July 2014 Newsletter
July is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area with family concerts, theater performances, art workshops, nature adventures and 4th of July 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.
There's still time to register for fun 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 help spread the word by liking our Facebook page.
Thank you and have a wonderful month in the Bay Area!
Red, White & Zoo ~ San Francisco, July 4-6
Red, White & Zoo at the San Francisco Zoo is the place to see all of the Zoo’s red, white and blue animals! See special feedings and hear keeper talks about our adorable red panda, the white pelicans, polar bears and more. You might even get up close to a blue-tongued skink! Stop by the Playfield Lawn for summertime concerts by kids folk band Hanna Banana. Details at www.sfzoo.org.
Five Little Monkeys by Bay Area Children's Theater ~ Oakland, July 5 - August 25
Those Five Little Monkeys will get into as much mischief on stage at Children’s Fairyland 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!
The Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinics ~ San Jose, San Mateo & San Ramon, July 5-20
The Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinics are coming to the Bay Area, July 5-20. Spend 2 action-packed hours being coached and learning tricks from Harlem Globetrotters Stars. Perfect for kids ages 6-12, of all skill levels. In addition to an amazing time, participants score a free ticket to any 2015 Globetrotters game and an Official Globetrotters Nickname and certificate. Get in on the action today at HarlemGlobetrotters.com/Clinics. Save $5 per registration with Code: FUN5!
Oklahoma! by Children's Musical Theater San Jose ~ San Jose, July 11-20
Take the kids to the farm, without all those wacky smells and dirt! CMT San Jose presents the classic American musical, Oklahoma!, from July 11 to 20. Head to downtown San Jose and the Montgomery Theater after purchasing online at www.cmtsj.org/tickets. We will see you at the show!
Family Date Night at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, July 11, 18, 25
Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. Each week features a family friendly musical performance.
4th of July Celebrations (more 4th of July)
4th of July at Berkeley Marina (Free) - Berkeley, July 4
4th of July Jubilee (Free) - Concord, July 4
Ardenwood Independence Day Celebration - Fremont, July 4
4th of July Celebration (Free) - Foster City, July 4
Old Fashioned Fourth of July (Free) - Redwood City, July 4
Rose, White and Blue Parade (Free) - San Jose, July 4
Old Fashioned 4th (Free) - San Mateo, July 4
Fireworks Extravaganza (Free) - Santa Clara, July 4
Summer Movie Nights (more Outdoor Movies)
E.T. (Free) - Redwood City, July 10
Monsters University (Free) - Mountain View, July 11
Frozen (Free) - San Francisco, July 12
Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade (Free) - San Jose, July 16
Despicable Me 2 (Free) - Oakland, July 24
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Free) - Alameda, July 25
The Smurfs 2 (Free) - Suisun City, July 26
Fairs & Festivals
Alameda County Fair - Pleasanton, June 18-July 6
Marin County Fair - San Rafael, July 2-6
Sonoma County Fair - Santa Rosa, July 24-August 10
Pedalfest (Free) - Oakland, July 26
Berkeley Kite Day Festival (Free) - Berkeley, July 26-27
Solano County Fair - Vallejo, July 30-August 3
Santa Clara County Fair - San Jose, July 31-August 3
Family Concerts & Performances
CrossPulse (Free) - San Francisco, July 3
Kids Days at Stern Grove Festival (Free) - San Francisco, July 8-10
Pi Clowns (Free) - San Francisco, July 11
Preschool Performance Series: The Bubble Lady - Danville, July 11-12
Earlybird Jazz for Kids - Stanford, July 12
Kidchella Concert (Free) - Redwood City, July 13
JAMBand Family Festival - San Francisco, July 13
Goldilocks on Trial by Palo Alto Children's Theater - Palo Alto, July 9-19
The Wizard of Oz by Los Altos Stage Company - Los Altos, July 19-August 3
Puppet Art Theater (Free) - Pacifica, July 19
Chevron Family Theatre Festival - Walnut Creek, July 19
Shrek the Musical by PYT - Mountain View, July 25-August 3
Rose Red by Roberta Jones Junior Theatre - Santa Clara, July 29-31
Arts & Crafts
First Free Sunday at OMCA (Free) - Oakland, July 6
Family Sunday at Cantor Museum (Free) - Stanford, July 6, 13, 20, 27
Family Day at Museum of Craft and Design - San Francisco, July 19
Sunday Storytime at the Cartoon Art Museum - San Francisco, July 20
DIY Art Summer Sundays - San Jose, July 20
Spotlight Family Studio at CJM - San Francisco, July 22, 29
Animals & Nature
Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm - Muir Beach, July 6
Windmills and Water at Forest Home Farm (Free) - San Ramon, July 12
Summertime Open House at Hidden Villa (Free) - Los Altos Hills, July 13
Family Bird Walk - Fremont, July 26
Reptile Day at Curiodyssey - San Mateo, July 26
Family Sunset Stroll and Campfire - Sausalito, July 19
Reptile Rally (Free) - Hayward, July 26
History & Culture
Pioneers of Big Basin - Boulder Creek, July 12
History for Half Pints (Free) - San Francisco, July 12
Japan Day Festival (Free) - San Francisco, July 13
Junior Engineer Day at Golden Gate Model Railroaders (Free) - San Francisco, July 19
Gold Rush Adventure - San Jose, July 20
Living Ship Day on the USS Hornet - Alameda, July 26
Science & Technology
Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science - Oakland, July 2, 9, 15, 23, 30
Star Stories at Chabot Space & Science Center - Oakland, July 12
Perfect Paper Airplane Day - San Carlos, July 12
Marine Science Sunday (Free) - Sausalito, July 13, 27
Market Days at the Exploratorium (Free) - San Francisco, July 19