Blog: Innovation Destinations

Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: Making, Movies, and Science

East Bay Mini Maker Faire! It's happening again this Sunday at Park Day School in Oakland from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The East Bay Mini Maker Faire will have workshops and demonstrations for all interests including Young Makers, urban turkey raising, drones, soapmaking, learning how to get started in 3D printing, and much more. Buy tickets in advance at a discount, but on-site tickets are $20/adults and $15/child.

deYoung for free! The deYoung Museum is free for all this Saturday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the museum's major remodel. Saturday will be a special 12-hour event beginning at 10 a.m. with free general admission, art-making stations, music, dance, and more. 

Sharktoberfest! Shark educators and specialists will help celebrate the annual return of white sharks to our National Marine Sanctuaries this Saturday, a return that was noted this week in the news after a shark was spotted feasting upon a seal near Alcatraz. Learn more about sharks at this free educational Sharktober event for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crissy Field (991 Marine Drive, specifically).

Family Science & Astronomy Festival and Makerspace! The College of San Mateo is hosting a family-friendly day of science and astronomy workshops and planetarium shows this Saturday from 2 - 11 p.m. There will be many hand-on stations, including easy programming, solar cars, string art constellations, a Lego seismic shake table, and opportunities to learn from experts during talks and ask an astrophysicist stations. The event is free. Food trucks will be on location to purchase dinner. 

UN Film Fest! The 18th annual UN Film Fest (UNAFF) is coming to Palo Alto this week with a track of short films aimed at children. The children's track is at the Cubberley Community Center this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes shorts made in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. The entire film festival runs through Oct. 25. Admission to the children's program is free.