1. Ice Cream and Gelato Tour @ Rockridge, Oakland

Ah, summer…filled with sunshine, swimming pools, beaches, and our favorite chilled treat, ice cream! Join in the Rockridge Ice Cream tour and share a little sweetness with your family. This is a one-hour walking tour that takes families with kids of all ages to explore three tasting locations in the Rockridge area. Try a variety of ice cream desserts, along with a little history of how we came to enjoy them. Parents can unleash their inner foodie while kids will enjoy tasting different flavors.

Location: Dreyer’s Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe: 5925 College Ave

Price: Children $10, Adults $15

Ages: All ages

Day: Saturdays and Sundays July 1+2, 3-4 pm

Website: http://www.localfoodadventures.com/tours/ice-cream-tour/

Note:  You may purchase tickets by 9 am on the day of the tour. You can purchase tickets online or by calling (510) 604-6546. This is a brief walking tour of a one-hour duration covering 0.5 miles. Make sure to bring walking shoes, a bottle of water, and wear comfortable clothing.


  1. Stern Grove Festival @ Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, San Francisco

Bring a picnic and get ready to boogie at the Stern Grove Music Festival. Enjoy a free concert outdoors in the lovely SF summer sunshine. This Sunday, watch local singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers perform soulful tracks of blues and folk. Watch as Fantastic Negrito takes the stage as he performs blues guitar. This festival goes on throughout the summer so make sure to catch a couple other shows while they last this season!

Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Ave. at Sloat Blvd, San Francisco

Price: Free

Ages: All ages

Day: Sunday, July 2, 2 pm



  1. Family Play Lab: A Movie + Crafts @ Sticky Art Lab, Berkeley

For a low-key family-friendly event (a.k.a. the ultimate family date night) enjoy a family movie and crafts with our local favorite, Sticky Art Lab, a storefront turned children’s maker space. Invite friends to join in for a family double date. Popcorn and snacks are provided, making the night even sweeter. If you love this event, look for it every month on First Saturdays!

Location: Sticky Art Lab, Berkeley

Dates: Saturday, July 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Website: http://stickyartlab.com

Ages: 5 years and up

Price: $10 per person, $25 for three ($5 each additional person, up to 5)


4. Family Program @ Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, Muir Beach

Retreat from city life at the calming Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm in Muir Beach. Join in this special talk and programs for families, with a new theme every week. Kids will enjoy special activities just for them, like crafts, yoga, mindfulness practice, and farm projects. Participating families are invited to stay for tea, juice, muffins and the farmers’ market outside the zendo.

Day: Sunday, July 2nd, 9:45 am -11:45 am

Price: Suggested donation is $20/family

Ages: All ages

Website: http://www.sfzc.org/green-gulch/family-programs/childrens-program

Note: Please check in before the program at the table near the southwest side of the zendo.


  1. Art + Play Sundays @ Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Family fun is abundant at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek! Get crafty with free art activities in the gallery in conjunction with the current exhibit Sweet n Low. Kids will love creating their own show-inspired sculpture, fun coloring pages to fill in, and joining in a scavenger hunt filled with surprises. Parents will get into the art, exploring the artwork in the galleries, featuring over 130 local, national and international artists selected by a jury. The theme of Sweet n Low blurs the lines between the cute and cuddly to the creepy and ironic, offering something surprising and entertaining for everyone.

Location: Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek

Day: Sunday, July 2, 12 pm – 5 pm

Price: Free

Website: http://www.bedfordgallery.org