30 Things to Do With Bay Area Kids in April - 510 Families

30 Things to Do With Bay Area Kids in April

April is filled with several special days to celebrate with family, including Passover, Easter, and Earth Day. There is also plenty of sunny, warm weather and activities to enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re staying in the East Bay for spring break, plan for lots of fun at museums, farms, storytimes, and more.

This post of April’s best activities for families is sponsored by Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco (CCM). Visitors can create music in a playful way in the Music-Making Studio; learn the basics of stop-motion animation; relax in the Mood Room; explore the power of feelings in the new XOXO exhibit; ride the historic LeRoy King carousel; and, so much more.

what to do with east bay kids in april

Ticket Alert: Make Your Reservations Now!

child and parent are balanced on a museum exhibit
This teeter-totter helps kids learn about balance in a unique way | Photo: Children’s Creativity Museum

Week of Friday, April 1

4/1: free April Fools – Play gentle, silly pranks on your kids. Then, cheer for the Cal Lacrosse team—one of the many free athletic events on campus.
4/2: free Enjoy a relaxing day filled with kites at the park.
4/3: Shop at Akoma Outdoor Market, plus family-friendly roller skating and MOCHA art table.

liberation park roller skating
Shopping, art, and family roller skating at AKOMA Market | Photo: Michele Yuen

Week of Monday, April 4

4/4: free Join Music & Movement storytime in Alameda. Register for a free sports workshop for girlx.
4/5: Grab your fishing pole and visit one of these East Bay fishing destinations for beginners.
4/6: Use a microscope to look at leaves, seeds, and animals up close at OMCA.
4/7: Visit the XOXO exhibit at CCM. Explore the power of feelings and spark conversations together.
4/8: free Toss colors, watch Bollywood dancers, and enjoy music at a Holi Celebration.
4/9: free There are loads of community egg hunts today; this one has an Easter Bunny in Oakland.
4/10: free Stop at your local Michael’s craft store to create a free art project.

Alameda South Shore Easter Celebration with Easter Bunny
Lots of opportunities to meet with the Easter Bunny this year | Photo: Alameda South Shore

Week of Monday, April 11

4/11: free Head to the library for Preschool storytime and playtime. See more free storytimes >
4/12: Join Tiny Tuesdays at Lindsay Wildlife Experience for crafts, music, animals and fun!
4/13: Introduce your littles to yoga. Drop into Preschool Yoga for music, mindfulness and poses.
4/14: free Get creative with MOCHA art workshop in the library.
4/15: Passover begins at sundown; Spend time together and find family-friendly Passover events >
4/16: free Tour a national park for free. Walk among the towering redwoods at nearby Muir Woods.
4/17: Happy EasterCheck out our guide to Easter events, photo ops, and egg hunts >

let your imagination run free while exploring two floors of hands on multimedia activities and taking a ride on its historic carousel.
Scenes from Children’s Creativity Museum | Photos by 510families

Week of Monday, April 18

4/18: Play in the water at the El Cerrito Splash Park.
4/19: free Hike through a meadow during Hikes for Tykes.
4/20: free Learn what fish in the Bay eat during a Fish Feeding event.
4/21: free Play outside during Together Wee Play in Berkeley. It’s drop-in friendly!
4/22: free Celebrate Earth Day by stomping in a local creek. Discuss ways your family can take care of the Earth.
4/23: Touch and climb in awesome vehicles at this Touch-A-Truck event.
4/24: See BACT’s new immersive show, The Imaginaries. Best for ages 4 to 8.

kids riding carousel
A trip to the Children’s Creativity Museum is best with a ride on the carousel | Photo: Julie Herson

Week of Monday, April 25

4/25: free Climb the vertical playground in Emeryville; open to the public on weekdays after 6 pm. See more fun things to do with kids in Emeryville >
4/26: free Bring your little one to Baby Bounce, a favorite among new parents.
4/27: Play at Cal Academy’s Wander Woods. Visit 3/26 to 4/17 for special Spring pop-up programs.
4/28: free Glide over to Grove Park for an all-ages roller skating party.
4/29: Visit the LeRoy King Carousel in Yerba Buena Gardens.
4/30: Strawberry picking season is here! Find your favorite U-Pick farms for a day outside with sweet berries.

hand and strawberries
To pick a ripe strawberry, grasp it lightly between your thumb and forefinger twisting and pulling.

We appreciate Children’s Creativity Museum for sponsoring our April list of great activities for families. Visit the XOXO exhibit at CCM to experience and examine the power of feelings through social-emotional learning activities. 

two girls making a stop-motion movie
Learn the basics of stop-motion animation. Create stories and bring them to life on screen with LEGO & DUPLO bricks and minifigures. | Photo: Children’s Creativity Museum

Plan your visit to CCM:

Thursday and Friday: 10 am to 12:30 pm – no timed sessions. Walkups only; no reservation required. Admission is $15 per person ages 1 and up; members free

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm – no timed sessions. Reserving your tickets in advance is highly recommended. Admission is $20 per person ages 1 and up; members free

Spring Break Hours (Thursday 3/31 through Sunday 4/3): Museum open from 10 am to 4 pm – both floors. Carousel is open from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm.

kid running through water
Lots of screeching with joy running around the El Cerrito Splash Park | Photo: Julie Herson

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