Oh, the places you can go! This weekend, you can explore the boating life in San Francisco, laugh with a pirate in Mill Valley, go on a scavenger hunt among Egyptian artifacts in San Jose, play with shadow puppets in Berkeley, and even hear a story at an airplane museum in San Carlos. Read on for our top picks for your family calendar of fun.

girls at hiller aviation museum Photo: Girls at Hiller Aviation Museum by Michael Radwin via Flickr Creative Commons

San Francisco

Kids Rock Concert Benefit at Thee Parkside
Head to Thee Parkside for some epic kiddo fun at this fundraiser for The Butterfly Joint, a woodworking studio for kids 4 and up. Jostle to a kids’ rock band, The Out of Controllers; get crafty with Yellow Owl Workshop, and snack on sweets from Pinkies Bakery. Plus you can enter to win one of many incredible raffle prizes from Paxton Gate Curiosities for Kids, Tug Tug, Petit Collage, Sephora, Barrow Salon and more! The Butterfly Joint is almost a reality but they need your help to make it stick. If you can’t make it, you can still donate to the cause. Sat., noon-4 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event Details

Progressive Insurance SF Boat Show
Head down to McCovey Cove and Pier 48 to check out hundreds of boats! Your little skippers will love the free boat lessons, stand-up paddleboarding, and more. From luxury yachts to sailboats and everything in between, there will also be a marketplace for gear and marine accessories. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adults; children 15 and under are free. All ages. Event details. 

The Bobs in Concert
The Bay Area children’s band The Bobs have a rep for rockin’ it sans instruments. Now they are joining up with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra for a concert full of wild and crazy fun. Audience participation in the form of clapping, singing, and gettin’ silly is requested. Donations are welcome too, but this is a free, all ages event. Sat., 2-2:45 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Doing and Viewing Art
You and your mini-Matisse can create amongst the masters every Saturday at the DeYoung. Start with a family-friendly gallery and exhibit tour (no yawns here, this one’s designed for those aged 4-12), and end up creating your own masterpiece in a hands-on studio workshop taught by professional artist-teachers. Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. San Francisco. $10/adult; $6/children 13-17; children 12 and under are free (this includes museum admission). 4-12. Event Details.

East Bay

Shadow Puppet Workshop at Claremont Library
Daniel Barash presents Shadows in the Snow, and will introduce kids to the art of puppetry and then ask the audience to help him perform versions of the best loved winter folktales from around the world. Fri., 4 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival
They may have watched Frozen or The LEGO Movie for the 20th time this year (and it’s only January) but this is a whole different kind of movie marathon. It’s the 7th Annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival this weekend at the Chabot Space and Science Center and it’s not just for watching. In addition to animated, live, and feature-length films there are workshops including pixilation, stop-motion animation, and found object filmmaking techniques. Advance sign up for workshops is recommended. Check out our guide to this year’s fest. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Oakland. Single day: $25/adult; $15/child; Members are $15/adult; $5/child. Weekend passes available. All ages. Event Details.

17th Annual East Bay Preschool Fair
It probably snuck up on you, but if it’s time to figure out a preschool for your little one, The East Bay Preschool Fair is for you. Local preschools, their methodologies and philosophies, as well as childcare providers, doulas, dentists, doctors, museums, classes, and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oakland. Free. All Ages. Event details.

OMCA MLK Clay Workshop
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of community by creating your own ceramic artwork expressing your dreams for your own community. Get inspiration from the exhibit Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California. Although the drop-in class is from noon-3 p.m. the museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays and there’s plenty more to explore with the kids throughout the galleries. Sun., noon-3 p.m. Oakland. $15/general; $6/child 9-17; children 8 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.


Peter Pan Jr. with San Carlos Children’s Theater
It’s a full Disney musical production featuring the boy who won’t grow up, Wendy, Michael, and John Darling, Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, Tink, and more. The best part just might be seeing talented local youth on stage; kids performing for kids. Sat. & Sun., 1 & 7 p.m. San Carlos. $17/adults; $13/child 3-17. All ages. Event Details.

Preschool Story Time at the Hiller Aviation Museum
Bring your preschoolers to the Hiller Aviation Museum to Join a special tour, listen to a flight-themed book reading in the museum’s Aviation Library, and tour the inside of an aircraft. Class is included in museum admission, and museum is open until 5 p.m. Sat., 10-11 a.m. San Carlos. $14/adult; $9/child 5-17; children 4 and under are free. 3-5. Event Details. 

Charles the Clown at MVPL
The Mountain View Library invites kids of all ages to this hilarious “become-a-clown” antics of Charles the Clown. Balloon skills, goofy magic, and Biscuit the Dog are all part of the show. Sat., 10:15-11 a.m. Mountain View. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Family Day at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Before you explore this supercool intertidal zone, park rangers will be offering up coffee, OJ, fruit, and pastries. The tables are located at the top of the ramp. Sun., 8-10 a.m. Moss Beach. Free. All ages. Event Details.

South Bay

Scavenger Hunt at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Take your tots out to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum for a day of ancient history and exploration with a scavenger hunt.  Learn about cats in ancient Egypt, gods and goddesses, and life along the Nile. Answer questions in each gallery. The hunt is geared toward the 6 and up crowd, but we think younger kids would have fun doing it too. Hunt has a limited number of participants, so get there early! (Starts at 12:30 p.m.)  Museum is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 12:30 p.m. San Jose. $9/adults; $5/children; Children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details. 

Rotary Club Crabfest 2015
An all-you-can-eat crab fest with live and silent auctions, all the profits go to charities, including St. Lukes aid to the homeless, Los Gatos high school activities, and local Boy Scout Troop 2.  Pasta, salad, bread, dessert, beer, and wine will also be available. Sat., 6-9 p.m. Los Gatos. $65/adult; $20/child 12 and under (tickets are $50/adult before Jan.20). All ages. Event details.

Marin County

Captain Jack Spareribs at MV Community Center
Multi-talented Ace Miles a.k.a. Captain Jack Spareribs captivates his audiences with  magic, ventriloquism, juggling and more. Buy your tickets at the Mill Valley Community Center, call 415-383-1370. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Mill Valley. $8/person; children 3 and under are free. All ages. Event Details.

Stafford Lake’s 2nd Annual Winter Disc Golf Classic
Come out and show off your game. Merit and raffle prizes will be awarded with top honors going to lowest score per 18 holes. All skill levels and ages are welcome and hot chocolate and snacks will be served! Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event Details. 

Alice and RoCo on Stage
A modern twist to the classic story of Alice in Wonderland, there’s dance and video set to an score of both original and popular music. The dancers are part of RoCo’s upper level youth programs in Mill Valley and Fairfax. Each show will also open with RoCo Dance Onstage, where dancers across genres and age groups bust their moves for you. Sat., 7:30 p.m., and Sun., 3 & 7 p.m. San Rafael. $24-$28. All ages. Event Details.

Birds for Kids at Las Gallinas
Look for blooming flowers and insects in search of nectar and pollen, follow the creek to the canyon, and eat lunch by the waterfall. Bring your own lunch! Please leave your dogs at home (except service animals). Call 415-893-9527 after 8 a.m. the morning of if the weather looks dubious; rain will cancel. Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event Details.

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—Amber Guetebier