With so much to look forward to, a new year is the perfect time for a Bay Area family adventure. From art and science museums to playgrounds, waterparks and live theater, 2022 looks very promising! We hope you are as excited as we are—scroll down for all the details then mark your calendars and get ready for the best year yet!

Disney on Ice

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The Magic of Disney (on ice!) is coming to the Bay Area. Sail away with Moana, follow Miguel to the Land of the Dead, watch Ana and Elsa skate to stop an eternal winter and laugh along with Aladdin and his Genie. Event details.

Dates: February 3-6, 2022

Stockton Arena
248 W. Fremont St.
Stockton, CA 95203

Dates: February 9-13, 2022

SAP Center
525 W. Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Dates: February 23-27, 2022

Oakland Arena
7000 Coliseum Way
Oakland, CA 94621


Do Napa

Napa Lighted Art Festival
After a two year hiatus, this popular lighted art festival is finally back! From January 15-March 13, take the kids to downtown Napa after dark for a series of lighted art sculptures all within four easily walkable locations.  Check out the Angels of Freedom, the 10 foot rhombicosidodecahedron (say that five times as fast as you can) and the electric dandelions—all guaranteed to dazzle! Event details.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean
Monterey Aquarium is introducing a new exhibit set to open in Spring 2022 that brings strange and fascinating animals from the deep sea up to surface. Using robotic submarines that navigate through complete darkness, this groundbreaking exhibit collects and brings animals to the surface and then utilizes technology to mimic deep-sea conditions. Come face to face with the rarely seen bloody-belly comb jellies and other unique animals!  Sign us up!! 

More Magical Bridge Playgrounds Are in the Works All Over the Bay Area

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With openings in Redwood City and Palo Alto already, 2022 will bring us Magical Bridge Playground openings in Morgan Hill and Sunnyvale and local families are thrilled! Designed to address the needs of all children, these all-abilities playgrounds were the first of its kind in the Bay Area. More info.

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Did your child inherit your devotion for Roald Dahl? You're in luck! Broadway San Jose is bringing his amazing tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to the big stage—complete with songs from the original film: “Pure Imagination,” “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Got a Golden Ticket.” Tap your toes along with Charlie Bucket, Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas as Charlie uses his golden ticket to experience the wonders of the marvelous chocolate factory. Event details.

Dates: January 18-23, 2022

135 W San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA 9511

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Presidio Tunnel Tops
The highly anticipated Presidio Tunnel Tops is set to open in May 2022. Built on top of the Presidio Tunnels, this new national park land and scenic overlook will boast stunning views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and more. Families will be able to picnic, enjoy a campfire circle and play at the “Outpost” natural playground. We are really excited for this one!

Harlem Globetrotters

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Jaw-dropping entertainment is heading your way! Watch these amazing athletes spin the ball, defy gravity and perform trick after trick like you’ve never seen before. This event will be a slam dunk for the entire family! Get your tickets here.

Dates: January 13-16, 2022
Location: various locations throughout the Bay Area

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

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The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose offers two fun events in early 2022:

Three Kings Day program
Saturday, January 8
Join us at the museum to celebrate The Three Kings story. Decorate a festive crown to wear proudly, watch Mariachi youth performers, collect gifts from the kings (chocolate coins) and watch a short video in the theater to learn more about this widely celebrated story. Event details.

Lunar New Year Party
Saturday, February 12
Celebrate the Year of the Ox at the Children’s Discovery Museum’s annual Lunar New Year party.
Event details.

180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child at The Curran Theater

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With 24 major awards in the U.K., this show is sure to be a hit in San Francisco! Bring the entire family and watch Harry Potter—now an adult with three children of his own—in this award-winning show. Best for kids 10 and older. Performances begin Jan. 2022. Event details.

445 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

de Youngsters (Free!) Day Out

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Mark your calendars! This in-person, all-day event includes art activities, in-gallery conversations and entertainment. Free for all Bay Area families! Event details.

Date: March 5, 2022

de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118

Bay Area Science Festival

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It's back! The five-day Bay Area Science Festival will be in-person this spring! Bring the entire family and experience the wonder of science through hands-on activities, interviews with scientists and STEM story times. Stay tuned here for the full schedule and details about how to participate! Bonus: most Bay Area Science Festival events are FREE!

—Nicole Findlay & Kate Loweth

featured photo by Plunge San Diego 


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