Best Family Events This Weekend (7/9-7/10)

July 8, 2011 2:14 PM

Pack ’em up and take ’em out! Leanne’s got her list of family fun faves happening all over they Bay this very weekend. Which events will you and your crew hit?

North BayShareFair on 5th Sreet
Sunday, July 10
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5th Street, between B Street and D Street
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is having its first ShareFair, which focuses on “kids, art and sharing,” featuring a Community Stuff Swap, kids’ activities from the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, live music and entertainment, tasty food from local restaurants, and work by local “artists, musicians, inventors, and mad tinkerers.”

East Bay

Temescal Street Fair
Sunday, July 10
Noon to 6 p.m.
Telegraph Avenue between 45th and 51st, North Oakland\
Temescal Street Fair

One of Oakland’s oldest neighborhoods hosts its street fair, featuring a big line-up of musicians and performers on the Kids Stage, including Karen Quest Cowgirl Tricks, 57th Street Gallery Youth Jazz Ensemble, Jeremy the Juggler, The Blondies, and Circus Spire Youth Troupe, along with kids’ carousel rides, and a Climbing Wall. Not to mention some a great line-up of acts on the main stage.

San Francisco

Bookmaking Activity 
Saturday, July 9th
2 to 4 p.m.
Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids
766 Valencia Street
Paxton’s Gate

At Saturday’s Paxton Gate’s Curiosities For Kids workshop, kids 6 and up can learn about the craft of bookmaking, which originated in India. Children will physically assemble an adventure journal, photo album, or a notebook for their next novel using a number of folded sheets of paper, custom covers, and special thread for bookbinding.

AfroCubism and Pellejo Seco at Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, July 10, 2011, 2 p.m.
Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard,
Stern Grove

Your whole family can shake their hips at Stern Grove on Sunday to the sounds of AfroCubism, who bring together “legends from both sides of the ocean for an international jam band that melds the rhythms and traditions of Mali and Cuba,” along with local Cuban group Pellejo Seco’s salsa-infused sound.

South Bay

Early Bird Jazz for Kids
Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford
Stanford Jazz

Keith Terry and the Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble will expose your kids to the joy of jazz in ways that will “amaze, delight, and inspire everyone in your family,” in a performance that NPR describes as “. . . a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical.”

Leanne Maxwell is the mother of a toddler who loves checking out the many kidcentric activities the Bay Area has to offer. She’s also a freelance writer, designer, and all-around web enthusiast. You can find her over at

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