It’s a fairy-tale kind of weekend in the Bay Area, with everything from shout-it-out improv to Bollywood to the classics. And if your little princes and princesses are seeking something a bit more outdoorsy, you can take them to a festival that’s totally for the birds. Or perhaps a little volunteering in the middle of the majestic redwoods will bring out their inner Snow White. There’s also something more aquatic for your little mermaids. You can find lots of tales to read at this big book sale. Cap the weekend off with a bonding and healthy yoga class with your kids. Whatever you choose to do, you can write your own family’s story by getting out there to laugh, hop, and play.
San Francisco Boat Show
Head down to McCovey Cove and Pier 48 for the Progressive Insurance SF Boat Show 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 market place for gear and marine accessories. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 12 – 7 p.m. San Francisco. $12/adult; 15 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Bollywood Sleeping Beauty
Filled with colorful costumes and exciting Bollywood dance numbers, this Indian twist on a classic tale is not your average Sleeping Beauty! Come meet Princess Sabeena, who has been cursed been by a jealous Hindu goddess and is trapped in a dreamworld. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. San Francisco. $15/adults; $10/child. 6 and up. Event details.
Parent and Child Yoga Workshop
Get your stretch pants on and head over to Bloom Retreat for a family yoga class that will leave you feeling refreshed and connected with your kid on a whole new level. Learn exercises and poses you can do at home, too. A great class for parents or caregivers and their little ones, taught by Jillian Bobowicz. Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Walnut Creek. $30/members; $35/non-members. 2 and up. Event details.
Made-to-Order Fairy Tales
The award-winning Teen Improv group, Creatures of Impulse, will be creating made-to-order fairytales based on suggestions from the audience. Performing five 30-minute shorts, each one totally different, that the kiddos can help tell by shouting out suggestions and creating characters. Sat. Shows start at 2, 3, & 4 p.m. Pleasanton. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Friends of the Dr. King Library Book Sale
Friends of the Dr. King Library book sale is this weekend! This is the ultimate readers event, with thousands of books at serious bargain prices: From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sat., it’s $1 hardcovers and $.50 softcovers, and on Sun. from 1 – 5 p.m., fill a bag of books for just $5. And they provide the bags! Plus all proceeds go directly back to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library community programs, so you can stock your bookshelves and help a great cause. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Sat.) 1-5 p.m. (Sun.) San Jose. Free. All Ages. Event details.
The Frog Prince
Bring your little princes and princesses out to enjoy this adaptation of the popular Grimm fairytale about a vain princess whose promised to kiss a frog! Artful uses of puppetry, dance and comedy make this story spring to life! Sat., 11 a.m. Sunnyvale. $13/advance; $19/door. 5-10. Event details.
Richardson Bay Waterbird Festival
Take your little birdies out to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary to celebrate the Bay’s annual spectacle of waterbirds and Pacific herring. Enjoy bird walks, beach explorations, kayak trips, and other interactive activities! Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tiburon. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Volunteer at Muir Woods Earth Day
Join park rangers, stewards, and other families for a day in the great outdoors. Enjoy the majestic redwoods while helping to restore and preserve the park. Weeding, planting, and trail maintenance are just a few ways you and the kiddos can help–and it includes lunch. There is even a specific family-friendly project, you can pre-register for. Meet at the Muir Beach parking lot picnic tables between 8:30 and 9 a.m.; lunch at noon. Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mill Valley. Free. All Ages. Event details.
What adventures will you go on with your family this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!
Photo credit: New Conservatory Theatre Center