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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Coming Up: Presidio Kite Festival

The Presidio Kite Festival is coming up this Saturday, from noon to 5. Head over to the Presidio’s Main Post A for the second annual celebration.

They'll have kite-flying demonstrations and contests (for both amateurs and professionals), ground displays, stunt kite fliers, champion aerobatics and stunning kites - tiny to gigantic. You can bring your own or make one on site at the Presidio (reservations required).

Monday, June 13, 2016

This Summer: Strandbeests Exhibit at Exploratorium

A year or two back, my mom told me about Strandbeests, the work of Theo Jansen. Tough to explain, these self-moving art pieces are like creatures, but made to move without motors. They use simple parts like PVC pipes. The Exploratorium is hosting the West Coast's only installation of Jansen's tour, and is live now. At the exhibition you'll be able to interact with the Strandbeests, see drawings of their creation, watch immersive video and see live demonstrations.

The Explortorium exhibit runs through September 5, 2016. You can read more about the Strandbeests and exhibit at this SFGate article. You'll need a special ticket for the exhibition.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Coming Up: Warriors Viewing Party in SF - Free

Tonight, cheer on the Warriors at an outdoor viewing party at Civic Center in SF. It's game 4 of the NBA Finals, and you and the kids can watch the game with other fans on a jumbo screen. Grab some eats from the Off the Grid food trucks. No alcohol allowed at the event, so it will be more family-friendly. There will also be basketball themed youth events. The game starts at 6.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Coming Up: Jack of all Trades Market - free

This weekend, take the kids to the Jack of all Trades market at Oakland's Jack London Square. In addition to 100 vendors and food trucks, they'll have more than 10 DIY workshops, fun for you and the kiddos. Look for the kids' zone with a giant Nerf gun obstacle course and life-size bubble sumo wrestling (I want in on that!). Go before noon and the games are free, otherwise there's a fee.

Ditch the car and come by ferry from Alameda or San Francisco, and bring your dog - pets are welcome.

When: Saturday, June 11 from 11-5.
Where: Jack London Square
Cost: free

Coming Up: Sunday Streets in Great Highway/Sunset

The latest Sunday Streets is this Sunday - Great Highway/Sunset district. You'll have access to more than 3 miles of Golden Gate Park and the Great Highway, from 11:00-4. Combine this with Golden Gate Park’s weekly car-free Sundays on JFK from Stanyan to Park Presidio, and that makes Golden Gate Park completely free of car traffic for one day of the year. Also this weekend is the Haight Street Fair, so don't miss that. Bring your feet or your non-motorized wheels to enjoy the day.

You can find Sunday Street details here.