Magic, art-making, symphony for kids and theater productions for the whole family—this weekend has it all! With a spring in your step and the crisp air as motivation, there’s loads to look forward to this weekend!

photo: MOCHA

San Francisco

Music for Families: Once Upon an Orchestra
“Once upon a time” begins some of the most beloved fairytales of all time and it’s easy to imagine how enchanting the accompanying music is in the ballets, plays and Disney movies these tales inspired. Dress up as your favorite storybook character and experience the musical storytelling of fairytales as the SF Symphony performs selections from Beauty and the Beast, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Mother Goose and more. Don’t forget to bring a fairytale book to get signed by a surprise guest! Sat. Event details

Free Family Day at SFMOMA
Educational programming, performances and collaborations with local partners create a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to engage with the museum in a way that makes them a part of the artistic process. Much more than a free day at the museum, Free Family Days are culturally immersive and educational experiences to be enjoyed by all audiences. Sat. Event details

She Persisted, the Musical
This new musical, inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling book, She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, tells the story of a third-grade girl whose trip with her class to the museum turns into an adventure in time travel during which she meets inspirational women who are overcoming barriers and making history. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Circus Panopticon
Come join Circus Spire as they navigate Circus Panopticon, a circus world that watches their every move. But when they discover that their watchers have disappeared, these performers are free to express their aerial skills, acrobatics and physical comedy to their hearts’ content. Bring the whole family to see this celebration of athletic and creative expression, an outburst of joyful liberation, set against an oppressive world that tries to keep these rebellious circus performers in line. Sat.-Sun. Event details

Open Studio Art Drop-In at MOCHA
Open Studio 2.0 is the expansion of MOCHA’s creative philosophy of providing structures and frameworks for artists of all ages to explore, play and create. Every month will introduce new themes while incorporating the elements of art to projects that are designed to engage a child’s curiosity on a path to discovery. Sat. Event details

South Bay

2019 Silicon Valley Auto Show
The future of drive pulls into the Bay Area for the 2019 Silicon Valley Auto Show featuring hundreds of the latest cars, crossovers, SUV’s, trucks and more. From driver-assistance technology to the latest in connectivity, the Silicon Valley Auto Show will feature the latest innovations designed to make driving safer, as well as the hottest alternative fuel options, pre-production vehicles and exotics.  Fri.-Sun. Event details

Free Magic Show
Magic is the rare art form that can change how you perceive reality. Now you have the chance to experience true astonishment up close at Studio Terra Amico in San Jose, part of the Midtown Arts Mercantile Collective. David Martinez and other local artists from the Silicon Valley chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Ring 216) will show off their skills. ​Then stick around to learn magic during a free workshop. Sat. Event details


Family Sundays at the Cantor Art Gallery
Second Sunday is a free, family-focused day of art talks, hands-on art making and gallery adventures for visitors of all ages at the Cantor and the Anderson Collection. Registration is not required and families can tailor their museum experience based on their schedule and the activities that interest them the most. Each Second Sunday will explore a new exhibition or theme. Talks start at 11:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day on the half hour through 3 p.m. Sun. Event details

Shrek the Musical
When a nasty, smelly ogre goes on a quest to clear out his swamp, he might just become a “believer” in true love! The hit Broadway musical was adapted from the Dreamworks animated feature and stars a host of hilarious characters including sassy fairy tale creatures, a persistent donkey, a dragon who’s looking for love in all the wrong places and a princess who is far from prissy. This performance is approximately 2 1/2 hours long with one 15-minute intermission and is appropriate for all ages. Sat.-Sun. Event details

North Bay

Toddler Days on the Farm
Toddler Days offer families with young children a special opportunity to meet farm animals, explore our garden and take part in simple, hands-on cooking and crafting. During a sensory-rich Saturday morning, your young children will discover textures, tastes and smells, and observe the wonders of nature! Enjoy milking a goat, holding a warm, freshly-laid chicken egg and hearing the baa of our sheep, as we use all of our senses to explore the farm during this family-friendly farm day. Sat. Event details

The Banana Slug String Band Duet
Fun, family-friendly, interactive, nature-inspired music for the young and young at heart. Hands-on art activities. Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth