33 Kid Friendly Events in San Francisco Not to Miss in May 2017

Happy May!  Summer is just around the corner, the weather is gorgeous, and there are so many fun outdoor activities to take advantage of the new season.  Here are 33 kid friendly events in San Francisco not to miss in May.

New Exhibit at CuriOdyssey: The Nature of Patterns: All Month Long

CuriOdyssey’s new exhibit “The Nature of Patterns” opens on March 25, 2017.  From simple symmetries to chaotic flows, from spirals and tessellations to spots and stripes, the beautiful patterns of nature amaze and inspire us.  Discover and create patterns in shape and sound at CuriOdyssey.

Kid Friendly Events Not to Miss in May 2017

Extraordinary Playscapes at the SF 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.

Pajama Party at Books Inc, Laurel Village With Michael Slack: May 3, 6PM

In conjunction with Children’s Book Week, Pajama Party Storytime proudly presents author and illustrator Michael Slack for a reading of his adorable new picture book, Turtle Tug to the Rescue! Turtle Tug is on the lookout! This chugging, tugging turtle powers through gusty winds and treacherous tides, combing the seas to protect his friends from a dangerous storm. From panicking puffins to entangled sperm whales, Turtle Tug is out to rescue all his sea-dwelling friends. He’s a turtle tugboat on a mission to make the world a safer place. (Ages 2+)

Family Camp Weekend at Point Bonita: May 5-7

Get outdoors, play, learn, serve and work in this beautiful national park. There will be family activities and kid-specific activities while parents get time to themselves. Families will sleep in historic dorms.  Cost $275.  Reservations required.
Point Bonita Camping

Animal Movie Night at the SF SPCA: May 5, 6PM

Enjoy a G- or PG-rated animal movie, make friends and snack on pizza and popcorn. Recommended for grades K-4. PJs welcome.  Cost $40.

Bay Area Discovery Museum: STEM Superhero Series: May 6, 9AM

Children learn about the human body and healthcare system through various STEM activities, including solving puzzles using biological building blocks to taking vitals.

Presidio Family Friendly Bike Ride: May 6 & 20, 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.

Creative Family Fun at the Presidio: May 6/7, May 13/14, & Maya 20/21, 11AM

May 6/7: Japanese Carp Kites: During World War II, Japanese-Americans worked as interpreters at Crissy Field. Celebrate Japanese culture, and Children’s Day, by making traditional carp kites.  May 13/14: May 13 is International Migratory Bird Day. The Presidio is home to many different types of birds. Come celebrate the diversity of our avian friends by making a bird-themed craft. May 20/21: For National Maritime Day we are celebrating the amazing maritime history of the Presidio. Naval ships in San Francisco Bay used a whole alphabet of signal flags to send messages to each other. Come learn how to spell your own name in signal flags.

SF Rec and Park Access to Adventure (A2A): May 6, Noon

Come join SF Rec and Park at the Music Concourse Bandshell in Golden Gate Park from Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 for A2A 2017!  A2A is a festival of recreation for children with disabilities, including sports, extreme sports, outdoor recreation, aquatics, cultural arts, and more! Click here for more information.

Cinco De Mayo Festival: May 6, 10AM

About 8,000 people attend this annual festival. The celebration showcases the best of Mexican and Latin American culture with a diverse array of foods, music, dance and artistry.

Children’s Day Festival at Japantown: May 6, 11AM

Participate in cultural arts and crafts, jump in the bounce house, play games, watch taiko, youth singing, kendo and more.

2017 Kid Games at Kezar: May 7, 9AM

Is your child interested in track and field or simply running faster or jumping farther? We hope you’ll join us for the 2017 Kids Games @ Kezar, an Olympic-style Track Meet for 5-14 year-old boys and girls at the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park, featuring the following events – 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, and a Long Jump. And, for those of you with teams of four already assembled, we’ll have a 4 x 100 Relay Race at the end of the meet! There’s absolutely NO cost to you; lunch will be served, trainers and coaches will be working with the runners, and t-shirts will be provided. All participants will receive ribbons and the top three finishers in each age group will receive medals atop our SFRPD Podium! To reserve your spot(s), please go to sfrecpark.org/register and use the Activity Code #10410.

Y Learn to bike Program: May 7, 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.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Opening Concert: May 7, 1PM

Grammy-winning Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the VNote Ensemble headline the outdoor kick-off concert to this 17th annual festival.

SFUSD Arts Festival at the Asian Art Museum: May 7

The San Francisco Unified School District presents a celebration of student creativity through visual, literary, media and performing arts. Call for times.

Asian Art Museum

Drop in Art Studio at Contemporary Jewish Museum: May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 11AM

May 7 & 14: Celebrate mom by creating cartoon textile cards with fabric, sewing, and more inspired by the work in Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.  May 21 &28: Visiting with family? On Third, Fourth, and Fifth Sundays, check out the Art Pushcart, a roving gallery guide with a surprising collection of games, materials, and questions. Helping visitors of all ages explore The Museum and bring art alive.

SFMade Week 2017: May 8-14

SFMade Week 2017 celebrates locally-made products in May   SFMade companies open their factory doors, host demos, offer sales, pop-ups and collaborate for neighborhood events.   SFMade Week –a weeklong celebration of locally-made products and their makers– is back for its sixth year, and it has more events than ever.  Visit the link for the full schedule.

Bay Area Discovery Museum Family Gala: May 13, 5:30PM

Get dressed up and take your family out for a special fund-raiser where guests celebrate and explore the innovation of city landscapes, architecture and transportation while enjoying dinner and dancing. The event features music by DJ ManCub, kid-friendly dance lessons, a Ferris wheel and rides, STEM programs and more.

KQED Family Fun Day at the Presidio Officers’ Club: May 13, 11AM

Join the Presidio Trust and KQED for a free family fun day at the Presidio Officers’ Club.  Get curious about the Presidio’s natural and cultural history with special guests Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, from the PBS KIDS animated television series. Enjoy interactive exhibits and hands-on bird-themed crafts celebrating International Migratory Bird Day, and learn about local wildlife from the Roving Ranger truck.  The first 100 families to arrive will receive a special Presidio goodie bag (one per family).

Presidio Stargazing Party: May 13, 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.

Mother’s Day Bikeabout at SF ZOO: May 14, 8:30AM

Take a leisurely 90-minute docent-led cycling tour through the zoo, finishing up with a continental breakfast. Bring the whole family and bicycles.

Mother’s Day at the Exploratorium: May 14, 10AM

All mothers but especially mamas Latinas are invited to celebrate their day at this public learning laboratory. Special events today include mariachis at 1pm and paper flower crafts at 2pm.

Presidio Outdoor Family Movie Might: Moana: May 19, 5:30 (food trucks) 7:30 (Movie)

Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie night in the great outdoors! Sponsored by Supervisor Mark Farrell, in partnership with the Presidio Trust and the Presidio Y. Visit the website for the film selections.

Smuin Ballet Dance Series 02: May 19-28

Smuin concludes its season with a world premiere by choreographer Trey McIntyre titled The Chicken Sees, inspired by the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Also on the program are works by Nicole Haskins and Amy Seiwert.

Daniel Tiger New Exhibit at Bay Area Discovery Museum: May 20, 9AM

This exhibit is based on the award-winning PBS Kids television series that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. Children ages 2-6 are invited to compose songs, create stories through the movable character mural, step inside the Clock Factory to play with locks, knit a sweater piece with the Red Sweater Knitting Machine, stroll with the Trolley and more.

Common Grounds Family Day: May 20, 11AM

Common Grounds, the free multi-week celebration of the arts presented by Intersection of the Arts offers this special program for families. Performers include children’s hip hop troupe Alphabet Rockers, a drag performance created for children, a children’s drumming workshop and more.

Fly Guy the Musical at the Children’s Creativity Museum: May 20-28

Based on the popular book series by Tedd Arnold, the Bay Area Children’s Theater brings you this musical 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.

Maifest: May 21, Noon

Celebrate this German/Austrian cultural fest with a Maypole,  authentic foods and beer, music, folk dancing and children’s games.

Presidio Twilight: May 25, 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.

Movie Night at Pier 39: Princess Diaries: May 26, 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. For more information and to see the monthly movie schedule, please visit http://www.pier39.com/home/events/39. Movie Nights are just one part of PIER 39’s 39-week long anniversary celebration! Learn more at pier39.com/39.

Pier 39

Family Jazz Matinee: Michael Camilo: May 27, 1PM

This explosive pianist blends classical music with jazz and pan-Caribbean styles.

Carnaval San Francisco: May 27 & 28

More than 400,000 people are expected to attend this event that includes dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes, delicious food and artistry. The festivities celebrate the cultures of Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Africa, Chile, Haiti and more.  The grand parade is Sunday at 9:30am and begins at the corner of 24th and Bryant streets, then proceeds west to Mission Street, heads north on Mission to 17th Street, turns east on 17th Street and concludes at South Van Ness Avenue.

Memorial Day Parade and Celebration: May 29, 10:30AM

This is the largest Bay Area Memorial Day event paying tribute to veterans.The parade, featuring a band and veterans organizations, begins at 10:30am at Main Post on Anza between Sheridan and Lincoln Boulevard and ends at the national cemetery. A formal program with politicians and other speakers begins at 11am and concludes with a 21-gun salute.

And don’t forget that there is Off the Grid all month long and so much more!!  What are you up to this month?  Let me know in the comments so we can try something new.  I can’t wait for all the fun!

33 kid friendly events in San Francisco not to miss in May






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