Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

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Featured Events
Disney’s Mulan Jr. performed by Children’s Musical Theatre ~ San Jose, April 30 – May 3
Based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, as well as the 1998 Disney film of the same name, Mulan, Jr. tells the tale of a brave Chinese warrior who battles the Huns, rescues an emperor, and just happens to be a female in disguise. Featuring beloved songs from the movie, including “Honor to Us All,” “I’ll Make a Man Out of You,” and “Reflection,” Mulan, Jr. is a thrilling adventure and a comical romp, as well as a touching celebration of family and culture.

Fancy Nancy, The Musical by Bay Area Children’s Theatre – Berkeley, San Ramon, Mill Valley & San Francisco, April 11 – June 21
Does it glitter? She loves it! Does it sparkle? She’s thrilled. In Nancy’s play world, even words can be fancy as long as they are lonnnggg . . . or French! Nancy and her dance class friends will soon perform Deep Sea Dance, their first recital! She dreams of diving into the role of an elegant mythical ocean dweller, but will she get the part? Based on the New York Times bestselling Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor.

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.

The Amazing Bubble Show at Rhythmix ~ Alameda, May 17
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. 2 Shows @ 11am & 1pm “Greatest bubble show on Earth.” – SFGate.com

April
Peter Pan by Playful People Productions – San Jose, April 24 – May 2
Bay Area Dance Week – Several Locations, April 24 – May 3
Seussical by South Valley Civic Theater – Morgan Hill, April 24 – May 9
Museum Mondays for Little Ones – Santa Rosa, April 27
Teddy Bear Tea Party at Five Little Monkeys – Albany & Novato, April 28
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
Rotunda Dance Series (Free) – San Francisco, May 1
Spring Dinner & Movie Nights – Emeryville, May 1, 8, 15
Night Hikes at Chabot – Oakland, May 1, 22, 29
Family Nature Fun Bird Walk – Alameda, May 2
May Day Flower Garlands at Ardenwood – Fremont, May 2
Science Day of Discovery – Lafayette, May 2
Farm and Wilderness Tour for Kids – Los Altos Hills, May 2
Mt. Tam Healthy Parks, Healthy People – Mill Valley, May 2
Mars Mini Mission at Chabot – Oakland, May 2
May Fete Parade (Free) – Palo Alto, May 2
The Biggest Little Airshow – San Carlos, May 2
Children’s Day Festival in Japantown (Free) – San Francisco, May 2
Healthy Parks, Healthy People (Free) – San Francisco, May 2
San Francisco Cinco de May Festival – San Francisco, May 2
Family Lunada at Children’s Discovery Museum – San Jose, May 2
Youth Media Day at CreaTV – San Jose, May 2
Community Day at Curiodyssey (Free) – San Mateo, May 2
Family Hike & Campfire – Sausalito, May 2
Pt. Bonita Wildflower Hike – Sausalito, May 2
Home Depot Photo Frame Workshop (Free) – Bay Area Wide, May 2
Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies – Sonoma County, May 2-3
Doing and Viewing Art at the de Young – San Francisco, May 2, 9
Charlotte’s Web by CTC – Sunnyvale, May 2, 12
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by PYT – San Francisco, May 2-17
Children’s Program at Green Gulch – Muir Beach, May 3
Electronic Arts Techtorial – Berkeley, May 3
Japanese Cultural Day at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, May 3
Israel in Our Hearts Family Celebration – San Francisco, May 3
Silicon Valley Bikes! Festival – San Jose, May 3
Family Sundays at Cantor Arts Center (Free) – Stanford, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Plants of California at SF Botanical – San Francisco, May 3 & 17
Ohlone Village Tour – Fremont, May 3 & 23
Do You Believe in Magic? Alternative Rock Opera for Tweens – San Francisco, May 4
The Crimson Pirate by Fantasy Forum – Walnut Creek, May 7-10
Stanford Pow Wow – Stanford, May 8-10
Into the Woods by Children’s Musical Theater – San Jose, May 8-17
Meet the Maker: Strawbees from Sweden – Berkeley, May 9
Asian American Cultural Festival – Daly City, May 9
Farm Moms at Ardenwood – Fremont, May 9
Wingding Family Fest – Los Altos, May 9
Migratory Birds at Muir Woods – Mill Valley, May 9
Moraga Community Faire & Car Show – Moraga, May 9
Zoovie Night at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 9 & 29
Almost Mothers Day Kids Concert – Redwood City, May 9
Mother’s Day Art in the Park – San Rafael, 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
Hawaii May Day Festival – Pleasanton, May 9-10
Once Upon a Mattress by PYT – Mountain View, May 9-17
Sprouts: Stewards of the Earth – Berkeley, May 10
Mothers Day Farm Fun – Berkeley, May 10
Sienna Ranch Family Day – Lafayette, May 10
Farm Tour at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, May 10
Free Admission Day at the Exploratorium – San Francisco, May 10
Mothers Day Tea & Show at the Rabbit Hole – San Francisco, May 10
Sunday Streets (Free) – San Francisco, May 10
Mother’s Day Kids Run – San Francisco, May 10
Mothers Day at BADM – Sausalito, May 10
Marine Science Sunday (Free) – Sausalito, May 10 & 24
Lambs, Kids & Piglets at Ardenwood – Fremont, May 10, 31
Nature Explorers at The Gardens at Heather Farm – Walnut Creek, May 12 – June 16
Alice in Wonderland by Palo Alto Children’s Theater – Palo Alto, May 14-24
Indiana Jones Quote Along – Atherton, May 15
Penguins & Pajamas Sleepover at Cal Academy – San Francisco, May 15
A Little Princess by PYT – Mountain View, May 15-16
Your Song My Song at La Pena – Berkeley, May 16
SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, May 16
Hands On the Arts Festival – Sunnyvale, 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
City Not For Sale by CASA – San Francisco, May 16-17
Maker Faire – San Mateo, May 16-17
MOCHA Art Workshop (Free) – Alameda, May 17
Teddy Bear Tea at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 17
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players – San Francisco, May 17
Digging Up San Jose’s Past – San Jose, May 17
Hakone Matsuri Japanese Festival – Saratoga, May 17
Guided Night Hike at Hidden Villa – Los Altos Hills, May 22
Cinderella by Los Gatos Ballet – Saratoga, May 22-24
Family Farm Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 23
Patricia Shih Concert – San Jose, May 23
The Color Run – San Jose, May 23
KidFest – Concord, May 23-25
Birds of Prey Day at Curiodyssey – San Mateo, May 25
KidsFest at the Zoo – San Francisco, May 29
Toddler Day at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 30
Rockridge Ice Cream Tour – Berkeley, May 31
Goat Tending & Cheese Making – Berkeley, May 31
Community Day Celebration at SF Botanical Gardens – San Francisco, May 31

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