Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
Dreamgirls at the Fox Theatre – Redwood City, August 15-30
Broadway by the Bay performs the Tony Award winning musical Dreamgirls at the historic Fox Theater in Redwood City. Based upon the aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes and The Shirelles, Dreamgirls follows a young trio of Motown singers from Chicago as they catch their big break.

Five Little Monkeys by Bay Area Children’s Theater – Mill Valley, August 30-September 7
Those Five Little Monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage as they do in their namesake picture books by Eileen Christelow. Take cover when they make that birthday cake for Mama . . . meet up with a crocodile . . . and disappear in the store! Not to mention all that jumping! The play’s all in rhyme/You’ll have a great time!

Komodo Karnival at San Francisco Zoo – San Francisco, August 30-September 1
Join us for a Labor Day weekend extravaganza filled with classic carnival festivities… with a twist! Komodo Karnival will feature good ol’ fashioned fun with a nod to Big Daddy Bahasa, our charismatic Komodo dragon. After you stop by and see him at Komodo Alley, try your luck at fun games like Crazy Ball, Ring The Bottle, Hoop Shot, Milk Can, Fat Cats, and Fish Are Jumping; you may even win a prize. After some cotton candy and a hot dog and soda, show us your strength on the Komodo High Striker. There’s no better way to say farewell to summer than the Komodo Karnival!

Star Kids Robotics & Programming Courses – San Jose, Stanford, Cupertino, September 8 – December 18
Star Kids Academy offers after school robotics and programming courses for ages 8-11. Children will utilize technology and creativity to gain an understanding of computer science using EV3 Robotics and Labview software.

Fujitsu Planetarium Shows – Cupertino, September 27
Saturday night planetarium shows begin on September 27 at the Fujitsu Planetarium on the De Anza College campus. Magic Treehouse: Space Mission is perfect for children grades K-2nd and Cosmic Collisions will appeal to older children (5th grade to adult).

Ivy + Bean performed by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley, September 28 – October 26
If you missed the fun on Pancake Court last year, the mischievous second-grade heroines of Annie Barrow’s New York Times best-selling Ivy + Bean series are back again, with toe-tapping tunes and their special brand of witchcraft. Bay Area Children’s Theatre created this original stage adaptation, with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen. Directed by Benjamin Hanna. Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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.

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.

August 2014 (also check-out Outdoor Movie Nights)
Capitola Begonia Festival (Free) – Capitola, August 29-September 1
Belmont Greek Festival – Belmont, August 30-September 1
Ardenwood Rail Faire – Fremont, August 30-September 1
Brazilian Day and Lavagem Festival (Free) – Berkeley, August 31

September 2014
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights Concert – Foster City, September 1
Movies on the Square (Free) – Redwood City, September 4, 11, 18, 25
Preschool Performance Series: Magic Dan – Danville, September 5
Puppet Art Theater (Free) – Foster City, September 6
Garin Apple Festival - Hayward, September 6
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, September 6
Concert for Kids – Sausalito, September 6
Home Depot Build a Birdhouse Workshop (Free) – Bay Area Wide, September 6
Free First Sunday at OMCA – Oakland, September 7
Russian Fair – Palo Alto, September 7
Science Fun at MOAH – Palo Alto, September 7
Tri-Valley Kids Splash & Dash – Pleasanton, September 7
Just So Stories Family Concert – San Francisco, September 7
Family Fun Day at the Asian Art Museum (Free) – San Francisco, September 7
Family Bike Party – San Leandro, September 7
Farm Tours at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, September 7 & 14
Storytime at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, September 7, 21
Family Sundays at Cantor Museum – Stanford, September 7, 14, 21, 28
Santa Cruz County Fair – Watsonville, September 9-14
Film Night: Ghostbusters – Mill Valley, September 12
Cupertino Carnival – Cupertino, September 12-14
Open Cockpit Day at Hiller Aviation Museum – San Carlos, September 13
Children’s Moon Festival  – Palo Alto, September 14
James and the Giant Peach by Young Performers Theater – San Francisco, September 12-28
Family Program at UC Botantical Garden – Berkeley, September 13
Insect Blitz – Half Moon Bay, September 13
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Fransico, September 13
MakeArt Workshop – San Francisco, September 13
History for Half Pints – San Francisco, September 13
Sleeping Beauty by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, September 13-14
Sunday Funday at Starmont Winery – St. Helena, September 14
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, September 14
Kidchella Concert (Free) – Redwood City, September 14
Super Fun Sunday with Octopretzel at CJM – San Francisco, September 14
Antique Autos in History Park – San Jose, September 14
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, September 14, 21, 28
Sunday Streets (Free) – San Francisco, September 14 & 28
Yerba Buena Family Day (Free) – San Francisco, September 15
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free) – Several Locations, September 19
Junior Engineer Day at Golden Gate Model Railroaders (Free) – San Francisco, September 20
Market Days at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, September 20
Open Cockpit Day at Oakland Aviation Museum – Oakland, September 21
Family Drop-in Workshops at OMCA – Oakland, September 21
Sunday Sampler at Berkeley Rep (Free) – Berkeley, September 21
Oakland World Percussion Festival (Free) – Oakland, September 27
Autogiro Day at Hiller Aviation Museum – San Carlos, September 27
Redwood City Salsa Festival (Free) – Redwood City, September 27
Autumn at Filoli – Woodside, September 27
JAMBand Family Festival (Free) – San Francisco, September 28
Hike the Headlands – Sausalito, September 28
Ivy + Bean The Musical – Berkeley, September 28-October 26

October 2014
Preschool Performance Series: EarthCapades – Danville, October 3
Family Art Day at Triton Museum – Santa Clara, October 4
Home Depot Build a Truck Workshop (Free) – Bay Area Wide, October 4
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden – Berkeley, October 5
Nurturing Creative Kids at San Jose Museum of Art – San Jose, October 5
Concert for Kids – Sausalito, October 11
Day of the Horse – Woodside, October 11
Zoppe Italian Family Circus – Redwood City, October 11-20
Sunday Funday at Starmont Winery – St. Helena, October 12
Founder’s Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, October 12
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, October 12, 26
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free) – Several Locations, October 17
Beauty and The Beast by Young Performers Theater – San Francisco, October 17-November 2
Wildlife Education Day – Cupertino, October 17
Market Days at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, October 18
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, October 18
Venetia Valley Fall Carnival – San Rafael, October 18
Sunday Streets (Free) – San Francisco, October 19
From Moo to You – Fremont, October 25
Wharf Fest (Free) – San Francisco, October 25
JAMBand Family Festival (Free) – San Francisco, October 26

November 2014
Model Train Show & Open House – Santa Clara, November 1 & 2
Children’s Musical Theater Workshop (Free) – San Jose, November 5, 12, 19
James and the Giant Peach – Berkeley, Mill Valley, San Francisco, November 6-January 4
Preschool Performance Series: Cowgirl Tricks – Danville, November 7
Family Program at UC Botanical Garden – Berkeley, November 8
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, November 8
The Pop-Ups Concert – Palo Alto, November 9
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, November 9, 23
Junior Engineer Day at Golden Gate Model Railroaders (Free) – San Francisco, November 15
Free 3rd Fridays at East Bay Parks (Free) – Several Locations, November 21

December 2014
Preschool Performance Series: Dante the Magician – Danville, December 5
Mary Poppins the Musical – San Jose, December 5-14
Family Gala at CJM – San Francisco, December 6
Family Art Day at Triton Museum – Santa Clara, December 6
Peter Pan by Young Performers Theater – San Francisco, December 6-22
Family Program at UC Botantical Garden – Berkeley, December 13
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum – San Francisco, December 13
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

On-Going
Family Fun Night at Aran’s Art Studio – Castro Valley, most Saturdays
Astronomy Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium – Cupertino, most Saturdays
Hidden Villa Weekend Farm Tours – Los Altos Hills, most weekends
Booksmart Art (Free) – Morgan Hill, 4th Saturdays
Community Game Night at Booksmart (Free) – Morgan Hill, 1st Mondays
Peralta Hacienda Family Fun Days (Free) – Oakland, 2nd Saturdays
Drop-in Science at Randall Museum – San Francisco, most Saturdays
Drop-in Art Making and Family Adventures at Contemporary Jewish Museum – San Francisco, most Sundays
Friday Night Jiggle Jam at Carmel Blue – San Francisco, most Fridays
Pixie Hall Studios Family Art Open Studio – San Francisco, Saturdays
San Francisco Zoo Children’s Programs – San Francisco
Tree Frog Treks Kids Play Nights – San Francisco, Saturdays
Family Funday at SF Botanical Garden – San Francisco, 1st and 3rd Sunday
Childrens Activities at King Library (Free) – San Jose, Most Saturdays
Family Fun at Intel Museum (Free ) – Santa Clara, most Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Hands on Science Classes at Intel Museum (Free) – Santa Clara, days vary
Lakeshore Learning Store Free Art Workshops (Free) – San Jose, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, most Saturdays
Marine Science Sundays (Free) – Sausalito, 2nd and 4th Sundays
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, most Sundays
Home Depot Kids Workshops (Free) – throughout Bay Area, 1st Saturdays
Lowes Build and Grow Workshops (Free) – throughout Bay Area, select Saturdays
Stroller Hikes – Bay Area