Did you know that Labor Day, founded 140 years ago, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers? It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. So before you hop in the car for one last summer getaway, give yourself a pat on the back.
If you’re still reeling from Back to School night, then Labor Day may feel like a necessary breather… Time to have one last party, one last big BBQ, or one last weekend as a family. You know… before soccer takes over your Saturday. Silicon Valley Mamas sourced the interwebs for you to find fun, family friendly activities for this long weekend. It’s our Labor Day gift to you.
All weekend long, experience the Great Train Robberies at Roaring Camp Railroad in Felton. See why the west was wild as you witness shootouts between famed lawmen and notorious outlaws from aboard the Redwood Forest Train. Train rides at 11am, 12:30, 2 and 3:30pm. $17-26, children under 2 FREE. www.roaringcamp.com
Head to Hayward for the 20th Annual King Tut Festival for a glimpse into one of the most storied and ancient civilizations in the world. The Festival will be filled with delicious foods, ornate arts and crafts available for purchase, historical and cultural information, and more. Best of all, admission is FREE! Open Sat 10-9, Sun 12-8. http://kingtutfestival.com/
Enjoy art, music, and activities for a good cause. The annual King’s Mountain Art Fair in Woodside benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Kings Mountain Elementary School. Spend a day in nature, just be sure to bring lots of cash – all foods and beverage vendors are cash only. http://kingsmountainartfair.org
If you want to kill two birds with one stone, plan on a visit to the Art Fair and Filoli Gardens also in Woodside on Sunday. There you can take a docent-led Orchard Tour at Filoli Gardens and learn how Filoli is conserving the defining landscape features of this country estate. Wear sturdy shoes. Registration required. Ages 5 and up. http://filoli.org/
Take your kids to a traditional gaming convention – one with boards and pieces and dice. CelestiCon in Fremont will have dozens of fun games for the whole family. Unplug and re-connect in a new way. http://www.celesticon.com
Want to introduce your kids to Shakespeare without them hating every moment of it (or not understand the words)? This fresh production of Pericles at the Sanborn County Park in Saratoga takes our hero on an epic journey where no prince has gone before—into outer space. Kids under 17 are FREE with a paid adult. Buy tickets online or at the door. Showtime is 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. http://shadyshakes.org/season/pericles.php