Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for Kids & Families - 510 Families

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month for Kids & Families

May is Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month in the U.S. there are many ways to learn and celebrate with your children. For teachers and parents, here’s a link to fill in the gaps in your historical knowledge.

Thanks to Children’s Fairyland for sponsoring this guide.

two sisters at fairyland
Fairyland is hosting special events for AANHPI Heritage Month throughout May | Photo: Children’s Fairyland

Find events, storytimes, dance performances, movies, and books! We’ll be adding new kid-friendly activities as we find them. For particularly kid-friendly Asian restaurants, see 99 Restaurants kids love or global eating for East Bay kids.

Upcoming East Bay Events for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage

Spotlight on Fairyland’s Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

Throughout May, Children’s Fairyland features traditions from the Asian and Pacific Islander diaspora ranging from folklore and dance to contemporary storytelling with performances, games, and crafts each weekend.

  • May 4 & 5: Samoan fabric art, Japanese soba tasting, Polynesian dancers, and stories.
  • May 11 & 12: Stories Come to Life! with games and stories from China and Taiwan.
  • May 18 & 19: Make mochi with Third Culture Bakery. Make music & movement. Make art.
  • May 25-27: Be mesmerized by a magician, Oakland Taiko dancers, and incredible kites.
  • See the full schedule of events >
 Halau Makana Polynesian Dancers
Hālau Makana Polynesian Dancers perform May 4 at Fairyland | Photo provided by Children’s Fairyland

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Kumihimo Braid Art @ Asian Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Saturday, May 4, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: AAPI Heritage Month Celebration @ Lincoln Square Park, Oakland
10:30 am - 11:15 am: Māori Mo Ake Tonu @ Rockridge Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration @ Children’s Fairyland, Oakland
11:00 am - 4:00 pm: Japantown Children's Day Festival @ Japantown, San Francisco
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Haopinaka Hawaiian Music + Dance @ Walnut Creek Public Library, Walnut Creek

Sunday, May 5, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: AAPI Heritage Month Celebration @ Lincoln Square Park, Oakland
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Filipino Teatime Treats at the Farm @ Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont

Saturday, May 11, 2024

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Hawaiian May Day Festival @ Downtown Hayward | B & Main Streets, Hayward

Thursday, May 16, 2024

10:30 am - 11:00 am: Kamishibai Paper Theater @ Rockridge Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Friday, May 17, 2024

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Gyotaku Fish Prints @ Del Valle Regional Park, Livermore

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: AAPI Heritage Celebration @ Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Berkeley Himalayan Fair @ Live Oak Park, Berkeley
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Festival @ Zelinsky Park, Tiburon
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Benvenue Beats Mini Music Fest @ Claremont Branch | Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Kung Fu & Music Spectacular @ Hayward Public Library, Hayward
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Oakland Roots Game, AAPI Heritage Night @ CSUEB Pioneer Stadium (Hayward), Hayward

Sunday, May 19, 2024

10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Berkeley Himalayan Fair @ Live Oak Park, Berkeley
11:00 am - 3:00 pm: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration @ Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Thursday, May 23, 2024

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Paper Cranes & Kumihimo Braiding @ Hercules Library, Hercules

Saturday, May 25, 2024

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Hālau Makana Polynesian Dance Performance @ Castro Valley Library, Castro Valley,
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm: AAPI Heritage Performance @ Fremont Main Library, Fremont

Monday, May 27, 2024

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Magician + Balloon Wizard Perry Yen @ Children’s Fairyland, Oakland

Thursday, May 30, 2024

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Kamishibai Paper Theater @ Rockridge Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Friday, May 31, 2024

2:15 pm - 4:30 pm: AAPI Heritage Month Arts & Crafts @ Fremont Main Library, Fremont

 

Friday, May 3 at 6:40 pm: Oakland A’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Night

Celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander community’s rich history in baseball with the A’s AAPI Night, which supports health services within Asian communities. The Oakland A’s play Florida Marlins. Tickets start at $28.

cute kids for aapi heritage celebration
Happy AANHPI Month from the Choi sisters | Photo: Kat Choi

Thanks to Children’s Fairyland for sponsoring this guide to a delightful array of activities to do with children in celebration of Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage.

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