Best Things to Do With Kids in April - 510 Families

Best Things to Do With Kids in April

April has special days to celebrate with family, including Passover and Earth Day. We also expect sunny, warm weather and activities to enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re staying in the East Bay for spring break, plan for visits to museums, farms, and storytimes.

This post of April’s best things to do with East Bay kids is sponsored by Habitot Children’s Museum, a spectacular location for creative play, imagination, and art for ages 1 to 5 in Emeryville’s Bay Street. 

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Habitot Children’s Museum Rocketship and Mission Control | Photo: Habitot

Save the Date for these Exciting Community Events

Spotlight on Habitot Happenings

Habitot Children’s Museum at Bay Street Emeryville is hosting cool programming throughout the month. Buy tickets in advance to claim your spot.

Tuesday evenings in April, 5:30 – 7 pm: Julia Martien’s “Evenings of Invention” will introduce 4-8-year-olds to STEM activities featuring mechanical and electrical engineering, robotics, and computers. $27/child. Pre-register here >

Saturday Morning, Puppet Shows, 9:30 am: Each Saturday morning brings a live puppet experience with a different puppet master. Stories and themes are geared toward young children. $15 per ticket includes museum admission to play as long as you like afterward: Get tickets >

Sundays Music & Movement, 9:30-10 am: Ms Alayna brings her love of story, songs, movement, and puppetry for little ones and their caregivers to Habitot. $15 ticket includes museum admission. Get Tickets >

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Habitot Children’s Museum’s Imagination Station | Photo: Habitot

Reserve Tickets to Shows & Performances

Play Among the Wildflowers

Thanks to the rain, the flowers are blooming all over. Tulips should be popping up at Oakland’s Temple Hill’s free gardens or Mountain View Cemetery; daffodils or tulips will be waking up at Piedmont Park; Woodside’s Filoli should have cherry blossoms, daffodils, and magnolias; San Francisco’s Botanical Garden should have blooming magnolias along with a great kids’ garden with a mud kitchen. Not into flowers? Visit the cacti at Ruth Bancroft Garden, the redwood grove at UC Botanical Garden, or Hayward’s Japanese Garden to spot koi fish.

Find more tips in our Guide to Kid-friendly Super Bloom Hikes >>

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Just touching the wildflowers, not picking, promise! | Photo: Julie Herson

Take a Staycation around the Bay Area

Staycations can take two forms: drive to a nearby hotel and stay for a night or two or sleep in your beds and plan a series of day trips that make the most of our gorgeous Bay Area. We’re big fans of both kinds! Here are some favorite family day trips: Monterey Aquarium, Muir Woods, Santa Rosa, Sacramento Train Museum, Santa Cruz, Angel Island, and Pacifica. Find more Bay Area staycation ideas here >

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Zayn enjoying a trip to Sacramento on the train | Photo: Anna Azimi

Free & Cheap Family Picks for April

Need some planning inspiration? We’ve got you covered! We gathered up our favorite free and inexpensive activities in the East Bay to serve as a go-to, weekday itinerary when you’re in a pinch. Find more free & cheap events this month >

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Feed the cows with celery from home | Photo: Joe Dickerson

Plus, plan an outing to one of the world-class museums in the Bay Area; take advantage of free admission on certain days. Learn more about ways to get into more Bay Area museums for free >

  • Apr. 2: de Young Museum and Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco
  • Apr. 4: BAMPFA in Berkeley & SFMOMA in San Francisco
  • Apr. 5: CuriOdyssey in San Mateo and Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco
  • Apr. 6-7: Bank of America Free Museum Days
  • Apr. 7: Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and First Sunday at OMCA (nearly free!)
  • Apr. 9: San Francisco Botanical Garden
  • Apr. 13: Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and BAMPFA in Berkeley

Thanks so much to Habitot Children’s Museum in Emeryville for sponsoring today’s guide to fun times in April!

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