It’s a great weekend to be a Bay Area parent. From fancy fundraisers to free concerts, we’ve got a hit parade of events for your choosing. Take your kids to see some pirate comedy or kick it at a parent and child Aikido class. Head to a museum to make some art or to celebrate history. Take the Hobbits out to commemorate Tolkein’s 122nd birthday, and play some pinball while you’re at it! Learn to fly or learn to sail. If driving is more your speed, be sure and see the latest and greatest at this auto show. Whatever you do there is something to make your whole family healthy, happy, and totally awesome.
Parent and Child Aikido Class
Suginami Aikikai is offering a free family class in Aikido– the Japanese martial art that develops fitness, focus, body awareness, self-discipline, confidence and more. Kids will also get a chance to tumble around and play games. Check out the spacious dojo, watch advanced black belts demonstrate, and get on the mat with your kid to learn some awesome moves of your own. Wear comfy clothes. This is a free event, but please RSVP. Sat., 3 p.m. San Francisco. Free. 8 and up. Event details.
The deYoungsters Family Fundraiser
If you’re looking for fun and a place to donate to a worthy cause, join fellow families, donors, and art aficionados at the de Youngsters’ inaugural fundraising event held in conjunction with David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition. Enjoy an art treasure hunt in the exhibition, hands-on art making, artistic iPad activities, edible art decorating, circus performances inspired by Hockney’s The Jugglers, and family friendly fare. All proceeds go toward the de Youngsters–a group dedicated to family centric programs at both the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Fri., 5:30-9 p.m. San Francisco. $375-$10,000. All Ages. Event details.
Drop-In Art Making at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Take those creative brains out to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and enjoy some hands-on arts and crafts. Kids can celebrate the Jewish New Year for the Trees by creating a miniature forest out of art materials (provided). And don’t forget to hop on over and watch the claymation feature, Frog and Toad on the Big Screen. Sun., 1-3p.m. San Francisco. $12/adults; 18 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Birthday Party at Playland
Venture out of the shire and over to Playland-Not-at-the-Beach for a Lord of the Rings themed party celebrating Tolkien’s 122nd birthday. Kids can get in the mood for Middle Earth with prizes for hunting the Hobbit, Golem, Gandalf, and others hidden around the Museum of Fun. Plus you get to spend the day at Playland, with pinball machines, a magic show, penny arcade games, a miniature circus and much, much more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. El Cerrito. $10-$15. All Ages. Event details.
The Bubble Lady
The Bubble Lady delights her audiences with bubble space ships, trumpets, baby bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles, volunteers inside of really BIG bubbles…you get the idea. It’s good, clean fun, courtesy of the Buddy Club. Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Berkeley. $8; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.
Family Day at Oakland Museum of California
OMCA’s family Sunday includes a drop-in workshop as part of their HistoryMakers/ScienceMakers series. Kids can explore science through games and hands-on activities. Play Jeopardy and learn about the connections between history and science with representatives from the Museum of African American Technology Science Village. Sun., 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Oakland. $15/adult; $6/child; children 8 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Starstruck Theater’s Peter Pan
Swashbuckling pirates, jealous fairies, and a special boy who won’t grow up…StarStruck’s production of Peter Pan is bound to make everyone believe in the magic of pixie dust. On Sunday, the audience is encouraged to dress like their fave fairy tale character. Fri, Sat. & Sun., 7:30 p.m., also 2:30 p.m. on Sun. Fremont. $22-$26/adult; $17-$19/child. All Ages. Event details.
Silicon Valley International Auto Show
The 2014 Silicon Valley International Auto Show rolls in San Jose this weekend with a ton of cars, and trucks and things that go! Kids will love the chance sit behind the wheel, and there will be a dazzling array of vehicles, from plug-in electrics to luxury cars to more. Sunday is Family Day and all kids 12 and under are free. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. San Jose. $11/adults, $8/children 7-12; children 6 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Verteski Pass Family Concert
Verteski Pass performs Old Country music, and not the kind with cowboy boots. Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian, and Ottoman style music, kids will jump and dance to this energetic music of this trio, which includes violin and accordion. Sat., 3 – 4 p.m. San Mateo. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Sailing at Bay Model Visitors Center
Set sail for the high seas as the Bay Model Visitors Center on their miniature scale model of the bay. Watch a demo about the challenges of sailing in the San Francisco Bay, and learn to navigate the tides, the fog, and the winds. Sat., 1:30 – 2: 30 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mill Valley Health and Wellness Fair
Start the year off right with a health and wellness fair that is fun for the whole family. Kids will love the nail salon, face painting, Jumpee, and lots of arts and crafts plus the Fun Run which includes a stroller friendly jog at 9 a.m. and the Toddler Dash at 10 a.m. Parents will love the booths, including massage, organic snacks for the family, pre and post natal care, and pediatric care. The event is free but the Fun Run is $5 for the toddler dash, $8 for stroller-friendly jog/walk. Sat., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Pirate Comedy at the Kanbar Center
Have you ever seen a Pirate juggle cigar boxes while making an audience member disappear? Magic, juggling, ventriloquism, and escape artistry are just part of The Comedy Pirate, Cap’n Jack Spareribs’ regular repertoire. Come laugh out loud at this Depp look-alike, multi-talented performer, Ace Miles, presented by The Buddy Club. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. San Rafael. $8; children 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event Details.
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Photo credit: The Buddy Club, Ace Miles