50 FREE Things to Do with Kids This June

You don't have to go broke to have fun with the kiddos this summer in the Bay Area. There are TONS of FREE events, festivals, crafts, music, movies, and more for the month of June. All events were checked but things change. Confirm before heading out.

  1. Explore the land with an organized tour from Marin Parks & Open Space and Golden Gate Conservancy park rangers.
  2. Worship our water with an awesome waterfall hike.
  3. Sign your child up for a summer reading incentive program at your local library and book stores.
  4. Walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  5. Picnic, splash in the waves and build a sand castle at any of our gorgeous beaches.
  6. Stay up late at a free outdoor summer movie.
  7. Meet native animals at Wildcare, San Rafael or birds at Palomarin Field Station, Bolinas.
  8. Stroll through a local farmers market with great live music and festive atmosphere.
  9. Chill out at the Maria B. Freitas Water Park in San Rafael. 
  10. Play in the magic gardens at Cornerstone Gardens, Sonoma.
  11. Kids bowl two free games every day over the summer at participating bowling alleys.
  12. Guided City Walking Tours with City Guides, Contact 557-4266, to discuss which tours are most appropriate for kids.
  13. Enter the Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest in Alameda (6/6)
  14. Head to the Headlands Treasure Hunt at the Point Bonita YMCA (6/6)
  15. Learn to Build a Load 'n Go Truck at Home Depot. (6/6)
  16. Find inner calm at the Childrenโ€™s Program at Green Gulch (6/7)
  17. Join the Planetary Dance on Mt. Tam (6/7)
  18. Open Farm Day at Full Belly Farm. (6/13)
  19. Traffic free fun on the Great Highway with Sunday Streets (6/14)
  20. Cheer 'em on at the 105th Dipsea Race, Mill Valley. (6/14)
  21. Get smart at the Marine Science Sunday at the Marine Mammal Center. (6/14, 6/21, 6/28)
  22. Catch the Doobie Brothers at Stern Grove. (6/14)
  23. Dragonboat Festival including lessons in Foster City. (6/14)
  24. Split a rib at Comedy on the Plaza, Mill Valley (6/17)
  25. Learn to create delicious summer dishes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma.
  26. See things that Varoom at the Tiburon Classic Car Show (6/20)
  27. Sail away at the Summer Sailstace. (6/20)
  28. Bump into a Star at the Mt. Tam Star Party. (6/20)
  29. Enjoy a magnificent Summer Solstice at Muir Beach.
  30. Free educational 1 day & 3 day camps at Stern Grove.
  31. Dig into your local library for summer library program events โ€“ musical performances, puppet shows, book clubs, movies, workshops, and more. See the June Awesome List for more.
  32. Beat the heat at the Bay Model, Sausalito.
  33. Learn to swing dance in Golden Gate Park, 11am-2pm most Sundays.
  34. Explore the casting pools, write a letter to a fairy, meet buffalo, and more at Golden Gate Park.
  35. Head to Tomales Point to see the Tule Elk.
  36. Find the gurgling pipes of the Wave Organ in The Marina.
  37. Geocache! Geocache! Geocache!
  38. BYOC (Bring Your Own Cardboard) to these awesome slides: Golden Gate Park Childrenโ€™s Playground, Childrenโ€™s Creativity Playground at Yerba Buena, Seward Street Slide
  39. Play ball at the SF Giants Fan Lot at AT&T Park (free admission when the Giants are not playing)
  40. Fly kites on the former Army airstrip and take the Crissy Field Mystery Challenge at the Warming Hut.
  41. Check out the Exploration Backpacks at the Richardson Bay Audubon Society, Tiburon.
  42. Learn more about the marsh with the Experience Backpack at the Mill Valley Library.
  43. Explore the tidepools at low tide on Muir Beach or the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
  44. Free museum days; and some libraries offer day-use museum passes!
  45. Party at Fridayโ€™s on Main, Tiburon (6/26)
  46. Catch Kelly Clarkson at Aliceโ€™s Summerthing, free concert in Golden Gate Park (6/28)
  47. Hammer, saw, nail, paint at Adventure Playground.
  48. Oodles of Marin festivals: Fairfax Festival (6/13-14), Strawberry Festival (6/7), San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival (6/27-28), Italian Street Painting Festival, San Rafael (6/27-28, kids under 12 free)
  49. Oodles of San Francisco Festivals: Yerba Buena Festival, Soy and Tofu Festival, Japantown (6/6), Union Street Festival (6/6-7), North Beach Festival (6/13-14), Haight-Ashbury Street Fair (6/14)
  50. Groove to the free music at various venues across Marin: Creekside Friday (Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley), Concert Under the Oak (San Rafael), Jazz & Blues by the Bay (Sausalito), Angel Island Live, Summer Sunday Concerts (Corte Madera), MAGC Summer Concert Series (Ross), Pacheco Plaza Summer Music Series (Novato), Music in the Park (Belvedere), Marin Country Mart (Larkspur) and Marinwood Music in the Park (San Rafael.)