The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will launch the Free Muni for Youth Pilot Program March 1, 2013. This program will provide low and moderate income students in San Francisco free access to Muni for a 16-month
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Children from toddlers to teens are invited to drop in and explore their imaginations! Classes vary from small-scale projects for little artists to large murals for youth. Please visit the website for a complete schedule. Classes are offered Monda
Drop-in art classes are available Monday-Friday and on Sundays at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. Side by Side, Just for Twos, Art Studio classes offer age-appropriate, open-ended art projects in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture
Get crafty and create your own marbled paper with… shaving cream?
Drop in at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland for Art du Jour with a variety of materials and projects. Find out the weekly theme by visiting the website. The studio is open 10am-3pm on Wednesdays through Fridays for children ages 18 months t
Join the Museum of Craft and Design for an afternoon of making art! Learn to make a fun and simple bookmark by folding paper into origami. Make and take a few for each of your library books.
Visit the de Young for art and happy hour on Friday evenings! People of all ages can enjoy special programs and entertainment as the entire museum stays open until 8:45pm. The cafe and a no-host cocktail bar are open for dinner and drinks. There a
Tours of permanent collections and current exhibitions are followed by studio workshops taught by professional artist-teachers. Children 4 to 6 attend Big Kids/Little Kids, and children 7 through 12 attend Doing and Viewing Art. Children under age
Build an ant house, make a goofy golf course, and more at Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics! The themes vary each week but clinics are offered on most Saturday mornings. Visit the website to find the latest offering and to reserve your spot! Younger k
Learn a little about life at sea and make a maritime craft! The fun takes place on the fourth Saturday of each month. Meet at the entrance to Hyde Street Pier.
DIY workshop programming is designed to spark the imagination, introduce innovative tools and methods, and encourage visitors to take creative risks and try new things. DIY Studios are drop-in and require no additional payment or registration.
The Family Art Program engages the Red Poppy Art House’s surrounding neighborhood, contributing to its vibrancy by offering free programming to the public every Saturday afternoon. An outdoor open forum, the Family Art Program uses the exterior so
The Randall Museum offers popular drop-in, hands-on art and science workshops every Saturday! Family ceramics starts at 10am and the ongoing art and science workshops are available for drop-in visitors anytime between 10:30am and 4pm. All ages wel
UrumaDelvi is an award-winning animation team that has created hundreds of short films and unique characters. As designated “Cultural Envoys” to the U.S. by the Japanese Government, UrumaDelvi are excited to share Picmo, a software program they de
Visit the Naturalist Center every Sunday for a fun and educational craft activity. Spark your curiosity, be creative, and explore natural history specimens and other resources.
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library hosts Steps Sales located at the Larkin Street entrance of the Main Library each Wednesday from April through October. All proceeds from Steps Sales go to benefit the San Francisco Public Library. All b
The Mission Community Market (MCM) is an independent, weekly, nonprofit outdoor marketplace that celebrates the Mission District’s diversity. MCM is so much more than just a farmer's market. They also support local businesses, create a safe space
Come learn new ways to communicate with your pre-verbal child! Many babies can communicate with their hands many months before they can speak. The two-week class will offer you support for barriers to success you experience during the week, as wel
Jugglers! Clowns! Pirates! Magicians! Entertain the kids without breaking the bank at one of the many free shows offered daily at Pier 39, weather permitting. Please check the website for a complete schedule.
Enjoy a play and learning space for little ones. The Tree House has a safe and fun carpeted climbing structure, plus age-appropriate books and toys. The Tree House is open for drop-in play Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Kids can drop in for rides, games and climbing at this great rainy day hangout in Daly City! Drop-in playtimes are Tuesdays through Fridays. Please call ahead if planning on a Friday afternoon playtime, as sometimes the venue is booked for a birth
Corazon Under the Dome is an animated 3-D light show that celebrates the heart of San Francisco. Showcasing iconic images and set to beloved San Francisco-centric songs, the dazzling musical rocks through the decades delighting visitors of all age
Two-dozen food trucks and live music hit Fort Mason every Friday evening for your dining pleasure! There's something for everyone at this roving street celebration.
Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as an "off-leash" play area for kids, the Adventure Playground offers children a chance to play and build creatively. Come climb on the many unusual kid-built forts, boats, and towers. Ride the zip l
What's a Hullabuzoo? It's what you get when you bring an inflatable obstacle course and a climbing wall challenge to your favorite Zoo! Stop into the Pachyderm Building to blow off a little steam in the free inflatable playhouse, where kids can cl
Stop by the Family Table in the Grand Lobby to learn about the Museum and its family offerings, play I Spy Museum Bingo, check out an iPad and play California Dreaming: The Game, pick up a Family ARTpack, and grab a special Museum giveaway!
Hit the Main Post Lawn in the Presidio on Sunday afternoons for the world's best picnic! Featuring food trucks from Off the Grid and entertainment for families. Bring a blanket and a hungry belly!
Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibits gallery into a a beautiful
KidFest is one of the Bay Area's premier family events for over two decades! The fun includes several entertainment stages, free activities, carnival rides, food booths and 125 exhibitors.
The Carnaval Festival draws hundreds of thousands of people for two days of dancing Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Tango, Hip- Hop, Merengue, Calypso, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, and Mambo into the evening. Food vendors offer traditional delicacies, while others
Moodtu Fest is a teen music and fashion event with live performances from today's top Pop & R&B artists. This year the festival welcomes actor and recording artist, Jacob Latimore as a headliner. There is also paintball, rock climbing and much mor
Wear a costume and sing along with Grease! The fun takes place May 26-27 and June 1-2.
Relive Civil War history Memorial Day weekend as members of the American Civil War Association reenact famous battles. Spectators may visit encampments of Union and Confederate Soldiers, inspect regiments as they march in review, and observe surge
Join veterans and the community for the traditional Memorial Day Commemoration at the Presidio. The parade begins in the Main Post at 10:30am, led by the 191st Army Band pipes and drums. The ceremony begins at 11am at San Francisco National Cemete
Join Pampanito crew and submarine veterans in the "Lost Boat" ceremony aboard the USS Pampanito, honoring comrades and submarines lost at sea. This moving ceremony features sixty-five bell tolls for each boat and crew on "eternal patrol." The USS
Many businesses are closed for the holiday, but there are still many fun things to do on Memorial Day! Here is a list of some of the family-friendly Bay Area museums and attractions that are open on the holiday:
The Golden Gate Park Band has been playing free concerts on Sundays in Golden Gate Park continuously since 1882. Bring a picnic and enjoy a glorious musical tradition any Sunday April 28 through October 6. Shows start at 1pm and usually last about
Come and see (maybe even touch!) some rare and beautiful insects, and learn something too! For ages 3-5.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa’s farm and educational garden. Tours take place most Saturdays and Sundays 11am and 1pm, but please confirm direc
Join the staff of Fort Point for an inside look into the techniques of pier crabbing. You will be loaned the equipment needed to put your newly learned skills to the test. Program includes information on types of crabs that are legally taken and o
Are you an animal fanatic? Can't get enough facts on critters furry or feathered? Then come CuriOdyssey and learn facts about their non-releasable animals, endangered species, or majestic birds! Wildlife Shows are "wildly" popular! Although the l
Add a little extra fun to your visit to the California Academy of Sciences and check out these dail y ongoing events: Penguin Feedings, Swamp Talks, and Coral Reef Dives! All programs are free with admission and take place every day that the Acade
From afterschool homework help to chess clubs to preschool movie dates, your local library branch has a lot to offer. Check the SFPL website for your branch and browse their current offerings. These programs are always free, always fun, and often
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks program offers something for wee ones almost every day! Check the website for a full listing of playgroups, tot classes, and toddler and baby-safe play gyms around the city. Play spaces and classes are open m
Join other breastfeeding moms to make connections and share your experiences and insights. This group focuses on thoughts and questions about breastfeeding as well as the joys and challenges of new motherhood. The circle is also open to expecting
Thoughtful Parenting:Handling Meltdowns and Other Daily Challenges. Led by Era A. Loewenstein, Ph.D. and Rebecca Schwartz, Ph.D. Practice slowing down, mindful observations, flexible responsiveness, and reflection. These skills help parents and ch
The first few months when a child enters your life are both exhausting and exhilarating, full of overwhelming joys and daunting challenges. This is an important time to connect with new mothers, share your thoughts and feelings, trade strategies,
Stop by for this drop-in group and get tips and support for adjusting to life as a new mom. Ask your breastfeeding questions and more! Offered every Friday except holidays.
Natural Resources believes that all moms are “working moms”, whether it is working for pay or not. This support group, however, is specifically geared toward moms who are separated from their babies for a significant amount of time, due to work ob
Enjoy play, stories, movement and songs with your child or infant in an irresistible playroom. Create new friendships with other parents and children, and get support from Parent Educators. For ages 4 and under. Play times are Monday morning, Tues
The Village Well playgroups provide a variety of wonderful toys and activities that are age and developmentally appropriate for little ones up to age 4. Music circle and story time are a daily feature as well as a healthy children’s snack and fres
Is the weather outside frightful? Take your shortie (kids must be under 48 inches tall to play) down the road to San Bruno. Drop-in play is available daily at this fab indoor playspace! Mondays through Saturdays, 10am-9pm; Sundays, 11am-7pm.
Toddlers and preschoolers can tumble, bounce, roll, ride, climb, and play, as their parents participate and supervise this indoor program. Activities and games are designed for active minds, bodies and spirits, as well as building friendships and
Early Birdles is a hands-on play-based workshop designed to build creative confidence in children ages 5 and under. In addition to independent exploration, each hour-long workshop includes movement, live music, and collaborative storytelling. Ever
Drop your child between 6:00-9:00 pm Fridays through October and pay by the hours as your children enjoy the use of our studio. For Mason's unique cultural, theater, and culinary options (such as Off the Grid food truck event on Friday nights
Drop off your children for a fun filled evening of arts and crafts and a movie screening. The evening starts with an art project and at 7pm the lights go down for movie-time! Popcorn and juice are served. Take advantage parents this is an ideal op
Every Saturday is Kids Play Night at Tree Frog Treks! Drop off and pick up anytime between the hours of 5:30pm-9pm at the Frog Hall event pad for enriching evening childcare. Then go out and have an adults-only night on the town. Your kids will me