Happy summer everyone! Some of you are done with school, others are close to done, and nearly all of us are feeling SUMMER FEVER! I am so excited, I can hardly stand it. Of course, I’ll probably be singing a different tune in the second week of summer…. At any rate, here’s a few fun events going on this weekend to start your summer off right. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Saturday, June 1
Children’s Museum breaks ground: Grab a shovel and dig in at 11 a.m. for the groundbreaking ceremony, and then stick around for “Build-a-Bug” fundraiser workshops, interactive exhibits, family activities, food truck noshes, and more. $5. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 1835 W. Steele Ln., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org

Saturday, June 1
KidsWorx Workshop: The monthly FREE kids event put together by Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and Friedman’s Home Improvement has kids building cars and racing them on tracks. 9 a.m. to noon. Friedman’s parking lot. 4055 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa. cmosc.org

Note: Want to go to BOTH the groundbreaking of the Children’s Museum AND KidsWorx? Attend the free KidsWorx event in the morning, and then show your KidsWorx badge at the groundbreaking event for free entry!

Saturday, June 1
Science Saturday: Join in on a hands on activity, taking part in experiments and project to learn more about nature and the world around us. The even is free, but costs $7 for parking (parking is free with a parks pass). 1 p.m., 2 p.m., or 3 p.m. Environmental Discovery Center. 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa. parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov

Saturday, June 1
Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival: The Japanese cultural event started in 2011 as a way to raise funds for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and has fast become a popular annual tradition that includes taiko drumming, traditional dancing and singing, theater performances and martial arts, as well as many children’s activities. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Julliard Park, Santa Rosa. www.sonomamatsuri.com

Sunday, June 2
Day on the River: The Foundry Wharf, North Bay Rowing Club, and Aqus Community are teaming up for a day of fun on the river at this land and water festival. Food and entertainment will be going on at Aqus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will be fun opportunities to get your butt in a boat! For only $5 (kids 12 & under are free), you can hang out in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe, on a hydrobike, glide in a rowing shell or kayak, stand on a paddleboard, or row in a traditional rowing boat.  Foundry Wharf Business Park. 625 2nd Street, Suite E, Petaluma. petalumasmallcraftcenter.org

Sunday, June 2
Storytime with Cinderella: Tutu-a-Gogo and Amazing Fairytale Parties are teaming up for the princess party of a lifetime!  The 90 minute event includes a magical story hour with Cinderella, as well as singing and dancing. Your little princess will receive a Cinderella tutu and yummy snacks, as well as fun memories of an afternoon with Cinderella. Cost is $44.55, and includes admission for one child and one adult. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tutu-a-Gogo. 9030 Windsor Rd., Windsor. cinderellastorytime-eorg.eventbrite.com

 And don’t miss my wrap-up of local camping spots you can take the family to! These places still have spaces open, and you won’t even have to travel far to get there.

Happy start of summer!

Crissi Langwell
SantaRosaMom.com