Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
Zoo Lights at San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, December 12-30
Come get a feeling for the San Francisco Zoo at night under magical holiday lights! Take a moonlight meander through the Zoo as it sparkles with cheer. Make your way from Entry Village to the Elinor Friend Playground for some magical playtime under the stars. Stop by to see Santa Claus to put in some last-minute requests. Grab some hot apple cider or cocoa and head over to the Playfield Lawn pay a visit to Santa’s special reindeer Belle, Holly, Peppermint, and Velvet. And did we mention there will be snow? Yes, it will be snowing at Zoo Lights, so bundle up!

James and the Giant Peach performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – San Ramon & San Francisco, December 20 – January 4
An exciting new musical, inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale about the orphaned boy who escapes from his wicked aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach inhabited by a bevy of very big bugs. Music and lyrics by the Tony Award-nominated team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Adaptation by respected playwright and educator Timothy Allen McDonald. Directed by Nina Meehan. Recommended for 4 and up.

Dream Circle Holiday Concert – Sausalito, December 20
A delightful and uplifting seasonal celebration featuring songs for a wide range of winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year. Dream Circle is indeed a dream lineup of Marin’s best loved children’s entertainers. Share in the true meaning of the holidays at this heart-filled performance and then spend a wonderful day at the Museum.

Nature Connects at the San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, through January 4
Nature Connects at the San Francisco Zoo is the ideal blend of nature and wildlife. This remarkable art installation features artist Sean Kenney’s giant nature-themed sculptures made entirely out of LEGO® bricks! From hummingbirds to snakes, flowers to farm equipment, there’s something for everyone to see at Nature Connects. Nature Connects will run through January 4, 2015.

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).

Santa at Play Café – Oakland, December 16, 22, 23
Santa will be making an appearance at Play Cafe. With admission you can bring your camera and take a picture with Santa for the holidays. No waiting in line at the mall to pay for their overpriced picture. Just come with your camera, and take away. Our holiday present to you!

Holiday Basketball Camp – Mountain View, December 29-31 & January 2-3
Learn valuable skills from MVHS basketball coaches and alumni in this half-day camp. Shooting, ball-handling, and defense will be among the skills covered in a high-energy, fast-paced environment. This is a great opportunity to tune-up prior to the winter youth basketball leagues. The camp takes place from December 29-31, 2014 & January 2-3, 2015 from 9am – 12pm at Mountain View High School. Registration is open to girls and boys in grades 3 – 8. Sign up today!

Holiday Tennis Camp – Mountain View, December 29-31 & January 2-3
This tennis camp provides the beginner and the intermediate with the fundamental tools for competitive tennis. Campers are matched accordingly with others to current skills development, while no experience is required for this camp. Emphasis is placed upon the skills for volleys, ground strokes, and service. This tennis camp is a guaranteed fun tennis tune up experience. The camp takes place from December 29-31, 2014 & January 2-3, 2015 from 9am – 12pm at Mountain View High School. Registration is open to girls and boys in grades 5 – 8. Sign up today!

World on Stage at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, January 10 – February 28
For the tenth year in a row, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is teaming up with World Arts West to present World on Stage. This ethnic performance series takes you around the world through dance, music and folklore, featuring some of the Bay Area’s most talented youth and adult artists.

Three Little Birds performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ Berkeley, 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.

December 2014 (also see Holiday Fun)
Creative Family Fun at the Presidio Officer’s Club (Free) – San Francisco, December 6-21
Cinderella by African-American Shakespeare Company – San Francisco, December 6-21
Madeline’s Christmas by CTC – Sunnyvale, December 6-21
Peter Pan by Young Performers Theater – San Francisco, December 6-22
LEGO Brickshow – San Leandro, December 6-January 4
A Year with Frog and Toad by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, December 11-21
My Son Pinocchio – Pleasanton, December 12-21
Cinderella: A Family Holiday Panto – San Francisco, December 18-28
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, December 19
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free)- Several Locations, December 19
Explorables Handmade Science at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, December 20
Soft Clay Saturday at Terra Mia Ceramics – San Francisco, December 20
Frozen Sing Along – San Francisco, December 20
Technology FunFest 2014 – Santa Clara, December 20-21
Family Fun Hour at Coyote Hills – Fremont, December 20, 21, 28
Popcorn Palace at Balboa Theatre – San Francisco, December 20, 27
Drop-In Science at Randall Museum – San Francisco, December 20, 27
Puppet Show at CJM – San Francisco, December 21
Storytime at the Garden – San Francisco, December 21
Lacrosse Classes for Ages 4-8 from LAX Runts (Free) – San Francisco, December 21, 28
Holiday Playland at Modern Recess – San Ramon, December 22, 23, 29, 30
Muir Woods Wildlife Detective – Mill Valley, December 24
CJM Community Free Day (Free) – San Francisco, December 25
Night Hike & Telescope Viewing at Chabot Space & Science – Oakland, December 26
Boswick the Clown’s Variety Show – San Francisco, December 26-28
Full Spectrum Science at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, December 28
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, December 28
Muir Woods Creatures of the Night – Mill Valley, December 30

January
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, January 2
Popcorn Palace at Balboa Theatre – San Francisco, January 3, 10, 17, 24
Free First Sunday at OMCA – Oakland, January 4
Octopretzel at the Village Theatre – Danville, January 9
Puss in Boots by CTC – Sunnyvale, January 10 & 17, February 7
Preschool Super Fun Sunday at CJM – San Francisco, January 11
Astronomy Sunday at Lindsay Wildlife Museum – Walnut Creek, January 11
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, January 17
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Very First Concerts – San Francisco & San Mateo, January 17
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, January 17-18
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: Very First Concerts – Berkeley, January 19
Junie B. Jones by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, January 22-February 8
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, January 24
Peking Acrobats – Berkeley, January 24-25
King of the Golden River by CTC – Sunnyvale, January 24 & 31, February 14
Three Little Birds by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley, San Francisco, Mill Valley & San Ramon, January 24-March 29
OMCA Family Clay Workshop – Oakland, January 25
Charlotte Diamond Family Concert – Fremont, January 31

February
The Brian Waite Band – Danville, February 6
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, February 7
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, February 13
Somebody Loves You by PYT – Mountain View, February 13-14
Great Backyard Bird Count – Sausalito, February 15
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown by Berkeley Playhouse – Berkeley, February 19-March 15
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, February 20
Shrek the Musical by South Valley Civic Theater – Morgan Hill, February 20-March 15
Jazz Art at Richmond Art Center (Free) – Richmond, February 21
Rumpelstiltskin by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, February 21-22
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by Berkeley Playhouse – Berkeley, February 21-March 15
Edward Tulane by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley & San Francisco, February 21-April 22
School House Rock by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, February 26-March 1
Brave Irene by CTC – Sunnyvale, February 28, March 14, 21

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
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, March 7
The Emperor’s New Clothes by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 7, April 4
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, March 8
Astronomy Sunday at Lindsay Wildlife Museum – Walnut Creek, March 8
Pinocchio by Fantasy Forum – Walnut Creek, March 12-15
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, March 13
Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep (Free) – Berkeley, March 15
Pecos Bill by PYT – Mountain View, March 20-21
Hansel and Gretel by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, March 21-22
Banana Slug String Band – Saratoga, March 22
Peter Pan by Diablo Children’s Musical Theater – Danville, March 27-April 4
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 28

April
Seussical the Musical by Diablo Youth Theatre – Walnut Creek, April 2-4
Kenn Adams Adventure Theater – Danville, April 3
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, April 10
Fancy Nancy by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley, San Ramon, Mill Valley & San Francisco, April 11 – June 21
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, April 12
Gruffalo’s Child at Montalvo – Saratoga, April 12
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, April 17
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, April 17
Ragtime by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, April 17-26
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, April 18-19
Seussical by South Valley Civic Theater – Morgan Hill, April 24 – May 9
Mulan by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, April 30-May 3

May
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, May 1
The Greg Frisbee Show – Danville, May 1
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, May 2, 12
Into the Woods by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, May 8-17
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, May 8, 22
Peter and the Wolf – Saratoga, May 9
Once Upon a Mattress by PYT – Mountain View, May 9-17
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, May 10
Alice in Wonderland by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, May 14-24
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, May 15
A Little Princess by PYT – Mountain View, May 15-16
Cinderella by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, May 16-17

June
Unique Derique – Danville, June 5
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, June 5
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, June 5
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, June 26
LEGO Brickshow – San Leandro, June 26-August 7

July
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, July 10
The Keith Show – Danville, July 10

August
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, August 7
Zappo the Magician – Danville, August 7