Our Five Favorite Things to Do in May


Summer is so close, but no need to wait to have fun. Here our top five activities to keep your family feeling like they’re on vacation throughout May!

  • Feel like shopping and supporting children’s creativity and entrepreneurial skills? Check out the Acton Silicon Valley Children’s Business Fair on Saturday, May 15, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is an opportunity for kids from all over the Bay Area to showcase their talents and experience running small businesses. Join the fun and shop from over 20 talented kids! Located at Vina Enoteca — 700 Welch Road, Palo Alto. Register for tickets through Eventbrite. FREE
  • When was the last time you went to SFMOMA for a day of art and family fun? Check out Free Family Day at SFMOMA on Sunday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrate the fifth anniversary of SFMOMA’s expansion as you explore the museum with self-guided materials for the whole family. Admission is free for up to four adults accompanying one child or teen (18 and younger), and reserving your tickets online is highly encouraged. Due to social distancing requirements, some exhibitions have limited capacity and use a virtual waiting list. We suggest checking in early at the exhibition to add your party to the list. For more information on Free Family Day, see this FAQ. FREE
  • Want to connect with your inner scientist and photographer? Check out Creature FEETures – An Outdoor Exhibition of Microscopic Animal Anatomy. Wander through an outdoor gallery of neurobiologist Dr. Igor Siwanowicz’s exquisite photography and learn about the anatomy of the world’s smallest creatures captured with a digital camera and confocal microscope. Play safely outdoors with four of your favorite CuriOdyssey exhibits, redesigned to be operated by your foot (no touch!). Explore the adaptations of your favorite CuriOdyssey animals’ feet through life-size castings of their tracks. This new outdoor exhibition is included in admission to CuriOdyssey beginning March 20, 2021. Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Advance online reservations are recommended.
  • Looking for a Memorial Day weekend staycation idea? Check out Carnaval San Francisco, a free, two–day family festival on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets in San Francisco. Covering two blocks in the Mission District, Carnaval is planning towards five main stages, 50 local performing artists, and 400 vendors. Our Existence is Resistance, the theme for 2021, is inspired by the stories of historically marginalized people. It is a reminder that your existence matters –– that your health, your livelihood, and your happiness are all a symbol of resistance and prove that in spite of obstacles, we thrive. The festival includes international food, dancing, sampling sites. and entertainment for families, couples, and friends of all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. A project of Cultura y Arte Nativa de las Americas (CANA), Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multicultural celebration in California. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. FREE
  • Looking for another Memorial Day event? Head over to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Children’s Creativity Museum’s Spring Saturdays. This fun-filled outdoor experience from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. is held in the Children’s Garden of Yerba Buena Gardens. Enjoy collaborative Earth Day-themed art activities and take-home creativity kits from SOMACC, SOMCAN, and The Mexican Museum. YBG Festival is excited to present percussion and drumming with Aaron Kierbel of RhythmALLogy on Saturday, May 29, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00  p.m. Registration is required and capacity is limited to 50 people per 30-minute time slot.