Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. Jan. 23-Feb. 13. This “moo-sical,” based on the Caldecott Honor Book, is being presented for Palo Alto Children's mainstage season. $14-16. Palo Alto. 

Brigadoon. Jan. 25. The Peninsula Symphony and 42nd Street Moon  present Lerner and Loewe’s magical tale about hope, following your heart and the power of love. $10-50. Campbell. 

Climate Solutions and the Farm. Jan. 25. Kids learn how taking care of the land can help change the world for the better. $15. Los Altos Hills. 

Cinelux Theater Sensory Shows. Jan. 25. Enjoy a special screening of Doolittle for people with sensory issues. $5. San Jose. 

Sunday Seaside Crafts. Jan. 26. Create and take home a fun souvenir in an activity for the whole family. FREE with admission, $7-9. Age 2 and under FREE. Santa Cruz. 


Marin, San Francisco and Peninsula

Footloose. Jan. 23-26. When teen-age Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he must contend with not only the adjustment of moving to a new school but a ban on dancing. San Carlos. 

Free Day at de Young and Legion of Honor Museums. Jan. 25. All residents of the nine Bay Area counties can visit these museums at no charge every Sat. FREE. San Francisco. 

Children’s Puppet Theater: My First Winter. Jan. 25. Ever wonder how different animals survive through the winter? Find out in this interactive puppet show. Included with admission: $33.25 adults, $26 youth 3-17, under 3 FREE. San Francisco. 

Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show. Jan. 25-26. Meet the best of breeds as a thousand dogs from more than 100 breeds from around the world compete at the largest benched dog show in the West. $16-19, $59 for family of two adults, two children. Daly City. 

Hiller Aviation Museum Kids’ Carnival. Jan. 26. Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction are just some of the activities at this event. Included with admission: $18 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 FREE.  San Carlos. 


East Bay 

Lunar New Year Celebration in Livermore. Jan. 25. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with traditional dancing, demonstrations, food and crafts. Enjoy a lion dance and martial arts exhibition,, a short Chinese opera performance, a fashion show, a storytelling corner for children, an art activity station and a talk on Chinese health and healing. FREE. Livermore. 

Fabulous Fishing Fun. Jan. 25. The tide will be opportune for fishing; hike out to the shoreline and learn the basics of rigging, casting and possibly catching. No previous experience needed. Gear provided. For ages 6 and up. Participants ages 16 years and older must have a fishing license available online by visiting $12. Hayward.

Giant Paper Succulents. Jan. 25. Learn to create your own pattern by observing succulents, as well as tricks to cut, curl, glue and use pastels and brush lettering markers to add realism. Walnut Creek.

The Wheels on the Bus. Through Feb. 2. This show allows toddlers to drive through a town, stopping to meet a baker, a teacher, a veterinarian, a librarian and other community members. $18 adults, $15 children. Berkeley.

Funday Sunday: All About Animals. Jan. 26. Families with children ages 2-8 can enjoy a morning filled with arts, crafts, storytime, breakfast noshes and coffee. FREE. Lafayette. 


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