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June 2018 Guide to Kid-Friendly Events in San Francisco

things to do with kids san franciscoOur 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!

June is here, and with it comes Father’s Day, and festivals galore! I focus on family-friendly fun, and sometimes the really big events can feel a little more about adults and crowds for my personally curated list. But I will still include them in the monthly introduction because they are major events and part of the fabric of our city! So don’t forget June means the Union Street Music Festival, Haight Street Festival, and North Beach Festival. Other major events provide noteworthy family-friendly respites included below, such as the Stern Grove Festival and SF Pride. The SF Public Library has extra exciting offerings as part of their Summer Stride program, so there’s no excuse for the kids saying they are bored! Happy Summer!

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!  

Friday, June 1

High School Musical

7:30pm

Randall Museum

Musical Theatre Works is pleased to announce their Spring Musical. Adults: $25, Students: $15

Saturday, June 2

North Beach Family Summer Kick Off

11am – 2pm

Joe DiMaggio Playground

Come join local families to kick off summer! Enjoy free children’s music classes, a fire truck visit, bubble making, coach-led sports activities, and more. The event is also a farewell to North Beach’s Carmel Blue. Free (food available to purchase).

OMINODAY Music Festival

11am – 5pm

McLaren Park (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater)

“Our lineup this year will include bands, poets, dancers and DJs. As always, there will also be a space for information & resource tables, live art, kids’ activities, and food for the community.” Free.

Grillin’ in the Mo

12pm – 5pm

Hamilton Recreation Center

“Grab some food, make tie-dyed t-shirts or make gigantic bubbles and enjoy some down home blues…(E)njoy youth activities in our kid’s zone, i.e. face painting, cotton candy, jumpers, & bubbles.” Free (food available to purchase).

Sunday, June 3

Asian Art Museum Family Fun Day

10:30am – 2pm

200 Larkin St

“On Family Fun Days, our kid-friendly gallery tours, creative art projects and immersive storytelling make art appreciation a lively, family-friendly event. Themes and projects change regularly, so visit again and again.” Free.

International Children’s Day Festival

11am – 2pm

Bayview Opera House

Family photo booth, pop-up playground, food and snacks, interactive children’s musician, games, activities, arts & crafts, and community resources for families. Free with registration.

Sunday Streets Sunset/Golden Gate Park

11am – 4pm

Great Highway and JFK Dr

“Sunday Street’s longest route runs through the Outer Sunset and parts of Golden Gate Park, following the city’s western edge along the super-scenic Great Highway, providing car-free streets and fun, free activities for all.” Free.

Monday, June 4

I Feel Pretty Mama Baby Movie Screening

1pm – 4 pm

Presidio Theatre

Movie screening with babies welcome! $11 ticket.

Tuesday, June 5

36th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival Kickoff Celebration

5pm

Proxy — Corner Of Octavia & Hayes Streets

“The 36th San Francisco Jazz Festival will kick off with live music from Bay Area artists Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy and Beso Negro, plus films, beer from PROXY’s Biergarten, and food from many of the Bay Area’s best food trucks.” Free admission.

Thursday, June 7

Rainbow Storytime

10:30am – 11:30am

West Portal Library

“Join us for a special family storytime celebrating LGBTQI Pride. All families welcome (as always)!” Free.

Friday, June 8

Movie Night in the Park: Featuring Paddington 2

5:30pm – 9pm

Presidio Community YMCA

Food trucks, Bubbles, Face Painting 5:30 pm; cartoon Shorts 6:30 pm, Film at 7 pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy a free family movie night! Free (food available to purchase).

Saturday, June 9

First Act: Teething Ring

10am

Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building, 4th Floor
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

“Join us for San Francisco Opera’s First Act program for families with young children as part of the Ring Community Day. We’ll journey through Wagner’s epic adventure, The Ring, and meet fierce characters, learn legendary music and play lively games along the way. In this workshop, we’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts, and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language, and fine-gross motor skills.” $10/person.

Spring India Day 2018

11am – 5pm

Union Square

“Mark your calendars for “Spring India Day” Cultural activities, Street Food, Entertainment, Wellness and Shopping!!” Free admission.

2018 San Francisco Free Folk Festival

12pm – 10pm

Everett Middle School

“The 42nd annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival will be a full day of music, dance, and storytelling workshops and concerts, crafts, vendors, and fun for the whole family.” Free.

Sunday, June 10

1st Annual Ghirardelli Square Festival

10am – 6pm (also on Saturday)

We are shutting down Polk and Beach Streets and offering something for everyone – arts & crafts, live entertainment, festival food favorites, craft beer & wine, and fun for all ages, along the breathtaking bayside Aquatic Park.” Free admission.

Ten Year Anniversary Community Free Day

11am – 5pm

Contemporary Jewish Museum

“Join us as we celebrate community with live music, gallery performances, art-making, and more…Hands-on interactive fun throughout The Museum with lots of keepsakes that help build connections to family, friends, and heritage, plus pop-up programs celebrating The CJM’s architecture and exhibitions with music, film, dance, mini-tours, poets, and more.”  Free.

Tuesday, June 12

Fur, Feet and Feathers

11am – 11:30am

Main Library

“Learn about local animals and plants with a National Park Ranger, through stories, songs, hands-on activities, and show and tell. This is a playful interactive experience suggested for children under 8 years old and their caregivers. ” Free.

Thursday, June 14

Presidio Twilight

5 to 9 pm

Main Parade Ground

“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.” Free admission (food available for purchase).

Friday, June 15

Parangal Dance Company (Kids’ Show)

11am – 11:30pm & 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Children’s Garden, Yerba Buena Gardens
799 Howard St.

“Parangal Dance Company is a Filipino folk dance group dedicated to preserving and promoting the ethnic attire, music and dance of the Philippines through research, workshops and performances.” Free.

Saturday, June 16

Juneteenth SF 2018

11am – 6pm

Fillmore Street between Geary Blvd. and Golden Gate

Parade, Kid Zone with pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, live entertainment, food and community resources. Free admission.

Free Solstice Carnival

12pm – 4pm

Parklab Community Garden

Petting zoo (12pm – 2pm), fitness challenge, new soccer fields, and more for free. Purchase a ticket ($40 adults/$15 youth) for entrance to the garden with food bites, live music, terrarium workshop, and photo booth. 100% of proceeds benefit Urban Sprouts job training programs.

Presidio Kite Festival

12pm – 5pm

Presidio Main Parade Ground

“The all-day event features a free build you own kite booth, hands on learning from kite experts, a kite art exhibition, giant kites, mega team flying, Taiko drummers, and food trucks.” Free admission.

Sunday, June 17

Father’s Day BikeAbout

8:30am

SF Zoo

“Celebrate Dad by bringing your bicycle to the Zoo for this 1-1/2 hour riding tour and relaxing continental breakfast. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you as you see the animals start their day. You may find a tiger yawning and stretching, a bear bathing, or monkeys bounding through the branches for their morning exercise.” $45/non members; $35 members; children piggyback (no bike) Free.

GeekCraft Expo SF June 17th

11am – 5pm

Fort Mason Center

Shop from local crafters/makers and enjoy craft activities for lovers of superheroes and gaming. Free admission.

Monday, June 18

Harry Potter Potions

4pm – 5pm

Bernal Heights Library

“It’s summer, but Professor “Snip” is back for another Potions class! See if you have what it takes to pass Potions at Hogwarts. Space is limited, please come early. For ages 6+.” Free.

Tuesday, June 19

Drag Queen Story Hour!

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Eureka Valley Library

“Join us for a unique and unforgettable story hour, featuring face painting and cookies!” Free.

Wednesday, June 20

Alison Faith Levy

10:30am – 11:30am

Chinatown library

Accompanying herself on guitar and accordion, Alison Faith Levy engages library audiences in all kinds of dancing, spinning, wiggling, pretend play, singing, and other silliness.” Free.

Thursday, June 21

2018 Commons Block Party

5pm – 9pm

Civic Center Plaza

“The evening event features bands, curated by Another Planet Entertainment, and food trucks and adult beverages alongside Civic Center’s new state of the art playgrounds.” Free admission (food available for purchase)

Friday, June 22

Afternoon Sailing Adventure on San Francisco Bay: Alma sails

12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

“Take in dazzling views while park rangers tell stories about California history. Topics covered include: Native Americans, Spanish explorers, the Gold Rush, lighthouses, the Barbary Coast, Fisherman’s Wharf, earthquakes, fires, shipbuilding, and more.” Adult: $40, Senior (62+): $30, Child (6-15): $20, Under 6: Free with adult.

Saturday, June 23

Aloha Polyfest

11am – 5pm

“We welcome everyone to celebrate and learn about Polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean through cultural dances, crafts, food, and more.” Includes Kids Zone and ukulele jam session. Free admission.

Queer Youth Space at San Francisco Pride

12pm – 6pm

Civic Center Plaza, NE

“(T)he Queer Youth Space is a safe environment for youth ages 12-24 to chill out, get some snacks, and participate in activities. We have a community art project, crafts, lawn games, prizes, and more!” Free, but requested $1 donation at festival gates. Also on Sunday.

Circus Bella

12pm – 1pm & 2:15

Esplanade, Yerba Buena Gardens

“Dust off your tambourine, ukulele or kazoo and come out for comedy and circus sure to strike the right note.” Free.

Sunday, June 24

The LGBTQ Family Garden at San Francisco Pride

11am – 6pm

Civic Center Plaza, NW

Our Family Coalition is thrilled to offer the Family Garden once again. This is a safe, fun space for children, youth, and their LGBTQ parents/caregivers during the Pride celebration. Arts and crafts, games, face painting, and resources will be offered to LGBTQ families. Free, but requested $1 donation at festival gates.

KidStage at Stern Grove Festival (Reggae/Dancehall with Shemica Johnson)

From 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Concert starts at 2pm.

Before the Sunday concert “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.” Free.

Queer Youth Space at San Francisco Pride

11am – 6pm

Civic Center Plaza, NE

“(T)he Queer Youth Space is a safe environment for youth ages 12-24 to chill out, get some snacks, and participate in activities. We have a community art project, crafts, lawn games, prizes, and more!” Free, but requested $1 donation at festival gates.

Monday, June 25

Alka Seltzer Rockets

4pm – 5pm

Bernal Heights Library

“Blast off this summer by mixing your own rocket “fuel” to make it go boom! Ages 6 and up.” Free.

Tuesday, June 26

Tree Frog Treks: Amphibians & Reptiles

2pm – 2:30pm

Main Library

“Naturalists will introduce a variety of amphibians and reptiles from tiny Pacific Tree Frogs to 14-foot long Burmese Pythons. Learn about their natural habitats and role in the ecosystem. For ages 5 and up.” Free.

Wednesday, June 27

#Foodie Rangers

3pm – 4pm

Noe Valley Library

“A picnic in the park can be a picnic at your library! Join a park ranger for an hour of fun and a yummy activity, and learn how the food you can find in your national parks can also benefit your body and health. For 9 to 12 year olds.” Free.

Thursday, June 28

Neighborhood Open House

3:30pm – 5:30pm

Recess – urban recreation

“New visitors to Recess can come in to play in our space and learn about membership, parties, classes, and more!” $5 per family.

Friday, June 29

Pasados del Presidio – Afternoon Fun for Kids

12pm – 3pm

Presidio Officers’ Club

Join us to see Early California history come to life. Enjoy hands-on activities, a tortilla-making demonstration, and more. Music and dance is offered by Ballet Folklórico Mexicano.

Saturday, June 30

Fillmore Jazz Festival

10am – 6pm

Fillmore Street ~ Jackson to Eddy

“(V)isitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, browse the offerings of over 12 blocks of fine art and crafts and enjoy gourmet food and beverages.” Free admission.

8th Annual Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival

11am – 5pm

Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough St.

Cooking demos, scavenger hunt, live performances, food trucks, and more. $5/ person

Unique Derique Fool La La Over the Rainbow

2pm – 3pm

San Francisco Studio Theater 1062 Valencia Street

The Clown Prince of Fools keeps the fun going in this jolly circus-inspired celebration for all ages. Free FAMILY FUN Intro to Juggling and Hambone after the show! (20 minutes)

Thanks for letting me guest post this month’s kid-friendly event guide! I am obsessed with discovering all the hidden gems for families in the city. Read more about SF family adventures at SFMamaKoala.com.

 

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2 Responses to June 2018 Guide to Kid-Friendly Events in San Francisco

  1. Lani Schreibstein June 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Saturday, June 9

    Nature Artwalk – National Get Outdoors Day

    10 – 11:30 am

    Parent-child Nature Artwalks are short guided walks with stops to collect a variety of leaves, flowers, sticks, bark, and rocks that we find on the ground and use them for different art activities.

    Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with Color Explorers! We’ll meet outside the Glen Canyon Park Rec Center in front of the Solar Totems sculpture and walk a short loop. We’ll see what wildlife we can spot and stop to make art along the way.

    Adults and children under one-year-old are free. Children over 1 are $25 and siblings are $18 each. This event is appropriate for children ages 1-8.

    https://www.colorexplorerssf.com/events/nature-artwalk-4/

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