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August 2014 Newsletter
August is a great month for family fun in the Bay Area with fairs & festivals, family concerts, art workshops, nature adventures and outdoor movies!

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.


Enjoy the rest of your summer in the Bay Area!


Featured Events
Five Little Monkeys by Bay Area Children's Theater ~ Oakland, through 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!

Disney's the Jungle Book by CMTSJ ~ San Jose, August 7-10
Head out to the Jungle and sing with the Jungle Book gang as this CMT production is perfect for the littlest of patrons. Come see the Disney classic with the whole family and be entertained by CMT's youngest performers. And you know what? Your children can be part of CMT too, we cast all who audition with auditions beginning in September! Check out www.cmtsj.org for more!

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.

Family Date Night at Bay Area Discovery Museum ~ Sausalito, August 1, 8, 15, 22
Bring your family to enjoy later hours, live entertainment, special outdoor activities, and more. Each week features a family friendly musical performance.

Summer Movie Nights (more Outdoor Movies)
Friday Movie Nights: Wizard of Oz (Free) - Los Altos, August 1
Outdoor Movies at City Hall Plaza: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (Free) - Hayward, August 8
Summer Outdoor Movie Nights: The LEGO Movie (Free) - Mountain View, August 15
Picnic Flix: Frozen (Free) - Dublin, August 22
Outdoor Movie at Ardenwood: Babe - Fremont, August 23


Fairs & Festivals
Art + Soul Festival - Oakland, August 2-3
Nihomachi Street Fair - San Francisco, August 2-3
Bay Area Aloha Festival - San Mateo, August 2-3
Watsonville Strawberry Festival - Watsonville, August 2-3
Hayward Zucchini Festival (Free) - Hayward, August 16-17
Italian Family Festa - San Jose, August 23-24
Capitola Begonia Festival (Free) - Capitola, August 29-September 1

Family Concerts & Performances
Free Family Concert (Free) - Santa Cruz, August 3
Kidchella Concert (Free) - Redwood City, August 10
Preschool Performance Series: Octopretzel - Danville, August 15
JAMBand Family Festival (Free) - San Francisco, August 17

Children's Theater
Theater in the Park by PYT (Free) - Mountain View, Palo Alto & Saratoga, through August 15
The Wizard of Oz by Los Altos Stage Company - Los Altos, July 19-August 3
The Apple Tree by YPTMTC - San Francisco, through August 3
Into the Woods by Palo Alto Children's Theater - Palo Alto, July 30-August 16

Arts & Crafts
Create It! Make It! Take It! at Five Little Monkeys - Albany, August 5, 19
Beginning Bird Drawing for Families - Alviso, August 16
Sunday Storytime at the Cartoon Art Museum - San Francisco, August 17
DIY Art Summer Sundays - San Jose, August 17

Animals & Nature
Children's Program at Green Gulch Farm - Muir Beach, August 3
Storytime at SF Botanical Garden - San Francisco, August 3, 17
Family Program at UC Botantical Garden - Berkeley, August 9
Healthy Trails Toddler Trek - San Jose, August 7
Pay What You Want Pet Adoption Event at SVACA - Santa Clara, August 9
Family Bird Walk - Fremont, August 16
Run for the Seals - Sausalito, August 16


History & Culture
Playing in the Past (Free) - Redwood City, August 1
There's Gold in Them Thar Hills - Fremont, August 2
Costumed Living History at SF Maritime Museum - San Fransico, August 9
Wash Day and Old Time Games - San Jose, August 9
Family Lunada at Children's Discovery Museum - San Jose, August 9
Ice Cream Social at Forest Home Farm (Free) - San Ramon, August 9

Science & Technology
Stargazing Party at Hidden Villa - Los Altos Hills, August 3
Summer Fun Days at Lawrence Hall of Science - Oakland, August 6, 13, 20
Marine Science Sunday (Free) - Sausalito, August 10, 24
Market Days at the Exploratorium (Free) - San Francisco, August 16