October is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area. Enjoy family concerts, children’s theater, art workshops, outdoor activities and more!
Have a wonderful October in the Bay Area!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ Berkeley, October 1-29
Straight from a hit run in New York, Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents 4 timeless stories told with 75 magical puppets! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight audiences of all ages with a lyrical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in stunning, vibrant color.
First Friday Family Nights at Curiodyssey ~ October 6
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Free with admission.
Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus ~ Redwood City, October 13-29
The Zoppé Italian Family Circus takes family entertainment to new heights this year, performing matinée and evening shows from October 13th through the 29th in Redwood City. The Zoppé Family welcomes guests into their tent for a one-ring circus that honors the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.
Fall Basketball Camp ~ Mountain View, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Learn valuable skills, stay active, and have fun in this half-day basketball camp. Shooting, ball-handling, and defense will be among the skills covered in a high-energy, fast-paced environment. Fun games will be used to teach the skills to keep campers focused throughout the day. Open to boys & girls in grades 3-8, the camp will take place on Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm in the MVHS gym. The camp rate is $375 for all 7 Saturdays (or $60 daily rate), and includes custom basketball, t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring backpack.
Goblin Jamboree: Witches and Wizards ~ Sausalito, October 21 & 22
Where can kids ride a pony and design their own witch or wizard’s wand? The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree in Sausalito! Dress the family up and come experience a cauldron of family-friendly witch and wizard themed programs and activities including glow-in-the-dark trains, a petting zoo, a hay maze, train rides, a spooky sticker room, a potion laboratory, a broom obstacle course, bounce houses, haunted architecture, and more!
Family Concerts & Performances
Once Upon a Mind – Oakland, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Preschool Performance Series – Danville, October 6
Very First Concerts – San Mateo, October 7
Baby Rave – Oakland, October 22
JAMband Family Festival – San Francisco, October 29
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Oakland, October 1-29
The Little Prince – Kentfield, October 6-15
Prince of Egypt by TheaterWorks – Mountain View, October 6 – November 5
Wizard of Oz by New Conservatory Theatre Center – San Francisco, October 7-15
Creepy Carrots by Peninsula Youth Theatre – Mountain View, October 13-14
Rapunzel by Palo Alto Children’s Theatre – Palo Alto, October 21 & 22
Alice in Wonderland by DLUX Puppets – Pleasanton, October 21 & 22
Arts & Crafts
Free First Sunday at Asian Art Museum – San Francisco, October 1
Friday Nights at OMCA – Oakland, October 6, 13, 20, 27
Family Day at NUMU – Los Gatos, October 14
Family Fun Day at Peninsula Art Museum – Burlingame, October 14
Animals & Nature
Friday Family Night at Curiodyssey – San Mateo, October 6
Free Admission Day at Seymour Discovery Center – Santa Cruz, October 6
Seals and Slippers Sleepover at the Marine Mammal Center – Sausalito, October 6
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden: Cook from the Garden – Berkeley, October 14
Family Night Hike and Campfire – Sausalito, October 14
Day of the Horse – Woodside, October 14
History & Culture
Fleet Week – San Francisco, October 2-9
Big Trees Scottish Gathering – Felton, October 7
Sunol Hootenanny – Sunol, October 21
Days of the Dead Community Celebration – Oakland, October 22
Science & Technology
Marine Science Sunday at The Marine Mammal Center – Sausalito, October 8 & 22
Planetarium Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium – Cupertino, October 7, 14, 21, 28
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, October 14
Open Cockpit Day at Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa, October 21 & 22
East Bay Mini Maker Faire – Oakland, October 22
Free Community Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, October 22