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Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Jump for Joy Music. April 29. Jump for Joy Music performs engaging and energetic music that guarantees a fun time. FREE. San Jose

Silicon Valley Ballet: Alice (in Wonderland.) April 29-May 1. Get ready for tea with Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum and the Mad Hatter as Silicon Valley Ballet travels down the rabbit hole to Wonderland through the witty, high-energy choreography of Septime Webre.$25-110. San Jose.

26th Annual Ducky Derbie. April 30. Enjoy exciting rubber duck races, carnival games, food, live music and local entertainment. FREE. Santa Cruz.

Family Art Day. April 30. Families can enjoy a full day of arts through hands-on activities, performances and guided gallery tours at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana. FREE. San Jose.

Mad Hatter Tea Party. April 30. Celebrate spring with a delightful afternoon tea party featuring a best dressed contest, croquet with a familiar cast of characters, face painting, creative hat making, music, treats and more. FREE. Santa Cruz.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Garden Tour. April 29-30. Enjoy a spring tour of the beautiful Gamble Gardens. $30 members, $35 non-members. Palo Alto.

Family Fun Day Carnival. April 30. Enjoy pony rides, a bouncy house, face-painting, balloon animals, arts and crafts, carnival games and more at the Congregational Church of Belmont’s Family Fun Day Carnival. FREE. Belmont.

Invention Lab. April 30. Use tools of science to explore aviation, aerodynamics, engineering, assembly and design at the Hiller Aviation Museum. $15 adults, $10 child/seniors, FREE 4 and under. San Carlos.

Music for Families. April 30. Awaken musical curiosity in new and interactive ways with the San Francisco Symphony. $20-64. San Francisco

Creativity Kids. April 30. Explore the Bay Area Discovery Museum using a kit of special materials in these rotating STEM programs including Move it! Shake it! Bubble Boppin’ and Math-in-Motion. $13.95. Sausalito.

East Bay

Bay Area Storytelling FestivalApril 29-May 1. The final festival takes places this weekend with three days of events, including Family Fun programming and a kids’ concert on Sunday. 9am-5:30 pm. Prices vary. Sunday Fun Sampler (three events): $25 adult/$15 youth. Orinda.

Earth Day at MLK ShorelineApril 30. Put on rugged clothes and closed-toed shoes and help remove debris that clogs creeks, rivers and oceans at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. Registration required. 8:30am-12pm. FREE.  Oakland. 

Puff The Magic DragonApril 30. Visit the first children's storybook park this weekend and see a puppet show about a kid who befriends an imaginary dragon named Puff and helps save the land of Honah Lee. 11am, 2pm and 4pm. $10.  Oakland. 

LEGOs & Blocks AfternoonApril 30. Elementary school-age children can stretch their imaginations and invent new LEGO creations or use blocks to build a tower. 2-3pm. FREE.  San Pablo. 

Garden ToursMay 1. Attend garden talks, lunch on Mexican food and shop for more than 50 species of native plants at San Lorenzo High School before or after attending self-guided tours of fabulous private gardens throughout the East Bay. Register online. 10am-5pm. FREE. San Lorenzo.


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