Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area




Silicon Valley

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. May 25-June 10. Foothill College actors bring Shakespeare's comedy to life. $10-20. Los Altos Hills.

Theodore Wores: “Under the California Sun.” Through Aug. 26. Noted California impressionist showcases his iconic paintings, including scenes from the Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco coastal views, and majestic Yosemite vistas at the Triton Museum of Art. FREE. Santa Clara.

Dance Series 02. May 24-26. Drawing on the athleticism and versatility of Smuin dancers, this cutting-edge piece weaves a captivating movement narrative set to a contemporary classical baroque soundtrack by American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur. $56-$72. Mountain View.

Memorial Weekend Barbecue. May 26-28. Pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and wild mushroom raviolis and more is on the menu for this barbecue at Gilroy Gardens. $12-17, plus admission. Gilroy.

Make Papier-Mache Planets. May 26. Use papier-mache and wire to make planets and celebrate our amazing universe at New Museum Los Gatos’ MakerSpace Open Studio. Cost: $6 material fee for kids; museum admission price applies to adults. Los Gatos.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Carnaval San Francisco. May 26-27. Watch a procession of floats with rich multicultural themes featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowd. Afterward attend the festival and enjoy international food, music, dance, arts and crafts. FREE. San Francisco.

Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue. May 27. This event features food, kids’ activities and dancing to live music by Andre Pessis and his All Stars with opening band Soul Ska. FREE entrance; $20 per vehicle parking. Muir Beach.

Memorial Day Service. May 28. Marin County United Veterans Council conducts this program, which includes music, a remembrance program, flag displays and wreath-laying ceremonies. FREE. San Rafael.

Nature for Kids: Indian Valley. May 28. Follow the creek up the canyon looking for butterflies, flowers, bugs and more. Bring lunch. FREE. Novato.

Memorial Day at the Presidio. May 28. This ceremony will honor the one million Americans who have served in United States armed forces and the sacrifices made by military personnel, veterans and their families. FREE. San Francisco.

East Bay

Hands-On! May 26. Drop in with your child, ages 1-6, for open studio time with guided STEAM activities provided by the staff. 10am-2pm. $14. Hands-On! invent. create. discover. Berkeley. 

Bay Area KidFest. May 26-28. Enjoy a three-day weekend of live entertainment, arts and crafts, sports, exhibits, rides and more for children at this 29th annual event. 10am-6pm. $7 per person ages 2 and over. Concord. 

Sundays at Hagemann. May 27. Come by Hagemann Ranch the last Sun. of every month (except July and December) for varying activities like hayrides, ice cream socials, vintage kids' games and crafts and more. May’s theme is antique cars and engines. 1-4pm. FREE.  Livermore. 

Art & Wind Festival. May 27-28. Kites are the main attraction of an annual Memorial Day weekend celebration along with artists' booths for shopping and hands-on activities. Also, see talented musicians and dancers on multiple stages, grab a bite and check out the kids’ zone with rides and other fun. 11am-6pm. FREE. San Ramon.

Memorial Day Mine Tours. May 28. Participants ages 7 and up can take tours today through the Hazel-Atlas mine on a first-come, first-served basis to learn history, geology and methods used to mine sandstone. 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. $5 parking fee. Antioch.

 

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