Online Resources for Activities: 

San Mateo County Activities: 

May Activities (previously in Newsletter):

  • Japanese Taiko Drumming (May 1, 10:30am-11:30am)
    Brisbane Library, 250 Visitacion Ave., Brisbane
    Learn about the language, history and culture of this art from Kristy Oshiro and play the drums yourself. 
    smcl.org

  • Ballet Class With Erika (May 2,11-11:45am)
    Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane, Atherton
    Kids ages 2-6 learn ballet moves and pretend to be fairies, flowers, birds and butterflies.
    smcl.org

  • Children’s Day Festival (May 5, 11am-4pm)
    Japantown Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
    Festivities include cultural arts and crafts, bounce houses, games and prizes and cultural performances. 
    jcccnc.org

  • Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 5, 10am-6pm)
    Valencia Street between 21st and 24th streets, San Francisco
    The celebration showcases the best of Mexican and Latin American culture with an array of food, music, dance and artistry. 
    mncsf.org

  • Kite Day (May 5, 12pm-3pm)
    Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park
    Enjoy kite flying, spin art, snow cones, a rock wall and a hot dog lunch. Staff will be on hand to help assemble your kite and get it up in the air. 
    menlopark.org

  • Coding For Kids (May 6, 2pm-3pm)
    Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    All ages learn to code and make video games. All materials provided. Ten students admitted on first-come, first-served basis.
    redwoodcity.org

  • Old Woodside Store Day (May 6, 12pm-4pm)
    Woodside Store, 3300 Tripp Road, Woodside
    Experience life in the 1880s. Make shingles, use a two-man saw, twine rope, make rag  dolls and more.
    historysmc.org

  • Sizzling Science: Graphite Circuit (May 7, 4pm-5pm)
    Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road., Burlingame
    Kids in grades two through four perform hands-on experiments. 
    burlingame.org

  • Fun Sundays (May 13, 2pm-3pm)
    Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., #104B, Half Moon Bay
    Join in fun activities such as arts, crafts and games. 
    smcl.org

  • Teen Center (May 15, 3:30pm-5pm)
    Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
    This center offers activities around different themes each week, including food tastings, instrument making, jam sessions, vinyl and more. Every Tuesday. 
    smcl.org

  • Palo Alto Children’s Theatre: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (May 19-20, 10am and 12pm)
    1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
    High school performers bring this classic fairy tale to life. The 45-minute show is geared to children ages 2-6. $14 adults, $12 children. 
    cityofpaloalto.org

  • Meet the Animals (May 19, 2pm)
    Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
    Meet mice and lizards, check out a barn owl and maybe touch a tortoise while learning about California’s wildlife. Every Saturday.
    randallmuseum.org

  • Keyboarding For Kids (May 19, 2pm-3pm) 
    South San Francisco Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave., South San Francisco
    Learn the basics of typing. Go through quick lessons and play fun typing games. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 
    ssf.net

  • Buffalo Soldiers: Gone But Not Forgotten (May 20, 2pm-3pm)
    Presidio Visitor Center, 210 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco
    Join a ranger for a 1.5-mile leisurely stroll to explore the story of African-American buffalo soldiers. Learn about their contributions to the Presidio during a time of overt racism and prejudice. 
    presidio.gov

  • Third Sunday Concerts (May 20, 4pm-5:15pm)
    Presidio Chapel, 130 Fisher Loop, San Francisco
    The San Francisco State University Handbell Ensemble and the Rev. James P. Smith, the San Francisco Third Baptist Church organist, perform
    interfaith-presidio.org

  • First Grade Book Club (May 21, 8am-9am)
    Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City
    Practice reading skills at this monthly book club. Discuss a book, read sections out loud, play a game and have a small snack. 
    Smcl.org

  • Treasure Fest (May 26, 10am-4pm)
    Treasure Island, San Francisco
    Formerly called the Treasure Island Flea, this curated festival features more than 400 craft and vintage vendors, food trucks and eateries, live music, games and entertainment. $3 general, under 12 free.
    Treasurefest.com

  • Carnaval San Francisco Parade (May 27, 9:30am)
    Harrison Street between 16th and 24th streets, San Francisco
    Watch a procession of floats with multicultural themes featuring performers. At the festival, enjoy international food, music, dance, arts and crafts. 
    Carnavalsanfrancisco.org

  • Story Game Day (May 27. 12pm-5pm)
    Downtown Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
    Play collaborative story-telling and role-playing games. These aren’t about fighting, but about listening to each other and telling a story.
    redwoodcity.org

  • Memorial Day Parade, Carnival and Music Festival (May 28, 10:30am)
    Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Ave., Hillsborough
    Enjoy a parade, a carnival and live musical acts. Festivities end at 2:30pm. 
    Hillsborough.net

  • 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: 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.
    http://www.randallmuseum.org/saturdays/drop-in-science/

  • 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.
    http://museum.stanford.edu/participate/family_focus.html

  • 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! 
    http://helponechild.org/donations/current-donation-inventory

  • 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.
    http://www.smcl.org/en/content/discover-go