What’s the family in the mood for this weekend? Animated movies, theater, an outdoor adventure, an arts and crafts class? The Bay Area has it all, from drop-in classes at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center in the Fort Mason Center to a digitally remastered showing of Fantasia at the Oakland’s Paramount Theatre to an indoor puppet show about life on the farm at the Tilden Nature Area and even a dribbling and dunking showdown by the Harlem Globetrotters in San Jose.
Bonus: Don’t miss the always-amazing, and this year bigger-than-ever Tea sample sale. There’ll be double the samples, so brave the lines and stock up on stylish togs for your tots at deep discounts. The sale takes place on Wednesday January 19 and Thursday January 20 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fiddlesticks, 540 Hayes Street, in San Francisco. 415-565-0508
What lies beyond the mysterious, carved wooden door? Catch the final weekend of this 90-minute, award-winning SF Playhouse production of Coraline, and see what she finds in the not-so-perfect parallel world. Sat., 3 p.m.; 8 p.m., prices vary. Event details.
Family Day: MLK Jr. Birthday at the Museum of the African Diaspora
Celebrate this special birthday by creating your own screenprints of Martin Luther King, Jr. and of famous jazz greats. There will also be a film about Martin Luther King on this fun family day in the city. Sat., 12-4 p.m., free with $5-$10 admission, children under 12 are free. Event details.
This Disney favorite will be presented by a cast of 26 Berkeley Playhouse students who’ve been training in dance, song, and acting for over 3 months. Because “Ev’rybody wants to be a cat!” Sat., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun. and Mon, 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. $15 youth, $20 adults and seniors. Event details.
Magic with Brian Scott
Catch the magic at Studio Grow in Concord. Magician Brian Scott specializes in the strange and magical; and he’s funny, too. Sat., 11 a.m., $9. Event details.
Preschool to Prep-School Education Expo
Pre-school is right around the corner, and from there, it’s a great big world of possibilities at every age level. Explore your kids’ options at this helpful Hillsdale Shopping Center event with public and private pre-school to high school reps and curriculum details. Sat., 11 a.m.–3 p.m., free. Event details.
Come tour the Hidden Villa farm in Los Altos, where you’ll be guided across the educational garden, tasting the pickings and learning about the animals. Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 1–2:30 p.m., $7–$10. Event details.
Restoration Work Day
It’s never too soon to learn how to volunteer! Bring your party to this restoration project at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary, and get into the spirit of giving back. Sat., 9 a.m.–12 p.m., free. Event details.
Peking Acrobats 25th Silver Anniversary Tour
Wire walking, precision tumbling, trick cycling, somersaults, and amazing displays of flexibility. The kids will say “ooh” and laugh out loud when the clowns and jugglers come out! Sat., 3 p.m., $20-$45. Event details.