Schools back in and you’re back in your New Year groove, so this weekend will provide you plenty of opportunities to keep active and have a blast with the kids. Sing a seafaring tune onboard a historic ship, have tea at a zoo, do some yoga, go for a run and much more.
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Date Night: Paper Making
Drop the kids off at Little Artistas for a lesson in making paper. They’ll make paper and embed leaves, seeds and dried flowers in it, while you head out for an evening all to yourself. Sat., 5-8 p.m. Glen Park. 4-8. $50. Event details.
Sea Chantey Sing-Along
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sat., 8p.m.-midnight. Hyde St. Pier. Free. All ages. Event details.
de Youngsters Art Party
Guests both young and “young at art” will enjoy a fun-filled evening exploring art and innovation, in true San Francisco spirit. Proceeds from this annual benefit bash support services and expand access for all families at the de Young and Legion of Honor. Fri., 5:30-9 p.m. Golden Gate Park. $500 for family and up. 4-12. Event details.
CMC Music Jam
San Francisco’s Community Music Center invites the public to a free open house & jam session at its Mission Branch. Join a jam, sample a class or try an instrument. Bring your own instrument, voice, your family and friends for this day of musical festivities. Sun.,3-5 p.m. Mission. Free. All ages. Event details.
Three Kings Day at Peralta Hacienda
Celebrate the fiesta of Three Kings Day or Dia de Reyes with Peralta Hacienda, where traditional sweet bread, rosca de reyes, and mexican hot chocolate will be served along with a display of local baker Arturo Pena’s family story. Join your local community in celebrating the day of the kings. Sat., 2:30-5 p.m. Oakland. $0-$5. All ages. Event details.
Teddy Bear Tea at the Oakland Zoo
It’s tea time at Oakland Zoo and you are cordially invited. Kids can bring their favorite adult and stuffed animal to learn all about baboons. Enjoy a morning of snacks, activities, books and play while making and delivering an enrichment gift straight to the zoo’s baboons. Plus, each child will receive a surprise-filled treat bag to take home. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon. Oakland. $12-$26. 4-8. Event details.
Curiosity Hacked Open Lab
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, an independent project, or bring in a project you are working on. Note that prices vary based on materials fee, and workshops vary from week to week, with the usual cost between $10-$20. No charge if you bring your own project. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Oakland. Sliding scale. All ages. Event details.
Second Sunday Family Fun Yoga
Take time to breathe, bend and bond in this playful practice for kids ages 4 and up and their parent or other special adult. Explore yoga together in a spirit of discovery. Fun with partner & group poses, acting out stories, music, yoga games, and relaxation. Sun., 2-3 p.m. Oakland. $20/adult + child combo; $10/additional adult; packages available. 4 and up. Event details.
Very First Concert: Plus One
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… In the world of music, these numbers mean a solo, duet, trio, quartet and quintet. Designed with toddlers in mind, this delightful 20-minute presentations teaches musical concepts, offer hands-on activities, and encourage lots of movement and dancing-all completely free of admission.Admission is free to all concertgoers. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open to everyone 20 minutes before concert time. Sat., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & noon. San Mateo. Free. 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.
Silicon Valley Auto Show
Bring your mini-maseratis to the 2016 Silicon Valley Auto Show and see hundreds of the latest cars, crossovers, SUV’s, trucks and more. Licensed drivers will be invited to get behind the wheel of dozens of new models including hybrids, all-electric vehicles, luxury rides and more. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. San Jose. $11/adults; $8/child 7-12; children 6 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
2nd Friday Art Walk
Stroll along 4th Street in San Rafael and check out the open galleries between G Street and Lincoln, sip on wine and other refreshments, hear live music, purchase one-of-a-kind jewelry and crafts, and even find art and activities by and for local kids. Fri., 5-8 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
Cockatoo, Too Book Launch
Join Bethanie Deeney Murguia to read and sign her new children’s picture book, Cockatoo, Too. Enjoy crafts, snacks and a live, trained cockatoo in the store. Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Larkspur. Free. All ages. Event details.
Oceans Aglow: Family NIght Hike & Campfire
Join NatureBridge Golden Gate on a discovery of the amazing natural phenomenon: bioluminescence. HIke out to Rodeo Beach and explore the sands for twinkling plankton and learn all about the what and why. The hike is low key and around 2 miles and is followed by a campfire complete with S’more roasting, campfire skits, and fun sing-alongs! Sat., 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sausalito/Ft. Cronkhite. $12/person. All ages. Event details.
4th Annual Family Fun Run & Health and Wellness Fair
Get out your running shoes, walking shoes and join friends and family in the Fourth Annual Family Fun Run. Perfect for everyone from serious runners to toddlers to strollers. Options include a 3-mile, 1.5 mile and a 1-mile family walk. There’s even a toddler obstacle course for littles ones 2-5. Held in conjunction with the Health & Wellness Fair at the Mill Valley Community Center, where you’ll find vendors, samples and info about local programs. And kids can enjoy a bounce house, a nail salon, face painting, temporary tattoos, games, crafts and more. Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mill Valley. Free (races have some fees). All ages. Event details.
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