40 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in June

Summer is finally here!  With street festivals, county fairs, and so many more events happening it is going to be hard to decide what to do this month.  Here are the top 40 kid friendly events in San Francisco not to miss in June 2017.

Extraordinary Playscapes at The Main Library: All Month Long

San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd Floor (100 Larkin Street)
This national exhibition and education program from Design Museum San Francisco explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities, and social equity.  Extraordinary Playscapes examines the art, history, science, and importance of play, while telling the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world.  Featuring over 40 international playgrounds, drawings, sketches, videos, scale models, and playable installations, the interactive exhibition examines the importance of play and the latest thinking in playground design. From towering treetop playgrounds to hand-knit crochet installations, visitors will discover how architects and designers worldwide are engaging diverse communities to translate play objectives into state-of-the-art and meaningful environments. Free & Open to the Public.

Presidio Twilight: Every Thursday, 5-9PM

Celebrate summer evenings in the park at Presidio Twilight! Back for its fourth season, the gathering features delicious international food and drink from a large selection of local vendors, lantern-lit cabanas, shared fire pits, live music, and views of the sun setting over San Francisco Bay. Grab your blanket, bundle up, and enjoy San Francisco Bay views, yoga at dusk, and a great community vibe.

Fly Guy the Musical at the Childrens Creativity Museum: June 1-June 11

Based on the popular book series by Tedd Arnold, this musical is about a boy and his pet fly and their struggles against a nefarious manufacturer of fly swatters. For ages 4 and up.  10:30am and 1:30pm.

Asian Art Museum Stroller Tour: June 2, 9AM

Parents and caregivers of children 0-2 are invited to tour the museum before it opens to the public on the first Friday of every month. A docent will lead an engaging tour on the museum’s masterpieces.

Alphabet Rockers at Yerba Buena Gardens: June 2, 11AM

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers the delightful Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Garden Series, interactive performances specially designed for kids and families, on Fridays in the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden at Howard and Fourth Streets. Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs, and dances.

World Oceans Week at Aquarium By The Bay: June 3-June 11

Join us at Aquarium of the Bay for World Oceans Week (June 3-11). Find out what makes the ocean so special and how we can all do our part to keep it that way as we celebrate World Ocean’s Day for a whole week! Please see website for the Aquarium’s hours of operation.

Children explore space and astronomy through various STEM activities including designing food for space and building tools for the Mars Rover.
Visit CuriOdyssey to see these magnificent birds in action. Learn the science of their survival, watch their incredible flight and see them perched up-close. Look up to the skies with falconer, Kenny Elvin, as he sends raptors soaring overhead. Discover how to protect raptors and the differences in bird species from our featured guests including Wildlife Associates and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Guest appearances throughout the day by CuriOdyssey’s raptors and more! This event is free for CuriOdyssey members or included with price of admission ($11-8)

Biggest Little Air Show: June 3, 10AM

Pilot John Collver gives a thrilling aerobatic flight performance with his full-sized 1944 SNJ. Also watch demonstrations of drones, quads, 3D aerobatic helicopters and other radio-controlled aircraft.

Presidio Family Friendly Bike Ride: June 3, 10AM

Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that’s fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own.

Fantastical Hats! A Family Workshop: June 3, 10AM

Families with children ages 4-10 years are invited to join us in our studio as we transform 2-dimensional sheets of paper into fantastical 3-dimensional hats!   ​FREE with pre-registration. To register, email sfcac@childrensartcenter.org.

Story Time and Walk at the SF Botanical Gardens: June 3, 10AM

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us in our cozy children’s book nook for lively readings of nature-themed stories. Afterward, families can enjoy a special docent-led family Garden walk that brings the stories to life. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Creative Family Fun at the Presidio: June 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 24/25, 11AM

June 3/4: The Presidio was under Mexican control from 1822-1846. To celebrate the Presidio’s Mexican heritage, join us in making a repujado craft. Repujado is a traditional Mexican art form where metal is raised and decorated to create beautiful designs.  June 10/11: June 12 is Russia Day and we will be making Russian-themed paper people. Russian settlers at Fort Ross often traded with the Spanish colonists at El Presidio de San Francisco. June 17/18: Come learn about the ceramics that the Spanish used in the Presidio long ago and paint your own majolica-style tile, a centuries-old tradition in Mexico. June 24/25: Travel back in time and learn how to make a corn husk doll, just as the Spanish colonist children at El Presidio did.

Wonder Woman Super Saturday at Laurel Village: June 3, 11AM

To honor DC Comics’ Wonder Woman and her heroic traits of courage and kindness, we will turn a normal Saturday at the bookstore into into an AMAZING ADVENTURE: cape making and Super Hero origami throughout the day, story time for the little super heroes @ 11:00 am and cookie decorating for the big super heroes @ 3:00 pm. What are your super powers? All ages are invited!

Music for Families: Music to Your Feet: June 3, 2PM

Learn about the basics of rhythm and meter while grooving along with live dancers and the San Francisco Symphony.

Union Street Music Festival: June 3-4

This event features local bands performing everything from jazz and blues to country, bluegrass and more. There will also be arts and craft booths, food and beverages and community information booths. 10am-6pm both days
Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not To Miss in june 2017
Every first and second Sunday and select school holidays from 11am–3pm, families can experience a new adventure in art-making free with admission to The Contemporary Jewish Museum. As always, the hands-on fun inspires children to learn more about the exhibitions on display in the galleries, the building’s architecture, or holidays and traditions while experimenting with materials and art
June 4: Watch a live cartoonist in action and design and draw your own cartoons. Materials are provided by Blick Art Materials. This program is co-sponsored by the Cartoon Art Museum.

Family Festival at San Francisco Community Alternative: June 4, 11AM

Join the Shared Schoolyard Project and Supervisor Mark Farrell at San Francisco Community Alternative on Sunday, June 4th from 11am-1pm for an exciting kick-off event marking the grand re-opening of the schoolyard for the public to use on weekends. The event will include games and activities for the whole neighborhood, free lunch and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Y Learn to bike Program: June 4, 11AM

Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.

YWCP’s Spring Showcase Concert, “Amazing Folk”: June 4, 4PM

Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco presents a folk-inspired repertoire that will transport concertgoers to rural villages and back to our exciting concert venue. At the concert, you’ll hear arrangements of folksongs by Zoltán Kodály and Johannes Brahms, as well as traditional songs from Mexico, France, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Japan and the United States.

Tree Frog Treks at West Portal Library: June 7, 4PM

Naturalists will introduce a variety of amphibians and reptiles, including the tiny Pacific tree frogs to 14-foot Burmese pythons.

Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not To Miss in June 2017

Chelle! and Friends at Yerba Buena: June 9, 12PM

Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, Chelle! & Friends bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music. Chelle! & Friends is made up of some of the most distinguished and accomplished musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Rhonda Crane, Bryan Dyer, Donna Viscuso, Eric Swinderman on guitar, Kevin Scott on bass and Michaelle Goerlitz on drums. Chelle! & Friends deliver music that’s steeped in the cadences of gospel and animated by the earthy grooves of R&B and the Caribbean. Join the party, move your feet, sing along and join a Mardi Gras parade!

Family Art Activity for Fathers’ Day at off the Grid: June 9, 5PM

Enjoy amazing and delicious eats from the food trucks gathered for Off the Grid. Then join us for a Fathers’ Day family art activity. Look for the Off the Grid “Mini Mason” Kid Zone tent. Drop by any time for creative, collaborative family fun!

Sunday Streets: Sunset/Golden Gate Park June 11

The Sunday Streets Sunset/Golden Gate Park is the longest, and perhaps most scenic route, traveling through Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway.  The Sunday Streets Sunset will take place on the Great Highway between Sloat Blvd and Lincoln Way, Lincoln Way to MLK Drive, MLK drive to Bernice Rodgers Way, Bernice Rodgers Way to JFK Dr, and JFK Dr between Bernice Rodgers Way and Transverse Dr, on Sunday, June 11th from 11am to 4 pm.  Because this route is so long, we encourage you to bring your bike or skates. If you don’t have wheels, be sure to put on those walking shoes!

Marine Science Sunday at Marine Mammal Center: June 11, 18, 10AM

Take docent led tours to learn about the animals and attend classroom presentations. Repeats June 25.

Presidio Stargazing Party: June 15, 7PM

Presidio Stargazing Parties are perfect for families and people of all ages interested in seeing the universe through a telescope. The SFAA brings telescopes and amateur astronomers to guide you, unveiling some of the night sky’s most interesting astronomical beauties. See the moon, planets, nebulae and galaxies up close and learn some of the constellations at a star tour. Bad weather cancels.

Alameda County Fair June 16-July 9

Children ages 12 and under can get into the Alameda County Fair free until 5pm on June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7.

Father’s Day at Aquarium by The Bay: June 16

Come celebrate Father’s Day at Aquarium of the Bay, located on the iconic PIER 39. On June 16, we will be celebrating the Dads of the Bay by providing Dad free admission with the purchase of a child’s ticket. On June 16 only, One Free Adult Admission for Dad with Purchase of One Child’s Admission. Promo code: 560

Red Panda Acrobats at Yerba Buena Gardens: June 16, 11AM

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers the delightful Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Garden Series, interactive performances specially designed for kids and families, on Fridays in the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden at Howard and Fourth Streets.    Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages.

Juneteenth Festival: June 17, 10AM

Celebrate the abolition of slavery in the United States at this festival. The event includes a parade, a job fair, a car show, a health and wellness fair, four stages of live music and a kids’ area with pony rides, a petting zoo, jumpers, face painting and carnival rides.

Insect Discovery Lab at the Conservatory of Flowers: June 17, 12PM

Saturday, June 17; ongoing from 12:00 to 3:00 pm Explore the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and arthropods with Save Nature. Meet giant darkling beetles, colorful grasshoppers, 240 legged African millipedes, and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. Drop by anytime that afternoon to learn about the natural history of tropical insects and their key roles in the web of life.

North Beach Festival: June 17-18

This event features over 125 arts and crafts booths, tasty food, two stages of live entertainment, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, kids’ chalk art and the blessing of the animals ceremony at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi (610 Vallejo St.). 10am-6pm both days.

Circus Bella at Yerba Buena Gardens: June 23 & 24

Performances on Friday, June 23 at Noon and on Saturday, June 24 at Noon and 2:15pm.   Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with an entirely new production conceived and directed by Bella-founder Abigail Munn and international clown, Joel Baker.

Pasados del Presidio: Afternoon Fun For Kids: June 23, 2PM

Wonder what early California was like? Watch history come to life. Kids can enjoy hands-on activities, living history, a visit with Juanito the Donkey, archaeology, pottery making as well as music and dance by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.

Free Night at the Exploratorium: June 23, 5PM

Check out this famous museum that facilitates the exploration of science, art and human perception. Galleries focus on such topics as tinkering, seeing and listening and living systems.

40 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in June 2017

Summer of Love Dance Party at Pier 39: June 23, 6PM

Make sure you wear a flower in your hair in the spirit of the Summer of 1967 at PIER 39’s free Summer of Love Dance Party, in collaboration with the official Summer of Love 50th Anniversary Celebration. Dance the night away with music from Mania! The Live Beatles Experience from 6-8pm and DJ Bart from 8-10pm on PIER 39’s Entrance Plaza Stage. Also be sure to stop by the Museum of Craft & Design’s tent to make a paper flower crown. For more information, visit pier39.com. The Summer of Love Dance Party is just one part of PIER 39’s 39-week long anniversary celebration! Learn more at pier39.com/39.

Kite Festival at Brisbane Marina: June 24, 1PM

Join us for the inaugural Kite Festival at the Brisbane Marina on Saturday, June 24th starting at 1:00pm.  We invite everyone to bring your own kite and join in on the fun.  The event is FREE and will feature kite demonstrations, food, and plenty of fun for people of all ages.  Ribbons will be awarded for best homemade kites, highest flyers, biggest kite, etc.

Stern Grove Music Series: Kool and the Gang: June 25, 2PM

Bring picnics and blankets and listen to the band that has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and produce such hits as Celebration, Cherish, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame. Opening act is Quinn DeVeaux.

Movie Night at Pier 39: The Parent Trap: June 30, 6PM

Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 for outdoor Movie Nights, held the last Friday of every month through September! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special Movie Night discounts at participating businesses. At sundown, settle in for a free screening of a classic San Francisco film

Marin County Fair: June 30-July 4

This year’s fair, Let the Fun Shine In, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. This fair will celebrate the 1960s spirit with music, art, fashion and more featuring tie-dye and macramé competitions, groovy art and daily 1960s fashion parades. As always there will be carnival rides and midway games. Headliners this year include Ann Wilson of Heart, the 5th Dimension and UB40.  11am-11pm.

Get out there have fun and let me know what you are up to in the comments.

 

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  1. Steven Smith | 15th Jul 17

    Great share! very nice post. Thank you.

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