Yerba Buena Free Family Day

Event has passed (Sun Sep 15, 2013 - Sun Sep 15, 2013)
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
Family, Children's Event


Downtown San Francisco’s biggest free family block party is back for its sixth year! Yerba Buena Family Day is a non-stop day of free indoor/outdoor family fun with free admission to local museums for all ages, hands-on art making activities for kids and special family-friendly performances throughout the neighborhood.

Visitors get in free that day to the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), and Children’s Creativity Museum, and each venue offers a huge array of free opportunities to see and make art. In addition, SFMOMA On the Go will pop up in the neighborhood to let families roll up their sleeves with creative construction activities, and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival serves up a lively afternoon under the sun with free performances by 2013 Grammy winner Lila Downs, plus other family-friendly performers throughout the Gardens. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for kids and their caregivers to experience all that downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena arts district has to offer, thanks to the generous support of Target.

Activities and performances that day include:

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Go construction crazy in Jessie Square with SFMOMA Families on the Go. Be inspired under the big top to engineer a constructed creature of your own design, and don’t miss a special living sculpture that changes right before your eyes.

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Celebrate the abstract wonders in the exhibition Beyond Belief: 100 Years of the Spiritual in Modern Art by creating your own see-through art box using colorful transparent shapes. Add your own twisting and turning lines to a giant Wikki Stix© art installation, and groove to live performances by Alison Faith Levy’s Big Time Tot Rock.

Museum of the African Diaspora

Create sidewalk art in front of MoAD and make a collage with textiles and photographs. View Gordon Parks' film The Learning Tree and the inspirational documentary Brooklyn Castle about a junior high chess team. Move to the Afro-Latino rhythms of the award-winning John Santos Sextet.

Children’s Creativity Museum

Learn the basics of clay animation and movie making in the Animation Studio. Direct and star in your own music video, then experience the new multi-sensory, interactive LED light exhibit in Sense It. Stop by early to receive your special one-hour timed admissions sticker and return for your hour of creativity (first-come, first-served basis).

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy an outdoor concert on the Esplanade Stage from 1-2:30 p.m. by 2013 Grammy winner Lila Downs and her band who have reinvented traditional Mexican music with original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, and more. Then delight in music, clowning, and kid-friendly activities in the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden and in Jessie Square from 12-3:30 p.m.


  1. The Contemporary Jewish Museum
    736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA