Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area
Grease – March 22-30. High school students perform the beloved musical about Danny, Sandy and their T-Birds and Pink Ladies. 7pm. $7-15. San Jose.
National Geographic Explorer Academy – March 22. National Geographic Explorer Erika Bergman -- who is a scientist, submersible pilot and steamship engineer -- shares her adventures in a new book. 6pm. FREE. Menlo Park.
California's Great America Opening Day – March 23. The amusement park kicks off its 2019 season with special activities and guests, like Snoopy and others from the Peanuts Gang. 10am-8pm. $39 and up. Santa Clara.
Lunada Familiar – March 23. As in small towns around Mexico, community members come together informally on the night of the full moon to share stories, poetry and music. 5:30pm. $14-15. San Jose.
Brunch on the Farm – March 24. Kids make a colorful, organic breakfast the old–fashioned way by gathering ingredients from the farm. 9:30am. $25. Los Altos Hills.
San Francisco, Marin and Peninsula
Annie – March 20-23. See the popular musical featuring the song “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile!” 2:30pm and 6:30pm. $10. Tiburon.
Family Night Hike & Campfire – March 23. Explore the mysterious lifestyle of nocturnal animals that start their day just as you’re going to bed. Learn about special adaptations that allow owls, bats and other nighttime critters to hunt by moonlight. 5:30pm. $15. Sausalito.
Saturday Science: Laser Light Show – March 23. Discover the wonders of light and color. Watch how one light source can become a laser light show. 11am-12:15pm. $10 per parent-child combo; $5 per extra child. San Francisco.
Full-Spectrum Science: The Universe – March 24. Voyage to the edge of the known universe and gain perspective on the tiny planet we call home. See ways the universe is structured and learn how it’s evolved. 1pm and 3pm. $29.95 adults, $24.95 youth 13-17, $19.95 children 4-12, under 4 FREE. San Francisco.
Junie B. Jones The Musical JR – March 22-31. This musical adaptation brings to life four of Barbara Parks’ best-selling books. 2pm and 7:30pm. $7-18. Pleasanton.
Go Tell It! A Harriet Tubman Escape Story – March 23. Told through spirituals, lyrical and traditional West African dance and drumming, this play shares the stories of people who trusted Harriet Tubman to lead them to safety in the Promised Land. Staged by Lyric Performing Arts Academy. 3pm. FREE. Oakland.
AfroLatin Cookout – March 23. This event features salsa, bachata, kizomba, Brazilian zouk, live DJs, food, games and more. 2pm. Prices vary. Oakland.
Berkeley Rep Sunday Sampler – March 24. Sample the wide variety of classes at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Open to youth, teens, adults and families. 1-3pm. FREE.
Family Film Sunday – March 24. Find out what happens when you leave your pets home alone in The Secret Life of Pets. 2-4pm. FREE. San Lorenzo Library.