Family Friendly Events in the Bay Area

Below are fun upcoming events for kids and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. This list is updated frequently, so check back often.

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Featured Events Bay Area Book Festival Family Day ~ Berkeley, May 4 Celebrating “Star Wars: May the 4th be With You” and “National Free Comic Book Day” with youth-oriented author talks, family reading activities, arts, crafts, and STEAM activities, and free book giveaway.

Japantown Children’s Day Festival ~ San Francisco, May 4 Bring out the kids and friends to enjoy fun games, craft activities, face painting, bounce houses, and cultural and live stage performances for the community to enjoy. Admission is free and open to the public.

El Cerrito Hillside Festival ~ El Cerrito, May 4-5The El Cerrito Trail Trekkers are proud to host the tenth annual El Cerrito Hillside Festival in El Cerrito’s 100-acre gem, the Hillside Natural Area. There’s something for everyone at the festival, including guided, informative hikes about the geology, trees, edible and medicinal plants, birds, lichen, and El Cerrito history. Family-friendly events include a nature scavenger hunt, crafting from nature, art in the trees, and the ever-popular insect hike. People of all ages can learn how to use apps to identify flora and fauna or enter a haiku contest and hear the winners recite their poetry on a haiku hike. See the full schedule at

Marine Science Sundays ~ Sausalito, May 12. 26 Enjoy interactive presentations hosted by award-winning educators to share the stories of amazing marine mammals and the Center’s efforts to ensure the health of these animals and our ocean.

Rhonda Benin and Friends at Woodstock Park ~ Alameda, May 18 Rhythmix in the Parks presents an exploration of the question: What is Freedom? Discover the music created by enslaved African Americans expressing their desire and plans for freedom, and how that music helped them survive. Audiences of all ages will sing and clap along to this uplifting celebration of Black music and history. Free! Bring the whole family. RSVP recommended.

Encanto Film with Live Orchestra ~ San Francisco, May 24-25 Lights, Camera, Music!: Watch favorite films on the big screen at Davies Symphony Hall as the scores are performed live by the SF Symphony. Watch the magical tale of an extraordinary family in the town of Encanto, featuring all-new songs by Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Family Festival: Scout-O-Rama ~ San Jose, May 11 Come for a day of fun, music, and food. Over 100 activities for kids 6-18 years old.

First Friday Nights at CuriOdyssey ~ San Mateo, June 7 Swing into the weekend with live music, a food truck, animals and fun! On the first Friday of every month, from 5 PM until 8 PM, parents and kids celebrate together at CuriOdyssey.

Unlock The Keys to Time Travel: A Piano Concert ~ Sunnyvale, June 15 Traverse through time, from classical pieces to pop hits, in this one-of-a-kind concert! This is NOT your typical piano recital… 🔥🚀 If you want to inspire your child to learn piano, don’t miss this event. It’s a family-friendly experience for everyone!

May 2024 Finding Nemo – Palo Alto, April 25 – May 12 The Crimson Pirate by Fantasy Forum – Walnut Creek, May 2-4 Free Telescope Viewing – Oakland, May 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 Pippin – San Jose, May 3-12 de Youngsters Day Out – San Francisco, May 4 Free Community Day at SFMOMA – San Francisco, May 4 May Fete Parade and Fair – Palo Alto, May 4 Birding at Vasona – Los Gatos, May 4 Planetarium Shows at DeAnza College – Cupertino, May 4, 11 The Boy Who Cried Wolf – Santa Rosa, May 5 Spring Fair at Peninsula School – Menlo Park, May 5 Friday Nights at OMCA – Oakland, May 10, 17, 24, 31 The Princess and the Pea by PYT – Mountain View, May 10, 11 Winnie the Pooh by Pleasanton Youth Theater Company – Pleasanton, May 10, 11 The Stanford Powwow – Stanford, May 10-12 Family Day at Institute of Contemporary Art – San Francisco, May 11 Kids Night at the Museum – Santa Rosa, May 11 Roundtable Reading – Berkeley, May 11 ParkFest – Castro Valley, May 11 Family Festival: Scout-O-Rama – San Jose, May 11 Snake Storytime – Los Gatos, May 11 Second Saturday on the Farm – Watsonville, May 11 Family Farm Days at Slide Ranch – Muir Beach, May 11, 18 Mother’s Day Brunch at Roaring Camp – Felton, May 12 Second Sundays for Families with SFMOMA – San Francisco, May 12 Mother’s Day Fun Run – San Francisco, May 12| Stanford Powwow – Stanford, May 12-14 Marine Science Sundays – Sausalito, May 12, 26 Youth Art Exhibition – San Francisco, May 14 Reading with Dogs at Pup Plaza – San Jose, May 16 Contra Costa County Fair – Antioch, May 16-19 The Marshmallow Incident – San Jose, May 17-26 SF Jazz Family Matinee – San Francisco, May 18 Brunch for the Wild Bunch at Oakland Zoo – Oakland, May 18 Skyjam Family Festival – Richmond, May 18 Asian American and Pacific Islander Festival – San Jose, May 18 Seaside Storytime – Santa Cruz, May 18 The Princess and the Pea – Palo Alto, May 18-19 Model Railroad Show – Walnut Creek, May 18-19 Cinderella by New Ballet – San Jose, May 18-19 InsectPalooza – San Francisco, May 19 Cal Sailing Open House – Berkeley, May 19 Penguins and Pajamas Sleepovers at Cal Academy – San Francisco, May 24 Encanto with SF Symphony – San Francisco, May 24, 25 Magic with Brian Scott – Dublin, May 25 Family Tour at de Young Museum – San Francisco, May 25 Art & Wind Festival – San Ramon, May 26, 27 Museum Mondays for Little Ones – Santa Rosa, May 27 Family Art Making – San Francisco, May 28

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