6 Things Kids Can Do At the Soapbox Derby

by , March 2022


Before the vrooming and zooming starts, come by the Family Tent near the tai chi area of the park. Our Education Department is planning a mega-Second Sunday with derby-themed activities for all ages!


The Soapbox Derby is free and open to all on April 10, 2022 starting at 10 a.m. RSVP here.


The First Artists’ Soapbox Derby, May 18, 1975; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives


1. Kids’ Choice Awards

There won’t be slime, but there will be a Kids’ Choice Award at the end! Kids will get a chance to inspect every car (thoroughly please!) and then vote for their favorite one. There are two key areas for them to see the contenders: at the starting line near the family tent, and the finish line after the cars have run their course. After taking a good look, they can cast their ballots at the voting booth in the Family Tent. The winner will be announced at the trophy award ceremony in the Jerry Garcia Ampitheater with all the other awards.

2. Hats

It’s just not a derby without an eye-catching, show-stopping hat! In our derby, there will be an arts and crafts station for kids to design the most fabulous derby hats that may even put some of the cars to shame. We’ll supply blank hats and tons of accessories to make the colorful and wacky hat of your derby dreams.

3. Kids’ Parade

What’s the use of the hat if you’re just going to sit in the crowd? We’ll be hosting a parade at 1:15 if you feel like showing off your hat creation. The kids and caregivers will parade down the racetrack (slowly, so we can get a good look), and show off their creations right next to the cars.

4. Book Raffle

If you’re familiar with our Second Sundays, you know that we love book raffles!This one has books about racing, cars, and all things derby! It won’t be the only chance to take something from the derby home; we’ll also have giveaways for special keepsakes during the big day.

5. Fuel Up!

It’s going to be a busy day! Keep your energy going with a tasty snack from one of the many food trucks that will be set up in the park.

6. Watching the Race

How could we forget the big event! Watching the race is fun for all ages. The cars will be zooming down the track one at a time, and there will be plenty of time to see each one of them in McLaren Park. We hope to see you there!




Audrey Wang

Audrey Wang

Audrey Wang is the Digital Content Associate at SFMOMA where she creates and publishes online content for the museum. Audrey graduated from Northeastern University and has worked at WGBH and NBC. She's not a Bay Area native but has firmly planted her heart in San Francisco and enjoys watching movies and biking in her free time.
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