Below are fun upcoming events for kids and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. This list is updated daily so check back often.
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Goblin Jamboree: Witches and Wizards ~ Sausalito, October 21 & 22
Where can kids ride a pony and design their own witch or wizard’s wand? The Bay Area Discovery Museum’s Goblin Jamboree in Sausalito! Dress the family up and come experience a cauldron of family-friendly witch and wizard themed programs and activities including glow-in-the-dark trains, a petting zoo, a hay maze, train rides, a spooky sticker room, a potion laboratory, a broom obstacle course, bounce houses, haunted architecture, and more!
Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus ~ Redwood City, October 13-29
The Zoppé Italian Family Circus takes family entertainment to new heights this year, performing matinée and evening shows from October 13th through the 29th in Redwood City. The Zoppé Family welcomes guests into their tent for a one-ring circus that honors the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar ~ Berkeley, October 1-29
Straight from a hit run in New York, Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents 4 timeless stories told with 75 magical puppets! The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will delight audiences of all ages with a lyrical stage rendition of Eric Carle’s beloved stories about sea horses, fireflies, and, of course, that lovable Lepidoptera himself, brought to life in stunning, vibrant color.
Fall Basketball Camp ~ Mountain View, October 21, 28
Learn valuable skills, stay active, and have fun in this half-day basketball camp. Shooting, ball-handling, and defense will be among the skills covered in a high-energy, fast-paced environment. Fun games will be used to teach the skills to keep campers focused throughout the day. Open to boys & girls in grades 3-8, the camp will take place on Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm in the MVHS gym. The camp rate is $375 for all 7 Saturdays (or $60 daily rate), and includes custom basketball, t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring backpack.
Free Soccer Demo Classes for Ages 1 to 4 ~ San Francisco, October 28
Super Soccer Stars offers classes & camps to improve soccer skills, develop self-confidence, improve gross motor skills and hone socialization skills in a fun, non-competitive, educational environment. Come see what 17 years of experience and the lowest child-to-coach ratios in CA can provide for your child’s development at one of our free upcoming demo classes at the San Francisco Gather Place. Register online, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-233-8277 to enroll.
First Friday Family Nights at Curiodyssey ~ San Mateo, November 3 and December 1
Swing into the weekend with music, science, food and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey. Dance to San Francisco soul, funk and jazz of the 60’s and 70’s from Big Blu Soul Revue. Purchase dinner from Fletch’s and beer or wine at a cash bar. Come together as a family, meet here, or visit early and stay late. Free with admission.
The Night Fairy by Bay Area Children’s Theatre ~ October 27-December 30
In its first play of the season for older children (age 8 and up), Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents The Night Fairy, the story of feisty young Flory, who faces dangers in the garden by using her wits, summoning her courage, and learning to give and take with the fascinating but often forbidding creatures she meets. By John Glore from the book of the same name by Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz.
IlluminOdyssey – A Winter Light Experience for Kids – San Mateo, November 10 – January 7
Electrify your child’s imagination at CuriOdyssey’s spectacular light exhibition. Be amazed and transfixed by fascinating works of interactive luminosity and kid-friendly, glowing art. Fletch’s food available for purchase on weekends. Exhibition is free with admission.
Regina Carter Quintet Family Matinee Concert ~ San Francisco, November 18
San Francisco Performances’ Family Matinees engage young audiences in performances by world artists of the highest caliber! These hour-long concerts feature complete performances with an interactive component designed to allow children to speak to the artists. Bring the whole family to Herbst Theatre to enjoy composer-performer Regina Carter and her quintet perform their musical tribute to the great Ella Fitzgerald as well as to perform other jazz pieces for the violin! Tickets: $15 children/$25 adults.
San Francisco Youth Ballet Presents The Nutcracker ~ San Francisco, December 2 & 3
Join us as SFYBT celebrate its 17th annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. This magical, full-length version features Bay Area guest artists and the wonderful talents from the San Francisco Youth Ballet Academy. The dance tells the story of young Clara, who dreams that her gift of a toy nutcracker soldier comes to life. This 2-hour production is geared toward families and is a perfect opportunity to introduce young children to this holiday ballet tradition. As always, there will be photo opportunities with different characters after all performances. Four shows ONLY!
The Amazing Bubble Show at Rhythmix ~ Alameda, December 10
Thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man (a.k.a. Louis Pearl) explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles. Combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep both kids and adults alike mesmerized, this show is fun for all ages. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, and people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement.
October also see Halloween Fun
Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Oakland, October 1-29
Prince of Egypt by TheaterWorks – Mountain View, October 6 – November 5
La Muerte Baila – San Jose, October 12-22
Zoppe Italian Family Circus – Redwood City, October 13-29
Tots and Tails Story Time – San Francisco, October 18 & 25
Silverwood Fall Festival – Concord, October 20
SPCA Puppy Movie Night – San Francisco, October 20
Annie by Woodside Theatre – Woodside, October 20-29
Friday Nights at OMCA – Oakland, October 20, 27
Campfire Program at John Muir Historic Site – Martinez, October 21
Movie in the Park: Hocus Pocus – Novato, October 21
Family Friendly Bike Ride at the Presidio – San Francisco, October 21
Very First Concerts – San Francisco, October 21
Sunol Hootenanny – Sunol, October 21
Rapunzel by Palo Alto Children’s Theatre – Palo Alto, October 21 & 22
Alice in Wonderland by DLUX Puppets – Pleasanton, October 21 & 22
Open Cockpit Day at Pacific Coast Air Museum – Santa Rosa, October 21 & 22
Planetarium Shows at Fujitsu Planetarium – Cupertino, October 21, 28
Cal Sailing Open House – Berkeley, October 22
Very First Concerts – Berkeley, October 22
Baby Rave – Oakland, October 22
East Bay Mini Maker Faire – Oakland, October 22
Days of the Dead Community Celebration – Oakland, October 22
Moon Mouse – Palo Alto, October 22
Free Community Day at the Exploratorium (Free) – San Francisco, October 22
Marine Science Sunday at The Marine Mammal Center – Sausalito, October 22
Rockridge Ice Cream Tour – Oakland, October 22, 29
Day of the Dead Art Workshops – Mountain View, October 25-30
East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – October 26 – November 5
Port of Oakland Free Harbor Tours – Oakland, October 27
McKinley Harvest Festival – Burlingame, October 27 & 28
Snow White and the 7 Little People – San Jose, October 27-November 5
Opera for Families – Palo Alto, October 28
El dia de los Muertos – San Jose, October 28
Guide Dogs for the Blind Graduation – San Rafael, October 28
JAMband Family Festival – San Francisco, October 29
See next month’s events…