It’s officially 2014. We’ve got a weekend list of events to kick your year off with a hop, skip, and a bang. Celebrate our aquatic locale with sea chanties, mermaid songs, and pirate performances! Get inspired to paint some murals of your own on this free guided walk, or do something constructive with all those scraps of paper. For the outdoor adventurer, there is paddleboard racing, a nature hike, and squishy animal exploration. Dress the kids up in their new Christmas PJs for this bookstore event, or maybe they’d rather tell Fido a story. If your ten-gallon hat is collecting dust, try heading out to this hockey match with a Western theme. All in all, the diversity of the Bay Area is in rare form this weekend, so get out there and start the year right! Ride on!
Chantey Sing at Hyde Street 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. It may be a bit late for the very-littles, but for your would-be pirates, sailors, and stars, it’s an evening not to miss. Event is free but please RSVP by calling 415-561-7171. Sat., 8 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Mission District Mural Walk
Budding Banksys and their parents will love this guided tour to SF’s Mission District murals. Known as the people’s art, this vibrant artwork lines the alleys and buildings throughout the neighborhood. The central location leaves you ready to explore the rest of the city after the tour, including nearby Bi-Rite Creamery and Dolores Park playground! Sat., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Sing Along The Little Mermaid at the Castro Theater
Dress up as your favorite under the sea character and head over to the historic Castro Theater for a sing-along of the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. Each performance will be start out with a warm-up for those coveted vocal chords, and goody bags will be handed out to all attendees. Sun., 2:30 & 7 p.m. San Francisco. $16/Adults; $10/children. All Ages. Event details.
Disney Jr. Pirate & Princess Adventure
Dust off your tiaras and cutlasses and Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure. Mickey and Minnie will be there too, at this debut of the live show featuring characters from Disney Junior’s hit series, Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.. Get swept away in the excitement as Sofia and family prepare for a royal celebration that helps us all learn the true meaning of being a princess – including a very special appearance from Cinderella. Then head off to Never-Never Land with Jake and his swashbuckling crew and battle Captain Hook. Sun., 2 & 5 p.m. Oakland. $38-$209. 3 and up. Event details.
All About Invertebrates Toddler Ramble
Join park experts on invertebrates for a toddler ramble and exploration of animals that don’t have a backbone (worms!) animals that are hard on the outside (snails!) and animals that are squishy (jellys!). Plus hang out with other like minded toddlers (and their parents) and enjoy the Hayward Shoreline marshes and interpretive. Fri., 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Hayward. $5. 1-3. Event details.
Confetti Art 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. All Ages. Event details.
Doggie Story Time at the Library
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 storytime for dogs event at the Redwood City Public Library. Read to a specially trained dog provided by the Peninsula Humane Society. Sat., 11 a.m. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Enjoy Egyptian History at a San Jose Museum
Take your tots out to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum for a day of ancient history and exploration. Learn about cats in ancient Egypt, gods and goddesses, and life along the Nile. Daily planetarium shows include Journey to the Stars; Cosmic Collison, and 3-D Sun. Museum is all ages, but planetarium shows are recommended for ages 6 and up. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. San Jose. $9/adults; $6/child; Children 5 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
SF Bulls vs. Stockton Thunder
See San Francisco’s Minor League hockey team take on the Stockton Thunder. No jersey? No problem! It’s Country and Western Night, so get those cowboy boots on and scare up a ten-gallon hat to cheer on The Bulls! If Sharks tickets are a bit rich for your blood, this is a great chance to get your hockey fix on a budget–tickets start as low as $15. Sat., 7:30 – 9:45 p.m. Daly City. $15-$52.75, kids 2 and under are free. All Ages. Event details.
Deer Island Nature Walk
Explore the wilds of Deer Island on this nature-for-kids walk. Check out the salamanders, slugs, and millipedes that are everywhere this time of year, and learn where they go in the dry season. Learn about the winter-habits of butterflies and lizards, and more. Bring a lunch and your questions for Ranger David! Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Novato. Free. All Ages. Event Details.
Pajama Party with Mac Barnett at Diesel Bookstore
Diesel, A Bookstore invites kids to a pajama party with children’s book author Mac Barnett. Kids can wear you fuzzy slippers and PJs, curl up in front of the fire with their fave blankies, and listen to the author read from his newest book Battle Bunny. Enjoy some milk and cookies, get your copy of the book signed, and then head home to bed! Fri., 6 p.m. Larkspur. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Icebreaker Paddleboard Races
Celebrate the New Year in great and beautiful bay with an exciting morning of paddle board races. If you and the kids are in the mood to compete, check out the all ages course. Or if spectating is more your sport, there’s plenty of places to watch the races. Register for races at 9 a.m., races begin at 10 a.m. Paddleboards will be available to rent from local shops, or bring your own! Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Rafael. $5/vehicle park entrance fee. All Ages. Event details.
How will your family celebrate the first weekend of 2014? Let us know in the comments below!
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