks and settle down to watch this PG-rated film about a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Kidchella: Andy Z and the Andyland Band (September 10, 11am-1pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    Andy Z, winner of Disney Interactive’s iParenting Media Award, delights kids with his musical adventures in the madeup world of Andyland.

  • Movie in the Park: Moana (September 15, 7:15pm)
    Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame
    This PG-rated movie is about a strong-willed daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe who is chosen by the ocean to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess.

  • Fiestas Patrias (September 16, 4pm-8pm)
    Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
    This event celebrates many Latin American countries and 207 years of Mexican independence. There will be a kids’ craft area, traditional Mexican food from local restaurants, a flag ceremony, ballet folklorico performances, live mariachi music and more.

  • Palo Alto Children’s Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk (September 16 and 17, 10am and 12pm)
    1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    High school performers present this interactive production designed for children ages 3-6. Performances run 45 minutes. $10-12.

  • Drop-in Crafts (September 16, 10:30am-12pm)
    Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae
    Come for a new crafting project the third Sat. of each month. Younger children will require parental assistance.

  • Otter Feeding (September 17, 12pm)
    CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
    Watch these frisky creatures frolic up close and ask an animal keeper about their stories.

  • Free Day at the Exploratorium (September 23, 10am-5pm)
    Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco
    Explore cutting-edge exhibits dedicated to human phenomena, tinkering, seeing and listening, living systems and more.

  • Burlingame Pet Parade (September 23, 10am)
    This annual event attracted 600 participants and 1,800 spectators last year. It features marching bands, children and more. The parade marches up Broadway from Chula Vista to Capuchino, where it turns right and circles back down Broadway.

  • Palo Alto Quaker Meeting’s Harvest Festival (September 30, 9am-5pm) 
    Palo Alto Friends Meeting, 957 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
    Enjoy singing, dancing, games and storytelling. Shop for toys, collectibles and treasures.

  • Redwood City Salsa Festival (September 30, 12pm-8pm)
    Broadway between Middlefield and Hamilton, Redwood City
    The 10th annual festival features multiple stages of a variety of music, including salsa, Latin, jazz and reggae. Amateur and professional salsa chefs will compete for fun and prizes. There will also be food and a children’s play area.

  • Huddart Park (September 30, 10am-12:30pm)
    1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside
    Knowledgeable staff and volunteers will lead activities for children ages 2-10 as well as a longer nature walk for older kids and adults.

  • FMX Flight Simulator (September 30, 11am-2pm)
    Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
    Take a simulated 10-minute flight that gives you a sense of the challenge of aviation. Accelerate down the runaway of the San Carlos Airport and fly over the bay to the San Francisco International Airport. $10 plus admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.

  • 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. 
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  • 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.