Family Fun


Looking for something the whole family can do together? Taking place every last Sunday of the month the Family Dance class at ODC lead by Britt Van Hees will have your family laughing, moving and having a great time together. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $5 per person/$20 per family maximum. More details at

More Family Fun

Below are some great places to take the whole family. Please check their Web sites for more detailed information.

Asian Art Museum's For Families
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco offers many events for families. Listen to storytelling, watch a video or performance, create a piece of original artwork -- these are just a few of the activities the whole family can enjoy.
Where: 200 Larkin St., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 581-3666
Cost: Varies

Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Bay Area Discovery Museum encourages exploration of and connection with the local environment and the diverse communities that live here. They have permanent and special exhibits and offer visitors a wide range of events, performances, learning labs, tours and workshops in which to engage and educate children.
Where: East Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Rd., Sausalito
Phone: (415) 339-3900
Cost: $11 general admission, free for BADM members and children under 1; Admission is free on the first Wednesday of each month. Joining the mailing list gets you $1 off your visit and active duty military discount includes free admission to one adult and one child.

Cartoon Art Museum
Located in San Francisco, The Cartoon Art Museum is dedicated to preserving an art form not often thought of as an art form: printed cartoons. The museum frequently holds events for young children, and the ongoing exhibits have fascinated young and old alike.
Where: 655 Mission St., San Francisco
Phone: (415) CARTOON
Cost: $7 adults, $5 students & seniors, $3 children (ages 6 - 12), free for children age 5 & under. The first Tuesday of month is "Pay What You Wish Day."

Community School of Music and Arts
CSMA offers summer day camps for children grades K-8 and weekly music and art classes for students of all ages from children to adults.
Where: Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Cir., Mountain View
Phone: (650) 917-6800

Children's Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum)
Providing a hands-on participatory environment for youth arts expression, Zeum is a lot of fun for everyone. If that isn't enough fun for your whole family, Zeum is the cornerstone of the Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens, which also includes an ice skating rink, a bowling center, a child development center, a 1906 Playland-at-the-Beach carousel and gardens.
Where: 221 Fourth St., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 820-3320
Cost: $11 general admission, free for Children's Creativity Museum members and children age 2 and under

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Visit the big, purple building where children can discover unusual events, exhibits, and artwork for themselves. The Children's Discovery Museum exposes kids to the world of science, technology and art at an early age, to stimulate their curiosities and dreams for the benefit of future generations.
Where: 180 Woz Way, San Jose
Phone: (408) 298-5437
Cost: $12 ages 1 through 59, $11 seniors, free for children under 1 and Children's Discovery Museum members

de Young Museum
The de Young in Golden Gate Park has something for the whole family -- from contemporary and ancient art to an outdoor sculpture garden. Now every Saturday the museum hosts drop-in art programs for children ages 3 1/2-12, from 10-11:30am. Encourage your kids' interest in art through exploring galleries and exhibitions with an experienced museum educator and then they can find their own little inner-artist in the studio. It makes the family trip to museums a hassle-free adventure!
Where: Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 863-3330
Cost: Free with museum admission. Museum admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors, $6 students and youth (13-17), free for children (12 and under)

This hands-on museum houses more than 650 science, art and human perception exhibits. And their Web site is super fun too, with plenty of interactive games!
Where: Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green St., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 528-4444
Cost: Adults: $25; youth/teachers/students/seniors/disabled $19; and children(under 5) and Exploratorium members: free. Special rates for Bay area county residents

A place for young children, Habitot Children's Museum offers hands-on exhibits, a drop-in art studio and special weekend events that are geared toward infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Where: 2065 Kittredge St., Berkeley
Phone: (510) 647-1111
Cost: $8 adults, $10 children, $1 discount for seniors and people with disabilities, free for children under age 1; inquire about free admission days for the general public and the Family Outreach Program for low-income and special needs families.

Museum of Children's Art
Especially for kids, the Museum of Children's Art offers classes, family workshops and an art camp. And it offers Little Studio and Open Studio, drop-in art programs for kids and their families.
Where: 1625 Clay St., Oakland
Phone: (510) 465-8770
Cost: Gallery admission is always free; classes, workshops and camps often charge a fee -- contact them for more information.

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
The Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo provides children with an array of learning experiences-all on a kid's scale-to engage their minds. Their offerings include an interactive Museum exhibit, a natural habitat Zoo and educational programs. The Mark Brest Van Kempen's Creek Installation is a reconstruction, rock for rock, of one specific cross section of the local San Francisquito Creek. This artificially maintained system is integral to the artist's vision -- a chunk of creek surgically removed and on life support.
Where: 1451 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto
Phone: (650) 329-2111
Cost: Free. Donations accepted and appreciated.

Randall Museum
The Randall Museum offers a unique haven where children and adults can explore the creative aspects of art and science and make discoveries about nature and the environment by direct participation in classes, workshops, special events and clubs. Our suggestion: check out their Drop-In Family Ceramics on Saturdays from 10:15-11:30am.
Where: 199 Museum Way, San Francisco
Phone: (415) 554-9600
Cost: Saturday ceramics program is $6 per person. Donations are gratefully accepted.

San Francisco Children's Art Center
For more than two decades, the San Francisco Children's Art Center has focused on a process-oriented art experience. They offer offer weekly art classes and art birthday parties and conduct programs at community sites in San Francisco.
Where: Fort Mason, Building C, San Francisco
Phone: (415) 771-0292

San Francisco Symphony's Music for Families Series
The Music for Families Series offers quarterly symphony concerts that combine great music with fascinating talks, show-and-tell demonstrations and useful tools to promote music appreciation at home.
Where: Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 864-6000
Cost: Four-concert series is $48-170 for adults and half-price for children 12 and under; inquire about single tickets.

The Walt Disney Family Museum
With a myriad of activities ranging from special exhibitions, programs, classes, film screenings and more, everyone in the family can find something to engage their own creativity and imagination. Be sure to drop-in at their Open Studio (free with museum admission), where visitors of all ages are invited to get hands-on and explore creative processes drawn from exhibitions in the museum. Activities range from stop motion animation to creative storytelling and inking and painting animation cels.
Where: 104 Montgomery St., San Francisco
Phone: (415) 345-6800
Cost: $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, $12 for youth aged 6-17, free for children under 6

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