Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
Boo at the Zoo – San Francisco, October 25-26
San Francisco’s favorite family friendly Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, is back on October 25-26, at the San Francisco Zoo! Kids of all ages are invited to don their costumes and come search for special Boo candy treat stations throughout the Zoo. Casper the Friendly Ghost will be on hand to take photos with all of his devoted fans. Puppet shows, magic shows, bounce houses, and crafting tables will entertain kids. All activities are free with paid Zoo admission, and kids wearing costumes get $1 off admission. For a complete schedule of activities, visit www.sfzoo.org.

Spooky Times at Deer Hollow Farm – Cupertino, October 25
Explore haunted barns and a ‘dark forest’ while joining our children’s activities and crafts such as making “sweet” spiders and chocolate bats! We’re opening up the pens so you can meet our spooktacular farm animals. Treats and beverages will be available for purchase. 10am-3pm. $7 per person, $5 in costume! 1 and under are free. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

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).

Halloween Boo Bash at Small Talk Family Café – Walnut Creek, October 29 & 31
Bring your little ones ages 0-6 in costume and join us for one (or both) of two spooktacular parties! Wed. Oct. 29 from 10am-12pm and Fri. Oct. 31 from 3:00-5:30pm. We will have games, crafts, a parade and a special treat for everyone (but no tricks!). Guests can also opt to purchase a professional Halloween mini photo session available on site during the events! Further details, pricing and sign-up available at www.smalltalkfamilycafe.com/events.

Free Musical Theater Workshop for ages 5-25 – San Jose, November 5, 12, 19
South Bay Children’s Musical Theater teaches the basics of musical theater in this fun and exciting free workshop! Through interactive group activities such as theater games, self-esteem exercises, and singing & dancing, attendees will take a hands on approach by exploring the basic concepts of musical theater. Ages 5-8: Wednesday, November 5th, 4:00-7:00pm. Ages 9-11: Wednesday, November 12th, 4:00-7:00pm. Ages 12-25: Wednesday, November 19th, 4:00-7:00pm. Sign up at www.southbaychildrensmusicaltheater.com

James and the Giant Peach performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Mill Valley, Berkeley, San Ramon & San Francisco, November 6 – 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.

Harvest Festival at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, November 8
Celebrate the turn of the season with a harvest festival featuring a joyous outdoor performance and hands-on activities for the whole family. Story times, a farmer’s market display, live music, and the science of seeds are all an opportunity for children to have fun and make new friends. Free with Museum admission. Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spartans Sports Camp Touch Rugby Mini-Camp – Mountain View, November 8-9
Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce our first annual Touch Rugby Mini-Camp which will be held November 8-9 from 9 am – 12 pm. This camp is for boys and girls in Grades 3-8. Coaches from AYRU (www.ayru.net) will be on hand to mentor players of all abilities in the sport of touch rugby which is a safer, non-contact version of 7 vs 7 rugby. This is a great opportunity to learn one of America’s fastest growing sports – register today at our website or call 650.479.5906 for more info!

Veterans’ Day Camp at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, November 11
Join us for our first ever one-day Fort Building camp. Children will take initiative as they work together for one day to conceptualize, design and execute their very own creative structures. Using various materials, campers will tap into their imagination, innovation and ingenuity to transform the classroom into their very own hide-away, and build smaller-scale structures using wood, hammers and nails to create take home projects. For ages 4 – 8. Extended care available.

The Sound of Music performed by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, November 14-23
Are your kids 16, going on 17? Does it seem like there’s seven of them? Don’t get ” Von Trapped,” head to the Montgomery Theater instead for CMT San Jose’s The Sound of Music, November 14 to 23. Grab your tickets today by clicking www.cmtsj.org/tickets.

Thanksgiving Break Camp at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sausalito, November 24-26
Investigate local animals and search the shores for hidden treasures in our On the Bay camp. Take on the persona of bugs, fish, plants and birds, and explore the natural bay environments through hiking, experiments and hands-on discovery. For ages 4 – 8. Extended care available.

Mary Poppins performed by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, December 5-14
Oh that Mary! She’s quite contrary! Even with a spoon full of sugar! Take the little ones to the CMT Marquee prevention of Disney’s Mary Poppins, live on stage December 5 to 14 at the Montgomery Theater in downtown in San Jose. For tickets, click www.cmtsj.org/tickets. You can sweep that chimney later!

San Francisco Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker – San Francisco, December 13 & 14
This magical, full-length version of The Nutcracker features Bernadette Torres and Carlo DiDio, former Principals California Ballet Company, performing with amazing guest talent and students of the San Francisco Youth Ballet. This 2-hour production is geared toward families and is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to this holiday ballet tradition. The first 200 children go home with a Nutcracker gift bag and there will be photo opportunities after performances. For more information visit http://www.sanfranciscoyouthballet.org

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!

October 2014 (Also see Halloween Events)
Zoppe Italian Family Circus – Redwood City, October 10-26
Sleepy Hollow by Los Altos Youth Theatre – Los Altos, October 17-November 2
The Witches by YPT – San Francisco, October 24-November 9
Bonnie Lockhart at La Pena – Berkeley, October 25
Fairy House Workshop – Berkeley, October 25
From Moo to You – Fremont, October 25
Wharf Fest (Free) – San Francisco, October 25
Popcorn Palace at Balboa Theatre – San Francisco, October 25
Get to Know WildCare – San Rafael, October 25
Seals & Slippers Sleep Over at TMMC – Sausalito, October 25, November 21
The Cay by CTC – Sunnyvale, October 25, November 1
The Bug Family Band at Ashkenaz – Berkeley, October 26
Day of the Dead Celebration at OMCA – Oakland, October 26
JAMBand Family Festival (Free) – San Francisco, October 26
Baby Love Disco – San Francisco, October 26
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, October 26
Mary Poppins by Berkeley Playhouse – Berkeley, October 30-December 7

November 2014
One Act Opera for Children – San Francisco, November 1
Bay Area Science Festival (Free) – San Francisco, November 1
Day of the Dead Community Day at San Jose Museum of Art (Free) – San Jose, November 1
Dia de los Muertos Community Festival – Santa Cruz, November 1
North Bay Science Discovery Day (Free) – Santa Rosa, November 1
The Adventures of Robin Hood at Montalvo – Saratoga, November 1
Model Train Show & Open House – Santa Clara, November 1 & 2
Popcorn Palace at Balboa Theatre – San Francisco, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Fall Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, November 1, 15
Justin Roberts Concert – Los Altos Hills, November 2
Children’s Musical Theater Workshop (Free) – San Jose, November 5, 12, 19
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, November 6-16
James and the Giant Peach – Mill Valley, Berkeley, San Ramon, San Francisco, November 6-January 4
Preschool Performance Series: Cowgirl Tricks – Danville, November 7
Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by PYT – Mountain View, November 7-8
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden – Berkeley, November 8
Toddler Days at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, November 8
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, November 8
MakeArt Workshop (Free) – San Francisco, November 8
Forest Home Farm Free Activities Day – San Ramon, November 8
Charlotte Diamond Concert – Saratoga, November 8
Androcles and the Lion – Sunnyvale, November 8
Oklahoma! by West Valley Light Opera – Saratoga, November 8-December 6
The Pop-Ups Concert – Palo Alto, November 9
Birth & Baby Fair – San Francisco, November 9
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, November 9, 23
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by San Carlos Children’s Theater – San Carlos, November 14-23
The Sound of Music by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, November 14-23
Willie Wonka by the Pied Piper Players – San Mateo, November 14-23
Junior Engineer Day at Golden Gate Model Railroaders (Free) – San Francisco, November 15
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, November 15
Family Day Origami Craft – San Francisco, November 15
Cowboy Hootenanny folk Festival – Sunol, November 15
Puss ‘n Boots by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, November 15-16
Oklahoma by PYT – Mountain View, November 15-23
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, November 16
Thanksgiving Party at Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals (Free) – San Francisco, November 18
Fall Harvest Carnival at U-Me – Menlo Park, November 20
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free) – Several Locations, November 21
Wizard of Oz by Danville Children’s Musical Theater – Danville, November 21-29
Family Day at the Museum of Craft and Design – San Francisco, November 22
Happy Birthday San Jose! – San Jose, November 23
Your Song My Song at La Pena – Berkeley, November 29
DIY Art: Festive Family Fun – San Jose, November 29 & December 6

December 2014
Preschool Performance Series: Dante the Magician – Danville, December 5
The Elves and the Shoemaker by CTC – Sunnyvale, December 5, 6, 12
Mary Poppins the Musical – San Jose, December 5-14
The Bug Family Band at La Pena – Berkeley, December 6
Family Gala at CJM – San Francisco, December 6
Girls on the Run 5K – San Francisco, December 6
Amazing Animals at Alum Rock – San Jose, December 6
Family Art Day at Triton Museum – Santa Clara, December 6
Madeline’s Christmas by CTC – Sunnyvale, December 6-21
Peter Pan by Young Performers Theater – San Francisco, December 6-22
A Year with Frog and Toad by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, December 11-21
Cinderella by Diablo Youth Theatre – Walnut Creek, December 12-14
Family Program at UC Botantical Garden – Berkeley, December 13
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, December 13
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, December 13
The Gingerbread Boy by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, December 13-14
The Amazing Bubble Show at Rythymix – Alameda, December 14
Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep (Free) – Berkeley, December 14
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, December 14, 28
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free)- Several Locations, December 19

January
Puss in Boots by CTC – Sunnyvale, January, 10 & 17, February 7
The Emperor’s New Clothes by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, January 17-18
Jack and the Beanstalk by Children’s Theatre Association – San Francisco, January 17, 24, 31 & February 7
Junie B. Jones by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, January 22-February 8
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

February
Somebody Loves You by PYT – Mountain View, February 13-14
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
Jekyll & Hyde by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, March 6-15
The Emperor’s New Clothes by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 7, April 4
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, March 8
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
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, March 28

April
Seussical the Musical by Diablo Youth Theatre – Walnut Creek, April 2-4
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
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
Mulan by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, April 30-May 3

May
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, May 2, 12
Into the Woods by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, May 8-17
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
A Little Princess by PYT – Mountain View, May 15-16
Cinderella by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, May 16-17