It’s 2015 and we’ve rounded up a whole host of ways to kick off your new year: from musicals performed by the local talent to hikes along Pacific bluffs to a late-night sing-along with a sea captain or two. Happy New Year!
Photo: Trail along the SF Bluff by Adam Sharron via Flickr Creative Commons
Sea Chantey Sing-Along at Hyde St. Pier
Sailors and scallywags alike gather around for an evening of traditional sea songs. Park rangers lead the public in traditional sea-faring tunes, with plenty of time to hang out aboard one of the historic ships docked at the port. Bring a mug of your own for free hot cider to keep your throat warm for the singing, and be sure and dress warm.Event is free but please RSVP by calling 415-561-7171. Sat., 8 p.m.-midnight. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Hike in the Presidio
Welcome 2015 and meet new friends on a 0.7 mile family hike on the Presidio’s spectacular Batteries to Bluffs trail above the Pacific Ocean. This moderate-to-difficult trail with stairs is pedestrian only; no dogs are permitted. Rain cancels. Reservations required. Sat., 4-5:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.
Motown Dance at Cal Academy
Not that you need another reason to explore this awesome museum, but this Sunday will include two performances of Motown-themed dance by the De Lynn Dance Company. Included in museum admission, and museum is open until 5 p.m. Sun., noon & 2 p.m. San Francisco. $34.95/adults; $29.95/child 12-17; $24.95/child 4-11; 3 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Confetti Art Weekend at Habitot
Looking for ideas about what to do with all that leftover New Year’s Eve confetti? Habitot Children’s Museum will show the kids how to use confetti to make collage works of art, and they will love making a confetti tornado in the Wind Tunnel. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Berkeley. $8/adult; $10/child. All ages. Event details.
Nature Detectives: Ducks Unlimited
Head to the Hayward Shoreline to hang out with the visiting ducks that are nesting the marshes. Play ducky games and search for the ducks as you explore the marsh during high tide. Sat., 11 a.m. – noon. Hayward. $7. 3-5. Event details.
Holiday Playland at Modern Recess
Need somewhere fun to take your kids so you can get a few things done before the weekend? Bring them to Modern Recess for movies, games, obstacle courses, crafts, and more. Fri., 10 a.m.- 1p.m. San Ramon. $12/child per hour. 3-12. Event details.
Winter Weeks at Lawrence Hall of Science
The last weekend of Winter Weeks at the Hall, kids can create stop-motion animation and harness the wind with wind turbines at the Design Quest exhibit, try their hand at feats of marble engineering, and watch science on the big screen with our two 3-D films, Meerkats 3-D and Mysteries of the Unseen World, then search for new planets in our NASA-inspired Planetarium programs. Fri., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Berkeley. $12/adult; $10/child 3-18; children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Disney Jr. Live: Pirate and Princess Adventure
High-seas adventure meets enchanting magic in this show featuring characters from Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Sofia the First. Fri., 3 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m, 2 & 5 p.m. San Jose. $22-$70. All ages. Event details.
Historic Orchard Preservation in Guadalupe River Park
Guadalupe River Park is home to a historic orchard and they need your help to preserve it. Please note that rain cancels the event, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All children under 18 need a signed parental waiver, found here. Please register in advance: to sign up, click here. Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Nature Walk at Alviso Marina
Take an easy 2-mile nature walk through the wetland marshes of this beautiful bayside park. The gateway to the Don Edwards Bay National Wildlife Refuge, this park teems with wildlife. Meet at the Marina parking lot. Sat., 9-11 a.m. Alviso. Free. All ages. Event details.
Dia de Los Reyes in Milpitas
It’s Day of the Three Kings and Ballet Folklorico Milpitas are bringing a day of colorful music and dance to the auditorium at the Milpitas Public Library. Sun., 1-3:30 p.m. Milpitas. Free. All ages. Event details.
Paws for Tales in Redwood City
Kids aren’t the only ones who love to be read to! Doggies love it too. Join other kids and parents and grandparents as for Paws for Tales: a story time for dogs event at the Redwood Shores Library. Read to a specially trained dog provided by the Peninsula Humane Society. Sat., 11 a.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Annie Jr. at Spindrift Theatre
The Spindrift School presents Annie Jr., an all youth production featuring your favorite show tunes like “Tomorrow” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.” Introduce your little ones to everyone’s favorite orphan and support kids in community theater. Note: no online ticket sales. Tickets can be purchased (credit cards accepted) at box office one hour prior to show, or by calling 650-738-8648. Fri. and Sat., 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Pacifica. $15. All ages. Event details.
Explore Stafford Lake Park
Head out for an easy nature walk around beautiful Stafford Lake, learning about the interesting plants and animals along the way. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather call (415) 893-9527 after 8am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
Traditional Irish Music Jam at The Sleeping Lady
Got a budding bodhran player? Bring them to the Sleeping Lady in Fairfax for a late lunch and a traditional Irish music jam. You can try to keep the Celtic beat, or just enjoy the tunes while you eat. If it’s nice out, there’s a great patio in the back. Sun., 2:30 p.m. Fairfax. Free. All ages. Event details.
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— Amber Guetebier