Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
Wingding Family Fest. May 21. Join Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society for a day of adventure, science, birding, hiking and discovery. FREE. Los Altos.
Sesame Street Live! Make a New Friend. May 21-22. Join Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing to sharing cookies! $15-85. San Jose.
Singin’ in the Rain Live in Concert. May 21. Join Symphony Silicon Valley as they bring this classic musical to the stage of the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. $70-95. San Jose.
Open Space Authority: Wildflowers and Wildlife. May 21. This storytelling program introduces families to local wildflower displays and the wildlife that surrounds them. FREE. San Jose.
Insect Exploration. May 22. Examine insects and learn how they’ve adapted to survive. Dig in the dirt and crawl through the plants in search of six-legged friends. FREE. Alviso.
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Maker Faire. May 21-22. Bring the kids to this festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Meet tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors. $25-65. San Mateo
Full Moon Adventure Hike. May 21. Join a ranger to discuss nocturnal animals and things that go bump in the night. Novato. FREE.
Fly for Fun Day. May 22. Investigate the science of flight with paper airplanes using curriculum content developed by author and record-setting paper airplane ace John Collins, frequent presenter at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Admission is $15 adults, $10 seniors and children, 4 and under FREE. San Carlos.
Mountain Play Association: West Side Story. May 22-June 19. Leonard Bernstein’s updated take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet opens this outdoor theater company’s 103rd season. $25-40, under 4 FREE. Mill Valley.
Drop-in Art: Reuse Rockout. May 22. Using recycled and up-cycled materials, create artful musical instruments that you can bang, boom, shake, pluck and twang at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. $12, under 19 FREE. San Francisco.
Free Friday! May 20. Lindsay Wildlife Experience is free and open to the public the third Fri. of each month through generous donations from local businesses and foundations. 10am-5pm. FREE. Walnut Creek.
Jack’s Night Market. May 20. The Oakland waterfront will light up for an eclectic bazaar of wacky street performers, local makers, tasty eats, art, fruit, fashion, drinks and more. 6-10pm. FREE. Oakland.
Family Art Workshop. May 21. Celebrate the new San Lorenzo Library public art by joining an all-ages workshop inspired by images at the library. 2:30-4:30pm. FREE. San Lorenzo Library.
Island City Waterways. May 21-22. Rhythmix Cultural Works will offer a public art event to celebrate all things Alameda through music, dance, storytelling, visual arts and audience activities. This presentation will span four sites along the waterfront between the Fruitvale and Park Street bridges, offering three 90-minute tours a day at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. Please register for tickets. FREE. Alameda.
Explore New Worlds. May 22. Lead the charge into the great unknown where you are the engineer, the astronaut and the adventurer. Launch a rocket, design planetary rovers, tour the universe and more. 10am-5pm. $12 adults, $10 ages 3-18, 2 and under FREE. Berkeley.