Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

“We The People” Art Festival. July 20. Montalvo Arts Center kicks off its annual Art on the Grounds exhibition this summer with an opening art festival titled “We the People.” For 2018, the Art on the Grounds installations will include three newly-commissioned works by Lucas Artists Program Fellows: an innovative sonic journey of its lush and expansive grounds, a communally planted peace garden and a large-scale art installation. FREE. Saratoga.

Play Like a Miner. July 21. Join in for a fun day of learning what it was like to be a miner long ago at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. There will be games, demonstrations and crafts as well as an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold and precious gems. FREE. San Jose.

The Sound of Music. July 21-28. Los Altos Hills will be alive with The Sound of Music this summer, when multi-award-winning Foothill Music Theatre presents the Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning musical. $12-32. Los Altos Hills.

Peter and the Starcatcher. July 19-22. Peninsula Youth Theatre presents the Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novels, about how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. $22-26. Mountain View.

Meet the Artist: Julia Goodman. July 22. Artiist Julia Goodman will teach you a creative way to make paper with minimal equipment and maximum fun at the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose. Admission $14-15. San Jose.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Pi Clowns. July 20. Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns who will perform at the Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Garden Series. FREE. San Francisco.

San Francisco Symphony Performs Star Wars. July 18-21. Experience the magic of Star Wars: A New Hope like never before! Watch this intergalactic epic come to life on the big screen with the San Francisco Symphony performing John Williams’ unforgettable score live. $50-175. San Francisco.

Menlo Summer Fest. July 21-22. Enjoy a great line-up of live music, food, drinks, a “Super Duper Kidz Funzone”, thrill rides and much more. FREE. Menlo Park.

Kids Carnival at Hiller Aviation Museum. July 22. Paint the Cessna Cardinal, check out an airplane or a helicopter, build a flying craft project and more. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth ages 5-17, under 5 FREE. San Carlos.

Purple Fox and the Heebie Jeebies. July 22. This funky, hip hop, rockin’ and rollin’ band performs as part of the Kidchella concert series at the Courthouse Square. FREE. Redwood City.

East Bay

Family Friday. July 20. Beat the heat this Fri. night with your family at Aqua Adventure Water Park for fun in the Roundabout River, slides and pools at a special after-hours time and rate. 4-8pm. $9.  Fremont.

Chevron Family Theatre Festival. July 21. Celebrate the 12th anniversary of this daylong arts and entertainment event offering more than two dozen professional performances in three theaters, the lobbies and right outside. 10am-4pm. $5 performances inside theaters, outside events FREE.  Walnut Creek. 

Grease. July 21-22. Berkeley Playhouse presents this musical about the kids from Rydell High who are back from summer vacation for their senior year in 1959. Through Aug. 5. 1pm, 2pm and 7pm.  $20-40.  Berkeley. 

Amazing Bubble Show. July 22. The Amazing Bubble Man, aka Louis Pearl, will explore the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles with tricks to mystify all ages. 11am and 1pm. $15 adults, $10 under age 13. Alameda. 

Sunset by the Lake. July 22. Relax by the lake with the family during a summer concert series every other Sun. through Sept. 2 featuring favorites from around the Bay Area. Tonight’s performance is by funk and soul band Top Shelf.  6-8pm. FREE. Pleasant Hill.

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