2015 is in full swing and that also means the holiday break is well over. Banish the back-to-school blues this weekend with some major fun: you can count birds in San Rafael, watch cats on stage in Sunnyvale, chase pirates, do yoga, and make art, and more.
Photo: Community Music Center
Family Yoga at Recess
Enjoy a healthy family activity learning both individual and group yoga poses and creative breathing exercises that you can repeat yourself on the mat (or rug) at home. Open to all family members and caregiver of kids ages 0-4. Advance registration required. Call 415-701-7529 to reserve your spot! Sat., 10-10:45 a.m. San Francisco. $20/members; $30/non-members. 0-4. Event details.
Super Soccer Stars Demo Day
Bring your little athletes to this park to check out the programs that Super Soccer Stars offers for kids from 2-7. See event listing for exact times for your tot (schedule of demos is based on age range) and to RSVP in advance to 415-233-8277 as space is limited. Sun., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. San Francisco. Free. 2-7. Event details.
Open House at Community Music Day
Join a jam, sample a class, or try an instrument at Community Music Center in the Mission. There will be sample Music for Children classes, an instrument petting zoo for all ages (with a focus on strings!), Jazz and Latin jams, chamber music open readings, a Vocal Repertoire Workshop and a Group Sing. Bring your instrument, your voice, your family, and your friends! Sun., 3-5 p.m. San Francisco. $5/person; $10/family sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds). All ages. Event details.
Family Open Studio at Children’s Art Center
The SF Children’s Art Center offers kids ages 3 and up an open studio experience, where families can rotate from a playdough table to a special project station (new materials and themes each week). Work with teaching artists to perfect your technique or just let them free-from their creativity. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. San Francisco. $15. 3 and up. Event details.
Learn About the Venus Fly Trap at UC Botanical Gardens
Budding botanists and curious minds can head to the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens to learn the history and botany behind the fascinating insect-eating plants, the Venus Flytraps. Hear about John Bartram, who introduced these plants into cultivation, and get up close with these and other carnivorous plants to check out their fascinating leaf adaptations. Sat., 10-11 a.m. Berkeley. $15/general; $10/members. All ages. Event details.
Pirates of Penzance at Berkeley Playhouse
This adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular The Pirates of Penzance, into a late 50s early 60s rock musical is performed by students in Berkeley Playhouse’s educational program, The Imagination Players. Join them for a swashbuckling, tenderhearted pirate adventure! Sat., 1 & 6 p.m. and Sun., noon and 5 p.m. Berkeley. $10. All ages. Event details.
Curiosity Hacked Open Lab
Explore new STEAM skills and concepts at Curiosity Hacked Open Lab for Families. Get hands-on with electronics, woodworking, laser cutting, and more! Participate in a guided activity, an independent project, or bring in a project you are working on. Sun., 2-5 p.m. Oakland. $0-$20 (prices vary for materials). All ages. Event details.
African Rhythms at the Library
Onye Onyemaechi brings the joy and soul of African culture, music and the celebration of village life right to the Redwood City Library’s Main Branch. Sat., 11 a.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Musical Journeys Children’s Piano Concert
Head to this concert for kids featuring music by Ibert, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Beethoven, Rimsky Korsakov and many others, all pieces inspired by nature, animals and the seasons. Pianist Frank Levy will keep the kids enchanted and engaged. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Palo Alto. $20/advance. $25/door. All ages. Event details.
Silicon Valley International Auto Show
Hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, crossovers and more are set to take over the San Jose McEnery Convention Center for the 2015 Silicon Valley International Auto Show. Check out the vehicles, sit behind the wheels, and explore everything from electric to the exotic. And this Sunday, Jan. 11, all kids 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Fri., Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. San Jose. $11/adult; $8/child 7-12; children 6 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Spartans vs. Rebels
Show your kids what it really means to “throw like a girl” as the San Jose Spartans vs. UNLV’s women’s basketball teams take it to the court. Tickets start at just $5! Sat., 1 p.m. San Jose. $5. All ages. Event details.
Puss in Boots at the Sunnyvale Community Theatre
Kids will love this classic fairytale of a clever cat and his poor master traveling the French countryside. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Sat., 11 a.m. – noon. Sunnyvale. $13/advance; $15/door. 5-10. Event details.
Pajama Party With Author Mac Barnett
Diesel, A Bookstore in Larkspur welcomes Mac Barnett, author of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, Telephone, Count the Monkeys, and many more, to read a bedtime story to the kiddos. Get cozy in front of the fireplace with your teddy bear, listen to a story or two, have some milk and cookies. get your book signed, and then head home for bed. Fri., 6-7 p.m. Larkspur. Free. 4 and up. Event details.
Winter Bird Count at Pickleweed Park
WildCare Family Adventures and Richardson Bay Audubon team up with you and the kiddos for the Winter Bird Count! Groups work together and look for as many numbers of various species as they can and tally up the results. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be distributed and refreshments will be served. Free, but please register here in advance. Sat., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
Around the World in 80 Days
Marin Theatre Company presents an adventure on stage with this play based on the Jules Verne novel. Join Phileas Fogg and his faithful servant Passepartout as they travel around the globe. Part of MTC’s Theater Series for Young Audiences. MTC recommends this for ages 7 and up, but younger kids can try it! Sat. 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. & Sun., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 & 3 p.m. Mill Valley. $22/adult; $18/child 14 and under. 7 and up. Event details.
McNears Beach In Maps
Curious cartographers and history buffs alike will love this look at the history of one of Marin’s most beloved parks: McNears Beach. Ranger Josh Rosenfeld will discuss the evolving park, and you can view old maps and browse modern digital images. Water and healthy snacks served. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.
What’s on your family calendar this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!