Make the most of the long Labor Day weekend with a fun family outing. We’ve suggested a few, from closing weekend of the Magic Treehouse exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum to the Aloha Poly Fest in San Francisco and the annual Sausalito Art Festival.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus
SAP Center, San Jose
Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5, various times
Prepare to blast off on an intergalactic adventure for space-age family fun! Launch into the future with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Out Of This World. Children of all ages can take the helm to join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic quest of good versus evil that will let imaginations run wild with unexpected surprises and thrills at every turn. Your entire family will be amazed by this cosmic voyage as you discover the wonders of gravity-defying acrobats, orbital aerialists, majestic animals, fearless daredevils and humorous clowns. And if you love the circus, save the date for October 1 and 2, when the Zoppé Family Circus returns to Napa for a one-ring circus that honors the best of the Old-World Italian tradition.
Aloha Poly Fest
Saturday, September 3, 11 am–6 pm
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Bring the entire family for some great entertainment and fun activities and learn about Polynesian (Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands, New Zealand), Melanesian (Fiji) and Micronesian (Guam) islands in the Pacific Ocean through cultural dances, songs, crafts, and more. Visit the international market for island-style merchandise from vendors exhibiting rare and unique items for the indoors, outdoors and personal use. Don’t miss the Kids Korner for arts & crafts, face painting, and playtime activities. Of course, you can always wait for the Napa Valley Aloha Festival September 17-18.
exhibit (last weekend)
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday & Sunday, September 3-4, 9 am–5 pm
We just finished reading the first four books in the best-selling children’s book series, the Magic Tree House written by Mary Pope Osborne, and we’re re-reading them our daughter loved them so. We were excited to find about The Magic Tree House traveling exhibit at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, which allows children to branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree house—just like the book! Children explore history through immersive environments, period costumes, props, and more than 30 hands-on learning experiences. The exhibit closes this Sunday, September 4, so don’t miss out!
Sausalito Art Festival
Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 10 am-7 pm Sat and Sun; until 5 pm on Monday
Marinship Park, Sausalito
The Sausalito Art Festival, featuring fine art, food, wine and spectacular performances, is held annually on Labor Day Weekend. Wall-to-wall musical entertainment headlines the Sausalito Art Festival, with rock, pop, folk, swing, blues, jazz, and classical music performed by top-name artists featured on three stages throughout the Festival grounds. Headliners at this year’s festival include Super Diamond, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Charlie Musselwhite, and the Zombies. A children and families area features hands-on activities and entertainment for all ages.
Labor Day Open House
Monday, September 5, 10 am-4 pm
Crown Memorial State Beach: Crab Cove Visitors Center, Alameda
Enjoy a day of fun at the shoreline! 11 am: beach exploration; 2 pm: family nature fun time-seaweed science; 3 pm: fish feeding in the aquariums. Ongoing throughout the day: meet the gopher snake and box turtle; follow the self-guided history trail; make a nature craft; watch a nature movie in the Old Wharf Classroom. No registration; drop-in.