Grab and Go Planner: 'Despicable Me,' Eddie Izzard and More

Soak up the summer weather and take in a Friday night movie; enjoy a concert at Shoreline or attend a Japanese festival.

This is our weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children and, yes, even teens! The idea is to offer you suggestions about things you can do as a family!

Each week, we give you the info on five of the best family activities or events for the week. You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips—just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!


Where/When: Cuesta Park in Mountain View, Friday, 8:30 pm

Why Go: This week's selection is Despicable Me, starring Steve Carell. Bring the entire family, a blanket and some snacks! The kid-focused Friday-night movies continue all summer.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Peninsula Youth Theatre, Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Why Go: With a different 45-minute production each week, families can relax under the stars and watch some young actors perform fairy tales and other children's stories. This week's performance is The Adventure of Cobbler and Knobs. 

Pricing: Free


Where/When: 26870 Moody Rd., Los Altos Hills, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Why Go: A weekend event that gets the kids out of the house for a few hours to have some fun and enjoy nature. Kids can get up close and personal with pigs and sheep along the tour that treks across the 1,600-acre farm. 

Pricing: $2 per person, free for kids age 2 and under


Obon Festival and Bazaar

Where/When: Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, Saturday, 4-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Why go: The 58th-annual festival commemorates the memory of ancestors with music and dance, and the ritual dance of Bon Odori will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. Throughout both days, families can shop in the bazaar and the sushi stands, and kids will definitely enjoy the games and toys.

Pricing: Entrance free



Where/When: 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Why Go: The rambling British comedian brings his Monty Python-style to the Bay Area Saturday night. His unique style is best suited for teens and adults.  

Pricing: From $40-$267

Alicia C. July 13, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Thursday Night Live is every other Thursday. Had one last week. Next one is on the 21st.
Claudia Cruz July 13, 2011 at 04:32 PM
You are right Alicia! Will make the correction immediately!


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