Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL

The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ 9th annual Family Fun Festival–“a whole day of free fun for the whole family” co-sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley YMCA; the City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Dept.; BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit); and Parents’ Press. Featuring hands-on activities, games, contests, performances, and informational booths.

Admission: Free

Saturday, June 1, 2013; 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market

Martin Luther King, Jr. CIVIC CENTER PARK

Center St. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley
Accessibility: Convenient public transportation (1 block from downtown Berkeley BART), nearby lot & street  parking, wheelchair access.


Ongoing 10am-3pm:

  • Bouncy House (YMCA)
  • Build Giant Castles from Boxes and Egg Cartons, make Straw Rockets,  and more with Sticky Art Lab.
  •  “Create-With-Nature Zone” with environmental artist Zach Pine–a collaborative artistic expression with stones, branches, shells, pine cones, flowers, and other wonders of nature.
  • DOOF (FOOD backwards): Spin the DOOF WHEEL and answer Fun Food Trivia Questions to win special prizes. Enter a raffle by submitting your COOLEST, GOOFIEST and DOOFIEST extraterrestrial character or food drawing for a chance to contribute a drawing or record your own voice for the Planet DOOF computer game for kids!
  • Eazy Breezy Bike Smoothies created by pedal power
  • Face Painting (YMCA)
  • Farm Animal Encounter Area (baby goats, chickens, pigs, etc.) courtesy of Riverdog Farm and Redwood Hill Farm.
  • Farm Fresh Choice, the Ecology Centers’ food justice program
  • Green Branch “reading room”-local justice and environmentally themed library for youth of all ages & their families and educators.
  • Hands-On Craft Booth–making hats, crowns, & masks with the East Bay Depot for Creative ReUse
  • Painting with Glob (of Berkeley’s) fruit & veggie based paints.
  • Soccer for children & parents (YMCA)
  • Zine Making Station for kids & adults with Rad Daddies & Mamas.All the materials to create your own zine and share your story. (Rad Dad, SF Bay Guardian‘s Best Local Zine, 2011; Utne Magazine‘s Independent Media Award for Best Zine, 2009.)

Time specific:

11am-2pm – Hula Hoop Contests (who can keep it going

longest) (City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation &

Waterfront Dept.; YMCA)

12:00 noon – Asheba performing Caribbean music for

     children. His 2009 CD, In the Kid Zone, was on the
Grammy Award nominations ballot for “Best Musical

Album for Children.” He’s headlined two Putumayo Kids’

Records national tours and been featured on three of

their compilation CDs. His award winning recordings

have been featured on in-flight kids’ programming on

both United and Continental Airlines.

“Asheba is THE perfect kids artist. An authentic world         music entertainer with a ravenous kids following in the

      Bay Area. A great personality, excellent musicianship

      and songwriting skills.”

         –Paul Curatolo, Earwitness Music

1pm – Family Dance (everyone invited) (YMCA)

11am-3pm – Skateboard Contest (City of Berkeley, Parks,

Recreation & Waterfront Dept.)

10:30am-11:30am, 2pm-3pm – “Strawberry Walks” (like a

cake walk only you win strawberries) (City of Berkeley,

Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Dept.)


This event is partially funded by the City of Berkeley  

     Civic Arts Program.