Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
CMT Mainstage presents Jekyll & Hyde ~ San Jose, March 6-15
A CMT San Jose favorite! Based on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, this lush, powerful musical tells the tale of a London doctor who, in a quest to cure his father’s illness, develops a potion that splits his personality in half. Two personalities, two women who love him, and one of the most dramatic showdowns in musical theater history; come see who survives in this thrilling Gothic tale.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ February 21 – April 12, Berkeley & San Francisco
When Edward, an elegant china rabbit, is snatched from the arms of the little girl who adores him, his easy existence becomes an epic, sometimes painful journey that touches the lives of everyone he meets, from an old fisherman to a hobo to a little boy protecting his sister. A moving stage adaptation by Dwayne Hartford of Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning tale about being loved and learning to love. Directed by Doyle Ott.

Fujitsu Planetarium Shows ~ Cupertino, most Saturdays
Learn about space and science on Saturday evenings at the Fujitsu Planetarium on the De Anza College campus. Family shows include Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (K-1st), Magic Treehouse: Space Mission (K-2nd), This is Our Sky (K-3rd), The Moon (1st-3rd) and ExoPlanet Adventure (3rd-6th).

Three Little Birds performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ San Francisco, Mill Valley & San Ramon, January 24 – March 29
The reggae music of Bob Marley evokes the spirit of Jamaica in this modern-day fairytale about the unexpected adventures of timid, 11-year-old Ziggy. Watch out for evil Duppy, but “don’t worry about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be all right!” Based on the story by Cedella Marley. Adapted for the stage by Michael J. Bobbitt. Additional music and lyrics by John L. Cornelius, II. Directed by Michael Mohammed. Recommended for 4 and up.

Rockin’ Ropes Adventure at SF Zoo ~ San Francisco, January 17 – June 14
Calling all kids! The Zoo invites all Bay Area youngsters (4-14 years old) to enjoy the Rockin’ Ropes Adventure in the Pachyderm Building. To keep everyone active and healthy for the new year, this challenging ropes course will be open on weekends and school holidays. Young visitors can zip, swing, jump, step, and slide their way through all 30 feet of fun. This challenging elevated ropes obstacle course requires an additional fee of $7 for general admission guests. To check the Rockin’ Ropes schedule each week, see our Calendar of Events.

March
The Intergalactic Nemesis – Berkeley, March 6
Juggler Frisco Fred – Danville, March 6
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by Civic Arts – Pleasanton, March 6-15
Jekyll & Hyde by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, March 6-15
Magic Flute for Families (Free) – Berkeley, March 7
Summer Camp Fair (Free) – Mountain View, March 7
Birding for Kids (Free) – Morgan Hill, March 7
Families on Foot at MLK Jr. Shoreline (Free) – Oakland, March 7
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, March 7
Chinese New Year Parade and Festival – San Francisco, March 7
Children’s Irish Dance & Music – San Francisco, March 7
Hummingbird Days at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum – Santa Cruz, March 7 & 8
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Native American Hands-On History – Oakland, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Rabbit Rendezvous at Ardenwood – Fremont, March 7, 21 & April 5
The Emperor’s New Clothes by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 7, April 4
Johnny Appleseed Day at Ardenwood – Fremont, March 8
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, March 8
Preschool Super Fun Sunday at CJM – San Francisco, March 8
Astronomy Sunday at Lindsay Wildlife Museum – Walnut Creek, March 8
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, March 8, 15, 22, 29
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, March 8 & 22
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, March 10
Pinocchio by Fantasy Forum – Walnut Creek, March 12-15
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, March 13
Apple Cider Pressing at Ardenwood – Fremont, March 14
Pi Day at the Computer History Museum – Mountain View, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Hiller – San Carlos, March 14
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, March 14
Music for Families by SF Symphony – San Francisco, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival – San Francisco, March 14
Working Dogs at Forest Home Farms (Free) – San Ramon, March 14
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, March 14
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Dublin, March 14-15
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, March 14-15
Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, March 14, 21
Brave Irene by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 14, 21
There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills – Fremont, March 14, 28
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, March 15
Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep (Free) – Berkeley, March 15
The Shoemaker and the Elves Musical – Berkeley, March 15
Farm Tour at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, March 15
Down Home Music Time at CJM – San Francisco, March 15
Story Time and Family Walk at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, March 15
Living History Day at Casa Grande (Free) – San Jose, March 15
Magic Flute for Families (Free) – San Jose, March 15
Chinese New Year Celebration (Free) – San Jose, March 15
Cowgirl Tricks with Karen Quest – San Rafael, March 15
Ken Bergmann’s Percussion Discussion – Walnut Creek, March 17-21
Rotunda Dance Series (Free) – San Francisco, March 20
Pecos Bill by PYT – Mountain View, March 20-21
Deer Hollow Farm Tour – Cupertino, March 21
Indian Festival of Colors – Foster City, March 21
Family Science Safari – Los Gatos, March 21
Lake Lagunitas Family Walk – Novato, March 21
Jr. Engineer Day at GGMRC – San Francisco, March 21
Cartooning Class for ages 8-14 at the Cartoon Art Museum – San Francisco, March 21
Family BikeAbout at SF Zoo – San Francisco, March 21
Hansel and Gretel by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, March 21-22
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, March 21
Museum of Craft and Design MakeArt Workshop – San Francisco, March 21, 28
Frances England at Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, March 22
Hello Bunnies at Ardenwood – Fremont, March 22
The Shoemaker and the Elves Musical – Lafayette, March 22
OMCA Family Drop-In Workshop – Oakland, March 22
Magic Flute for Families – Palo Alto, March 22
Baby Loves Disco - San Francisco, March 22
Banana Slug String Band – Saratoga, March 22
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, March 27
Peter Pan by Diablo Children’s Musical Theater – Danville, March 27-April 4
Splash Into Spring & Egg Scramble – Alameda, March 28
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, March 28
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 28
Magic Flute for Families – Walnut Creek, March 30

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