From cephalopods to hippie crafts, this weekend is one that really showcases the best of the Bay. You can see a play fit for a kid, get super boho with history, make a lightsaber or get really personal with a squid, all without venturing too far from your area code. Ride on!
photo: Curiosity Hacked
History for Half Pints: Hippie Crafts
In celebration of the California Historical Society’s newest exhibition, Experiments in Environment: The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971, History for Half Pints will feature the designing, creating, and building different crafts inspired by “hippie culture.” Make far-out jewelry, brightly colored lanterns, paper flower crowns, tissue box guitars and political posters. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. SOMA. $5/adults; free for all with RSVP. Event details.
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road to the Scottish Rite Theatre for a young performer’s edition of The Wizard of Oz. This costumes, musical numbers and set will thrill the kids. Fri., 6 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. Outer Sunset. $15. 3 and up. Event details.
Museum of Craft & Design: MakeArt, Embroidered Initials
Explore Dafna Kaffeman’s mixed media flower and insect exhibit Without Camouflage, then try your hand at embroidery by learning basic techniques for monogramming burlap. Make a colorful initial to hang on your door, or in your room! Advance tickets required. Sat., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dogpatch. $10. 6-12. Event details.
We’re not gonna’ lie: this production of Pinocchio is straight-up adorable. Join the Gepetto and his puppet Pinocchio and their adventures as Pinocchio becomes a real boy (spoiler alert). All your favorite characters come to stage including the Blue Fairy and the giant whale. Don’t miss it! Sat., 10:30 and 1 p.m. Ft. Mason. $15. 4 and up. Event details.
Science Revealed at Chabot
In this other worldly, hands-on whodunit participants will solve a celestial caper using crime scene forensics and scientific methods. Super sleuths will conduct tests on evidence using microscopes, chemistry experiments and other cool lab activities to identify the crafty culprit. Sat., 1 p.m., Oakland. $7/person (does not include admission). 5 and up. Event details.
18th Annual East Bay Preschool Fair
Make the most of your time and get to know East Bay preschools, the various methodologies and philosophies they hold, their directors, their staff the enrollment process at the 18th Annual East Bay Preschool Fair. Also on hand you’ll find local resources like doctors, doulas, dentists, childcare, classes, museums and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakland. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Incredible Cam Man Book Launch
The author of The Incredible Cam Man, Natalie Chase, and GOALS for Autism, Inc. are hosting a book launch & fundraiser event at We Rock the Spectrum gym. Play in the indoor gym space, enjoy allergen free snacks, themed activities, the book reading and a goodie bag that includes a copy (one per family). All donations and 65% of the proceeds for this event go to My Brother Rocks the Spectrum Foundation. Sat., 4-6 p.m. Berkeley. $25/first child; $10/second child. All ages. Event details.
Curiosity Hacked Open Lab: Lightsabers
Explore new STEAM skills and concepts at Curiosity Hacked Open Lab for Families. Get hands-on with activities like electronics, woodworking, laser cutting, and more! Participate in a guided activity making lightsabers, or do an independent project., Sun., 2-5 p.m. Oakland. $10. All ages. Event details.
Beauty and the Beast
Perfect for kids, this re-telling of this much-loved French fairy tale in which the kind and courageous Beauty teaches a Beast to be gentle and good will please any age (all ages must have a ticket). Suggested for kids 5-11, but all ages are welcome. Sat., 11 a.m. Sunnyvale. $13-$20. All ages. Event details.
National Puzzle Day Competition & Celebration
In honor of National Puzzle Day, head down to a Jigsaw Puzzle Competition where teams of 4 will be challenged to build a 1,000 piece puzzle. Grand prize is $500, and 2nd and 3rd place teams get $100 gift certificates. There’s no age limit and each person must pay to play: it’s free to watch though plus there will be fun no-cost activities like demos by wooden puzzle artisans, wood puzzle cutting, jigsaw puzzle history, lots of puzzles to play with and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Redwood City. $0-$20. All ages. Event details.
Cantor Art Center’s Family Sundays
Head to the Stanford campus for tours, hands-on art projects, storytellings, book readings, and even movie screenings. There/s always independent sketch time too! Sun., noon-3 p.m. Stanford. Free. All ages. Event details.
Do you know a kid who loves trucks? Then you need to head to Touch-a-Truck! Grab lunch from local food trucks, climb on your favorite big trucks and learn hands-on about how they work. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Campbell. $10/suggested donation per family. All ages. Event details.
Octopalooza at Bay Model
Celebrate cephalopods with Aquarium of the Bay when they bring the octo-fun to to the Bay Model. Experiment with market squid dissections (using squids from the sustainable seafood they feed the animals at Aquarium of the Bay.) Plus, an ave an “octopus course” with fun challenges to find the inner cephalopod in all of us! Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
Your Favorites Story Time Activity
Join the library for a special story time to celebrate the top picture books picked by Novato families! Come experience these stories and listen, read and play with the books you and your neighbors love the most. Sat. 10:30 a.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
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