Believe it or not, you’ve just made it to the last weekend of the first month of 2016. That’s reason enough to celebrate and we’ve got plenty of ways to mark the occasion. From acrobats to a film festival to a waterfall lunch date, here’s your end-o’ January list of to-dos.
photo: Peking Acrobats
Family Concert: The Legend of Singkil
Enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, and folk tales from both ancient and modern-day Asia, brought to life by one of the Bay Area’s premiere folkloric groups, the Eth-Noh-Tec Ensemble. The 45-minute concert weaves together storytelling and choreography for people of all ages. Sat., 2-2:45 p.m. Noe Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.
Saturday Afternoon Cartooning Class
Kids can learn a variety of skills from character design to story-boarding to creating their own mini comics in this once a month Saturday afternoon series. Sat., 1:30-3:30 p.m. SOMA. $10. 7-12. Event details.
Don’t miss the thrilling feats of balance and strength, outrageous humor, slapstick antics and amazing grace and poise, all set to original music. Sat., 11 a.m. Presidio Heights. $17. All ages. Event details.
Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival
Chabot Space & Science Center and the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival have joined forces to present the 8th annual Playdate for the Imagination. Not just your usual film festival, kids can engage in animation workshops, enjoy special performances and more. Fri., Sat. & Sun.,10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oakland. $7-$25. All ages. Event details.
See and Make Art Tour
Meet in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Room in the Richmond Public Library for a see and make art tour. Start with a story, continue with an art-making project, and then finish with a guided tour of the galleries at the Art Center. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Richmond. Free. All ages. Event details.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, this live version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid is features all the songs you love from the film and the evil sea witch you love to hate. Sat., 8 p.m. & Sun., 2 p.m. Pleasanton. $18-$39. All ages. Event details.
Germany Family Karneval
The Berkeley campus of the German International School of Silicon Valley is hosting a Karneval fest. Enjoy arts and crafts, carnival game, a petting zoo and a parade along with the German cuisine, music and more. Visit Germany without leaving the Bay! Proceeds benefit GISSV’s Hillside Renovation Fund. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Berkeley. Free. All ages. Event details.
Whether your child is already a pro or new to the trading game, they will love this Pokemon event. Resident Pokemon Pros will be available to supervise trading and provide basic training on all things Pokemon! Fri. 4-5:30 p.m. Menlo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Opera for Families: A Morning with Mozart
Take a trip into Mozart’s world and meet his magical operatic characters. Three singers and a pianist will perform arias, duets and ensembles from famous operas including The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, while performing interactive musical activities perfect for introducing Mozart and opera to all ages. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Palo Alto. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.
SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas
From celebrity chefs to food trucks, panel discussion to the Mavericks Concert Stage the SOS Seafood Festival includes a bevy of amazing food and drink along with the Earth Circus and an awesome Fin-Tastic Funzone just for kids, including a rock climbing wall, zip line and more. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Half Moon Bay. $45-$50. All ages. Event details.
Silicon Valley Italian Festival
Eat, drink and dance your way through Italy in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The first ever Silicon Valley Italian Festival includes food, crafts, film, art, speakers on fascinating topics (Jewish Italian culture and espresso tips, among them) plus cooking classes for kids and adults, storytelling and did we mention food? Sun., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Palo Alto. Free. All ages. Event details.
Welcome the Year of Monkey with one of the most popular family shows in the country: The Peking Acrobats. With high-flying actions and gravity-defying spectacles, they have been wowing audiences of all ages for 30 years. Sunday’s matinee is perfect for those with early bedtimes. Sat., 8 p.m. & Sun., 3 p.m. Cupertion. $20-$60. All ages. Event details.
Fauna & Flora Opening Reception
Workshop hosts an artist reception debuting solo works by 11-year-old San Rafael artist Jasmine Wickens: “Fauna & Flora.” See Jasmine’s collection featuring color pencil drawings, water color paintings and acrylics on canvas, exploring the artist’s favorite subjects: horses and ponies, cats, birds, flowers and landscapes. 100% of the proceeds of the art work sales will benefit Nicasio non-profit organization, Halleck Creek Ranch. Enjoy treats from The Grand Meringue. Sat., 2-6 p.m. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.
STEM Superhero Series Launch: Super Solving for Drought, Storms & Floods
Get ready for some serious fun! The STEM Superhero Series invites young visitors to use their STEM superpowers to solve real world challenges. All STEM Superheroes will receive capes to adorn with badges earned at each event; attend all four to complete the mission! Events include special facilitated programs for all ages and performances, all free with admission. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sausalito. $13.95/includes general admission. All ages. Event details.
Nature for Kids: Indian Valley with WildCare
Join Marin County Parks and WildCare Family Adventures for a day of nature exploration and education. Ranger Marco Berger shares his expertise in both English and Spanish. Look for frogs, toads and salamanders along with other winter-active animals. Bring your own lunch for a picnic by a waterfall. Rain may cancel. Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Novato. Free. All ages. Event details.
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