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:
May Activities (previously in Newsletter):
Palo Alto Children’s Theatre: Willie Wonka Jr. (May 4-21)
1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
This musical is based on Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. $12-14. http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/csd/theatre
CuriOdyssey Community Day (May 6, 10am-5pm)
CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
Explore science and meet California native animals, including bobcats, river otters, golden eagles and more.
Fun Day at Peninsula Museum of Art (May 6, Drop in 2-4pm)
Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame
Bring the kids for interactive activities that explore art and creativity. Enjoy exhibitions and make one-of-a-kind artwork. Suggested donation $5 per child.
Free Comic Book Day (May 6, 11am-7pm)
Coastside Comics, 116 Manor Drive, Pacifica
This store is joining bookshops across North America in offering free books while supplies last. The goal is to introduce a new generation to comic books.
Paper Airplanes (May 6, 11am)
Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos
Turn into test pilots just by folding sheets of paper. See how fast they go, how far they fly and try to do aerobatics. Included with admission: $16 adults, $11 youth 5-17, under 5 free.
Children’s Day Festival (May 6, 11am-4pm)
Japantown’s Peace Plaza, 1610 Geary St, San Francisco
Participate in cultural arts and crafts, jump in the bounce house, play games and watch taiko, youth singing and kendo.
Cinco de Mayo Festival (May 6, 10am-6pm)
Valencia Street between 21st and 24th streets, San Francisco
Approximately 8,000 people attend this annual festival that showcases the best of Mexican and Latin American culture with food, music, dance and artistry.
Origami Club (May 6, 1pm-5pm)
Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Ave., San Francisco
Join the Bay Area Rapid Folders to learn origami tricks. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own paper
Old Woodside Store Day (May 7, 12pm-4pm)
3300 Tripp Road, Woodside
Experience life in the 1880s. Learn the history of the Woodside Store and the area’s redwood logging activities. Learn to make shingles, use a two-man saw and make rag dolls while listening to bluegrass music.
Angel Island Stories (May 7, 12-3pm)
Main Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco
In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, enjoy games and craft activities. There will also be a display of Angel Island family history, books, articles and photos. The first 50 children ages 12 and under get a goody bag.
Opening Concert (May 7, 1pm-3pm)
Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, San Francisco
Grammy-winner Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and the VNote Ensemble headline the outdoor kick-off concert to the 17th annual Yerba Buena Gardens festival.
Comic Con at the Library (May 13, 3pm-7pm)
Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park
Immerse yourself in an afternoon of comics, sci-fi and gamer-related fun for adults and children. The event includes guests from the Walt Disney Family Museum, live music from the Cantina Band, a cosplay contest, photo booth, film screenings and family game zone.
Girls Who Code Club (May 13, 10am-12pm)
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae
Learn core concepts in computer science through projects based on music, art, storytelling, games and more. For sixth-eighth graders.
Presidio Picnic (May 14, 11am-4pm)
Presidio, Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St., San Francisco
Enjoy the best of the Bay Area’s international food scene along with the beauty of this national park site. Participate in yoga, lawn games, a photo booth and more.
Fun Sundays (May 14, 2pm-3pm)
Half Moon Bay Library, 225 Cabrillo Highway S., #104B, Half Moon Bay
Come for games, crafts and more.
Storytime (May 20, 10:30am-11am)
Foster City Library, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City
Come for songs, stories and activities.
Otter Feeding (May 21, 12pm)
CuriOdyssey, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo
Watch these frisky creatures frolic up close, and ask an animal keeper about their stories. Included with admission: $11 adults, $7 students 13-17, $8 children 2-12, under 2 FREE.
Dad & Me at the Library (May 27, 10am-11am)
Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay
Attend a performance by Puppet Art Theater Company.
Hillsborough Parade, Carnival and Music Festival (May 29, 10am)
North Hillsborough Elementary School, 545 Eucalyptus Ave, Hillsborough
The carnival begins at North Hillsborough Elementary School at 10am and includes games, crafts, a dunk tank and petting zoo. The parade starts at 10:30am at Town Hall and will go straight up Floribunda, left on Eucalyptus, finishing at North Hillsborough Elementary School. The ceremony and music festival begins immediately following the parade. The festivities conclude at 2:30pm.
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!