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April 2014 Newsletter

April is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area with family concerts, theater performances, art workshops, nature activities, plus Easter and Earth Day celebrations!

Below are just some of the many fun events happening in the Bay Area this month. Visit our Special Events page for a complete list of family-friendly activities.

It's time to register for summer camps. Visit our Summer Camp Directory to find great camps for children of all ages and interests.

Does your child have an upcoming birthday? Use our Party Directory to find local entertainers, rentals, and party places for a fantastic celebration. Visit Kids' Party Fun for over 100 fun party themes.

If you have friends or family who may not know about Bay Area Kid Fun, please email them a link to this newsletter or spread the word by posting on your Facebook page.

Have a wonderful month in the Bay Area!


Featured Events
Lady Bug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy ~ Berkeley, April 12-May 4
This world premiere musical will buzz into your heart, as Lulu, Sam, and their playground friends explore the power of imagination. Inspired by the wildly popular picture books by David Soman and Jacky Davis.

Monty Python's Spamalot performed by CMTSJ ~ San Jose, April 11-19
Take the whole family to the CMT premiere of Monty Python's Spamalot, live on the Montgomery Theater stage, April 11-19. Come see the show that earned the Tony Award for Best Musical by clicking www.cmtsj.org/tickets. Your quest is now complete with CMT San Jose!

Children’s Art Workshop Series ~ San Francisco, April 12
Explore the themes of exhibitions on display at San Francisco art museums, develop drawing and painting skills, and cultivate unique artistic gifts in a small group setting! Workshops are offered once a month for groups of four to six children, and students receive personal instruction tailored to individual interests and ability. In the April 12th workshop, students will create paintings inspired by the Impressionists’ light-filled cityscapes.

Spring Kids Concerts at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, April 12
Set off on a pirate ship with comedian-musician Rick Huddle and get marooned on a desert island. We'll sing shanties, swab the deck, and come up with new answers to the age-old question, “What Would You Do with a Grumpy Sailor?” Rick is a captivating storyteller, a gifted dancer, and can play the guitar, dulcimer, 6-string ukulele and nose flute (but usually not at the same time). He provides fun, lively and thoughtful performances that leave audiences of all ages laughing.

Upcycle at Richmond Art Center (Free) ~ Richmond, April 12
The Richmond Art Center is proud to present our 2nd Annual Upcycle, a maker festival for the whole family to create, see and learn about the art of upcycling. This free event will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 12 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Upcycling workstations will feature hands-on activities that creatively re-use materials otherwise headed for the landfill. Learn how to screen-print patches, create colorful mosaics, make quilts from t-shirts, weave rag rugs and fold-form metal objects. Live music. Healthy snacks will be provided.

Pixieland's Easter Speggtacular ~ Concord, April 19
Easter egg hunt, Easter bunny visit and all day unlimited rides. Games, facepainting and food available.

Easter Egg Hunt at Play Cafe ~ Oakland, April 19
Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt, egg spoon walking contest, and Easter Bunny photos. Admission $8 per child.

Easter Celebratons
Eggster Egg Hunt and Learning Festival (Free) - Berkeley, April 19
Easter Egg Hunt and Bonnet Parade - Hayward, April 19
The Great Egg Hunt - Oakland, April 19
Easter Bunny Arrives by Helicopter - San Carlos, April 19
Eggstravaganza (Free) - San Mateo, April 19
Eggstraordinary Egg Hunt at Roaring Camp - Felton, April 19-20
Union Street Spring Celebration & Easter Parade - San Francisco, April 20
Many more Easter events

Earth Day Celebrations
Earth Day Marin (Free) - Larkspur, April 6
Earth Day on the Bay - Redwood City, April 19
Earth Day at Curiodyssey - San Mateo, April 19
Earth Day Celebration at BADM - Sausalito, April 19
Play for the Planet at SF Zoo - San Francisco, April 19 & 20
Many more Earth Day events

Family Concerts & Performances
CSMA Community Concert (Free) - Mountain View, April 3 & 13
Preschool Performance Series: Magic Dan - Danville, April 4
David Gonzales and the Yak Yak Band - Berkeley, April 6
This Pretty Planet with Tom Chapin and Michael Mark - Palo Alto, April 6
SF Jazz Family Matinee - San Francisco, April 12
Baby Loves Disco - San Francisco, April 13
Unique Derique - Mill Valley, April 27

Children's Theater
Robin Hood by San Ramon Community Theater - San Ramon, April 4-13
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown - Foster City, April 4-6
James and the Giant Peach - Hayward, April 4-6
The Wizard of Oz by Playful People Products - San Jose, April 4-6
The Ugly Duckling by CTC - Sunnyvale, April 5, 12
Sneak Peek for Middleschoolers at Berkeley Rep - Berkeley, April 6
Fun with Frances by PYT - Mountain View, April 18-19
Rumpelstiltskin by Young Performers Theater - San Francisco, April 26-May 11

Arts & Crafts
Build a Bird Feeder at Home Depot (Free) - Bay Area Wide, April 5
Youth Screenprinting at the Grease Diner - Oakland, April 5 & 6
Doing and Viewing Art at the De Young
- San Francisco, April 5, 12, 26
Family Sundays at Cantor Museum - Stanford, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Free First Sunday at OMCA (Free) - Oakland, April 6
MakeArt Workshop at Museum of Craft and Design - San Francisco, April 12 & 19
Preschool Super Fun Sunday at CJM - San Francisco, April 13

Animals & Nature
Spring on the Farm
(Free) - San Ramon, April 12
Family Night Hike and Campfire - Sausalito, April 12

Spring Wildflower Festival - Sunol, April 12
Birds and Butterflies at Crab Cove (Free) - Alameda, April 19
Young Audubon Adventure: Spring Bird Banding - Milpitas, April 19
Spring Farm Tour at Deer Hollow - Mountain View, April 19

Bug Day at Randall Museum
- San Francisco, April 26

Sheep Shearing Day at Ardenwood (Free) - Fremont, April 27

History & Culture

Tartan Day Scottish Fair - Fremont, April 5
Cambodian New Year at Peralta Hacienda - Oakland, April 5
Spanish Storytime at Escuela Bilingue (Free) - Oakland, April 12
History for Half Pints (Free) - San Francisco, April 12
Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival (Free) - San Jose, April 12
Cherry Blossom Festival (Free) - Cupertino, April 26-27

Science & Technology
Family Moonlight Hike at Chabot - Oakland, April 4
Drop-In Science at Randall Museum - San Francisco, April 5, 12, 19

Marine Science Sunday (Free) - Sausalito, April 13, 27

Night Sky Party (Free) - Alviso, April 19
Full Spectrum Science at the Exploratorium - San Francisco, April 27