Online Resources for Activities:
- San Francisco Area Fun and Cheap
- SF Gate
- Via Magazine
- Redwood City Events
- Bay Area Kid Fun
San Mateo County Activities:
April Activities (previously in Newsletter):
- Sizzling Science: Going for a Spin (April 3, 4pm-5:45pm)
Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame
Creative hands-on science projects involving perler bead tops. 4-4:45pm for fourth-sixth graders; 5-5:45pm for second-third graders.
- Easter Scavenger Hunt (All month)
Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane
Grab a scavenger sheet to find what’s hidden around the library. Check off items to collect a prize at the front desk. All month. Monday-Wednesday, 10-8pm; Thursday and Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm.
- Music Time With Mariela Herrera (April 7, 9:30am-10:30am)
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave, Millbrae
An educational, entertaining, interactive bilingual performance for infants, toddlers, preschoolers.
- Playing in the Past (April 7, 11am)
San Mateo History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City
Enjoy a preschool activity hour of crafting, exploring and storytelling.
- Opera in an Hour Movie Screening (April 8)
Wilsey Center for Opera, War Memorial Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Watch The Barber of Seville from 11:30am-12:45pm and Cinderella from 3-4:15pm.
- Sunday Streets: Bayview/Dogpatch (April 9, 11am-4pm)
From 22nd Street to Donner Avenue on Third Street, San Francisco
Enjoy car-free fun with lots of family activities planned along the way. The goal is to encourage physical activity and community building.
- Imagination Playground (April 9, 10:30am-4:30pm)
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
Create and build large structures using safe and easy-to-maneuver foam blocks. 10:30am-4:30pm. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-7, under 5 free.
- Astronomy for Everyone (April 10, 7pm-8:30pm)
Pacifica-Sanchez Library, 1111 Terra Nova Blvd., Pacifica
“When Celestial Bodies Collide: Eclipses and Other Phenomena” is a 90-minute family program for ages 8 and up. Astronomer Kevin Manning will discuss natural causes of these and other celestial events.
- Pier 39 Easter Egg Hunt (Friday, April 14)
Pier 39’s West Park Lawn
Hunt for hundreds of colorful eggs and make crafts.
- Easter Bunny Arrives by Helicopter (April 15, 10am-1pm)
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
Get an egg from the Easter Bunny, enjoy face painting, a bounce house and slide and model train display. Bunny arrives by helicopter at 11am. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.
- Coastal Wildflowers Day (April 15, 10am-4pm)
Half Moon Bay State Beach, 95 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay
Celebrate the return of spring wildflowers and the start of California Native Plant Week. Learn about native plants, how you can grow them in your garden and take part in projects to restore the coast. The event includes games and crafts for kids. Parking is $10.
- Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration (April 16, 10am-5pm)
Union Street between Gough and Fillmore streets, San Francisco
More than 50 groups with hundreds of participants will march down five blocks of Union Street from Gough Street to Fillmore Street to celebrate Easter. The celebration includes an Easter bonnet contest, bounce houses, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a bubble jump, visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and musical entertainment.
- Palo Alto Children’s Theatre: Little Red Riding Hood (April 22 and 23, 10am and 12pm)
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Local high school performers bring the fairy tale to life with simple sets and costumes. $10-12.
- Science Club (April 21, 4pm-5pm)
Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Experience hands-on science experiments using household materials. Every Friday.
- Marine Science Institute Earth Day on the Bay (April 22, 10am- 5pm)
500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City
Touch live sharks, make arts and crafts, listen to the band the Hipwaders and climb aboard a 90-foot research vessel and set a net to sample what fish are swimming below. Free, but boat ride is $30.
- Drop-in Art: Pom Pom Bunnies (April 22, 1pm-4pm)
Mission Art Center, 745 Treat Ave., San Francisco
Learn how to make pom poms and turn them into fluffy bunnies. All children under 7 must be accompanied by a paying participating adult. 1-4pm. $3 per child or $5 per adult-child combo.
- Pier 39 Outdoor Movie Night: Big Hero 6 (April 28, 8:15pm-10pm)
Grab a blanket and watch this Disney PG film under the stars. The film is about a brilliant robotics prodigy who finds himself in the grip of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the city of San Fransokyo.
- STEAM Fest 2.0 (April 29, 11am-3pm)
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City
This festival celebrates science, technology, engineering, arts and math. There will be more than 70 exhibitors, hands-on activities, workshops, contests and speakers. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.
Young Eagles is run by the Experimental Aircraft Association at San Carlos Airport. On the 3rd Saturday of every month they give FREE flights to kids ages 8-17. Each kid gets a 20 min flight and a quick lesson about the plane's controls, etc from the pilot.
To get your free Young Eagles flight, come to the San Carlos Airport Terminal Building (620 Airport Way, San Carlos) adjacent to the airfield, on the third Saturday of the month (weather permitting). You will need to fill out a short form that requires a legal guardian's signature.
For more information visit: http://www.eaa20.org/young-eagles.html
- Discover & GO: Free Passes to Museums through San Mateo County Library!
Discover & Go provides access to museum passes, such as the Asian Art Museum, that can be printed online rather than traditional physical passes that must be picked up and returned to the library. As a San Mateo County Library card holder, you have access to numerous museums and cultural institutions throughout the Bay Area. Each Discover & Go pass expires immediately after the reservation date, so no returns required and no possibility for overdue fines! This unique program allows library users to make reservations online by date or by venue and print out a pass. Patrons without Internet access can reserve a pass by telephone or in person and print out a pass at their local library.
- Drop-In Science Workshop (Every Saturday, 10:30-11:30am)
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
Drop-In Science sessions each Saturday explore basic science concepts that surround us in our amazing world. Hands-on, interactive activities connect young scientists to these concepts while allowing them to take home the results of their work. $4/child. Children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
- Studio Art Making (Every Sunday 1-3pm)
Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Palo Alto
Come out for 30-minute sessions at 1, 1:30, 2, and 2:30 pm every Sunday in the Moorman Studio. Experiment with art materials and new techniques during sessions taught by professional art educators. Sign up for your session at the table near the indoor entrance to the Cool Cafe.
- Donation Closet – Help one Child
858 University Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024
Help One Child's Donation Closet is filled with new items! Check out the list to see if we have what you need for your CASA child!