Top Picks for Family Fun Around the Bay Area

Music in the Park. Aug. 24. Buddy’s San Jose Music in the Park will feature legends of Latin rock: Malo, a Latin rock/soul/funk band and Orquesta Latin Heat, a dynamic Bay Area salsa band. San Jose. $10-35.

Hovercraft Workshop From The Tech. Aug. 25. Complete a hovercraft activity, learn about the engineering design process, and find out how to get involved with The Tech Challenge. San Jose. FREE.

Lantern Festival. Aug. 25-26. This is a family friendly event that can be shared by everyone. Each adult ticket comes with entry into the festival, floating water lantern, LED flashlight keychain, marker and wristband. $16-34, 7 and under FREE. San Jose.

Lunada Familiar. Aug. 25. Like small towns around Mexico, community members will come together informally on the night of the full moon to share stories, poetry and music at the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose. $14-15. San Jose.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts. Aug. 25-26. More than 300 artists and crafters display their works at this event. There will also be live entertainment, an Italian street painting, expo, a kids’ art studio and more. FREE. Palo Alto.

SF, Marin & Peninsula

Crosspulse Performs at Yerba Buena. Aug. 24. Using finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse performances are designed to enchant children with an international array of rhythms, instruments and obscure musical practices. FREE. San Francisco.

Pier 39 Movies: School of Rock. Aug. 24. Grab a blanket and watch this 2003 film starring Jack Black. FREE. San Francisco.

The Evolution of Hip Hop Dance. Aug. 25. An exhilarating event of funky dance from the 1960s to the present. $20-30. Milly Valley.

Sand Sculpture Contest. Aug. 26. Build a magnificent sand sculpture at Drakes Beach. Prizes will be awarded in several age and group categories. FREE. Point Reyes.

Hiller Aviation Museum Kids Carnival. Aug. 26. Paint the Cessna Cardinal, check out an airplane or helicopter, build a flying craft project and more. $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 FREE. San Carlos.

East Bay

A's Play Ball Aug. 25. Kids, adults and families can play a pick-up style baseball game alongside the A’s Street Team, Stomper, and the Hall of Fame Racers. Receive A’s goodies. 9-11am. FREE. Oakland. 

Make Art. Aug. 25. Meet at the library’s Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room to read The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.Then join a Richmond Art Center teaching artist to illustrate your own fairytale with pastels. 1-3pm. FREE. Richmond.

Soul Sanctuary DanceAug. 26. All ages are welcome at Berkeley's weekly mid-day dance with a blend of musical styles from all over the world. The music isn't too loud and shoes are optional. 11am-1pm. FREE.  Berkeley. 

Sundays at Hagemann Aug. 26. Come by Hagemann Ranch the last Sunday of the month for varying activities like hayrides, ice cream socials, vintage kids' games and crafts and more. August’s theme is theater and music. 1-4pm. FREE.  Livermore.

Atlas Mine ToursAug. 26. Join a guided tour to explore an underground silica-sand mine and learn its history, geology and the methods used to mine sandstone. Participants must be at least age 7; parent participation and advanced registration are required. 2-3:15pm. $5 per person, $5 parking fee.  Antioch. 


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