Best Local Family Entertainment

These Local Family Entertainment venues and performers were voted the Bay Area’s 2020 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Families can have a blast on the rides, see a puppet show, pet animals or attend one of the educational programs. 748 Story Road, San Jose. 408-794-6400.

Silver (tie): Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. 3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy. 408-840-7100.

Silver (tie): Hidden Villa. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. 650-949-8650.

Bronze: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 831-423-5590.


Gold: Hillbarn Theatre and Conservatory. This community theater company performs plays and musicals and offers classes and camps for children. 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City. 650-349-6411, ext. 2.

Silver: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730.

Bronze: Pacifica Spindrift Players. 1050 Crespi Drive, Pacifica. 650-359-8002.

San Francisco and Marin

Gold: Music Time With Megan. Megan Schoenbohm teaches interactive family music classes throughout the Bay Area and has made award-winning children’s albums. 330-353-5656.

Silver: Music With Dani.

East Bay

Gold: Oakland Zoo. See more than 750 native and exotic animals, ride a train or a gondola, explore acres of outdoor space and learn about California’s native species at this family favorite. 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. 510-632-9525.

Silver: Little Farm, Tilden Regional Park. Tilden Nature Area, north end of Central Park Drive. 510-544-2233.

Bronze: Children’s Fairyland. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland. 510-452-2259.