Looking for some family friendly things to do in Mountain View? This April will mark the 36th annual appearance of the Downtown Family Parade! Taking place on April 26th with the theme ‘Sail Into Summer!’ the event will unite the community and its residents with an amazing day of activities and celebrations. The Parade itself starts at 12pm on Castro Street and will continue to Villa Street, making
its way through the town until it reaches Pioneer Park. At the end of its route, the Park will be filled with crafts, music, games and family fun lasting until 3pm. Organized by the City of Mountain View Community Services Department with the El Camino YMCA, these celebrations will take places whatever the weather so fun is guaranteed for everyone.
Mountain View might be known to the rest of the world for its proximity to the Moffett Federal Airfield and for being the home to Google, Symantec and the Mozilla Foundation, but in fact there’s a lot more to the community than first meets the eye. Events like the Downtown Family Parade are just one activity in a thriving social calendar, uniting different groups within the area and bringing residents together with their families and friends to celebrate various special days. Many of these events make use of the beautiful surroundings of Pioneer Park, but this is not the only place of interest by any means.
Downtown, Castro Street is the pedestrian-friendly center of the community. The seven blocks stretching from Castro Street to the Downtown Mountain View Station area are filled with restaurants, shopping options and leisure activities, all well connected by public transports. In among family favorite eateries, bars and cafes, everything can be found: from budget-friendly fast food through to one of very few Michelin rated restaurants to be located in the Bay Area, Chez TJ. Next door to this illustrious establishment sits Tied House, one of the original and oldest brew-pubs, showing the diversity and history of the region.