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.
Ticket Alert: Make Your Reservations Now!
- Attend the truly unique SF Symphony’s Music for Families performance on April 9.
- Reserve a space at Kid’s Night Out so YOU can enjoy a child-free date night.
- More tickets to know about for families >
Week of Friday, April 1
4/1: 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: 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.
Week of Monday, April 4
4/4: 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: Toss colors, watch Bollywood dancers, and enjoy music at a Holi Celebration.
4/9: There are loads of community egg hunts today; this one has an Easter Bunny in Oakland.
4/10: Stop at your local Michael’s craft store to create a free art project.
Week of Monday, April 11
4/11: 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: 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: Tour a national park for free. Walk among the towering redwoods at nearby Muir Woods.
4/17: Happy Easter—Check out our guide to Easter events, photo ops, and egg hunts >
Week of Monday, April 18
4/18: Play in the water at the El Cerrito Splash Park.
4/19: Hike through a meadow during Hikes for Tykes.
4/20: Learn what fish in the Bay eat during a Fish Feeding event.
4/21: Play outside during Together Wee Play in Berkeley. It’s drop-in friendly!
4/22: 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.
Week of Monday, April 25
4/25: 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: 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: 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.
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.
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.