Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
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.

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.

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.

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).

“We Love POP” Auditions ~ San Francisco, February 7
If you like pop music, you’ll love “We Love POP”, a high-energy pop concert featuring today’s hottest music! Sing and dance live on stage at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. In addition, cast members will experience the thrill of working with a film crew and will star in music videos in this multimedia spectacular incorporating both live and professionally recorded performances. No experience required, and all who audition will be accepted. Convenient 12 week program with Saturday-only rehearsals makes participating fun and easy for busy families.

The Amazing Bubble Show at Rhythmix ~ Alameda, February 15
The Amazing Bubble Man has been thrilling audiences around the world with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. From square bubbles to fog-filled bubbles or people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Live bubbly accordion music will double your pleasure. Two Shows @ 11am & 1pm. “Greatest bubble show on Earth.” – SFGate.com

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.

CMT Rising Stars present School House Rock ~ San Jose, February 26 – March 1
“It’s great to learn, ’cause knowledge is power!” From 1973 to 1985, Saturday mornings on ABC made learning fun again. Through now-iconic cartoons and songs, School House Rock educated eager television viewers on math, history, grammar, science, and more. Join CMT for this family-friendly production at the Montgomery Theater for a slice of learning, served with a heaping share of childhood fun.

The Great Baby Romp ~ Sausalito, March 1
Try out baby and toddler classes BEFORE you commit at The Great Baby Romp. At this fun family event you can try out classes from popular local providers like Peekadoodle Kids Club and Music Together, plus enjoy a jam packed resource hall featuring business and services that cater to families with young children. So before you commit to a class that your child may not like in a week, come try them all out at The Great Baby Romp! March 1st, 2015 at The Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, CA. 9:30 – 1:00 pm. Standard entrance fees for the Bay Area Discovery Museum apply + $12 per family class pass online or $15 at the door.

January
Junie B. Jones by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, January 22-February 8
Toddler Time at Ardenwood – Fremont, January 27
Andy Z Concert – San Ramon, January 30
Winter Carnival at Small Talk Family Café – Walnut Creek, January 30
Monarchs for Kids at Ardenwood – Fremont, January 31
Charlotte Diamond Family Concert – Fremont, January 31
Farm Tour at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, January 31
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, January 31
Wild Walk at SF Zoo – San Francisco, January 31
Creative Family Fun at Presidio Officers’ Club – San Francisco, January 31
Electric Shadows at Children’s Creativity Museum – San Francisco, January 31
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, January 31
Music For Families by SF Symphony – San Francisco, January 31
Trial Class: Mandarin or Spanish Immersion through Art, Movement & Music (Free) – South San Francisco, January 31
The Corny Crow Show (Free) – San Jose, January 31
Jack and the Beanstalk by Children’s Theater Association – San Francisco, January 31 & February 7
King of the Golden River by CTC – Sunnyvale, January 31, February 14

February
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, February 1
Free First Sunday at OMCA – Oakland, February 1
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, February 1
Free Admission Day at the Asian Art Museum (Free) – San Francisco, February 1
Farm Tour at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, February 1, 8, 14
Soggy Sundays Kids Concerts at Ashkenaz – Berkeley, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, February 1, 8, 15, 22
Story Time and Family Walk at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, February 1 & 15
DIY Workshops for Ages 6-16 – San Francisco, February 2-5
The Brian Waite Band – Danville, February 6
Playing in the Past (Free) – Redwood City, February 6
Little Scientists Toddler Ramble – Hayward, February 6, 13, 20, 27
Victorian Valentines at Ardenwood – Fremont, February 7
Birding for Kids – Morgan Hill, February 7
Children’s Author and Illustrator Fair – Redwood City, February 7
Summer Resource Fair – San Francisco, February 7
Jam Family Dance Party – San Francisco, February 7
Lunar New Year at San Jose Museum of Art (Free) – San Jose, February 7
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, February 7
Salamander Search at Sanborn Park – Saratoga, February 7
Puss in Boots by CTC – Sunnyvale, February 7
Lunar New Year Bazaar – Oakland, February 7-8
Gorgeous Goats at Ardenwood – Fremont, February 7, 21
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, February 7, 21, 28
Family Sweetheart Dance – El Cerrito, February 8
Lunar New Year Celebration at the Asian Art Museum – San Francisco, February 8
The Brian Waite Band – San Rafael, February 8
Meet the Bunnies at Ardenwood – Fremont, February 8, 14, 28
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, February 8 & 22
Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids (Free) – San Jose, February 9
A Chat with Teddy Roosevelt (Free) – Redwood City, February 10
Happy Birds (Free) – Redwood City, February 11, 14, 21
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, February 13
Valentine’s Party at Small Talk Family Café – Walnut Creek, February 13
Somebody Loves You by PYT – Mountain View, February 13-14
Valentine Crafts at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, February 14
Family Fun Day at Fitzgerald Marine Preserve – Moss Beach, February 14
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, February 14
Living History Day at Casa Grande – San Jose, February 14
Victorian Valentine Making at Forest Home Farm (Free) – San Ramon, February 14
Great Backyard Bird Count – Sausalito, February 15
Good Morning Farm – Fremont, February 15 & 21
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown by Berkeley Playhouse – Berkeley, February 19-March 15
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, February 20
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, February 20
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, February 20
Shrek the Musical by South Valley Civic Theater – Morgan Hill, February 20-March 15
Slot Car Tournament at Subpar Mini-Golf – Alameda, February 21
Family Bird Walk at Don Edwards – Fremont, February 21
Jazz Art at Richmond Art Center (Free) – Richmond, February 21
Lunar New Year Celebration at SF Botanical Gardens – San Francisco, February 21
Birds of the Bay – San Francisco, February 21
Explorables Handmade Science – San Francisco, February 21
Rumpelstiltskin by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, February 21-22
ZooKids at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, February 21, 28
Edward Tulane by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley & San Francisco, February 21-April 22
Leopard Shark Feeding Frenzy – Hayward, February 22
Lunar New Year Celebration at OMCA – Oakland, February 22
Hands On History Day: The Immigrant Experience (Free) – San Jose
Engineering Week at Hiller – San Carlos, February 23-27
Chinese New Year Celebration – Albany, February 26
School House Rock by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, February 26-March 1
Free Family Fun Day at Youth Science Institute – Los Gatos, February 28
Lunar New Year Festival – Redwood City, February 28
Baby Loves Disco - San Francisco, February 28
Lunar New Year Celebration at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, February 28
Brave Irene by CTC – Sunnyvale, February 28, March 14, 21

March
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, March 1
Carnival of the Animals – Palo Alto, March 1
Great Baby Romp – San Francisco, March 1
Hello Bunnies at Ardenwood – Fremont, March 1, 22
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Story Time and Family Walk at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, March 1 & 15
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
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, March 7, 13, 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
Astronomy Sunday at Lindsay Wildlife Museum – Walnut Creek, March 8
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
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
Working Dogs at Forest Home Farms (Free) – San Ramon, March 14
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, March 14
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, March 14-15
Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, 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
Living History Day at Casa Grande (Free) – San Jose, March 15
Cowgirl Tricks with Karen Quest – San Rafael, March 15
Ken Bergmann’s Percussion Discussion – Walnut Creek, March 17-21
Pecos Bill by PYT – Mountain View, March 20-21
Deer Hollow Farm Tour – Cupertino, March 21
Jr. Engineer Day at GGMRC – 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
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

April
Seussical the Musical by Diablo Youth Theatre – Walnut Creek, April 2-4
Kenn Adams Adventure Theater – Danville, April 3
Toddler Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, April 4
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, April 5, 12, 19, 26
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, April 10
Carmen for Families (Free) – Antioch, April 11
Land Art for Kids – Berkeley, April 11
Festival Canada – Redwood City, April 11
Music for Families by SF Symphony – San Francisco, April 11
Spring Gardens at Forest Home Farms (Free) – San Ramon, April 11
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, April 11
Model Railroad Exhibit at Roaring Camp – Felton, April 11-12
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, April 12
Open House & Model Railroad Display – Santa Clara, April 12
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, April 11, 18, 25
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
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, April 12 & 26
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, April 17
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, April 17
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, April 17
The Wiz by Bay Area Educational Theater Company – San Carlos, April 17-26
Ragtime by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, April 17-26
Deer Hollow Farm Tour – Cupertino, April 18
Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Hill Farm – San Ramon, April 18
Artsplash at Montalvo Arts Center – Saratoga, April 18
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, April 18-19
Children’s Corner Musical Journeys – Palo Alto, April 19
Seussical by South Valley Civic Theater – Morgan Hill, April 24 – May 9
Alameda Earth Day – Alameda, April 25
Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood – Fremont, April 26
Spring Fling at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, April 25
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, April 25
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, April 25
JAMBand Family Concert – Pacifica, April 26
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
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, May 2
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, May 2
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, May 2, 9
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, May 2, 12
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, May 3
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
The Crimson Pirate by Fantasy Forum – Walnut Creek, May 7-10
Into the Woods by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, May 8-17
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, May 8, 22
Deer Hollow Farm Tour – Cupertino, May 9
Wingding Family Fest – Los Altos, May 9
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 9
Moms and Their Fans at Forest Home Farms (Free) – San Ramon, May 9
Peter and the Wolf – Saratoga, May 9
Mothers Day Campout at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 9-10
Once Upon a Mattress by PYT – Mountain View, May 9-17
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, May 10
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, May 10
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, May 10 & 24
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
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, May 16
Bees and Birds Family Campout at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 16-17
Cinderella by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, May 16-17
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, May 17
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 17
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, May 22
Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 23
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 29
Toddler Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 30

June
Unique Derique – Danville, June 5
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, June 5
Seals & Slippers Sleepover at TMMC – Sausalito, June 5
Unique Derique – Danville, June 6
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, June 7
JAMBand Family Festival – San Francisco, June 7
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, June 7, 14, 21, 28
JAMBand Family Concert (Free) – Mountain View, June 8
Green Kids Conference – Mountain View, June 13
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, June 13
Dia de Portugal Festival – San Jose, June 13
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, June 14, 21, 28
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, June 19
El Dia de San Juan Festival – San Jose, June 20
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, June 20-21
Hats Off to Dad at Roaring Camp – Felton, June 21
Hands On History Day – San Jose, June 21
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, June 26
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, June 26
The Science of Fireworks – San Francisco, June 28
LEGO Brickshow – San Leandro, June 26-August 7

July
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, July 5
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, July 6, 12, 19, 26
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, July 8
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, July 10
The Keith Show – Danville, July 10
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, July 10
Family Sundown Safari at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, July 11, 18, 25
Puss in Boots by PYT – Mountain View, July 11-19
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, July 12 & 26
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, July 18
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, July 19
Gold Rush Adventure – San Jose, July 19
Day Out with Thomas at Roaring Camp – Felton, July 24-August 2
Into the Woods by PYT – Mountain View, July 25 – August 2
JAMBand Family Festival – San Francisco, July 26

August
Family Sundown Safari at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, August 1, 8, 15
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, August 2
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
USS Hornet Family Live Aboard Experience – Alameda, August 7
Zappo the Magician – Danville, August 7
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, August 9 & 23
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, August 21
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, August 21
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, August 23
Hands On History Day – San Jose, August 23
JAMBand Family Festival – San Francisco, August 30

September
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, September 4
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, September 6
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, September 6, 13, 20, 27
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, September 12
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, September 13
Hands on History Day – San Jose, September 13
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, September 13, 20, 27
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, September 19-20
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, September 20
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, September 27

October
Harvest Fair and Steam Festival – Felton, October 3-4
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, October 4
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, October 4, 11, 18, 25
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, October 11
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, October 11 & 25
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, October 16
JAMBand Family Festival – San Francisco, October 25

November
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, November 1
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, November 8 & 22
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, November 15
Happy Birthday San Jose – San Jose, November 23
Free Admission Day at SF Botanical Garden (Free) – San Francisco, November 26

December
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, December 6
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, December 6, 13, 20, 27
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, December 13 & 27
Free Admission Day at SF Botanical Garden (Free) – San Francisco, December 25