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July 2018 Guide to Kid-Friendly Events in San Francisco

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Our contributor Laura, from SFMamaKoala.com, created this month’s guide. She’s a San Francisco native who’s in the know on all things family-friendly around the city. Check out her big list of events below!

July is prime summer time. What does your family do in the city to celebrate? Do you escape the city to find some sun? Besides the family fun below, other big SF events in July include the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Bastille Day Block Party, AIDS Walk SF, and the SF Marathon (San Franciscans love their live music and staying fit!). This month will be my last month guest recapping before I go on maternity leave. My experience of the city is constantly changing as my family grows up, as is the case for you, too, I’m sure. Here’s to the new adventures baby #2 will help me find in SF!

 

When you find yourself on the Peninsula, check out things to do in the area from Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog, and Wine Country Moms Blog has you covered for trips up north.

Know of something else fun going on around town? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below!  

Local Events in July

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1st

The Commons’ 1st Sundays Block Party

11am – 3pm

Civic Center Commons

Free Admission

The July 1st Block Party will kick-off the series with a special performance by San Francisco’s own Circus Bella at 11:30 am. 

“This family-friendly event will feature recreational activities for all ages, a selection of bar and street food offerings…music…an open-air bazaar with one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy artisans, and free DIY arts and crafts activities.”

Kids’ Silent Disco and Ping Pong Party in San Francisco!

12pm – 4pm

SPiN

Starting at $15 adults/$10 kids

Bring the whole family to this all ages Silent Disco Party! Not only will there be three channels of family-friendly music, but also tons of open ping pong tables to challenge your fam! With three live DJs playing your favorite hits, this party has something for everyone.”

2018 Japan Day Festival

12pm – 4:30 PM

Japantown Peace Plaza

Free Admission

“Celebrate the Japanese cultural heritage of Japantown! Enjoy the GenRyu Arts production of Japanese artists from Tokyo, Chicago, and the Bay Area. Experience Japanese cultural arts, music and dance.”

 

2nd

Mom and Babies Screening of Tag

Presidio Theater

$11

Sensory friendly screening of the movie Tag.

 

3rd

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5th

Flower Piano Launch

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

6th

Children’s Yoga

Waller Center

9:30am – 11am

Free

“Please bring a mat if you have one available. We will have a few mats to borrow. The class will be split into two age groups to best work with the kids 9:30-10 am: Recommended for ages 2-3

10:15-11 am: Recommended for ages 4-5”

The Little Mermaid – Feature Film with The SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall

7:30pm

Starting at $35 Adults/$17.50 children (18 years & under)

“(D)don’t miss the beloved music of this underwater world performed live to film by the SF Symphony.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

7th

The Little Mermaid – Feature Film with The SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall

7:30pm

Starting at $35 Adults/$17.50 children (18 years & under)

“(D)don’t miss the beloved music of this underwater world performed live to film by the SF Symphony.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

8th

Shiver We Timbers! A Peripatetic Pick-Ye-Own Pirate Adventure

1pm (Shows last a little more than one hour and are suitable for all ages.)

Noe Valley Town Square

Free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Sail the high seas with Captain Samuel Peaches and his crew! You’ll help these eccentric performing pirates chart their course through fantastic adventures inspired by pirate myths, legends and stories. Meet creatures and characters of the sea, sail to raucous pirate towns, sing along with swashbuckling sea chanteys, search for buried treasure, and avoid cursed doubloons — but be careful! Danger lurks in every port, and at the crest of every wave.”

The Little Mermaid – Feature Film with The SF Symphony

Davies Symphony Hall

2:30pm

Starting at $35 Adults/$17.50 children (18 years & under)

“(D)don’t miss the beloved music of this underwater world performed live to film by the SF Symphony.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

9th

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

10th

Toddler Tales @ Mission Bay Kids’ Park

10:30am – 11am

Free

“Please join us for Toddler Tales in the Mission Bay Kids’ Park at Long Bridge Street & China Basin St, about 5-minute walk from the Mission Bay Library…Feel free to pack a picnic from home to enjoy after storytime.”

World Cup Viewing Party

Civic Center Plaza

11 am

Free admission

Food trucks, soccer activities, & more family fun.

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

11th

World Cup Viewing Party

Civic Center Plaza

11 am

Free admission

Food trucks, soccer activities, & more family fun.

Pizza Party Benefiting The Homeless Prenatal Program

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria (Marina & Mission Bay)

3pm – 10pm

Once again, four-time World Series-winning Manager Bruce Bochy and his wife Kim will team up with Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria to raise money to help Bay Area families in need. Amici’s will donate an incredible 100% of sales from both San Francisco restaurant locations to the Homeless Prenatal Program. Bruce and Kim will make special guest appearances at both Amici’s locations on July 11th and will be available for autographs and photos.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

12th

Park and Art with the National Park Rangers

SFMOMA

2pm – 4pm

Free

Join us at the Public Knowledge Library in SFMOMA for a special Ranger Talk. Learn about local animals and plants through stories, songs, hands-on activities, and show and tell in a playful interactive day for children of all ages and their caregivers.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

13th

Exploratorium Community Night

5pm – 9pm

Free

All visitors can pay-what-you-wish on our yearly Community Days when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

14th

Public Safety Fair at Cobb Elementary!

11am – 1pm

Free

“(A)n exciting public safety fair to learn some amazing public safety tips! The event will include games and activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch and tons of fun!”

Conservatory Curiosities – Spice

Conservatory of Flowers’ Palm Terrace

12pm – 3pm

Free

Join the Conservatory’s community partners this summer for family-friendly demonstrations and conversations…Named one of the world’s best spice shops by Food and Wine Magazine, Spice Ace offers over 400 spices, herbs, blends, chiles, peppers, salts and extracts from all over the world. It is located in San Francisco.”

SF Uke Jam Summer Explosion

Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens

1pm – 3pm Pre-show beginner ukulele lesson with Ukulenny at 12:15–12:45pm.

Free

Whether you play or just enjoy hearing the ukulele being strummed by trained fingers, come join the SFUJ community for an afternoon uke-apalooza in the summer sun with a program showcasing the region’s foremost ukulele talent, a community strum-and-sing-along (bring your uke!), and special hula performances.”

Shiver We Timbers! A Peripatetic Pick-Ye-Own Pirate Adventure

Glen Canyon Park

3pm (Shows last a little more than one hour and are suitable for all ages.)

Free (donations gratefully accepted)

“Sail the high seas with Captain Samuel Peaches and his crew! You’ll help these eccentric performing pirates chart their course through fantastic adventures inspired by pirate myths, legends and stories. Meet creatures and characters of the sea, sail to raucous pirate towns, sing along with swashbuckling sea chanteys, search for buried treasure, and avoid cursed doubloons — but be careful! Danger lurks in every port, and at the crest of every wave.”

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

15th

World Cup Final Viewing Party

Civic Center Plaza

8am

Free admission

Food trucks, soccer activities, & more family fun.

Sunday Streets Mission

11am – 4pm

Free admission

“Sunday Streets returns to the sunny Mission district for a second round of car-free streets- from Duboce Ave to 26th St, Valencia Street transforms into to an open community space for all to enjoy.”

Ice Cream Sunday Showdown!

SoMa StrEat Food Park

11am – 5pm

$5 General Admission (Kids 10 & under free)

Melt your Sunday away with a mid-summer ice cream… or two, or three! Have it coned, cupped, rolled, scooped, swirled, and topped, with a heavy chance of sprinkles!”

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Castro Theater

Time to be announced

The classic, animated movie by the Beatles is stunningly restored. 

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

16th

Baby Music Jam

Joe DiMaggio Club House

10:30am – 11:30am

Free

“Ukulele, Puppet Show, Singing and Dancing. Mornings full of imagination. Fantastic for little ones. All are welcome!”

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Castro Theater

Time to be announced

The classic, animated movie by the Beatles is stunningly restored. 

Flower Piano

SF Botanical Gardens

7:30am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Free for San Francisco City & County Residents (with proof of residency); otherwise Adults $8/12 – 17 years $6/5 – 11 years $2/4 years & under free

“Flower Piano will once again transform San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. From July 5–16 only, visitors will find twelve pianos tucked among the many flower-filled gardens within SFBG’s 55 acres and are encouraged to play what they like, from chopsticks to Tchaikovsky.”

 

17th

Nature Artwalk

Mountain Lake

10am – 11:30am

Buy 1 ticket per child ($25)/sibling $18. Adults and children under one year old are free.

“Mountain Lake is a feast for the senses. The areas around Mountain Lake are home to 250 species of birds, 30 species of butterflies, and 50 species of mammals. Walk near the lake and pick up flowers, leaves, twigs, and more to use in art activities.”

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Castro Theater

Time to be announced

The classic, animated movie by the Beatles is stunningly restored. 

 

18th

The Beatles Yellow Submarine

Castro Theater

Time to be announced

The classic, animated movie by the Beatles is stunningly restored. 

 

19th

Presidio Twilight

Main Parade Ground

5 to 9 pm

Free admission (food available for purchase).

“San Francisco’s largest campfire features a delicious selection of international cuisine from a stellar lineup of local vendors. This event is a great way to kick off your weekend – so grab your blanket, bundle up, and enjoy fire-pits on the lawn, lantern-lit cabanas, yoga at dusk, live music under the stars, and the Presidio’s unbeatable views.” 

 

20th

Pi Clowns (Kids’ Show)

Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens

11AM – 11:30AM & 12:15PM – 12:45PM

Free

“A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics. Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes.”

21st

Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella

Mariposa Park

1pm (Performances run approximately 60 minutes.)

Free

“Feel free to bring picnic blankets and small folding chairs to all locations. Circus Bella does not provide audience seating at events…

Our circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling act, contortion, hula hoop, original clowning, and more. The music is originally composed and directed by the highly-acclaimed Rob Reich and draws from French Waltz, New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer, and American Circus March.”

Randall Museum Afternoon Art: Clay Sea Stars

1pm – 4pm

Drop-in $10 per parent-child combo; $5 for extra child

Dive in and design a stellar sea star out of clay. Drop by the Randall Museum’s new Art Room and get creative with your kids…All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs. All children under 8 must be with a paying participating adult.”

22nd

Stern Grove Festival KidStage Event: Percussion Demo with Youth Art Exchange

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. before concert

Free

“Kids of all ages can experience hands-on art projects, a musical instrument exploration station, and dance workshops with local teaching artists at KidStage in the West Meadow.”

Flock of Seagirls (80s Ladies Hits)

Union Square

2pm – 4pm

Free

Flock of Seagirls is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier all-female tribute to ladies of the ’80s. Honoring the legacy of women who rocked during this iconic decade, Flock of Seagirls plays hit after hit from the MTV era, spanning the genres of punk, new wave and power pop. You’ll instantly be transported back to the days of big hair and bigger shoulder pads with songs from The Go-Go’s, Blondie, The Bangles, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Heart, Cher, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and more.”

23rd

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24th

Mr. Shap Magic and Balloon Art

Chinatown Library

10am – 11am

Free

Dazzling balloon creations and extraordinary magic will fascinate children of all ages.”

25th

Raspados: Mexican Shaved Ice

Excelsior Library

4pm – 5:30pm

Free

“Cool down at the Library with a fruity, icy Mexican treat called raspados.
This is a Food, Health & Wellness program from SFPL. Try out new foods or a new healthy activity.”

26th

Sundown Cinema: Mrs. Doubtfire

Alamo Square

6pm – 10pm. Food trucks open at 6pm. Film screening after sunset.

Free

Mrs. Doubtfire – Celebrating Robin William’s Birthday! “Expect food, drinks, music, neighborhood fun”

 

27th

Off the Grid – Fort Mason

2 Marina Blvd

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Come for an early dinner with the kids. They’ll love the music and lively setting. You’ll love the good food and drinks. This year, OTG gets an upgrade with a “VIP Tasting Ticket,” the innovative Cubert Cold Prep, new branding, and an elevated, streamlined event layout that includes communal-style seating such as beer garden tables and benches, and more.

28th

Craving Chinatown Food Fest

Waverly Place

11am – 2:30pm

Free admission

Part of a Summer Saturdays series on Waverly.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victoria Theatre

2pm & 8pm

Tickets start at $35.

An angelic score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Bring the entire family and be swept away by the magic of Bay Area Musicals’ production of this truly unforgettable musical.”

29th

Off the Grid – Presidio Picnic

Main Parade Ground

11:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The picnic season is open! Bring your blanket and hang out. With so many delicious food trucks to choose from, you’ll want to spend time sampling them all. Free admission.

7th Annual Circus Festival

Bayview Opera House & NOW Hunters Point

12pm – 4pm

Free admission

“Attendees will enjoy a myriad of activities from mingling with stilt walkers, going down the epic Fun Slide, playing circus games, and this year attendees will be able to get their groove on with a community skate area with free roller skate rentals.”

Giants Hello Kitty Day

AT&T Park

1:05pm

Tickets start at $38. Children 24 months and younger do no require a ticket.

“(V)arious pre-game and in-game components will be themed around the global pop icon Hello Kitty, providing a family-fun atmosphere that Giants and Sanrio fans of all ages can enjoy! Your Special Event ticket package includes a ticket to the Sunday game versus the Brewers and a collector’s-edition Hello Kitty/Giants Backpack.”

30th

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31st

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