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Family Fest Zone

The 2017 BABF Family Fest Zone will be chock-full of fun, enriching activities for families and children of all ages.

Bay Area nonprofits and service providers will bring a wide range of reading, STEM and STEAM activities such as writing, craft-making, DIY book-making, science projects, robotics, mind games, a book give-away, and more.

New this year – a kiddie carnival with rides, inflatables, bounce houses and arcade games!

Bring the entire family for nonstop fun at our first-ever Showtime Stage in the Family Fest Zone! The exciting, something-for-everyone lineup features authors, illustrators, magicians, jugglers, and other rousing live performances certain to delight all ages, especially younger audiences. Full schedule coming on or around May 1. Be sure to check back for updates!

Soja Mind Body, Oakland


Martial arts games and instruction; youth self-defense workshops.

Illustoria, Oakland


DIY Magazine for Creative Kids + Their Grown-ups! Coloring, stamping, DIY book-making



LEGOJeep is an interactive and fun artwork for exploring the possibilities of redefining ones environment. A DIY and constantly changing artwork created and changed daily by all that touch it. Fostering new art for all. Always a huge hit with all ages and crowd pleasing conversation starter as seen via Instagram and other social media.

Roving Garden Railroad – The Boxcar Children Bay Area Garden Railway Society


The Roving Garden Railroad is a portable garden with living plants, waterfall, rocks and dirt. Within the garden, 100′ of large-scale permanent model railroad track allows 3 trains to continuously travel past the town, country, mine industry, and a manicured estate. As in scenes from a play, each of the four sides tell the story of “The Boxcar Children,” by Gertrude Chandler Warner, the first in a series of wonderful children’ books about four orphaned brothers and sisters who resourcefully make their way in the world while remaining cheerful and optimistic.

826 Valencia, San Francisco


826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. We will have some fun pirate products for patrons to interact with and possibly buy in addition to a writing activity for festival-goers to participate in.