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.
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.
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+)
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.
Children learn about the human body and healthcare system through various STEM activities, including solving puzzles using biological building blocks to taking vitals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The San Francisco Unified School District presents a celebration of student creativity through visual, literary, media and performing arts. Call for times.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Take a leisurely 90-minute docent-led cycling tour through the zoo, finishing up with a continental breakfast. Bring the whole family and bicycles.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
Celebrate this German/Austrian cultural fest with a Maypole, authentic foods and beer, music, folk dancing and children’s games.
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.
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.
This explosive pianist blends classical music with jazz and pan-Caribbean styles.
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.
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!
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